It gives us great pleasure to announce the election of Cerner executive and former NHS nurse Wendy Marshall as a member of techUK’s Health and Social Care Council.
The organisation’s Health and Social Care Programme provides a forum to articulate and champion industry positions directly to government, creating a space to hold open dialogues about existing challenges and proposals to overcome them, driving innovation, growth and improvement within the national health and care system.
The Health and Social Care Council acts as a representative group of members that reflects the wider membership of the UK technology sector. The elected council is committed to playing an integral and positive role in the advancement of the digital agenda across the UK’s health and care system. The council meets regularly to discuss and focus on health and social care policies and programmes in development, while providing a consultative panel of industry experts for the government and other industry stakeholders.
As part of the council, Wendy will represent Cerner and our commitment to the improvement of healthcare provision across the country. She will also seek to honour our pledge to align with the Department of Health and Social Care’s priorities and ambitions to cope with current pressures, and implement innovative solutions designed to improve outcomes for patients and service users.
With over 900 members, techUK represents companies from the technology sector and encourages the use of innovative technologies to redefine – and advance – the world we live in. To this end, techUK supports members in their initiatives to grow the key markets that represent the greatest opportunities for the tech sector, and to develop relationships and networks for the benefit of the industry. Additionally, techUK provides members with unique insights to help them make more informed decisions, reducing business risks and helping them identify opportunities to optimise the potential of the technology sector, in the UK and beyond.
As advocates for the use and adoption of open standards to improve healthcare quality, safety, and efficiency, Cerner became one of the first signatories of techUK’s Health and Social Care Interoperability Charter in 2015, thus pledging to work collaboratively with other suppliers to support the implementation of integrated, patient-centric care systems.
Wendy qualified as a registered nurse in 1989, subsequently working within the NHS as a ward manager in her local Trust. She has a longstanding career of nearly 25 years working for and in partnership with the NHS, where she has embraced a variety of clinical roles and always strived to improve the quality of care and patient experience across health and social care.
Wendy joined Cerner in 2006 as a solution consultant, and her leadership and passion for healthcare have earned her significant accomplishments both inside and outside the organisation. In her current role as the director for new business across the UK, some of her responsibilities include building and maintaining strategic partnerships with clients and industry partners. She is also responsible for analysing the market for changes in healthcare delivery within the UK to help identify new ways of working for clinicians across the NHS – both in using IT and innovation, as well as workflow standardisation, and workforce upskilling.
Wendy is also one of the founding members of a networking group within Cerner supporting and empowering women in technology, where she has helped develop a thriving community of men and women who are driven to ensure gender equality in the workplace.