Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has appointed Richard Corbridge as its Chief Digital and Information Officer.

The 2017 CIO 100 leader has been the CIO at Ireland's Health Service Executive and CEO for eHealth Ireland since 2014.

Corbridge will be taking leadership of one of the UK's largest NHS trusts and he will be charged with delivering a patient-focused digital strategy. The trust recently recovered from an IT network failure that left staff without access to pathology systems.

Corbridge most recently penned an article for CIO UK about the changing role of a digital leader, and said that despite industry differences, many challenges CIOs faced were similar.

"The biggest challenge in health, in the public sector, has to be the resources - both the budget and people to do the work," Corbridge said. "Recruiting into the public sector competing with the big names to bring digital expertise, enthusiasm for digital, is challenging.

"The role of the CIO is so interchangeable across those verticals. You can move around and still be a digital change agent - and some of the skills, some of the needs, some of the problems are exactly the same."

HSE Ireland director general Tony O'Brien praised Corbridge's contribution in driving the digital and ehealth agenda in Ireland.

"In his time with the HSE, Richard has made a very significant contribution to our reform agenda and I know he will continue to do so in his remaining time with us.

Corbridge was recognised by the 2017 CIO 100 judging panel for his recent achievements including driving an IT transformation agenda and securing the appointment of CCIO's across Ireland.

Under Corbridge the reputation of 'digital' in health in Ireland has improved leaps and bounds, he told CIO UK earlier this year. Upon being named the 2017 CIO 100 leader, Corbridge also remarked that it was time for CIOs step up and lead the charge of digital transformation at their organisations.

HSE Ireland said it will begin its recruitment process for a successor in September.

Leeds City Council Chief Digital and Information Officer Dylan Roberts was also a 2017 CIO 100 high-lfyer, and discussed his 'city as a platform' strategy with CIO UK earlier this year. (Read next: Salford Royal Digital Director Rachel Dunscombe to lead NHS Digital Academy.)