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.

Review of the year, 2018

Brexit, money, a big anniversary and the promise of along-term plan, winter pressures and summer pressures, a new health secretary, “interoperable data standards”, and national apps. Lyn Whitfield looks back over the NHS and health...

HM interview: Rachel Dunscombe

The director of digital at one of the most technologically advanced trusts in the country explains how she is promoting IT and transformation expertise through the global digital exemplar programme and the Digital Academy. Salford...

HM interview: Stephen Dobson

The chief digital officer for the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership outlines his vision for infrastructure, IT systems and information across the city, explains how they will support the ambitious aims of DevoManc,...

Budget analysis: trick or treat?

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his Budget on Monday so he didn’t have to deliver it on Halloween. The event was still haunted by the ghost of the NHS birthday present and the spectre of the...

Standards and deliver

New health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has promised that “interoperable data standards” will finally deliver integrated health and care IT systems. Yet standards are not new, and they are not the only thing...

HM interview: Dr Marc Farr

The founder of Beautiful Information has seen big changes in the NHS’ ability to collect data and in its willingness to act on it. He tells Lyn Whitfield that more changes are coming, as AI...

Back in the saddle, again

Expo18NHS in Manchester heard more about the long-term plan for the NHS and about progress on healthcare IT. But all eyes were on new health and social care secretary Matt Hancock, who used his closing...

Analysis: the NHS ten-year plan

The health service was promised a £20 billion ‘birthday present’ for NHS70. Now, a ten-year plan is being developed to work out how to spend the money. Lyn Whitfield asks what we know so far,...

Hancock’s half month

In the fortnight since he took over from Jeremy Hunt as health and social care secretary, Matt Hancock has given one major speech and made his first appearance in front of the Commons’ health committee....

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