The Department of Health has issued a statement (below) on the resignation of Christine Connelly, who is one of the three highest paid CIOs in government.
Connelly is being replaced on an interim basis by an executive at the Cabinet Office Katie Davis. The Cabinet Office has indicated in recent months that it wishes to have more control over negotiations of a £3bn contract with CSC under the National Programme for IT, NPfIT.
This was the Department's statement:
"Christine Connelly, Chief Information Officer for Health, has announced that she will be leaving the Department of Health at the end of the month.
"Christine said: “The Department of Health 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.
"I believe that information and technology have the potential to dramatically change the way health services are delivered to patients, and we are already seeing this happen in many parts of the service. I am confident that informatics will have a major role to play in delivering both the quality and efficiency challenge that the NHS faces."
NHS Chief Executive, Sir David Nicholson, said:
“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. I wish her well in her future career.”
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said:
"Christine has brought a huge amount of experience, talent and technical knowledge to the National Programme for IT. For almost three years, Christine, as the first Chief Information Officer for Health, has worked to deliver the Department's information strategy. I wish Christine the best of luck with whatever she chooses to do next."
"Christine will be replaced on an interim basis by Katie Davis. Katie joins us on loan from the Cabinet Office where she has been Executive Director, Operational Excellence, in the Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) since 2010. Before that, she was Executive Director of Strategy, Identity and Passport Service in the Home Office and Director of the Government IT Profession in the Cabinet Office. Katie will be joining us on 1 July 2011.