Kemi Adenubi is stepping down as the Health and Social Care Information Centre’s head of primary care IT to lead work on a replacement for the organisation’s Secondary Uses Service, EHI News can exclusively reveal.
Adenubi was instrumental in the establishment of the GP Systems of Choice framework contract. She acted as programme director for GPSoC, which was established in 2007 to fund GP IT systems for 75% of practices in England.
The framework expired in March 2013, but was extended for another year while the Department of Health tendered for a new contract worth up to £1.2 billion, finalised last April.
The HSCIC told EHI News that Adenubi has been appointed as its director for commissioning, finance and data services.
“Based within the information and analytics directorate, Kemi will lead on the data services for commissioners and National Tariff System programmes, where she will focus on improving the data flows to NHS commissioners.”
The National Tariff System programme will develop a replacement for the Secondary Uses Service, which was set up under the National Programme for IT to provide data for planning, commissioning, management, research and audit.
Adenubi told EHI News that she is “really looking forward to the challenges that this new role presents”.
“We need to find a way to respond positively and flexibly to the needs of NHS commissioners while ensuring that confidential data is being handled appropriately.
“Getting this right will make a real difference to health and social care organisations by providing them with the information they need to transform care, in line with the objectives of the National Information Board framework.”
Adenubi started working in healthcare in 2003, joining the National Programme for IT team as an external consultant on an initial six-month contract to help deliver N3, the NHS’ broadband network.
She became an employee four years later, before moving up to head the GPSoC programme, as well as GP2GP, the Electronic Prescription Service, and the new GP payment system CQRS.
In 2013, Adenubi was named Healthcare IT Champion of the Year at the EHI Awards for her work on the GPSoC programme.
In an interview at the time, she said that the programme’s main aim was to remedy the lack of information available about the performance of primary care systems.
“It felt like a very closed world, in which a practice only received information from their suppliers, and it wasn’t easy to make comparisons between systems. GPSoC was created because people wanted to have choice; so we set out to make sure people were making informed choices.”
Update: The HSCIC has announced Martin Warden as Adenubi's replacement as programme director of GPSoC, CQRS and GP Extraction Service.
A HSCIC spokesperson said Warden has been the programme head in all three areas and will take up the role next month.