Lyn is a journalist by background. After completing her training in local papers, she specialised in coverage of the public sector in England, the NHS, and healthcare IT. This has enabled her to follow closely the many twists and turns of recent health policy; and to report on them for specialist audiences. It has also given her an exceptional ability to advise clients on the reality of working with the NHS, and on communications that work for them. Lyn’s skills include strategic thinking, managing projects with a communications and publication element, editing, research, interviewing and writing.

A little about Lyn:
  • Lyn has an impressive educational record, with a first degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, and a Masters degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
  • Before taking up her current post, her journalism employers included the Health Service Journal and digitalhealth.net (formerly EHealth Insider). Over her career, she has also worked with think-tanks, including the King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust, and major companies, such as Microsoft.
  • Lyn is a proud Yorkshire lass, but lives in Winchester with her partner, a political cartoonist with his own live-drawing business. Her ‘downtime’ activities include Pilates and running; she has completed a number of marathons.

Hancock, redux

The health and social care secretary was widely expected to leave for a new job in Boris Johnson’s first cabinet reshuffle. But he’s back. Lyn Whitfield considers his first year in office, his possible new...

Power politics… and Confed 19

The NHS Confederation’s annual conference took place in Manchester from 19 to 20 June, but there was a sense that its normally attention-grabbing agenda had been curtailed by the Conservative Party leadership campaign taking place...

Guest interview: Colin Brown

The chief clinical information officer at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust describes himself as a ‘digital socialist’. He tells Lyn Whitfield about the trust’s pioneering deployment of the Lorenzo electronic patient record,...

Advisory board round table: NHSX

Ninety days on from the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan, the health service has seen some structural and legislative changes – and the announcement of NHSX. At its April meeting, Highland Marketing’s advisory...

Rewiring the open agenda

Open thinking ran through the first Digital Health Rewired at Olympia London. Lyn Whitfield reflects on how policy, standards and deployment have changed since the idea was last in fashion a decade ago. The idea...

Some of our Great Wall is missing

The NHS is moving into another period of reform and reorganisation: but hardly anybody has noticed. Lyn Whitfield reports on NHS England’s proposals for legislative change and its effective merger with NHS Improvement. The last...

To NHS IT, and beyond?

Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock is setting up an NHSX unit. It’s hardly the first attempt to set up a central body to sort out IT policy and approach. So will it fly,...

Health Chat with Roy Lilley and Matt Hancock

The inimitable health commentator interviewed the health and social care secretary at the end of January. Lyn Whitfield went to hear them discuss politics, NHS priorities, and what Hancock’s obvious interest in technology is likely...

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