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New group to be customer for national IT

8 November 2012   Daloni Carlisle

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Tim Kelsey, national director for patients and information, is set to chair a new informatics services commissioning group that will become an “intelligent customer” for national IT.

NHS Information Centre chief executive Tim Straughan told EHILive 2012 that the group will sit under the slimmed down Department of Health, the new NHS Commissioning Board, and other bodies with an interest in information and technology.

It will decide what infrastructure, standards and data sets need to be commissioned from the ‘new’ IC, which will work closely with clinical commissioning groups, their commissioning support services, and the emerging data management integration centres.

As such, it looks set to have an important co-ordinating role as existing structures are pulled apart so that the DH can take responsibility for IT and information policy, the NHS CB can 'purchase' activity, and the IC and other organisations can deliver it.

Straughan told EHI Live 2012 that the ISCG will drive what data is collected in the NHS and what systems are used to do this.

He said: “This is where the commissioning requirements will be dictated. It is where the SRO [senior responsible officer] will sit and where sponsorship and funding will be delivered.”

He admitted that plans are “fluid” at the moment but said that in addition to Kelsey and the DH, the ISCG will include representatives from NICE, CQC, Public Health England, and other national groups involved in regulating the NHS in England.

In a wide ranging speech that gave some insight into just how powerful the ‘new’ Health and Social Care Information Centre will be when it takes on its new remit in April 2013, Straughan revealed his four strategic principles.

He said these were open data on a shared platform offering “self service” access for users, while protecting the security and privacy of patients.

He said: “I am keen to make sure we have a very clear operating model. I see us almost as a data factory where we will acquire data and put it in a sensible format for users, ideally on a self-service basis.”

The business case for the open platform has already been developed, he said, and he expected to procure the infrastructure for a “pragmatic and tactical solution” before Christmas this year.

Plans are also in train for a “data summit” this December to discuss with clinicians and informaticians what datasets will be needed in the new outcome-led NHS.

Any new datasets will be mandated by the NCB but only after scrutiny by the HSCIC on the cost and benefit of collecting them.

He said: “One of the biggest issues we have at the moment is that the datasets we collect are not clinically relevant enough for the outcomes world.

“We will need a transition away from old datasets to new, defined datasets in a way that will not be unnecessarily costly or cumbersome.”

The coming months will also see the ‘old’ IC take in around 1,300 remaining staff from NHS Connecting for Health and 200 staff remaining from strategic health authority informatics services, creating a new body of over 2,000 staff.

There will also be a focus on information governance, standard setting, development of a national dashboard to provide the NHS Commissioning Board with “a common view of what is happening across the NHS.”

Responding to questions from the audience, he said that the NCB would be responsible in future for commissioning whatever service takes over from N3 when the national contract comes to an end but that the HSCIC would be the delivery organisation.

“This is a big change from the current situation,” he said. “We will be much more accountable than CfH.”

 


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Last updated: 8 November 2012 13:56

© 2012 EHealth Media.


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Mary E Hoult 87 weeks ago

The people above has just been announced they are to set up a consultancy super group while doing their existing jobs!! you have wonder how this will effect the NHS commissioning board role and the information centres role?but most of all it feel s like the patients and existing staff left are being thrown to the lions.

It is not a good feeling


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Mary E Hoult 88 weeks ago

These are interesting times indeed,yesterday's Head of Brand announcement a role which is said to protect the NHS logo could highlight the difficulties ahead for example,the NHS information for Health & social care intention to lose their NHS logo how will the 2000 staff transfer mentioned in the above article be classified?will it be as NHS or private provider employees?We seem to be giving confused messages as to just who will be in control while trying to protect our NHS.To the lay person and the Community these are important questions that even parliament are unable to get answers for.


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Mary E Hoult 88 weeks ago

your article today re the new NHS Commissioning Board appointments and their functions goes some way in answering my previous comments re the NHS information for Health & Social Care role in this new and ever changing NHS.I am looking forward to seeing the completed picture.


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Mary E Hoult 88 weeks ago

Sorry my last submission should read (NHS information for Health & Social Care) not commissioning.


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Mary E Hoult 88 weeks ago

I attended nearly all the NHS Commissioning for Health & Social Care Board meetings last year and only stopped when they announced that they were to lose their NHS LOGO so the comments in the above article of HOW POWERFUL THE NEW HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE system will be when it takes on this new remit on is worrying for NHS system users"" are we saying that this New group is going to be a SPECIAL Authority?outside the NHS family or is it just advisory to the current NHS Commissioning board? with no real accountability to anyone else?eg the public parliament ?


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ehireader18to14to12 88 weeks ago

Thank goodness, unlike the National Lottery, the National

Health Service does not roll over. They have now established the model and accountability for this new organisation, they have done this quickly. If I can

Refer To an earlier objective, choice of Team, if they are able to

Ally with enough

Professional technicians then it might just

work. The powder of social networking, with enough prep.. Iam convinced it might just work!


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How is it different to the CfH?

The Luddite Insider 88 weeks ago

If the new body has the same people of the old CfH and SHA informatics team, what is so 'new' then?

If there is to be a new informatics services commissioning group, at-least 50% of the group should be the end-users of IT (patients and clinicians) and people who have the IT skills. The CfH and SHA informatics teams were out of tune with the clinical or the IT needs of the NHS.

Having a 'backbone' to stand up to the DoH and the health ministers should be an essential selection criterion for the new informatics services commissioning group.


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Joe McDonald 88 weeks ago

We have both Tims (Straughan an Kelsey) on the bill at the third Annual Congress of the National Mental Health Informatics Network next week in BCS London on 13th Nov including a joint system supplier/user workshop "What Mental Health want from Suppliers" . Come along and ask them what it all means. Its free and a handful of seats are left if youre quick:

https://events.bcs.org/book/380/


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