The NHS' first national chief clinical information officer will lead the programme at Digital Health’s CCIO National Conference at EHI Live 2016.

Held on 2 November at the NEC in Birmingham, Keith McNeil will kick off the day, talking in his capacity as NHS CCIO, and chairman of the National Information Board.

McNeil is also a member of Digital Health’s national CCIO Network Advisory Panel, which is dedicated to promoting the development of CCIOs across the NHS, greater collaboration and best practice.

Joe McDonald, a practising NHS consultant psychiatrist and CCIO at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, who chairs the panel, said he “looks forward to working closely with Keith” when the announcement of his appointment was made this month.

McDonald, a regular Digital Health News columnist and director of Connected Health Cities in the North East and North Cumbria, is chairing two panels at the conference on 2 November.

Dr Masood Nazir, who received the CCIO accolade for clinical IT leadership at the 2016 EHI Awards for his work in Birmingham last month, will be discussing the development of CCIOs in primary care.

Nazir works at Out Health Partnership, one of the largest ‘super-practices’ in the country, with 150 partners in England’s second city. He won the award for his work on the city’s shared care record and the national Patient Online programme.

The newly appointed senior fellow to the chairman and chief executive of NHS England, Harpreet Sood, will be discussing how to engage junior doctors in clinical informatics leadership.

Speaking after his recent digital review of the NHS, Dr Robert Wachter instructed Sood to create a network of CCIOs and CIOs.

The event will end with a debate on the motion: 'This house believes mandating certification of CIOs and CCIOs is essential to achieve NHS digitalisation’.