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Helen Thomas

Chief Executive

About Me

Chief Executive

Helen has been the CEO of Digital Health & Care Wales since 2021, leading the organisation’s impressive response to the Covid-19 pandemic, supporting NHSWales to adopt data and digital advances at pace and scale.

Helen also led the organisation through its transition to a Special Health Authority on April 1st 2021, with Digital Health and Care Wales continuing to deliver national digital and data services to NHS Wales.

Helen has worked in the NHS for over 30 years, initially working in ļ¬nance, moving into health information in 2000. She has gained wide health informatics experience across a number of senior roles over the last 20 years, and has spearheaded digital transformation to deliver more effective and safer care.

Helen was named Digital NHS CEO of the year in 2021 and has an MSc in Health Informatics from Swansea University. She is a leading practitioner of the Federation of Informatics Professionals, a fellow of the British Computer Society and a Professor of Practice at University of Wales Trinity St David.

In her time as CEO, Helen has made considerable ground in leading DHCW, not just to deliver major digital and data services to NHS partners, but to become a supportive and inclusive organisation and is passionate about being a role model for staff.

Helen recognises the importance of supporting communities and ensuring that no one is left behind by digital transformation. As part of her commitment to this, Helen chairs DHCW’s digital inclusion group which looks at how the organisation works with partners to support those who might not have the skills or access to benefit from digital change.