Will Smart will be stepping down from his role as\u00a0CIO for\u00a0Health and Social Care in England on 30 September 2019, bringing an end to\u00a0his three-year spell in the role.\nSmart joins a growing list of IT leaders who have recently left\u00a0the NHS, which\u00a0is going in a new digital direction under Health Secretary Matt Hancock.\nRead next: Why are so many CIOs leaving the NHS?\nHancock's biggest NHS\u00a0initiative since his July 2018 appointment is the creation of NHSX, a new body to lead the digital transformation of public healthcare, whose CEO Matthew Gould announced Smart's departure.\n"Today, I'd like personally to thank Will Smart, CIO for Health & Care who has announced he is leaving NHSX on 30 Sept," Gould tweeted. "It has been a real pleasure working with Will, whose expertise & wisdom will be missed. Along with many others I'm grateful for the huge amount he's contributed."\nRead next: What is NHSX? Inside the government's new healthtech unit\nSmart\u00a0confirmed the news in a reply to Gould, offering his support for NHSX.\n"After 3 years, now feels the right time to move on," he said. "We've proven that the NHS can do tech & through the #NHSLongTermPlan, we'll drive forward digital transformation for the benefit of patients\u00a0I wholeheartedly support NHSX & wish Matthew Gould & all my colleagues every success."\nSmart was appointed NHS CIO in August 2016, after\u00a0six years as CIO of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, where he was responsible for the strategic management and delivery of informatics service at the teaching hospital.\nHis CV also includes a spell as Director of\u00a0Information Management and Technology\u00a0at Barnet and Chase Fame NHS Hospital and stints in public sector consulting\u00a0at Metaskil, Hedra, Marconi Software Solutions and Service Dynamics Limited.\nThe NHS is yet to announce his replacement, or indeed if the organisation will continue to have a single CIO\u00a0for Health and Social Care.