NHS CIO Christine Connelly's email in full

This is an email from NHS CIO Christine Connelly on the departure of her right-hand man Martin Bellamy:

 

Dear colleagues,

Position on Programme and Systems Delivery

The Director of Programme and Systems Delivery, Martin Bellamy, is moving from the Informatics Directorate to take up a position with the Cabinet Office leading a component of the pan-government ICT strategy.  Martin leaves with our best wishes and our thanks for his contribution over the past nine months.

Group Programme Director Tim Donohoe becomes the new Head of Programmes and Operations. Carol Clarke takes overall responsibility for the enabling functions within the Informatics Directorate.  Both Tim and Carol are reporting directly to myself.

Colleagues are all aware of the organisational changes taking place and the formation of our new Informatics Directorate. This is designed to help us move forward by ensuring our delivery objectives are aligned to national health policy and the needs of the NHS and patients.

The challenges ahead are tough, particularly in the acute sector, but achievable and we are united behind our objectives for the remainder of the year.  Collectively we remain absolutely focused on all key deliverables.

It is important for us to all maintain the momentum of delivery that we have collectively worked hard to establish, and we will continue to enhance our capabilities and our skills to deliver the very best solutions for patients and the NHS.

The ultimate outcome – creating the best electronic healthcare systems and services in the world to help save lives and improve the quality of care – is an ambition we can all aspire to and share.

I know that with change comes uncertainty for employees – and this news probably fuels that uncertainty – but let’s not forget the real appetite out in the NHS for quality informatics and the capability we have already shown in delivering an information infrastructure for one of the largest organisations in the world and a range of systems that are now used every day in the NHS, such as PACS and Choose and Book, to improve patient care.

We do have a strong leadership team with a wealth of experience in programme delivery and organisational management and this will be strengthened very shortly with interim director appointments in other parts of the Informatics Directorate.

Let’s continue to build on the solid foundations we have already created and continue to challenge ourselves to get even better going forward.

If you have ideas on how we can improve – or any questions – please forward to me. 

 

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Just a simple question.

What are Christine Connelly's qualifications in healthcare informatics, exactly?

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Fair point. As you imply she doesn't have any as far as I know. But she has had success in the private sector. That said, as you suggest, health informatics is an enormously complex. There's a danger in thinking that it's easier than it is.

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Fair point. As you imply she doesn't have any as far as I know. But she has had success in the private sector. That said, as you suggest, health informatics is an enormously complex. There's a danger in thinking that it's easier than it is.

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Christine Connelly's qualifications may be lacking in Health Informatics as you say but Brian Derry the Chief Informatics Director at NHS IC for Health & Social more than makes up for the shortfall. He led on this at LTHT until moving to the NHS IC. Having attended the last NHS IC board meeting they seem to be taking the lead in a lot of the work Ms Connelly is instrumental in delivering. It looks as if the DOH is positioning themselves to do away with SHAs and NHS IC are taking on a bigger role? See latest HSJ reports.

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Perhaps I'm still missing something. The Bryan Derry in the bio below? If so, where did Mr. Derry gain Medical Informatics expertise? For instance, I completed medical training, residency, and then a two year post doctoral fellowship in Medical Informatics at Yale School of Medicine. What fellowship in medical informatics did Mr. Derry attend? I know there are such programs in the UK.

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"Brian Derry was appointed as our new Executive Director of Information Services on 1 November 2008.

Brian is a professional statistician and has held a senior-level informatics posts in a number of Government departments, including the Department of Health, and in the NHS.

He is also currently the Chair of the National Council of ASSIST (The Association for Informatics Professionals in Health and Social Care) and is a chartered statistician, chartered IT professional and is registered with the United Kingdom Council of Health Informatics Professions.

Most recently he was the Director of Informatics at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust but before joining the NHS IC was on secondment for 4 months at NHS Connecting for Health, as Programme Director for implementing the Health Informatics Review. "

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Actually, Mr. Derry's presentation at http://www.primis.nhs.uk/conference_2007/presentations/day%20two%20turning%20pro%20Brian%20Derry.pps that I just found online is right on the money about the importance of healthcare informatics and the empowerment of its practitioners.

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Actually, Mr. Derry's presentation at http://www.primis.nhs.uk/conference_2007/presentations/day%20two%20turning%20pro%20Brian%20Derry.pps that I just found online is right on the money about the importance of healthcare informatics and the empowerment of its practitioners.

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Sorry, I was just giving the lay point of view, working as a PPI Volunteer who came into contact with Brian Derry I found he was always very fair in his dealings with me and answered the questions I asked.

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Sorry,I was just giving the lay point of view,working as a PPI Volunteer who came into contact with Brian Derry I found he was always

very fair in his dealings with me and answered the questions I asked.

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