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Des Holden is Implementation Lead, NIHR Applied Research Collaboration KSS. He is also Medical Director of KSS AHSN, having been with the organisation throughout its first licence.
Des was a consultant and the medical director at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and then joined Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) as Medical Director and member of the Board in 2011, a post he held until 2019 when the CQC awarded the trust an outstanding rating overall and in four of the six inspection domains. Des is now Chief of Innovation at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH).
In addition, he is a non- executive director of the Southeast Health Technology Alliance (SEHTA) and an international advisor to Public Intelligence, the Danish organisation running citizen engagement and living lab co-design for new technologies.
Des is also a visiting professor at the University of Surrey, in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science.