Connecting for Health ‘strengthens’ cluster teams

The NHS’s Connecting for Health has strengthened its team by appointing Kevin
Jarrold as its new regional implementation director for the London cluster,
while Paul Jones has been appointed to the role of chief technology officer.

Jarrold, former director of information management at University College
London Hospital takes over the post that has been vacant since April following
the suspension and subsequent resignation of the first London cluster RID, David

Martin Forrest, the RID for the northeast cluster had been acting RID for
London since Kwo’s departure.

Jones has also been appointed to the role of CFO and will head CfH’s
technology office, taking overall responsibility for the business, systems and
technical architecture for the National Programme for IT.

Jones was previously a systems integration director at Atos Origin and has
focused on IT delivery projects for both the public and private sectors in his
career. His clients have included the Ministry of Defence and the Department for
Environment Food and Rural Affairs.

As well as the two appointments, CfH said that it had strengthened the
structure of its cluster teams to ‘ensure they have enhanced links to central
functions such as service management and the technology office’. In a statement
it said that this was intended to enable the five RIDs to ‘concentrate on the
deployment of systems’.

Gordon Hextall, chief operating officer for CfH, said: ‘These appointments
and initiatives aim to strengthen our capability as we enter a key stage of
deployment of the National Programme for IT.’

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