Consultant Nephrologist
Director of Digital Healthcare
Chief Clinical Information Officer

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


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Professor Tanya Pankhurst

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Tanya Pankhurst is a Consultant Nephrologist (kidney specialist) and the Director of Digital Healthcare at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB).  She is also the Trust’s Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO), a senior role that not only works closely with the Trust Board, but also works closely alongside her front-line clinical colleagues to provide leadership and empowerment to staff, enabling them to fully engage in the various digital transformation projects across the Trust.

She brings an important clinical perspective to the development of digital and clinical systems and provides clinical leadership on those systems by coordinating a range of different staff groups to have input and oversight into the development of these.  Tanya is also a Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, and the Lead for the Young Adult Renal Service.

Her interest in young adult health and holistic care leads to many research and service improvement collaborations, such as working closely with colleagues at Birmingham Children’s Hospital looking at how to provide effective care during the transition between child and adult services and how to meet the needs of young adults in adult services.

Tanya trained in Newcastle in renal medicine and her specialist interests include transplant medicine, transition medicine (for young adults coming into adult services) and dialysis.

Her research interests include renal transplantation, young adults with renal diseases, digital healthcare, digital healthcare datasets, population health and the design of electronic health records.  Tanya has a competitive record of grant funding: Provider Digitisation Programme NHS-D (£15 million), SaferHospitals, Safer Wards Technology Fund NHSE and Integrated Digital Care Fund NHSE.

Tanya has always had an interest in digital healthcare and as a junior doctor, she had the opportunity to work with some very inspirational clinicians who can only be described as “digital trailblazers”. Tanya and her colleagues built various clinical systems, working closely with the programmers and NHS informaticians, and rolled these systems out across the organisation. Very early on in her career, she and her colleagues were able to demonstrate how health data could be used in real time to support clinical decision making and improve the delivery of clinical care.

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