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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