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HSCIC chair Kingsley Manning to leave in May

Chair of the Health and Social Care Information Centre Kingsley Manning plans to leave his job, making it the second high-profile NHS IT departure in the past few months

Kingsley Manning, chair of the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), has announced he plans to step down from his role in May 2016.

Manning joined the HSCIC as its chair in May 2013, with the aim of establishing the then newly created organisation as a national and international centre of expertise for the use of data in health and care. 

Manning said that HSCIC has made “significant progress” since its creation, but that he believes “it is appropriate that the next phase of the organisation’s development should be led by a new chair”.

“The progress that the HSCIC has made – in successfully delivering national technology services and programmes, in providing leadership in information governance and cyber security and in continuing to publish robust and independent statistics – is a testament to the skills of our staff and the strength of our management team,” he said.

“It has been a great pleasure to be part of that team and to work with my fellow directors on the HSCIC board.”

Manning has also been one of the drivers behind the controversial Care.data programme.

The HSCIC is commissioned by government to deliver the programme, which aims to extract anonymised patient data from GP records to a central database held by the HSCIC.

Future of Care.data programme uncertain

The news of Manning leaving comes shortly after 2015’s departure of Care.data’s other main champion, former NHS England director of patients and information Tim Kelsey, who left to take up a job in Australia.

With the project currently paused awaiting Dame Fiona Caldicott’s review of how to word a new model for consent and opt-outs for the programme, and two of its main supporters leaving the NHS, the future of Care.data could be uncertain.

HSCIC chief executive Andy Williams said Manning will be missed and has brought “insight, great experience and energy to his role”.

“Kingsley joined shortly after the formation of the HSCIC and has been critical in shaping the organisation and ensuring that it is ready to deliver the technology and information that is vital for excellent health and care,” he said.

Recruitment for a replacement HSCIC chair is already underway, according to a spokesperson.

In 2015, the HSCIC released its five-year strategy, which calls for the implementation of a common digital platform for integrated healthcare, and the use of new applications and devices – such as wearable technology – to improve services.

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