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NHS IT leadership changes hands - again

Lindsay Clark

Connecting for Health, the NHS's £6.2bn IT investment programme, has appointed its fourth official in two years to lead it in engaging with clinical and management stakeholders.

Richard Jeavons is to join the Department of Health as director of IT service implementation. He takes over from Alan Burns, who is standing down from his IT role after becoming chief executive of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority.

In November 2004 Burns took on the leadership of implementing CfH in addition to his role as chief executive of Trent Strategic Health Authority. His appointment followed the departure of Aidan Halligan, joint senior responsible owner of the NHS programme.

Halligan's departure came after the clinical lead for the programme, Peter Hutton, stepped down as head of the National Clinical Advisory Board in April, citing the need for greater clarity "over arrangements over clinical input into the programme".

A spokesman for CfH said Jeavons would stand down from his current role as senior responsible owner for the CfH north-east cluster and chief executive of West Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority.

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