Rhidian Bramley, consultant radiologist and chief clinical information officer at The Christie in Manchester, has been highly commended at the annual HSJ awards.

Dr Bramley was highly commended in the ‘Clinical Leader of the Year’ category at awards, recognised for his contribution as a clinical leader in health information and informatics.

As well as being clinical director of radiology and CCIO at The Christie, Dr Bramley is also a clinical health informatics lead with NHS Northwest and a national lead with NHS Connecting for Health, where he is a national lead on PACS.

His achievements nationally include leading on the successful deployment of radiology information systems, digital imaging and voice recognition in England.

Dr Bramley said; “I am honoured to receive this prestigious commendation. The Christie was one of the first trusts in the country to create the CCIO role to promote clinical leadership in health informatics. I am delighted we are now being recognised as a leading centre for health systems innovation in addition to our status as a world renowned cancer centre.”

At The Christie Dr Bramley has led a series of projects, which have enhanced the safety, quality, speed and efficiency of information flow across care pathways – all of which are vital to improving patient care.

This has included the innovative developing clinical portals that provide secure web access to clinical records and enhancing clinical safety through electronic result acknowledgment and recording clinical outcomes.

“The portals have improved communication and the flow of information between clinical specialists, GPs and nurses providing care in the community. This not only saves time, it also improves the levels of understanding around patients and their treatment. ”

Caroline Shaw, chief executive of The Christie praised Dr Bramley on her blog: “As well as being a superb doctor, Rhidian has a flair for informatics and a passionate interest in improving services for patients and staff through IT.

“He is motivational in his approach to using IT to benefit our organisation. It thanks to his vision, and the dedication of our staff, we have introduced a number of projects which have enhanced the flow, speed and efficiency of information across the trust.”

Dr Bramley is a member of the CCIO Leaders Network Advisory Panel.