Catherine Pollard

Director of Tech Policy - NHS England, DHSC

Catherine is the Director of Tech Policy for the Joint Digital Strategy and Policy Unit of the Transformation Directorate of NHSE England. Catherine's Tech Policy Directorate supports the NHS to speak with one voice and defines one overarching direction for technology innovation and implementation within the health and social care sector to improve the impact of technology on patients.

An economist by background, Catherine also ensures that digital and data have been weaved into NHS priorities, and reflected in our financial allocations to the system. Catherine joined NHSX in April 2020 as the Director of the Centre for Improving Data Collaboration, which she continues to lead, supporting better data-driven partnerships between the NHS and industry, ensuring these promote patient and public benefit. During COVID-19, Catherine also led NHSX efforts to use technology to accelerate the integration of health and social care. Prior to joining NHSX, she was the Executive Programme Director for the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough STP, Director of Strategy at UCLH and a policy director at NHS Improvement.

Catherine is inspired by how digital and data together can promote independence and person-centred care while addressing the multifaceted workforce challenges across health and care.

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