New Chairman & Chief Executive for Digital Health & Care Institute

Digital health

The University of Strathclyde-hosted Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI) has appointed a new Chairman and Chief Executive.

John Jeans has assumed the role of Chairman while Professor George Crooks will take over as Chief Executive.

DHI is an innovation centre which brings together academia, the third sector and industry to co-design, co-develop and deliver new digital solutions to the country’s biggest health and care challenges.

Longer, healthier lives

The ultimate aim is to exploit the full potential of digital health and care technology to help Scotland’s people live longer, healthier lives and to drive job creation and economic growth through its work.

The Institute is funded by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council and is hosted by the University of Strathclyde. DHI also benefits from an academic partnership established in 2013 with Glasgow School of Art.

Mr Jeans is the former Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer of the Medical Research Council and is the Prime Minister’s ‘Champion’ for the Medical Technologies sector of Life Sciences. He will be responsible for steering DHI through the next phase in its development.

Prof Crooks is currently Medical Director of NHS 24 and will take over from interim Chief Executive David Clark in mid-July.

Mr Jeans said: “On behalf of the whole board, I am very pleased to welcome George to his new executive role at DHI. As well as his outstanding experience at a senior level in Scottish health and social care, he is also already well acquainted with DHI, having previously served as its Chairman.

Our combined experience in public and private spheres will allow us to guide DHI as it focuses on working with stakeholders to deliver the new core objectives set out by the Scottish Government.

"I would also like to thank David Clark for steering the organisation as interim Chief Executive during the last year of transition.”

Prof Crooks said: “Digital health and care is more important than ever in helping Scotland’s people to live longer, healthier lives and in creating new jobs for the economy. Having demonstrated the potential of such technologies in its first three years, DHI will now focus on identifying health and care problems where digital innovation can provide the greatest impact. It is an exciting time for all of us in the field and I’m looking forward to working closely with John and the rest of the DHI team.”

Governed by a non-executive board, DHI works closely with the Scottish Government to deliver its key outcomes for a healthier Scotland.

DHI has recently concluded phase one of its work, which focussed on the potential application of technologies and solutions created by industry and academia. Its phase two programme will take a needs-led approach, working with health and care professionals in the public sector on new models to help solve some of the biggest challenges in health and care in Scotland.