Professor Jonathan Benger

Chief Medical Officer, NHS Digital


Jonathan Benger is Professor of Emergency Care in the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences at the University of the West of England. He leads the Emergency Care Research Theme, and is Director of the Bristol Academic Department of Emergency Care. Jonathan’s main research interests relate to emergency and pre-hospital care, cardiac arrest, workforce and design research.

Jonathan is also a NHS Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Pre-Hospital Care. He does regular clinical work at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and with the Great Western Air Ambulance, which he established as its first Medical Advisor between 2007 and 2011.

Since November 2019 Jonathan has been the Chief Medical Officer of NHS Digital, which designs, develops and operates the national IT and data services that support the NHS. Prior to this he was the National Clinical Director for Urgent Care at NHS England, and has led work to improve Ambulance Services, Emergency Departments and NHS 111.