Clinical Chief Information Officer network established in North East

A network of Chief Clinical Information Officers (CCIOs) has been established in the North East and North Cumbria with the aim of providing practical clinical and digital advice and guidance across the region.

NHS North East and North Cumbria say that the network builds on their “long history of collaboration” and will provide assurance on how digital opportunities are delivered.

Informally set up by the CCIOs in order to bring together multi-disciplinary professionals for discussion and progress on major digital topics, the group is now being recognised in its digital governance and will begin reporting into the integrated care board’s Digital Delivery Group.

It is open to clinicians involved in health informatics from any background along with individuals such as nurses, physiotherapists and clinical safety officers.

“As connections between our organisations are made, we need to collaborate across the region to make sure the digital services we develop and design work well and that we provide strong clinical leadership to make sure our solutions are fit for purpose,” the ICS states.

Newly elected chair of the group and consultant in old age psychiatry Dr Jonathan Richardson commented: “We are a mixed bunch of specialties and experience and what that brings to the region is a diverse and specialist knowledge base. Many of digital programmes cut across all our organisations so we need a forum where we can progress and discuss and collectively agree our plans of action.”