HDR UK Midlands have launched a new NHS digital leaders’ network across the East and West Midlands regions of the UK to drive digital transformation across the health and care system.

The new Midlands Chief Clinical Information Officers’ (CCIO) Network brings together senior clinical individuals who are responsible for digital transformation across the NHS, to enable them to share their knowledge, expertise and good practice which will ultimately improve the quality and safety of patient care.

The new ‘Midlands CCIO Network’ logo

Although there is a national network for CCIOs, there is currently nothing happening within this space across the Midlands region.  The idea came from a conversation that took place at the HDR UK Midlands Regional Community Event, which was held in Birmingham on 4th July 2023.

The new network consists of Chief Clinical Information Officers (CCIOs), Clinical Safety Officers (CSOs) and other nominated senior clinical individuals from the regional NHS organisations, including the new Integrated Care Boards (ICBs).  The new community will meet virtually (via zoom) each month and will have a different topic/theme/priority for each meeting.

Dr Tanya Pankhurst, Consultant Nephrologist, Director of Digital Healthcare and CCIO from University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust will Chair the new network, with support from Dr James Reed, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and CCIO from Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.  The network’s new leadership team embarked on the challenge to locate the details of around 50 senior clinical individuals from across the region to establish the new network.

Dr Tanya Pankhurst, who will Chair the new Midlands CCIO Network said: “We are delighted to launch this new and innovative network at a time when the health and care system across the region is undergoing huge changes. We believe that the digital transformation agenda will be critical in helping us to build a sustainable health and care system for the future”.

The new network will be hosted and coordinated by HDR UK Midlands, who will take care of all the administrative functions associated with the new network.

Dr James Reed, Deputy Chair of the new Midlands CCIO Network said: “It is fantastic that we have a new regional community of CCIOs, who will be able to work collaboratively to share ideas, knowledge and expertise to ultimately improve the way that care is delivered”.

The first meeting of the new network is scheduled for Wednesday 4th October 2023, with monthly meetings planned for the rest of this financial year.

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