The GPSoC Programme

Joint meeting with BCS Health Informatics (North)

Date/Time: Tuesday 15 April 2014, refreshments from 5.00pm, talk 6.30pm -

University of Leeds, Room 1.03/1.04, Charles Thackrah Building, 101 Clarendon Road, Woodhouse, Leeds, LS2 9LJ

Speaker: Kemi Adenubi, Programme Director Primary Care IT, Health and Social Care Information Centre. Winner of the EHI's Healthcare IT Champion of the year award in 2013.

Kemi Adenubi started working in healthcare ten years ago, joining the National Programme for IT team as an external consultant on an initial six-month contract to help deliver N3, the NHS’ broadband network. She became an employee four years later and now heads up not just the GPSoC programme, but also GP2GP, the Electronic Prescription Service, and the new GP payment system CQRS.

Kemi explains that after running a number of procurement programmes she 'wanted to not just hand over a procured contract for someone else to run', but to run one herself. 'When we first implemented [GPSoC] people thought it would run itself – that it was just a framework people would pick things off - but actually there were plenty of things we needed to do with the users and suppliers to make it work properly,' she says. EHI’s Healthcare IT Champion of the year award is a special category of the annual EHI Awards. Readers put forward nominations and the winner is decided by a reader vote.

GPs are a lively and engaged bunch, but can be a tricky group to please, while primary care, like all areas of health, is highly political. Kemi also has a number of large incumbent suppliers to handle, with plenty of others knocking on the door, wanting to join the party. Her ability to manage these varying interests and relationships effectively means that of all the projects that the national programme delivered, GPSoC is arguably the most popular.

Winning the award is a certain indication that Kemi Adenubi is well-known and respected; and it’s easy to see how her direct, honest style and keen intelligence has gained admirers on all points of the primary care landscape.

Kemi will be talking about her work on the programme that led to her winning EHI’s Healthcare IT Champion of the year award in 2013.