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Sue Hill

Professor Dame Sue Hill

Chief Scientific Officer for England, NHS England

Professor Dame Sue Hill DBE FMedSci FRSB FRCP(Hon) FRCPath (Hon) FHCS (Hon) is the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) for England and the Head of Profession for the scientific workforce and provides scientific leadership and advice for the wider health and care system. A respiratory scientist by background, she has an international academic and clinical research reputation.

As CSO, Dame Sue has been a champion of education and training for the profession, leading the UK wide Modernising Scientific Careers initiative and now the broader NHS diagnostics and cancer workforce and genomics education programmes.

She has led, and continues to lead, large-scale transformation programmes and major policy developments across all levels of the health and care system and across government. Her reputation for championing new ways of working ensures patient outcomes and system improvements are at the heart of her work.

Dame Sue leads and directs Genomics in the NHS, driving the world-leading programme to introduce a nationwide Genomic Medicine Service working in partnership to deliver cutting edge technologies for patient benefit and establishing new collaborations between the NHS and academia, industry and international governments/initiatives. This builds on her work in heading up the NHS contribution to the world-leading 100,000 Genomes Project.

She played a major role in the national COVID-19 response programme leading the development and deployment of testing technologies into use for the UK population and co-directing the globally recognised programme for whole-genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2.

Dame Sue was made a Dame Commander in 2018 in recognition of the scale of her contribution to British genomics, having previously been awarded an OBE in 2005 in recognition of her services to healthcare science. In 20/21 she was named one of The 80 Most Influential People in English NHS and health policy.

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