Tanya Pankhurst

Dr Tanya Pankhurst is an NHS consultant in Nephrology and Chief Clinical Information Officer / Director of Digital Healthcare at University Hospitals Birmingham, UK. She trained in Newcastle, completed a PhD in mechanisms of vasculitis in 2009. She was in the first cohort of the NHS Digital Academy and currently completing an MSc in Digital Health. She is a collaborator with HDRUK projects, including Pioneer.

Renal interests include transplantation, dialysis, transition from paediatric to adult care and complex rare disease.

She is a clinical lead for Electronic Health Records working in close collaboration with clinical staff groups, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals and simultaneously with the team and group of computer programmers building the suite of clinical software products including PICS (Prescribing, Information and Communication System), Clinical Portal and MyHealth, a patient portal, within UHB.

Wider projects include interoperability, interlinking of national and international data and artificial intelligence in healthcare.

From a research standpoint her interests include collaboration in building computer-based intelligent clinical decision support systems to improve patient safety. Current projects encompass the enhancement of quality of care through interlinking of devices, how changes in practice can be influenced and supported by electronic systems and specific impacts on management of processes.

She lives in Birmingham with her husband and two young boys who are improving her previously untested footballing skills. So far there is no career change to premiership football planned.