DoH officer responsible for National Programme for IT resigns

The chief information officer for health has announced her resignation from the DoH.

Ms Connelly: ‘I have had a fascinating and challenging time in this role'
Ms Connelly: ‘I have had a fascinating and challenging time in this role'

Christine Connelly, who was responsible for the National Programme for IT, said she will be leaving the DoH at the end of the month.

Ms Connelly said: 'The DoH faces a major reorganisation of its top structures that will result in fewer director general posts. I have been reflecting on whether I would wish to go for one of those roles and decided that I will not.'

‘I have had a fascinating and challenging time in this role and I have decided that this is the right time to step back and think about what I might do next.’

NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson wished Ms Connelly luck in future.

‘Christine has made a major contribution to the NHS, in promoting both the sharing and management of information, and as a professional with considerable experience of leading change.

‘She has tackled a very difficult set of issues around the National Programme for IT, and moved them forward,’ Sir David said.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley said: ‘Christine has brought a huge amount of experience, talent and technical knowledge to the National Programme for IT. I wish Christine the best of luck with whatever she chooses to do next.’

Ms Connelly will be temporarily replaced on 1 July by Katie Davis who previously worked for the Cabinet Office as the executive director for operational excellence in the Efficiency and Reform Group.

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