Richard Corbridge is Chief Digital & Information Officer at Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust (LTHT) one of the largest hospitals in the UK and one of the largest teaching hospitals in Europe. LTHT focuses on providing quality services for both secondary care and specialist tertiary care to the population of Leeds and beyond (estimated population of 2.2m).

LTHT is also a regional centre for a number of specialist services such as cancer, emergency medicine, trauma care and cardiac surgery. The Trust is recognised as a national centre of excellence for specialist services such as paediatric and adult liver transplantation. LTHT has approximately 2,500 inpatient beds together with critical care and day case beds. In total LTHT employs over 18,500 staff across seven different hospital sites, treating around a million patients a year with a budget of just over £1 billion.

LTHT has the third most efficient digital function in the NHS, efficient is often code for cheap, in Leeds case the spend on digital in 2018 is less than 1% of the trust budget, however the benefit receives a ‘net experience score’ close to 50%, one of the highest recorded globally. Cheap can equal good!

The digital team at Leeds is a committed group of IT professionals with an ambition to make Leeds a digital trust like no other in the NHS, over 400 people work tirelessly to create a true NHS digital trust by December 2019.

At the end of 2017 Richard left his role in Ireland where he had been the Chief Information Officer for the Health Service Executive. In Ireland Richard had led the delivery of many digital advancements; a health identifier for the population, the first digital hospitals in Ireland, genomic sequencing in specific disease areas, a full digital referral process, maternity hospitals systems with the ability to become digital and an investment programme never seen in the country before in digital healthcare as well as the creation of the Chief Clinical Officers Council.

Richard has a wealth of experience in the Health and Care and Clinical Research sector leading various informatics delivery elements; business change, benefits management and information security projects. He has specialised in IT development, procurement and implementation across national and local health care arenas in the UK for more than 20 years.

In 2019 he became the first person outside of Ireland to be awarded the O’Moore Medal for health, an accolade reserved for a person making a significant change and impact to the way in which health and care is delivered across Ireland.

In 2017 he was named the number one CIO in the UK by IDG and CIO Magazine, the most disruptive leader in digital by Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak and the eGov net Visionary of the year. In 2018 the BCS awarded him a commendation in the CIO of the year award and many of the LTHT projects were recognised for the excellence in delivery.

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