Dr Paul Rice has 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 has been responsible for supporting and enabling the rapid and effective uptake of digital technology in care pathways and new service models across health and care including most recently the Covid-19 vaccination programme and work to digitise care homes.

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.

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. He is passionate about inclusive digital transformation, ensuring diversity of interest and experience hugely influences care.

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.

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. He is a keen Leeds United football fan, an avid racegoer and enjoys live music and Yorkshire’s finest grub and tipples.