NHS England has appointed a chief clinical information officer (CCIO), a chief information officer (CIO), and a director of digital experience in a major IT shake-up.
The organisation had initially wanted to hire a chief information and technology officer (CITO) to replace national director for patients and information Tim Kelsey, who left in December.
The NHS released a job ad in January, but struggled to find the right candidate, and told V3 sister site Computing last month that the exact remit for the CITO role will be decided when a successful candidate is in place.
But the NHS has since hired Matthew Swindells as national director of operations and information. Swindells has been CIO at the Department of Health, and was most recently SVP of population health and global strategy at the Cerner Corporation.
The NHS has now hired a CCIO and CIO to report to him, suggesting that there will no longer be a need for a CITO.
The new CCIO is Professor Keith McNeil, which may ring some alarm bells as McNeil resigned from his post as CEO at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in September 2015, just before the publication of a damning report by the Care Quality Commission.
The trust was put into "special measures" by health regulator Monitor after over-spending by an average of £1.2m a week, in part owing to a new £200m online patient record system from US supplier Epic, which was fraught with problems.
NHS England has also poached Royal Free Hospital CIO Will Smart as CIO.
"The NHS CCIO and NHS CIO post holders will act on behalf of the whole NHS to provide strategic leadership, also chairing the National Information Board and acting as commissioning ‘client' for the relevant programmes being delivered by NHS Digital (previously known as the HSCIC)," NHS England explained.
Juliet Bauer, who led the move to take Times Newspapers online, will take up the role of director of digital experience. The NHS released a job ad for this particular role only in June. Bauer will receive a salary of at least £131,301.
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