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Department of Health: Department of Health Appoints Clinical Director for Informatics

News   •   Jan 06, 2010 11:17 GMT

Charles Gutteridge has been appointed as the first national clinical director for informatics, the Department of Health announced today.

Charles Gutteridge 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 Millennium at the Trust.

He will take up his appointment in January 2010.

Charles Gutteridge said:

“This is an exciting time to be at the cutting edge of delivering informatics to improve patient care.   As recent events have shown, there is a sea change in clinical attitudes to informatics and the National Programme for IT.  My colleagues know that good, accessible information enormously raises the quality of treatment and diagnosis we can provide to the public.  My work with medical under-graduates confirms that these expectations are strong amongst the next generation of doctors.  I hope to contribute to encouraging those attitudes and enabling dialogue between clinical staff, patients and informatics providers.”

Christine Connelly, Director General for Informatics, Department of Health, said:

“We are delighted to have someone of Charles’ calibre on board.  His clinical background, coupled with his extensive experience in patient safety and informatics issues, means he can provide leadership, ensuring we have clinical support as we implement change to benefit patients.”


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