After our inquiries on the forthcoming departure from the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) of one of its leaders and a senior responsible owner, Richard Jeavons, NHS Chief Executive David Nicholson has issued a statement.
Nicholson, who remains the latest overall senior responsible owner of the NPfIT, said:
“Richard Jeavons has done a great job over the past three years in helping to lead the National Programme for IT, which has connected every hospital and GP surgery to a common secure network. He will be missed for the energy and enthusiasm he has brought to the programme and his significant contribution to its development, in particular his strong focus on the needs of NHS staff and patients.
“It’s absolutely crucial we build on these achievements and ensure that going forward we continue to deliver new and innovative systems that have helped NHS staff to transform the services they provide for patients.
“Richard will stay until his successor has been appointed to ensure a smooth handover.”
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health commented on the fact that Jeavons is the latest in a succession of NPfIT leaders who decided to move on.
“In a programme of this scale with a pool of talented individuals, it’s not unusual for people to move on when career opportunities arise. We are pleased to have played a role in their personal career development and are grateful for the contribution they have made to developing better patient care through the development and implementing of new IT systems.
“We will be recruiting shortly to fill any emerging vacancies.”