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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Appointment of new Chief Clinical Information Officer


Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) has become the first NHS Trust in the West Midlands and one of a small number of mental health trusts to appoint a Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO). The appointment of Consultant Psychiatrist Dr James Reed to this role underlines the Trust’s commitment to clinical leadership of technology and information.

There has been a national drive to increase the number of CCIOs in NHS organisations, and this new role will focus on ensuring that clinical leadership is central to the way the Trust manages its information systems. Dr Reed will support the safe and efficient design, implementation and use of informatics to deliver improvements in the quality and outcomes of care. 

The new CCIO will work closely with the organisation’s Chief Information Officer and Medical Director to ensure that the Trust’s ICT strategy reflects clinical as well as organisational priorities. Dr Reed will work to develop clinical adoption and engagement in the use of technology and drive continuous clinical process improvement in this area.  As well as developing information that supports clinicians, the aim is to develop best clinical practice that makes the most of ICT. 

Dr Reed, who will carry out this role on top of his existing duties, has already done much to support the development of clinical information systems in the Trust. He has been a central clinical lead for the implementation of the RiO patient information system across all services in the Trust, in addition to working towards the development of electronic prescribing.  He will build on this through leading on projects where clinical leadership is crucial to success, such as the Trust’s continued drive to introduce mobile and remote working solutions, and deliver our strategy to become paperless.

Dr Reed said: “For many years I have had a keen interest in ICT. I have an understanding of both clinical and technical issues and in this exciting new role I’ll be a bridge between the two and will ensure that the views of clinicians, as well as their innovative ideas, are taken forward as part of the organisation’s ICT strategy.”

Dr Peter Lewis, Executive Medical Director, said: “Technology is having a growing impact on the way we provide care, and increasingly is a means by which we can improve the quality of our services. The appointment of a CCIO will ensure that we have direct clinical involvement in technology and information to ensure that quality of care for our service users is at the heart of our ICT development.” 

James Reed Appointment Chief Clinical Information Officer