Glasgow prepares to share

Two major public sector bodies in Glasgow are racing to set up IT governance arrangements for a £750m shared services project, which goes live next week.

Two major public sector bodies in Glasgow are racing to set up IT governance arrangements for a £750m shared services project, which goes live next week.

Glasgow City Council and Greater Glasgow Health Board need to agree how to agree how to run the project, which forms the centrepiece of a £1bn scheme to get five public sector bodies working together more closely (Computer Weekly, 21 March).

Council IT director Elma Murray said, "We have had a group looking at the arrangements needed from 6 April. We are making sure all the organisations have access to information."

The project will see the council and the health board pool budgets and 5,000 staff under five community health and care partnerships. The partnerships will be responsible for the care needs of children, older people, and citizens with learning disabilities, addiction or mental health problems. Council officers and health workers will have access to both the council's social care application and health board systems.

Murray said, "We have traditionally allowed access to Care First [the social care application] to health colleagues. We are putting in place arrangements that make that more robust."

New governance arrangements will not be finalised until the first meeting of the project's board in mid-April, she said.

Business transformation projects

Glasgow City Council is preparing business transformation projects for each of its services. IT director Elma Murray said, "The service reforms across the council will result in huge changes to IT infrastructure and systems."

Each service head is responsible for their service's project. Murray is responsible for both the e-government project and a workforce planning project.

 

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