Press release

Interim Appointments to the Health & Social Care Information Centre

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Candy Morris, Sir Ian Andrews and Sir Nick Partridge have been appointed on an interim basis to the board of the HSCIC

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Candy Morris, Sir Ian Andrews and Sir Nick Partridge have been appointed on an interim basis to the board of the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) from 1st April 2013.

Candy Morris has been appointed as Interim Chair and Sir Nick Partridge and Sir Ian Andrews have been appointed as Interim Non-Executive Directors, until substantive appointments are made after an open recruitment process.

Candy Morris said:

I was delighted to be asked to be the Interim Chair of the Health and Social Care Information Centre and very pleased to accept.

The new HSCIC will be central to the success of the health and care system – bringing together technology, information and data management to drive improvement in outcomes, quality and performance. I look forward to working with the Board and the interim Chief Executive Alan Perkins to guide the HSCIC through transition and ensure it establishes itself as the national focal point and key technology and information partner for the health and care sector.

I am pleased to welcome Sir Ian Andrews and Sir Nick Partridge as interim non-executive directors. They bring a huge amount of knowledge and experience and I am thrilled we have been able to secure their services. They will work alongside the other non executive directors, Tony Allen, Lucinda Bolton and Mike Pearson, who I would like to thank for their continued support through transition.

Background information

  1. For media enquiries please ring the Department of Health desk on 0207 210 5703.

  2. This appointment is made in accordance with the Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies, issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

  3. Candy Morris, Sir Ian Andrews and Sir Nick Partridge have all declared no current political activity. Sir Ian Andrews is Chair of the Serious Organised Crime Agency and Candy Morris and Sir Nick Partridge do not hold any other Ministerial appointments.

  4. The appointments are until substantive appointments are made following open recruitment processes. The recruitment campaign for a new Chair is currently underway and a campaign to recruit two NEDs will commence once the new Chair is in post.

  5. The Interim Chair will not receive any remuneration for a time commitment of 2-3 days per week, and the Interim NEDs will each receive £7,883 per annum for a time commitment of 2-3 days per month.

  6. For further information on the HSCIC visit the website.

  7. Candy Morris was previously chair of the HSCIC shadow board and Chief Executive of the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority where she was the senior responsible officer (SRO) for the Southern Programme for IT. She was also the SRO for the establishment of the Health Research Authority.

  8. Sir Ian Andrews is currently Chair of the Serious Organised Crime Agency and transition Lead on the DH Departmental Board. Previously he was Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence.

  9. Sir Nick Partridge is Chief Executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust, and for the last year, has been a member of the independent panel supporting Dame Fiona Caldicott’s review of information governance. He has also been involved in health research as deputy chair of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration.

Published 8 April 2013