The Department of Health is making no commitment to replacing Richard Granger, director general of NHS IT and chief executive of NHS Connecting for Health, which runs part of the £12.4bn National Programme for IT [NPfIT].
The Department has confirmed it is conducting an interview review of NHS IT, but the review will not include looking at NHS Connecting for Health or the NPfIT. It will instead look at how the NHS "uses informatics to improve patient care".
Richard Granger will remain in post until the end of this year. Richard Granger announced in June 2007 that he was resigning.
In a carefully-worded response to Computer Weekly's question on whether Granger will be replaced, a Department of Health official said, "Richard Granger has done a great job in leading the National Programme for IT, which has delivered new and innovative systems that have helped NHS staff to transform the services they provide for patients.
"Richard is not due to leave the Department of Health until the end of the year. Since Richard announced his resignation, David Nicholson [chief executive of the NHS] has set up a review of how the NHS uses informatics to improve patient care. This is not a review of Connecting for Health or the National Programme for IT, but the contribution of both will be included within this wider work, as recommended by Ara Darzi [Health Minister] in his NHS Next Stage Review.
"In the light of these developments, David [Nicholson] now thinks the time is right to look closely at what skills and management arrangements we need to take Connecting for Health forward. We expect to be able to outline this before the end of the year.
"In the meantime, Richard Granger and his team continue to do an excellent job in leading the Programme."Tony Collins blog >>