New health IT leaders with joint salaries of £400k

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The Department of Health has appointed Christine Connelly, a former chief information officer at Cadbury Schweppes, as the first CIO for Health, in a job expected to have a salary of at least £200,000.

The NHS's £12.7bn National Programme for IT [NPfIT] - the UK's largest IT programme - will be only part of her responsibilities. David Nicholson, Chief Executive of the NHS, is expected to remain as the overall senior responsible owner of the NPfIT. This means that the NPfIT still has no full-time overall senor responsible owner.  

Reporting to Connelly will be Martin Bellamy, Director of Programme and System Delivery, who will run NHS Connecting for Health, which is partly responsible for the NPfIT.

Bellamy has been working for the Department for Work and Pensions since 2003. His main role has been CIO of the Pension Service. His salary will be around £200,000.

The appointments mean that the job of Richard Granger who was Director General of NHS IT and head of Connecting for Health, has been split into two. Granger, who was the highest paid Whitehall civil servant, left the job earlier this year.

The Department of Health said Connelly will focus on developing and delivering the Department's overall information strategy and integrating leadership across the NHS and associated bodies including NHS Connecting for Health and the Information Centre.

Bellamy will lead NHS Connecting for Health and focus on enhancing partnerships with, and within the NHS.

Ministers want Connelly to have an overview of the NPfIT, other IT needs of the NHS, internal Department of Health IT, and integration of systems with social care and policy.

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Comment by Christine Connelly on Silicon.com, when she was CIO at Cadbury Schweppes:

"[She] said the trick is understanding the business well enough to know of the 20 things you could do today, which is the right one.

'You have to know which of your company's products you have to work on more than others and which market you have to support more than others. Doing everything else very well won't get you very far if the things we should have done fall by the wayside,' she said."

 

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More on Martin Bellamy:

He worked for KPMG Consulting, where he took on the role of Chief Technology Office for the Financial Services Consulting Division providing IT Strategy advice and delivering Internet technology based implementations for major financial institutions.

He also worked for the Ashridge Business School as a subject leader for information systems and decision sites. He also ran the Project Management in Action programme.

Previously he spent 13 years at Reuters in a range of marketing, technical and project management roles. He specialised in new product development and led the "concept to launch" development of several major new initiatives including the Reuters Intelligent Workstation, Reuters Financial Television, and a number of new information products.

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This was the Department of Health's announcement:

"The new leadership team to take forward the Government's flagship health IT programme was today announced by the Department of Health.

"Christine Connelly will be the first Chief Information Officer for Health and will focus on developing and delivering the Department's overall information strategy and integrating leadership across the NHS and associated bodies including NHS Connecting for Health and the Information Centre.

"Martin Bellamy will be the Director of Programme and System Delivery. He  will lead NHS Connecting for Health and focus on enhancing partnerships with, and within the NHS.

"Their appointments follow the strategic refocusing of IT leadership as part of the Health Informatics Review into how information can be better used across the Department and NHS.

"NHS Chief Executive, David Nicholson said: 'I am delighted that Christine and Martin have accepted these key posts. Together they bring a breadth of skills and experience that will be invaluable as we continue the roll out of new and innovative systems that are helping NHS staff to transform the services they provide for patients. The creation of these two roles enhances both the strategic management of information in the health and social care system and the delivery of NHS Connecting for Health.'

"Christine Connelly said: 'I am delighted to be joining such a strong team and am looking forward to getting started in September.'

"Martin Bellamy said: 'I am very much looking forward to working with colleagues from across the NHS to continue the delivery of the National Programme for IT. Much has already been achieved by this strategically important programme but what excites me most about my new role is the potential to deliver substantial further benefits both to patients and to staff in the NHS.'

"Christine and Martin are due to take up their positions on Monday 22 September 2008.

"Christine Connelly has most recently been working as an independent consultant.  Previously she was Chief Information Officer at Cadbury Schweppes PLC with direct control of all IT operations and projects.  She spent more than 20 years of her career at BP PLC where more recent roles included Chief of Staff for Gas, Power and Renewables, and Head of IT for both the upstream and downstream business.

"Martin Bellamy has worked for the Department for Work and Pensions since 2003. His main role has been as CIO of the Pension Service. He has also held the positions of Group Applications Director in Corporate IT, and as Senior Responsible Officer for Information Management in the DWP Change Programme.  Martin was previously a partner with KPMG Consulting in London, and has also worked in Reuters where his roles included Head of Real Time Technology and Director of News Products Development.

"Gordon Hextall is expected to continue in his role as Chief Operating Officer at NHS Connecting for Health."

Links:

New top jobs as Richard granger leaves - IT Projects blog

Health IT is too big for one boss: NHS needs two at £200,000 each

Department of Health announcement - press release  

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