McNeil to depart from his role as CCIO for Health and Care

McNeil, NHS England
"It has been and continues to be an enormous privilege to serve as the first Chief Clinical Information Officer for Health and Care in England,” Professor McNeil said in a statement

McNeil will take up two new roles at Queensland Health as Assistant Deputy Director General and Chief Medical Information Officer

[London, UK] Professor Keith McNeil is stepping down from his role as the first national Chief Clinical Information Officer for Health and Care in December this year, it has been revealed today.

McNeil will return to Australia to become the new Assistant Deputy Director General and Chief Medical Information Officer of Queensland Health.

Prior to his appointment last summer, McNeil held a number of senior management roles, including being the Chief Executive of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from 2013 up until July 2016.

In a statement, he said: "It has been and continues to be an enormous privilege to serve as the first Chief Clinical Information Officer for Health and Care in England.

"There is so much excellent work going on across the NHS at a national level and in hospitals and trusts up and down the country, and although I am returning to Australia for personal and family reasons, I plan to keep a close eye on progress and look forward to seeing the digital transformation programme deliver benefits to patients and clinicians over the years to come.”

‘Exceptional ambassador’ for digital transformation

Matthew Swindells, NHS England National Director of Operations and Information, said the CCIO has been an ‘exceptional ambassador’ for digital transformation.

He added: "Keith has been an exceptional ambassador for our digital transformation agenda and has helped raise the profile and importance of digital and IT in the NHS.

"The appointment of a Chief Clinical Information Officer at the centre of the NHS sent out a positive signal to the system and has encouraged organisations across the country to increase the status of their IT chiefs and CCIOs, and we intend to fill the vacancy with a new CCIO shortly."

NHS England is expected to start the recruitment process for a new CCIO shortly.

"On behalf of NHS Digital, I wish him all the best on his return to Australian healthcare,” said Rob Shaw, NHS Digital Interim CEO.
 

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