Clinical officer appointed for CfH25th July 2006
Connecting for Health's first Chief Clinical Officer has been announced as Professor Michael Thick. Professor Thick was medical director of Choose and Book and PACS at Connecting for Health (CfH), and a senior advisor to the National Programme for IT.
He will take up his post with immediate effect, and be responsible for clinical governance and risk and safety management, being "key to engaging stakeholders in the work of NHS CfH." He will also take charge of formal supervision of the clinicians employed within CfH.
Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer, said that "in Professor Thick NHS CfH has an eminent surgeon with a strong track record as a clinician and as a clinical director with a strong interest in information technology."
A spokesperson from CfH was unable to confirm whether Professor Thick would continue in his existing roles.
Professor Thick's previous career included a secondment to the NHS Information Authority as an advisor on clinical governance, he has also worked at the NHS Modernisation Agency.
His clinical background is in renal care, having previously held posts at St Mary's Paddington as director of liver transplantation and director of medical and surgical liver services at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne.
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