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BT appoints new leader of London NHS IT contract

Antony Savvas

BT has gone to the NHS for a new leader to head up its London NHS IT contract.

Paul White, chief executive of Barts and the London NHS Trust, is to join BT as chief executive of the contract in the New Year.

Clive Fenton, who is currently leading the programme, will report to White as his chief operating officer.

As well as overseeing the London NHS IT programme, BT is also responsible for delivering a national NHS broadband network and for building the national central patient record database known as the "Spine".

These are all part of the ongoing NHS National Programme for IT. Although BT has been “fined” by the NHS for the late delivery of elements of these contracts in the past, BT has said that it still expects to make a profit on all the contracts over their lifespan.

Patrick O’Connell, managing director of BT Health, said, “The NHS National Programme for IT is about transforming the way services are delivered and greatly improving healthcare. Paul’s experience of health issues, the NHS and how it works will be a tremendous asset on a project such as this.”

Barts and The London NHS Trust serves over half a million patients a year. The Trust has an annual budget of more than £500m, employs 8,000 staff, and is responsible for the UK’s largest hospital redevelopment programme costing around £1bn.

White serves on a number of national and London bodies, including the London Programme Board for Health IT, and works internationally for the NHS advising governments on health developments.

White said, “Barts and The London are remarkable hospitals full of exceptional teams and individuals, whom it has been an honour to lead these past five years. However having steered the Trust into this new era it is an appropriate time to hand over to a new chief executive.

“My new role with BT will allow me to continue my links with the NHS in London and to apply my health experience and knowledge to benefit both BT and the NHS.”


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