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NHS England to create new technology officer role

Neil Merrett Published 26 November 2015

No timetable set for appointment of new role, which will take forward leadership of information and technology agenda overseen by the outgoing Tim Kelsey

 

NHS England is to create a new chief information and technology officer (CITO) role to take leadership of the organisation's information and technology agenda from outgoing national director for patients and information, Tim Kelsey.

The decision to establish the new role has been confirmed in a leaked e-mail from the organisation's chief executive Simon Stevens. NHS England said it did not have anything to add about the role, other than confirming the legitimacy of the leaked e-mail.

According to the e-mail, the CITO will support local health and care systems to implement core digital standards and transform public access to information tools and services.

It is understood that no timetable has been set to complete the appointment of the new role, with the chosen candidate expected to work alongside the Department of Health (DH) and arm's length bodies like Public Health England, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and NHS Improvement.

Kelsey, who has been a key figure in NHS England's technology initiatives focused on data sharing and opening up online records access by 2020, announced in September that he would be stepping down from his role at the end of the year to move to Telstra Health. He was also appointed last year as chair of the National Information Board (NIB) focusing on health and care.

Once the new CITO is appointed, they will be expected to chair the NIB, while working to ensure technology investments in nationally funded programmes are fully realised.

No specific mention was made in the e-mail of the care.data programme, which was originally set to be launched last year and has faced successive delays over concerns about confidentiality. Work is currently ongoing to finalise future safeguards for the programme.

The leaked e-mail has said that the CITO will take specific responsibility for commissioning 'modern data services' designed to provide patients, commissioners and clinicians with analytic resources and technology programmes that will support their needs based around primary care and future care models.

The new position is also intended to lead development around transparency, ensuring new standards relating to data security are embedded and can enable information to be shared in a way that benefits patients but does not compromise their confidentiality.

According to the correspondence, the CITO will also work closely with the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The organisation is responsible for the national information and technology infrastructure for health and social care.

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