20 September 2014 12:57

CCIO Insight

Cumbria is on its way to paper-lite using a range of technology approaches, including the implementation of an ‘air-traffic control’ system. Lis Evenstad went to have a look.
18 September 2014


Joe McDonald remembers the days of dial up and proprietary web packages. Can the NHS learn from the move to virtually free software and open communities?
11 September 2014

Enter the CCG: fall over a system error

CCIO profile: Dr Amir Mehrkar



Current CCIO appointments. Click map for more information.

CCIO profile: Dr Amir Mehrkar

1 September 2014

CCIO profile: Dermot O’Riordan

18 August 2014

CCIO profile: Martin Wilson

23 June 2014

CCIO profile: Bill Aylward

11 June 2014

CCIO profile: Chris Fokke

14 May 2014

What is the CCIO Leaders Network?

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.

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

This network event will focus on how integrating Speech Recognition Solutions into your chosen EHR will help you achieve and accelerate the clinical and other benefits of the EHR.  This is 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.  

We’ll be describing 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. We will also have Dragon Medical 360 Speech Recognition Solutions set up for you to have hands on experience with the technology. 

There will be plenty of opportunity for open, honest discussion of the best practices to use and the pitfalls to avoid so that fellow professionals can share and learn from those who’ve already been through it. 


Dr James Reed, CCIO & Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist will present the first of a monthly series of Best Practice Webinars held from 12:00 - 13:00 on the last Friday of every month. This CCIO Best Practice Webinar will see Dr Reed cover the topic "Video Conferencing in the real world"

Video conferencing technologies have much promise, but applying them to clinical situations can be difficult. Dr Reed will be presenting the experiences at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust of using a variety of different technologies in practice. This includes direct clinical work (including patient assessments and clinical meetings), improving contact of patients with relatives, and supporting teaching and learning. He will also cover the various technologies in use and share some of the lessons learned so far.

Follow the link to register: https://ehinetworks.webex.com/ehinetworks/onstage/g.php?d=846237539&t=a

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.

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

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

CCIO news

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has signed a ten-year contract with Cerner to implement its Millennium electronic patient record system, in a shift from a ‘best of breed’ to ‘single supplier’ approach to EPR.
14 August 2014

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