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DoH announces new health IT leaders

12th August 2008

The Department of Health (DoH) has announced the appointment of the new leadership team given the responsibility for taking forward its health IT programme.

Christine Connelly has been appointed chief information officer for health and her work will focus on the development and delivery of an overall information strategy and the integration of leadership across the health service and related bodies.

Martin Bellamy has been chosen as the director of programme and system delivery and is charged with leading NHS Connecting for Health and focusing on improving partnership working within and with the health service.

The DoH said these two appointments follow on from a strategic refocusing of IT leadership in the NHS as part of the Health Informatics Review.

David Nicholson, chief executive of the NHS, said: “The creation of these two roles enhances both the strategic management of information in the health and social care system and the delivery of NHS Connecting for Health.”

He added he is delighted Ms Connelly and Mr Bellamy have accepted these posts, saying they will bring a breadth of skills and experience to their roles.

In May 2008, the Guardian claimed NHS staff remain sceptical about the suitability of US product Millennium in Britain’s hospitals.

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