The Department of Health has advertised for an NHS chief information officer. Headhunters have been recruited and interviews will take place in a couple of months.
Matthew Swindells, acting NHS CIO, told the HC2008 annual healthcare IT conference at Harrogate, "This is an absolutely crucial position, linking the policy to the strategy to the informatics. If we can drive that from the top, then other things become a lot easier for everybody."
Meanwhile, the Department of Health has appointed its latest interim head of IT in the NHS, Bruce Keogh, NHS medical director. He has been appointed interim director general for Informatics. His temporary appointment follows the resignation of Swindells who is joining consultancy Tribal.