NHS IT chief moves to Cabinet Office

Martin Bellamy, the head of NHS Connecting for Health, is to leave his position as director of programme and systems delivery to work on cloud computing at the Cabinet Office.

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Martin Bellamy, the head of NHS Connecting for Health, is to leave his position as director of programme and systems delivery to work on cloud computing at the Cabinet Office.

Bellamy will take up a new post under Government CIO John Suffolk, and will be responsible for developing the government’s strategy for cloud computing, G-Cloud, which was detailed in the recent Digital Britain report, a Cabinet Office spokesperson confirmed.

Bellamy is departing his current role after only nine months in the post, as part of a wider shake-up of NHS Connecting for Health. According to reports, the IT agency will become directly managed by the Department of Health Informatics Directorate, headed by Christine Connelly.

In a report in E-Health Insider, Connelly said the decision was intended to create a new integrated Informatics Directorate - to ensure informatics underpinned all of healthcare - and was not about cost savings.

The agency is also reported to be considering a name change. Connelly said the department is looking at how the CfH "brand", synonymous with the £12.7 billion National Programme for IT, may be best used in the future.

While no direct replacement will be appointed, it is reported that Informatics Directorate’s head of programme and operations Tim Donohoe will take responsibility for CfH.

Bellamy and Connelly were both appointed to Connecting for Health in August 2008, to jointly replace Richard Granger, the former NHS director general of IT and head of CfH, who left in January 2008.

The agency restructured as recently as March, where it was recast as a "delivery organisation" to support the Department of Health Informatics Directorate, then newly created organisation to oversee health technology.

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