Digital Care Programme workstream: Streamlining decisions and being clear about who does what
Following an internal review with senior leaders from across the health and care system in the North East and North Cumbria – the way regional digital programmes are managed is changing.
New governance structure are maturing and will be expected to be fully operational by April 2021.
Changes in the way of working include the establishment of a Digital Consortium Board which will provide oversight of all the regional digital programmes. Each project will have its own project board but will be overseen by the Digital Consortium Board. This group will be chaired by Helen Ray, chief executive of the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.
Helen said: “I’m really looking forward to chairing this group. The Great North Care Record has achieved so much over recent years. I will help that momentum continue as we begin to expand record sharing and enable people to manage their care records digitally.”
All of the organisations within the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System (NENC ICS) will be represented. Each of them will be contributing financially to the ongoing running costs of these programmes. Their views will be represented at the Members Forum which will meet bi-annually. This group will approve the financial and business plans for the digital programmes and will be guided by specialist advice from the Digital Strategy Group.
Dr Mark Dornan – Senior Responsible Owner for the digital workstream, GP and a chair of Newcastle Gateshead CCG said: “From a patient’s perspective, what this new structure means is that we can better integrate services as the right people are around the table making decisions.
“Our patients expect that if they arrive in A&E, have an out-patients appointment, or need social care interventions, that the people looking after them have access to the right information. They expect that is they have a scan, or a test in one hospital that their GP, or other care providers can see that result.”
Professor Graham Evans, Chief Digital Officer for the region and Chief Information Officer at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust said: “The system and programmes we oversee across the region are diverse. We have developed this new governance to bring together the key decision makers and to ensure that all organisations across the system have a voice in how the region invests in digital programmes and infrastructure. We have a long history of working together collaboratively and for the greater good of patients who move between all our organisations.
“This new structure not only brings together the right technical and clinical experts, but also the key decision makers and budget holders across the region – the team that’s required to integrate health and care services.”
Terms of reference:
- Regional Digital Members Group
- ICS Digital Consortium Board
- Digital Delivery Group
- Digital Strategy Group