The foundations for the creation of a modern, joined-up IT service in the NHS have now been laid, says the head of NHS Connecting for Health (NHS CfH) in an interview with BCS magazine HI Now.
Mr Bellamy will make a keynote speech on the second day at April’s HC 2009 conference Shaping the Future, in Harrogate.
Mr Bellamy, who is Director of Programmes and Systems Delivery at the Department of Health, is expected to tell delegates how systems already delivered in the NHS are helping real people. He will also point to the priorities for the next 12 months, including the deployment of care record systems like Cerner and Lorenzo, in large hospital trusts.
So far, he points out, complex central projects such as N3, the Spine, NHS email systems, PACs, C&B, and Electronic Prescriptions have been successfully delivered.
He says: “We often focus on the aspects of the National Programme that are behind schedule. But we need to remind people of our progress. As I’ve travelled around the NHS, I have heard many people talking about what things were like before the National Programme. IT was fragmented. Trusts were served by smaller suppliers, which meant ambitions for modernisation were often thwarted. While we still have a long way to go, we have many of the foundations in place for making that modernisation happen.”
He continues: “In a year’s time I believe we will be realising benefits and deploying new systems as a matter of routine. We will be working with NHS organisations in a systematic way so that any deployment of systems is fully prepared for. We will be building a rhythm of delivery.“