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Rhidian Hurle

Executive Medical Director / Chief Clinical Information Officer Wales

About Me

Executive Medical Director / Chief Clinical Information Officer Wales

Mr Rhidian Hurle is a Consultant Urological Surgeon working part time in Cwm Taf Morgannwg Heath Board and was appointed Chief Clinical Information Officer for Wales (2015) and is now also the Medical Director of Digital Health Care Wales (2021). 

After graduating from the University Of Wales College Of Medicine, Cardiff in 1995, he undertook basic surgical and higher urological training during which he was awarded an MD from Cardiff University for research into prostate cancer. He holds a postgraduate diploma in Medical Education (Cardiff University), is an Honorary Clinical Teacher (Cardiff University) and previously a Royal College of Surgeons of England Surgical Tutor.

Rhidian is a member of the British Association of Urological Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the European Association of Urology. He has extensive experience in uro-oncology with a sub-specialist interests in the management of high risk superficial bladder cancer.

Rhidian has a keen interest in the use of technology as an enabler of high quality health care delivery and holds a Masters with distinction in Digital Health Leadership (Imperial). He is a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics and was elected in 2023 by his peers to sit on the Digital Health Networks CCIO Advisory Panel.

Rhidian brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge and is committed to the use of technology to drive through improvements in the quality and efficiency of healthcare and was recognised as an expert in his field with a Professor of Practice from University of Wales Trinity St David in 2023.

He has a key leadership role in clinical engagement with the digital agenda within Wales and has the following responsibilities in his portfolio:

  • Caldicott Guardian
  • Putting Things Right 
  • Information Governance 
  • Patient Safety and Incident Investigation 
  • Information Services 
  • NHS e-library 
  • Research and Innovation
  • Informatics Assurance 
  • Business Change

Professor Rhidian Hurle MBBCh, MRCS, PgDip Med Ed, MSc, MD, FRCS (urol), FFCI