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.

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...

HM interview: Cindy Fedell

The chief digital and information officer of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (and new HM advisory board member) talks to Lyn Whitfield about Cerner Millennium, the trust’s ground-breaking command centre, and the NHS IT...

HM interview: Cleveland Henry

The new director of cloud at UKCloud Health talks about how his career has given him a passion for technology-enabled change, and why he has left NHS Digital to return to the private sector to...

Review of the year, 2018

Brexit, money, a big anniversary and the promise of a long-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...

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