25 January 2015 20:16

CCIO Insight

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust is unusual in having not just one chief clinical information officer, but four. Claire Read discovers they all have the same aims, but valuably different perspectives on achieving them.
20 January 2015


GP John Lockley wants a new category of IT award; the red flag award for the regulation or industry practice that most inhibits the uptake of technology in the NHS. Naturally, he has some starters for ten…
19 January 2015

Enter the CCG: Dear Santa


Joe’s view: of powering up competition


Enter the CCG has a watercooler moment

Joe’s view: of records standards

Sharing the pain

Map of CCIOs

Current CCIO appointments. Click map for more information.

CCIO profile: Bolton’s team

20 January 2015

CCIO profile: Afzal Chaudhry

1 October 2014

CCIO profile: Dr Amir Mehrkar

1 September 2014

CCIO profile: Dermot O’Riordan

18 August 2014

CCIO profile: Martin Wilson

23 June 2014


EHealth Insider Issue No 666, 16 January 2015 The repeated delay to the announcement of the outcome of the second round of the tech fund is putting projects at risk; and EHI readers are fed up and cross about it.

EHI Primary Care Issue 500, 14 January 2015 EHI Primary Care had a little celebration for its 500th edition, and columnist Neil Paul had some thoughts on the A&E “crisis.”

EHI Acute Issue 86, 31 July 2014 The DH lost its NPfIT dispute with Fujitsu, while trusts outlined the projects they would be running with tech fund 1 money.

Health CIO Network Issue No 18, 9 January 2015 Has anyone else noticed that there will be a general election on 7 May this year? The chief information officers and other experts that EHI asked for predictions for 2015 were certainly well aware of the event, and its potential impact on healthcare IT.

CCIO Leaders Network Newsletter issue 62, 18 December 2014 The CCIO Leaders Network’s regular columnists are in a festive mood as Christmas approaches.

EHealth Insider Issue No 665, 9 January 2015

EHI Primary Care Issue 499, 7 January 2015

EHealth Insider Issue No 664, 19 December 2014

EHI Primary Care Issue 498, 17 December 2014

EHealth Insider Issue No 663, 12 December 2014

Health CIO Network Newsletter, Issue 17, 11 December 2014

EHI Primary Care Issue 497, 10 December 2014

EHealth Insider Issue No 662, 5 December 2014

CCIO Leaders Network Newsletter issue 61, 4 December 2014

EHI Primary Care Issue 496, 3 December 2014

What is the CCIO campaign?

The CCIO Leaders Network has been established to promote and develop chief clinical information officers across the NHS.

The CCIO vision and 12 point plan, launched in January 2014, details how CCIOs can help to deliver an improved health service through a clinically led information agenda, and the CCIO Leaders Network is now working to promote it at all levels.

The CCIO Leaders Network also delivers an extensive programme of events with its partners, the highlights of which are the annual summer school in July and the CCIO Leaders Network Annual Conference in November.

Sign up to express your support, be sent more information, and to opt to receive our regular newsletter, which includes provocative columns, profiles, and advance notice of events and other ways to contribute to the development of CCIOs.


Patient access to records –the long term vision and how current GP contractual requirements support this.

Presented by Dr Phil Koczan, CCIO, UCLPartners & NELFT this webinar will describe the vision and potential benefits of encouraging patient access to their records along with providing an update on the current drive to promote access to GP records. The challenges and opportunities around expanding access beyond the GP record will also be discussed.

Click Here for registration

King's Fund in London

This half day event focused on the collaborative approaches that chief clinical information officer are developing to secure benefits for patients.

Read a summary of the event, and explore all the presentations.

York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

This half day event looked at how technology can be used to support and improve patient safety.

Read a summary of the event, and explore all the presentations.

Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield

This event brought together five networks in the North East to find out how they can collaborate to push forward the digital health agenda in their local areas.

Read a summary of the event, and explore all the presentations.

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

This one-day conference highlighted leading NHS open source developments and provided the opportunity for delegates to learn about and share insights into harnessing open source and agile development approaches to NHS IT challenges.

Read a summary of the event, and explore all the presentations.


The first CCIO Leaders Network best practice webinar will be held on Friday 27 June at 12:30pm. CCIO Leaders Network chair Dr Joe McDonald will present on the development of the north east discharge summary alongside Mark Thomas, chair of the North East CIO group. The presentations will be followed by an open Q&A.

CCIO Summer School
The Judge Business School, Cambridge

The event included updates on national directives that have a direct impact on the work of clinical information leaders and talks from chief clinical information officers from around the country. It included a site visit to Addenbrooke’s Hospital to see the change management processes that underpin its upcoming installation of the Epic electronic patient record. Click here for a summary of the event.

Millennium Room Ground Floor, Waterfront 4, Newcastle, NE15 8NY Newburn United Kingdom

The second network of networks meeting focused on the north east shared GP discharge summary which was developed as a result of the Spring meeting.
The morning provide an update on the work of the professional records standards body and the importance of adopting standards especially in relation to the shared GPdischarge summary. The afternoon session was an opportunity for the different networks to hold joint meetings, in particular the regional CCIO Leaders Network and the North East CIO network.

The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B2 5EP

This network event focused on how integrating Speech Recognition Solutions into your chosen EHR will help you achieve and accelerate the clinical and other benefits of the EHR.  It was an opportunity for clinical and non-clinical CIOs to understand the challenges, pain points, solutions and benefits in real-life implementations of Speech Recognition Solutions integrated into the EHR.  There were a number of case studies within secondary care including one funded by an award from the first Nurse Tech Fund and will be revealing the current status of benefits realization for this project. 


View the Webinar

Our first of a monthly series of Best Practice Webinars was presented by Dr James Reed, CCIO & Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist on Friday 24 September. This CCIO Best Practice Webinar saw Dr Reed cover the topic "Video Conferencing in the real world"



On 31st October our second Best Practice webinar was presented by Adrian Byrne, Director of Information Management and Technology at Southampton University Hospitals. 

If you missed the presentation or wish to see it again, please click here.


- 2 days
NEC, Birmingham

The national conference returns to EHI Live. Chief clinical information officers and all those working in clinical informatics come together to hear from international and national speakers on the issues that affect the way informatics can support improvements in clinical care.  Delegates will hear from CCIOs in the midst of implementations to share best practice and see what is new in the market. Find out more on the conference website.


View November's CCIO Best Practice Webinar  

CCIO Dr Michael Fisher's presentation looks at the approach of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in trying to implement electronic patient consenting. Other examples of similar projects will be covered and the legal background will also be discussed. The solution that has been adopted will be presented in some detail along with a discussion of the pros and cons of this approach. Finally, there will be a discussion on how to fit a similar project into an overall IT strategy. Click here to view the webinar



View December's Webinar

Connecting Care is the clinical systems interoperability programme for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. It is one of three National exemplar sites for interoperability. In 2013 it went live with its first detailed shared care record joining together information across health and social care. It has the backing of 17 Health and Social Care organisations and is changing the way care is delivered across our city and surrounding areas. Presented by Andy Kinnear, Director of Informatics and Business Intelligence at South West Commissioning Support.



To view this webinar please click here

Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCG) has been leading the way in the local borough to ensure that health and social care organisations are working together to deliver a more integrated approach to support the population of 320,000 people.
Essential in this challenge is having strong and robust Information Governance and Data Sharing Controls in place. Primarily data controllers need to have assurance that information they give access to is secured and used appropriately, but more importantly patients need to be assured that their information is only accessed by clinicians involved in the delivery of their care and with their consent built into the process.
The Webinar, presented by Jonathan Kerry, Head of Business Information at NHS Wigan Borough CCG, outlines how we have approached this challenge, the work completed to date and how we are driving forward to make a big difference to care delivery in Wigan.



NHS England's £240m technology fund has been raided by the Treasury to help meet A&E pressures in the run up to the general election.
23 January 2015


NHS England has been warned its controversial care.data programme is at its “last chance saloon”, as it pushes ahead with the trial phase of the project.
22 January 2015

Independent healthcare provider Ramsay Health Care has signed a ten-year contract with IMS Maxims for its open source electronic patient record system and clinical modules.
23 January 2015

Another Welsh board rolls out free wi-fi

22 January 2015

Birmingham reboots central care record

22 January 2015

EMRAD picks GE as imaging supplier

21 January 2015

Ipswich looks to model A&E demand

21 January 2015

Keogh predicts NHS wearables revolution

20 January 2015

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