Paul Rice is the Head of Technology Strategy in the Operations and Information Directorate within NHS England. Paul leads the team that is instrumental in delivering a digitally enabled and “paperless” NHS. He has overseen delivery of major capital funds worth in excess of £300m to help the NHS introduce digital care records and enable nurses to transform practice, through technology that “releases time to care”. He was a major contributor to the National Information Board’s strategy document – Personalised Health and Care 2020 – the first articulation by the health and care system of its collective commitment to release the benefits of digital technology, data and intelligence.
He is currently SRO for a number of the delivery workstreams; Provider Digitisation (which includes the Global Digital Exemplar Programme), Digital Child Health (including Maternity Care) and Digital Diagnostics. The Digital Maturity Assessment Programme and the work to create Local Digital Roadmaps are led by Paul’s team.
Paul was formerly the Director of the Long Term Conditions programme in Yorkshire and Humber with a particular focus on Telehealth. He has been a Primary Care Trust Director, a Transformation Director in the NHS Modernisation Agency and a policy lead in the Department of Health. He has published and spoken widely on the challenges and opportunities to deliver new service models utilising assistive technology/telehealth/information technology. Paul holds a first degree in Law and Accounting and a Doctorate in Medical Law and Bioethics.