Dr\u00a0Paul Jones\u00a0has been appointed\u00a0Chief Digital Information Officer (CDIO) at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, replacing\u00a0former CIO 100 leader Richard Corbridge, who stepped down in March to take on the job of\u00a0Director of Innovation at Boots UK.\nRead next: Boots appoints Richard Corbridge as Director of Innovation\nJones\u00a0will bring to the role a\u00a0deep experience of healthcare in both the private and public sectors. He\u00a0joins the Trust from BUPA, where he spent almost four years as Director of Information Strategy and Architecture.\nHe previously enjoyed an eight-year stint as CTO as NHS\u00a0Connecting for Health, where\u00a0he was the senior responsible officer for the \u00a3800 million budget National Spine Programme, which connected\u00a0NHS services online\u00a0and the \u00a31 billion budget N3 programme, which delivered Europe\u2019s largest private network. His CV also includes spells as\u00a0Group CIO of Serco and as a Director within the public sector practice of KPMG Consulting.\n"I am delighted to be joining Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust at an exciting time in its digital journey,"\u00a0Jones said in a statement. With ambitions to become a digital hospital, it is great to see the focus and importance placed on improving the experience of both patients and staff through impressive digital initiatives.\n"I am looking forward to learning more about the challenges and opportunities and I have been blown away by the people I have met so far. The Leeds Way culture shines strongly across the organisation."\nRead next: Why are so many CIOs leaving the NHS?\nSince the departure of Corbridge, the CDIO post has been filled on an interim basis by Andy Williams. Jones is expected to take over in November.\nLeeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Chief Executive Julian Hartley welcomed the appointment in a statement.\n"We're absolutely delighted that Paul will be joining our Trust board and I know he will be a great asset to the team," he said.\n"This is an exciting time for Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Paul\u2019s skills and expertise will help us to build on the innovative work of our Digital and Informatics team in collaboration with partners across the city. This will drive forward our vision to provide the best specialist and integrated care for patients across our seven hospitals."