BT has created a Director of Health position as it looks to benefit from an increased number of contracts on offer from the UK’s National Health Service.

Jason Hall, the UK-based operator’s former Director of Central Government and Police, has taken up the new role.

BT said his previous role will now come under a new combined Defence, Central and Police market unit, led by Bill Holford.

Hall has been charged with leading BT’s strategy and portfolio for the health sector, including responsibility for securing and delivering contract wins on the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN).

The HSCN, which links health and social care providers for the first time, enables services to be bought at a local, rather than central, level. It comes into force later this year.

BT has received accreditation to be a supplier to the HSCN by NHS Digital, which manages the provision of data and IT services.

KCOM and Virgin Media Business have also received accreditation, while O2, Vodafone and a host of other providers are are being assessed.

BT promised to announce the portfolio of products and services it expects to deliver over the HSCN “in the coming months”.

Hall said: "This new role has been created to allow our business to continue to adapt to the changing needs of the health and social care sector.

“That market is undergoing a huge shift as it transitions from the N3 contract to the decentralised HSCN procurement model.

“Now that we’ve achieved accredited status I look forward to driving our business forward as we look to secure new customer wins on the new network.”

Healthcare falls under BT’s Business and Public Sector division.

Sales from public sector and “major” business customers fell 14 percent in the three months to March.

BT warned that “a small number of large [public sector] contracts” are coming to an end in the 2017/18 financial year.

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