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Keynotes&Monday&Uncategorized20 Mar 2006 12:33 pm

The conference opened with keynote sessions from Charles Hughes (President, BCS), Richard Jeavons (Director of IT service implementation, NHS Connecting for Health), and Kattie Davis (Director of Government IT Profession, e-Government Unit, The Cabinet Office). The common theme was the need for greater professionalism within the IT professions and their key role in the delivery of public sector services.

Perhaps the most significant comments were from Richard Jeavons, after nine months in his post as Director of IT service implementation, NHS C4H, who urged everyone involved to recognise the changes which have taken place in the NHS since Connecting for Health & the National Programme for IT were created. He described plans to move from 80:20 national to local to 20:80 with power and delivery being nearer to patients and local communities. He used sections of the Departement of Health Document Health reform in England: Update and next steps (published in December 2005) as his basis and recomended everyone involved to examine the document and it’s implications.

Generally the speakesrs were strong on positive sounding phrases, but short on implementation on the ground and when challenged, during the questions session, on the way Health Informatics professionals have been treated under Agenda for Change, were unable to give concrete responses beyond saying it needs to be investigated and that it is likely to be very similar in other sectors.

Rod

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Uncategorized20 Mar 2006 09:43 am

I’ve now arrived in Harrogate & we are just getting se up with the equipment for the opening session.

Rod

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