Department of Health to appoint Health and Social Care Information Centre Chair

Charlotte Jee Published 11 February 2013

HSCIC being re-launched as a data, technology and information resource for the NHS


The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, is seeking to appoint a Chair to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), according to a job advert on the department's website.

The centre, which was established in 2005, is a national source of NHS, health and social care information which collects, analyses and publishes national information on health and social care.

The centre is being re-launched on 1 April 2013 with a new remit as part of the government's NHS reforms, and it is expected to play a key role in driving improvements in care, services and outcomes for patients.

The HSCIC is an independent body and so, according to the job advert, will need to quickly gain a reputation as a trusted source of health and care information and "demonstrate how it will put the needs of individuals at the heart of all that it does".

The advert states that this is a key government appointment, and the successful candidate will be "an outstanding individual with significant leadership experience" and " a deep understanding of the transformative power of information and data...and a commitment to the values of the NHS".

The closing date for applications is midday on 25 February 2013, and interviews are scheduled to take place on 19 March.

Peter Clarke, associate analyst at Kable, said, "Under the new NHS IT operating model, this is the body responsible for commissioning national ICT systems and establishing national contracts (on behalf of NHS Commissioning Board). The Centre itself will move from being the custodian of important data sets which help inform NHS strategies and shape the delivery of local care, to a body which will become the major public body responsible for the delivery of NHS informatics. It will employ over 2,000 people and have an income of around £200m per annum.

"HCSIC must play a key role in the delivery of patient access to medical records by 2015 and a 'paperless NHS' by 2018 at a time when all the major NHS ICT contracts are coming to an end and therefore must be restructured or re-let. This includes the Spine, the N3 data network, Choose & Book, and the Local Service Provider contracts.

"This is going to be a big job and will demand a leader with first class ICT credentials, excellent leadership skills and the patience of Job."

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