NHS IT Leadership Survey 2016

Feb 2016

This report provides invaluable insight into healthcare IT leadership and governance at trusts across the UK, and outlines the current and future priorities of surveyed members of the CCIO and Health CIO networks.

This report provides invaluable insight into healthcare IT leadership and governance across the UK, and outlines the current and future priorities of NHS IT leaders.

It is based on a survey of members of the CCIO and Health CIO networks that was conducted in summer 2015, and that asked them to look ahead over the next two years.

The report reveals that too few health CIOs sit on the boards of their organisations; although most have budget responsibility for IT. It also shows that most respondents are still engaged on electronic patient record roll-outs and the implementation of follow-on projects, such as electronic prescribing and medicines management.

However, it finds that once these roll-outs are complete, priorities will change in line with the government’s paperless, transformation, and digital patient agendas. Significant numbers of respondents indicate that their ‘next’ major projects will be personal health records and patient portals.

As a result, the report finds that most survey respondents are confident that trusts will hit the government’s big targets to move to paperless working and then fully digital, interoperable health and care records. But it identifies significant barriers; not just the lack of board-level presence, but skills gaps and money.

The presence of NHS IT leaders on boards, funding, and the move from EPRs to other kinds of digital transformation project will all be tracked in future issues of the survey, and made available to Digital Health Intelligence subscribers.