David Nicholson, NHS Chief Executive - eight challenges facing the National Programme for IT

At a one-day event hosted by David Nicholson, Chief Executive of the NHS, “National Programme for Information Technology: Facing the issues, making progress” these were set out as eight challenges facing the programme:

1) How do we improve the practice of confidentiality in the NHS?

2) Speeding up the spread of good practice in implementation

3) Getting clinicians involved in implementations

4) Increasing NHS leaders’ support for the programme

5) Having a more flexible implementation programme – responding to local NHS needs

6) Using technology to increase patient involvement in their own care

7) Identifying better ways to give staff new skills that are needed

8) Setting and communicating expectations at the local level