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New Chairman and Chief Executive for Digital Health and Care Institute

The University of Strathclyde-hosted Digital Health and 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.

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.

Biographies

John Jeans CBE
John chairs the Boards of Imanova and Edinburgh Molecular Imaging, and is also a non-executive Director of Renishaw plc, ProMetic Life Science Inc. and ProMetic Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

He was previously the Chairman of Cardiff University and a Director of the University Employers Association. From 2009 John was Deputy Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council, a member of its Audit and Risk Committee and chaired the Trustee Board of MRC Technology until 2014.

An advisor to public and third sector organisations, he was appointed by the Prime Minister in 2014 as the Life Science Champion for medical technology. John leads Innovate UK’s Stratified Medicine Advisory Board and the KTN’s Health Board, and has contributed to advisory panels for the MRC, EPSRC, NIHR, NCUB, NPL and the Wellcome Trust. He serves on several Government bodies including the Ministerial Committee on Medical Technologies, was an inaugural member of the Science Advisory Council for Wales and a founder Trustee of the Francis Crick Institute. He is Chair of the Strategic Advisory Panel for the Singapore Government’s Diagnostics Hub, a member of its Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Advisory Panel and its Health and Biomedical Sciences Advisory Council.

In an industrial career spanning 35 years he held senior international leadership positions in global companies including Smith & Nephew, Bristol Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson and Amersham plc. John headed the commercial function of GE’s Life Science business and was the Chairman of its UK Healthcare Company. His domain experience ranges from medical devices and therapeutic pharmaceuticals to in-vivo and in-vitro diagnostics; encompassing research, product development, manufacturing and commercialisation.

John is engaged with international, national and local charities including the Africa Research Excellence Fund and is Co-Chair of the Clare Foundation. He was awarded the CBE for services to Life Sciences, Healthcare and Science in 2012.

Professor George Crooks OBE
George joined NHS 24 in September 2006 as Medical Director.

George’s role with NHS 24 encompasses supporting the governance, quality and safety of all clinical services; developing new services in partnership with other NHS organisations and leadership and management oversight of the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare. He is involved in the design, development and delivery of digital tools and services that support the redesign of health and care services to empower service users and carers and strengthen the integration of health and care services.

George was a General Practitioner in Aberdeen for 22 years. He subsequently became Director of Primary Care for NHS Grampian, with responsibility for all community-based independent contractor services. George has a particular interest in the field of unscheduled care, including the development of common assessment and triage processes across the NHS and the use of technology to support the delivery of high quality patient care to the population of Scotland.

He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2011 for services to healthcare.



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