The National Programme for IT in the National Health Service (NHS)

The South Yorkshire Branch would like to thank The Training Foundry for generously sponsoring this event.

Thursday 15 January 2009, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Martyn Forrest, Connecting for Health


The National Programme for IT is about supporting the NHS to deliver better, safer care for patients. It is working to introduce new information technology systems and services which improve the way information is stored and shared. Connecting for Health (CFH) is the agency responsible for the delivery of these new information technology systems and services for the NHS and which are known as the National Programme for IT (NPfIT). Patients have growing expectations about choice, convenience, quality and responsiveness of their healthcare service. Modern healthcare treatment is delivered by a team of health care staff based in different buildings or organisations across primary care (GP practices), secondary care (hospitals) or community care services. This complex modern care requires information to be shared effectively - paper based records and computer systems that are not linked up do not support this way of working and that is why we have a need for a National Programme for new IT systems. The National Programme is the largest public programme in the world and this presentation aims to explain the Programme, its organisation, the way these new services are being delivered, the progress that has been made, the challenges it faces and the benefits being realised.


Martyn was previously Regional Implementation Director for the North East Cluster, Connecting for Health, after working as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for South Yorkshire SHA. Prior to that he was the Head of Information for the Department of Health's Trent Region. He has had 14 years pathology experience and 17 years IM&T experience in the NHS, during which time he implemented solutions in all health care settings. He is currently the Care Records Service Programme Director for the National Programme.