Newcastle Hospitals has announced the appointment of Shauna McMahon as its new Chief Information Officer.

She will be responsible for overseeing digital technology and innovation across the trust.

Welcoming Shauna to Newcastle Hospitals, Chief Executive Dame Jackie Daniel said: “Shauna had led significant and complex digital transformations during her career and so brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role of Chief Information Officer.

“I know she will help us continue to deliver some exciting developments as we adopt the latest technology to transform our services for our patients and staff. We look forward to welcoming her to Newcastle Hospitals.”

Shauna began her career in Canada, where she worked for an international consulting firm and served as Chair of the Board of Directors at Credit Union Atlantic before joining Capital District Health Authority in Nova Scotia.

In 2015, she became the Chief Information Officer at Frimley Health Foundation Trust before subsequently joining NHS South Central and West CSU and then North Lincolnshire and Goole in 2020.

Shauna said: “Newcastle is recognised nationally as a digital mature organisation that delivers clinical solutions to support delivery of care to an excellent standard so I’m excited to be joining the team.

“I’m passionate about the positive impact effective digital transformation can have in the health and care system. People, data and technology are critical to the ongoing evolution of the NHS and will support local systems to work more efficiently, improve diagnosis and treatment and improve services.

“There will be some challenges ahead but I’m really looking forward to making an impact.”