Public Sector IT:

June, 2007


June 29, 2007  9:46 AM

Warnings in 2002 on the NHS’s National Programme for IT were prescient

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
Change management, incompetence, IT projects, mistakes, NPfIT, Project management

In July 2002, shortly after the NHS's National Programme for IT [NPfIT] was announced, Computer Weekly published a comment piece on the risks and lack of debate. The article was by Robin Guenier who is now chairman of the Medicine and Health Panel of the livery company, the

June 29, 2007  9:29 AM

A reader asks: Are Microsoft’s Exchange 2007 Client Access Licences part of NHS agreements?

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
Microsoft, NPfIT

In 2004 the then Health Secretary John Reid announced that a "ground-breaking" and "landmark" deal had been struck with Microsoft after talks with Bill Gates and the supplier's Steve Ballmer. The deal would, said the...

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June 28, 2007  11:14 AM

Alan Johnson – a good choice as political head of NHS’s National Programme for IT

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
Change management, IT projects, NPfIT, Project management

Gordon Brown has made a good decision in appointing Alan Johnson as Secretary of State for Health. He's independently minded and so is likely to see the £12.4bn NHS's National Programme for IT [NPfIT] in the round. When Johnson was in...

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June 28, 2007  11:06 AM

One view on how to tackle government IT-related failures

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
Change management, IT projects, NPfIT, Project management

Sarah Burnett of the Bulter Group has some worthy views on how to tackle government IT-related failures, even if her coinage of "proof-win" threatens to burden the IT industry with more jargon.


June 27, 2007  12:43 PM

Connecting for Health, the NHS’s National Programme for IT and a constrained form of openness

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, IT projects, NPfIT, Project management, Transparency

We'd asked Connecting for Health, which runs major parts of the NHS's £12.4bn National Programme for IT [NPfIT], whether we could visit some of its NHS sites that have begun to use the Care Records Service based on the "Millennium" software from US supplier Cerner.


June 27, 2007  9:05 AM

Government spin – more reaction

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, Project management, Transparency

An article on this blog about a worrying precedent in government spin has caused a very minor ripple in the blogosphere. On 20 June 2007, an entry on the blog, entitled "Government spin - a...

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June 25, 2007  2:12 PM

An open letter to Gordon Brown on the NHS’s National Programme for IT [NPfIT]

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
Change management, IT projects, NPfIT, Project management

An open letter to the new Prime Minister Gordon Brown calls on him to take actions which, it says, could transform the NHS £12.4bn National Programme for IT [NPfIT]. The letter is from Robin Guenier who is chairman of the Medicine and Health Panel of the livery company, the


June 25, 2007  9:51 AM

NHS IT loses a most valuable asset – comment on the announced departure of Richard Granger

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
Change management, IT projects, NPfIT, Project management

It is a pity Richard Granger, director general of NHS IT, is to leave as head of Connecting for Health, the agency that is running the National Programme for IT (NPfIT). The decision was his - he was not asked to...


June 21, 2007  6:21 PM

Government spin precedent – UK Liberty comment

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, Project management, Transparency

On 20 June 2007, an entry on the blog was entitled "Government spin - a worrying precedent". It told the story of how the Department of Health had suggested changes to a speaker's comments after a meeting in London.


June 21, 2007  12:07 PM

Thanks in part to NPfIT, 100,000 NHS staff have bought Microsoft Office 2007 for less than £20

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
Microsoft, NPfIT

As part of an Enterprise Agreement deal struck by the beneficent Microsoft and the NHS, 100,000 NHS staff have acquired Microsoft Office 2007 for less than £20. It normally sells for about £370.


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