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Anne Cooper

/photos/speakers-455-thumbAnne is a creative, bold and ambitious senior clinical leader with a background in nursing, informatics and organisational development.

She is the lead for nursing at NHS Digital, ensuring a clinical voice in national programmes and supporting the development of clinical informatics professionals.

One of Anne's greatest achievements has been the introduction of the Nursing Technology Fund, which she set up Paul Rice, Head of Technology Strategy for Digital Technology Patients and Information - while working in her former leadership role at NHS England. Together, they championed the liberation of government funds to support nurses, midwives and health visitors, and make better use of digital technology in all care settings.

As part of the scheme, funds were allocated to providers who were able to demonstrate how they could use technology to deliver safer, high-quality care. The fund attracted hundreds of applications, and since 2013, £65m has been spent on these projects. Projects include digitally enabled observations management, mobile access to digital care records across community and real-time digital nursing.

Through social media, Anne voices her experiences through the dual perspective of being a health professional and patient with diabetes, and as a result, has gained a well-established twitter following.

In 2014, Anne was voted social pioneer by the Nursing Times and Health Service Journal, and named as one of the top 50 inspirational women in the NHS for 2014.

Follow Anne on twitter @anniecoops