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New Director of Primary, Community Care and Mental Health Digital Services announced

An image of Sam Hall, DHCW

19 August 2022

Digital Health and Care Wales is pleased to announce the appointment of Sam Hall into the position of Director of Primary, Community Care and Mental Health Digital Services.

This new position at DHCW will be responsible for leading the strategic transformation and operational delivery of our systems and services within Primary Care, Community Care and Mental Health sectors.

Sam will be joining us from the Welsh Local Government Association where she held the position of the Chief Digital Officer for Wales, the first role of its kind in Wales. During her time with the Local Government Association, Sam has been responsible for driving innovation, change and service improvement across all 22 local authorities.

Sam brings with her over 30 years’ experience in public sector, both in central and local government. She has delivered projects with the Government Digital Service and was Chief Digital Officer for The Office for National Statistics, before focussing on the 2021 Census system build, first as Deputy Director of Digital Delivery and then Deputy Director for Service Design.

Taking the decision to leave the Civil Service, Sam made the move to local government, becoming the Chief Information Officer & Head of IT and Digital at Birmingham City council, the largest council in Europe.  Sam led the work during COVID which enabled the council to continue to work remotely and set up a team to make better use of data which helped the council support the most vulnerable during this time.

When asked about her new role, Sam said "I am thrilled to take up this new role. The ability for digital to improve the health, care and wellbeing of people throughout our country is vast. To be a part of that is simply an opportunity and a challenge I could not pass up. Our Health and Care Services are the very best and I am looking forward to being part of their future”.

We all look forward to welcoming Sam to the DHCW family in November.