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Informatics Capability Development (ICD)

The ICD Branch was formed as part of the transition from the Service Implementation Directorate of NHS Connecting for Health (NHS CFH) in to the Policy and Planning Division of the Department of Health Informatics Directorate.

The Branch has reviewed its remit for 2010-11 in light of the stronger strategic and policy role of the Policy and Planning.

ICD has two rolling programmes of work:

  1. Workforce Development and Professionalism (WPD):
    This programme supports the NHS in becoming the employer of first choice for informatics professionals through providing access to personal and professional development opportunities and clear career pathways. It also facilitates the development of skills of the general workforce in its use of information and IT systems to deliver a high quality, modern and effective healthcare service.
  2. Organisational Capacity Development (OCD):
    This programme works with NHS organisations to develop examples of good practice and promotes the exploitation of informatics as an essential enabler to effective and efficient delivery of care.

Most of the Branch's delivery fits within these two programmes but some of the team are engaged in cross Directorate initiatives. This includes substantial involvement in the development of policy and information strategy.

For more information, email John Willshere, ICD Director: i.capabilities@nhs.net.