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Leadership for Informed Practice makes the finals

(Published: 26 July 2012)


The Leadership for Informed Practice programme, led by Dr Susan Hamer, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals, and Anne Cooper, National Clinical Lead for Nursing, has been selected as a finalist in the eHealth Insider awards in the inaugural 'CCIO award for clinical IT leadership' category. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 4 October.

The Leadership for Informed Practice programme was designed to support the leadership development of senior nurses and midwives with a focus on the use of information.

All clinical leaders need to be able to respond to changes in health care in the context of a changing political, professional and technical environment. This programme challenged participants to think about their current approaches to leadership and consider how these may need to change to take account of the emerging informatics landscape.

The programme was designed with key stakeholders from across the health and social care system specifically for senior nurses and was supported by the Chief Nursing Officer for England and was sponsored by the National Nursing Informatics Strategic Taskforce. A small core team of peer facilitators lead the programme.

The programme was delivered to almost 300 senior nurses from across England and Northern Ireland. Nurses attended from all sectors including secondary and primary care, independent, voluntary and supplier communities, NHS Direct and commissioners. The programme covered issues about patient control of records, the availability of information, transparency and the importance of understanding variation. The programme also covered the importance of clinical content and information governance.

The finalists for the CCIO award for clinical IT leadership are:

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust - Clinical IT Leadership

Chelsea & Westminster NHS Trust - NHS Hackday

Moorfields Eye Hospital - OpenEyes - an open source electronic patient record

Department of Health Informatics Directorate - Clinical Division - Leadership for Informed Practice Programme

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh - The Surgical eLogbook