The former chief information officer at the NHS has joined a global tech firm which provides technology to various NHS providers.

Will Smart announced his planned departure during the summer and is to join US-headquartered DXC Technology as its global director for customer engagement within healthcare and life sciences.

Smart has served as the CIO of the NHS since August 2016 and prior to that was the CIO at the Royal Free London Foundation Trust for six years.

DXC Technology is the company behind the Lorenzo electronic patient record system and was created out of a merger between CSC and HPE's services division.

Last year, it won a £250 million contract to improve the software in the NHS supply chain. However it has undergone an internal restructure affecting hundreds of UK staff, with many offered voluntary redundancy.

CEO Mike Lawrie is also to step down and be replaced by Mike Salvino.