Bacon joins national plan leadership

John Bacon, a top official at the Department of Health, has become the latest senior responsible owner of the NHS' national...

John Bacon, a top official at the Department of Health, has become the latest senior responsible owner of the NHS' national programme for IT (NPfIT).

His appointment was announced last week at the HC2005 healthcare informatics conference by Richard Granger, director general of NHS IT.

Bacon is group director of health and social care delivery at the Department of Health and is chairman of the NPfIT's board, which is attended by senior responsible owners of the scheme's subsidiary programmes.

When the Office of Government Commerce initiated the concept of a senior responsible owner, it said one person should see the project through from conception to delivery of benefits.

But the NPfIT has had a series of senior responsible owners. The first was John Pattison, an official at the Department of Health. He was succeeded by Aidan Halligan and Richard Granger, who jointly held the title. Halligan relinquished the role last year. Now Granger is handing over the role to Bacon, who becomes the overarching senior responsible owner.



Same project, different name

The national programme for IT in the NHS will become an agency of the Department of Health and will be renamed Connecting for Health on 1 April, health minister John Hutton announced last week.

Richard Granger will become chief executive and remain director general. There is already an organisation called Connecting for Health and officials are checking whether they can adopt the name.

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