NHS Digital Professor Jonathan Benger has been awarded the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) on the New Year’s list of honors for “NHS services”.
Professor Benger, who is the Medical Director of NHS Digital, played a key role during the Covid-19 pandemic, including monitoring NHS Pathways, NHS111 Online, the NHS.UK website and the NHS application, all which have been instrumental in the pandemic response.
He and his team have been working to incorporate a clinical focus into the NHS Digital culture and promote the ‘first clinical’ approach, a philosophy that all has a clinical approach through its impact on patients.
Prior to his role at NHS Digital, he was the National Clinical Director of Urgent Care at NHS England, where he led the reform of ambulance services and a broader emergency care system, including the implementation of the review. NHS England Emergency and Emergency Care, the development of the NHS Long-Term Plan and the Emergency Care dataset.
It is the great work that Jonathan has done during the pandemic and his “NHS services” at such a difficult time that it has led to his recognition on the 2022 New Year’s List of Honors.
Professor Benger said: “Health and care have always been a team effort, and one of the challenges of recognizing people is that it is important to recognize the team that supports them.
“We have an amazing team at NHS Digital and I work with great people. Individuals are honored with awards, but of course it’s really a team effort and recognition.”
Just a few months ago, Jonathan spoke at Digital Health’s Fall Leadership Summit, where he emphasized that in order to successfully integrate NHS organizations, “take the labor with us”.
Professor Jonathan Benger will officially receive his CBE later in 2022, along with others whose work shone during the pandemic, including England Medical Director Professor Chris Whitty and Assistant CMO Jonathan Van- Tam.