Senior executive Richard Jeavons quits NHS IT programme


Senior executive Richard Jeavons quits NHS IT programme

Tony Collins

Richard Jeavons, senior responsible owner for service implementation in the NHS's £12.4bn National Programme for IT (NPfIT) is leaving for a different health service job.

He is one of a succession of senior responsible owners to leave the NPfIT. Others who have left include Richard Granger, formerly director general of NHS IT and senior responsible owner, John Bacon, the Department of Health's director of delivery and overall senior responsible owner for the NPfIT, Aidan Halligan and John Pattison.

Only last month Jeavons was one of the key figures at a press conference in Whitehall to announce details of an annual statement on the costs of the NPfIT. Jeavons was seated next to the minister in charge of the NPfIT, Ben Bradshaw.

Jeavons has been a much respected figure in the National Programme. He is seen by senior executives in the NHS as credible, pragmatic and realistic. He is a former chief executive of West Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority and senior responsible owner for the North East Cluster of NHS Connecting for Health, which runs part of the NPfIT.

He is leaving as senior responsible owner and as director of IT Service Implementation at NHS Connecting for Health. He has been appointed chief executive at the Independent Reconfiguration Panel, which provides expertise on NHS service change.

The panel was established in 2003 to provide advice to the secretary of state for health on contested proposals for health service change in England. It also offers support and advice to the NHS and elsewhere on making changes.

The panel has announced the appointment of Jeavons on its website where it said it was "finalising commencement dates and a formal announcement will be made in due course".

No announcement has yet been made on the website of NHS Connecting for Health. Its spokeswoman made no comment.

Read more about the NHS National Programme for IT on Tony Collins' IT Projects Blog >>

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