Connecting for Health, which runs the NHS’s £6.2bn national programme for IT (NPfIT), has appointed a new regional implementation director for London following the resignation of David Kwo in April.
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Kevin Jarrold, formerly director of information management at University College London Hospital, will replace Kwo.
CfH also announced the appointment of Paul Jones as chief technology officer, with overall responsibility for NPfIT’s business, systems and technical architecture.
Jones was previously a director in systems integration at business and technology integration firm Atos Origin. He has worked on IT delivery projects, with government clients including the Ministry of Defence and the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs.
The appointments are the latest in a series of senior staff changes at CfH, which was recently criticised in the British Medical Journal for poor communications with clinicians. A National Audit Office report on NPfIT, originally due this summer, is now expected in November.
CfH said it had also strengthened the structure of its regional cluster teams to enhance their links to central functions and allow the regional implementation directors to focus on systems deployment.
Chief operating officer Gordon Hextall said: “These appointments and initiatives aim to strengthen our capability as we enter a key stage of deployment of the National Programme for IT.”