PERSONAL PROFILE / PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES
- Motivated by the provision of excellent customer service and service delivery to ensure that you receive the expert advice and guidance you require.
- A leading national subject matter expert in Information Assurance
- A highly motivated professional with a strong sense of purpose to balance the needs of the health and social care system and the protection of privacy and confidentiality of patient and service user information appropriately.
- Passionate about public service and achieving value for money for the public purse.
- An excellent communicator who enjoys open debate and seeks to understand the motivation of others.
- Highly experienced in developing communications for patients and the public.
- Driven to find a pragmatic solution to your information assurance problems.
- An effective leader who seeks to inspire others to reach their potential.
SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE
- Over 25 years of experience in Information Management and Assurance within health and social care including successful leadership of teams within several management consultancy businesses.
- Member of the Confidentiality Advisory Group
- Over 8 years as an independent management consultant with a thriving business portfolio.
- Over 5 years as an Executive Director in the NHS Information Centre and the new Health and Social Care Information Centre.
- National leader in Information Assurance through membership of several national, influential committees and boards.
- Development and implementation of policies to meet the legal, regulatory, and ethical standards for using and sharing Health and Social Care information.
As Managing Director of IG Solutions Liverpool
I provide independent advice and guidance, consultancy and training on all matters related to Information Governance including privacy and confidentiality.
I have worked both as an associate with a client and independently to deliver a range of IG training courses to senior health and social care staff. This has included training for SIROs, Caldicott Guardians, Information Sharing and courses tailored to meet specific client requirements.
I have developed a significant guidance document on behalf of NHS England to identify steps that Clinical Commissioning Support Units, Clinical Commissioning Groups and others need to follow in order to process information for risk stratification and commissioning purposes under current Section 251 support arrangements.
I am assisting a number of commercial third party system suppliers to the NHS to ensure that they have appropriate IG controls in place and that they and their customers are meeting their responsibilities to enable lawful information sharing such as fair processing, commercial contracts, Data Sharing Agreements etc.
I have assisted one such client in the development of an approach to the pseudonymisation of information at source. This approach, in the context of the access controls embedded within their system has received support from the Secretary of State and the Information Commissioner’s Office that the information can be considered as non-identifiable.
As Executive Director of Information Assurance at the HSCIC
I was an executive board member and a member of the executive leadership group responsible for the management initially of the NHS IC and latterly the HSCIC.
I was a key contributor to the development of the annual business plan and the transformation of the organisation as it took on its new role as determined by the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
I was responsible for:
- Aligning the new powers under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 with previous business processes ensuring that the requirements arising from these new powers were achieved when it was implemented on 1 April 2013.
- Delivery of the Privacy Impact Assessment for the HSCIC.
- Development of the HSCIC’s guide to Confidentiality which was published in September 2013.
- Transformation of the process for assessing the burden of data collections on health providers.
- Development of a standard for the de-identification of data for publication.
- Conception, development and delivery of the ICs approach to Data Quality Assurance.
- Strengthening the HSCICs approach to cyber security.
- Managing a directorate of over 100 staff ensuring that we continued to deliver high quality information assurance and data quality services while remaining within strictly controlled budgets.
As the Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) for the organisation I successfully directed the management of information risk within the HSCIC.
Prior to the appointment of a Medical Director to the Information Centre I was the Caldicott Guardian for the organisation and subsequently continued to work closely and advise the new Caldicott Guardian on issues related to that role.
I was a member of the group within the IC that was tasked with ensuring that the organisation met its commitments in delivering Open Data to revolutionise the use of data.
I was a board member for several key national programmes both within and outside the IC including the GP Extraction Service, the NHS Number and Demographics Programme, the Spine Programme, the Data Linkage Programme.
I was a national leader on Information Assurance and was a member of several national committees including the UK Council of Caldicott Guardians; the National Information Governance Committee of the Care quality Commission; the Information Standards Board for Health and Social Care; the IG subgroup of the Informatics Services Commissioning Group; and the HSCICs Data Access Advisory Group.
I presented to and advised several of the evidence gathering sessions held by Dame Fiona Caldicott as part of her review of Information Governance in the health and care system which culminated in her report Information: To Share or not to share.