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John O'Connell

Head of Innovation
NHS South, Central & West CSU

John is the Director of Strategic and Service Innovation at NHS SCW, responsible for

(i) leading the development of SCW’s approach to innovation
(ii) leading the development and delivery of SCW’s Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics consultancy offer
(iii) Executive lead for BSW development.

My key focus is a ‘customer focused’ change maker, working collaboratively with other senior leaders within the organisation and across the NHS to constructively challenge and disrupt through experimentation and practice, agree and define new methodologies to be adopted to ensure innovation is embedded as part of SCW’s and the NHS’s ways of working. ​

Passion areas: Innovation fuelled by creative curiosity using data, analytics and AI applied for social good, particularly in support of the sustainability goals to reduce health inequalities.