In Transition

Following the changes to the commissioning landscape in April, with the disbanding of PCTs and the creation of CCGs, there has been an ongoing semi-public discussion regarding the use of Personal, Confidential Data (PCD) by commissioners.

To recap, for those who haven’t been following the story: It seems there is no basis in law for CCGs – nor the CSUs supporting them, nor indeed NHS England – to process identifiable patient data for commissioning purposes. The only body which can legally do so is the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). So to enable record linking and data management activities in support of commissioning to continue, outposts of the HSCIC have been defined, providing “Data Services for Commissioning.” They are charged with delivering linked, pseudonymised data for commissioning purposes to CSUs and CCGs. Read More…

Hanging Tough

I’ll be honest. Since he took up post back in September 2012 there has been little upon which I and Jeremy Hunt have found common cause. No doubt this state of affairs causes him endless sleepless nights. For this I am truly sorry.

This week all that changed, because on Tuesday Mr Hunt and I agreed on one important point … that small is beautiful. I know this because it has been reported in Computer Weekly and therefore it is written in blood. Read More…

Chip at the old block

The Health Service Journal today reports that, “National organisations including the Department of Health, NHS Commissioning Board and sector regulators are drawing up a joint statement of purpose to set how they will make integrated care a reality.” Apparently this statement of purpose is to take the form of a ‘common purpose framework’ and is … Read more

Joined up thinking?

There has always been plenty to argue about in the NHS. Amidst all the uncertainty that a New Year brings of one thing we can be sure – this won’t change in 2013. Indeed, as the latest NHS reforms become reality on 1st April 2013, expect more heat and not necessarily more light.

What has struck me, however, is the amount of consensus that is seemingly building on the subject of Integrated Care.

Sure there are shades of grey – probably more than fifty – but on the central premise of ‘is it a good thing?’ there would appear to be general agreement. Read More…

Small is beautiful… again

But if we SMEs are to be truly part of a brave new world then sitting back on the side-lines shouting “we told you so” is not enough. We must raise our game also. Indeed we have a duty to do so, because it may just be that our time has truly come.

Never before has NHS IT required the entrepreneurial spirit and creativity that is part of our DNA. Read More…

Will I.T. make the boat go faster?

London 2012 already feels like an age away. But for me the memories are not so distant. In common with many who were touched by the events of that glorious sporting summer, I still search for key learnings that I might usefully deploy in both my personal and professional life.

To this end I have just finished reading a book called ‘Will It Make The Boat Go Faster?’ (Olympic Winning Strategies for Everyday Success)1. The principal author is Ben Hunt- Davis. Ben was part of the Olympic Gold medal winning rowing eight at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. It charts the team’s journey from ‘failure’ in Atlanta 1996 (8th) to Gold in 2000. It is a riveting read on many different levels, but for me the most striking message is captured in the books title. Read More…

Inspire a generation

Friday 27th July 2012 is a date that is likely to live long in the memory. That evening – along with millions of others across the nation – my senses were assailed by the spectacle that was the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

For me the show was of particular significance as it fused two great passions in my life; sport and the NHS. I was particularly delighted that the good people at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) took centre stage as it was only a few months ago that my six year old daughter was under their care. And what care it was; pretty much faultless in every regard. Read More…

Let me take you by the hand…

Last Friday – 29th July – I was invited to speak at an event hosted and organised by a Social Enterprise called The Hope Street Centre. The conference in question was a ‘Platform’ event focused on the topic of “How to create commissioning systems that create good outcomes for homeless people”. Chaired by Professor David Colin-Thomé and hosted by Alison Holbourn, Chief Executive Hope Street Centre, I had been invited to present a vision for how actionable data could be turned into commissioning intelligence to support better health outcomes. Read More…