Paul Rice

Chief Digital and Information Officer
Bradford/Airedale FT

Dr Paul Rice joined Bradford and Airedale NHS Foundation Trusts from his role as Regional Director of Digital Transformation for NHS England and NHS Improvement in the North East and Yorkshire. He leads on the delivery of digital programmes across both organisations and at Place within our Act as One Programme. This work includes driving forward Airedale’s ambition as a Digital Aspirant to secure an enterprise wide Electronic Patient Record, updating and improving the Infrastructure, Networks and Cyber resilience of both organisations, and leading major digital system upgrades including Laboratory Imaging Systems. He is committed to programmes of inclusive digital transformation and passionate about diversifying the skills base and creating professional career opportunities for current and future digital and data workforces. He is also a firm believer in information technology being a means to an end not an end in itself. 

He has been the senior responsible owner for substantial national digital transformation programmes relevant to hospital electronic patient records, mental health, transforming primary care, maternal and child health. He was Programme Director for the Global Digital Exemplar Programme and had previously supported the NHS to deliver the first common national baseline of organisational “Digital Maturity” and key digital planning documents – Local Digital Roadmaps.
Paul was formerly the Director of the Long-Term Conditions programme in Yorkshire and Humber with a focus on Telehealth. He has been a Primary Care Trust director, a transformation director in the NHS Modernisation Agency and a policy lead in the Department of Health. He has published and spoken widely on the challenges and opportunities to deliver new service models using assistive technology/telehealth/information technology. 

Paul holds a BA degree in Law and Accounting (Manchester), a Masters in Informatics Leadership (Imperial) and a Doctorate in Medical Law and Bioethics (Manchester). He is also a graduate of the Said Business School (Oxford), where he completed the Major Projects Leadership Academy, and a Fellow of the British Computing Society. He is a member of the national CIO Advisory Board. Paul is a trustee of Yorkshire Cancer Research and a volunteer fundraiser with Macmillan Cancer Support. He is married to Heather, father of three children and while a native of Belfast has lived in Yorkshire for over 20 years.