Mark Dundon is leaving his post at broadband provider Plusnet for a new challenging role as CIO for the NHS West and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Commissioning Support Unit (CSU).
CSUs were set up by the NHS in April 2013 with the goal to combine local knowledge, expertise and specialist skills, helping clinical commissioners achieve better results in commissioning healthcare and allowing maximum investment in frontline healthcare services.
Dundon says that while the telecoms industry is something he would like to come back to in the future, he cannot turn down the transformational opportunity healthcare presents and there is an emotional reason behind his move too.
Sheffield native Dundon's twin daughters were treated at Sheffield Children's Hospital at a time when they were seriously ill and that planted the idea in his mind that he would really like to do something in return for the healthcare system one day. So when offered that chance he naturally jumped at it, viewing it as an opportunity to really make a difference, CIO UK reported.
Plusnet's former IT executive will be taking over a team of about 250 professionals from various areas of the IT field - business intelligence, project management, software development, network and data centre engineers, as well as IT and desktop support. He will be on the board of directors, reporting to the managing director and working closely with a finance director, who is also making a career move - from the finance sector.
At first CSUs will be hosted by the NHS Business Support Agency, but the plan is for them to become self-sufficient by 2015 and Dundon is excited by the opportunity to help turn them into a social enterprise. He believes the NHS can become even more efficient, improving front line patient care.