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Connecting with hospital doctors

A team of National Clinical Leads across a variety of specialties have been appointed to lead on the planning and preparation for the successful implementation of the national services and applications. They communicate between the NHS Connecting for Health and the NHS in both directions and have a comprehensive knowledge, understanding and influence of and into the NHS national IT infrastructure.

Clinical Leads for hospital doctors

Dr Charles Gutteridge – National Clinical Director for Informatics

Dr Charles GutteridgeCharles has been the medical director at Barts and the London Trust since 2002 and a consultant haematologist there and at Newham General Hospital. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists.


As a member of the London review acute group, Charles was involved in providing clinical advice to Lord Darzi's review of health provision in London. He also chaired the Association of UK University Hospitals Medical Directors.


Charles has been strongly involved in patient safety, confidentiality and informatics issues at Barts. He was the Caldicott Guardian for Barts, led the Safer Patients Initiative 2006-8 and chaired the Clinical Informatics Design Authority which gave clinical advice about improving the use of Cerner Millenium at the Trust.


Charles took up this appointment in January 2010. He said: "This is an exciting time to be at the cutting edge of delivering informatics to improve patient care.


 Dr Simon Eccles - Medical Director

Dr Simon Eccles is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Homerton Hospital, London.

Simon's current and previous roles include:

  • clinical advisor to the NHS National Workforce Project, tackling the impact of the European Working Time Directive;
  • clinical advisor to the Health Insight Unit of the Department of Health;
  • past chairman of the BMA Junior Doctors Committee and secondment to the Modernisation Agency, as the medical advisor to the Hospital at Night project which is now being implemented nationally.

Simon has interests in plain-speaking communication; making sure clinicians, managers and planners are all using the same routine information to improve care for patients and in helping clinicians have ownership of improvements brought about by better health informatics.


Top information links for Hospital Doctors

We want to hear from you

How ready is your organisation to implement these technologies locally and get maximum benefit from them, for your patients and staff? What barriers are in your way, and how can we help you overcome them?

We welcome your views and opinions. Contact the Hospital Doctors National Clinical Lead team at: hdlead@nhs.net.

National Clinical Leads

A team of National Clinical Leads across a variety of specialties have been appointed to lead on the planning and preparation for the successful implementation of the National Programme for IT.

They communicate between the Programme and the NHS in both directions and have a comprehensive knowledge, understanding and influence of and into the Programme.