I was really pleased to start the week chairing our Digital by Choice programme board. As I have shared with you before, we have been developing business cases for some weeks now for our new electronic patient record (EPR). The Department of Health requires us to submit three business cases and because we received such good feedback on our second submission, we have been able to swiftly progress to the final business case which was approved by the programme board.
All the signs are we will be successful in attracting between £14-£15m of support funding to implement the EPR which has now been named as the ROSE programme – Raising Our Service Excellence. Our ambitions are that ROSE will really drive improvement and raise the quality of our services. As our plans are to have ROSE implemented by March 2017, we need to really ensure as many of our staff are engaged and involved in the next few months ensuring real ownership. I envisage that the role of each of our directorate clinical leads will now increase as they drive engagement and real understanding across our services. It is very positive and exciting and will make a real difference to improving lives.