Andy Kinnear

Andy Kinnear

Director of Digital Transformation at NHS South, Central and West CSU


Andy began his NHS career in 1991 as an information analyst at the South West Regional Health Authority, before spending time managing a team of Information Analysts at Avon Health Authority. Andy became Director of Information Management & Technology (IM&T) for South Gloucestershire PCT in 2003. Andy then ran the Avon IM&T Consortium, a shared service supporting PCTs, GPs and Community Providers, between 2004 and 2012 before successfully transitioning the service into the South West CSU where Andy then became an Executive Director. The merger of 3 CSUs in April 2015 has given Andy the opportunity to pursue his passion for integration.

Andy has 3 roles. Substantively he is the Director of Digital transformation for South, Central and West CSU looking after the delivery of 200+ digital projects to NHS organisations across the South of England, He is also the Programme Director for Connecting Care, the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire interoperability programme. Connecting Care is a partnership of 17 organisations in the West Country and has successfully created asingle shared record combining data from GP Practices, Community Services, Local Authorities, Acute Hospitals and Out-of-Hours services. Connecting Care is recognised as one of the leading integrated digital care record (IDCR) programmes in the country.

In his 3rd role, Andy is also currently seconded 2 days per week to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) advising them on Health and Social Care Integration and is working closely with national Health and Care agencies on the development of the integration strategy. This roadmap will seek to outline the stages to deliver fully integrated care records, an ambition laid out in the Five Year Forward View and Personalised Health and Care 2020. Andy is a keen advocate of the benefits an integrated care records can bring at the point of care, but moreover understands and actively promotes the secondary use of this data to support the improvement of services. Andy is a member of the national CIO network and works closely with colleagues on the development of the informatics profession within health and social care. He is an experienced public speaker and routinely presents at national conferences on health and care information topics.


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