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University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust strengthens clinical leadership of digital programmes

14 November 2023

Jeremy Tong and Hayley Grafton
Jeremy Tong and Hayley Grafton

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust is further strengthening the clinical leadership of its digital agenda with the recruitment of Dr Jeremy Tong and Hayley Grafton to the posts of Chief Medical Information Officer and Chief Nursing Information Officer respectively.

Hayley has over twenty years of nursing experience, specialising in intensive care, as a bedside nurse, sister, and practice educator and has joined UHL from the Royal Marsden Hospital, where she has been the Chief Nursing Information Officer for the past four years.A passionate digital nurse leader, Hayley is the elected vice-chair of the National Digital Health CNIO Advisory Panel. She was a successful participant of Cohort 4 of the NHS Digital Academy and has since completed an MSc in Digital Health Leadership with Imperial College London.

Dr Jeremy Tong, a consultant in paediatric critical care at University Hospitals of Leicester has been appointed to the post of Chief Medical Information Officer for the trust.

Andy Carruthers, Chief Information Officer at Leicester’s hospitals said. “Experience shows that strong clinical ownership of the digital programme is a key ingredient for success.

“I’m delighted to welcome Jeremy and Hayley to our leadership team. Digital, data and technology are key enablers in our new strategy and we have an exciting set of changes planned, removing paper records and using technology to work differently to deliver better health outcomes. I’m confident they will ensure that clinicians from all backgrounds are fully engaged in shaping and delivering our ambitious transformation portfolio across our hospitals.

Jeremy said. “I am excited to steer our digital transformation in a way that is deeply rooted in the practical needs and invaluable experiences of our patients and staff. As the new Chief Medical Information Officer, my goal is to weave digital innovation seamlessly into the fabric of patient care. We will empower clinicians with tools that simplify complex processes, allowing them to dedicate more time to patient care. By integrating our digital strategies with everyday clinical expertise, we aim to elevate patient outcomes and safety.

Hayley said. “I am delighted to be appointed as the Chief Nursing Information Officer for UHL, where I will serve as a link between clinical practice and digital transformation. I am committed to driving digital change and innovation to enable our staff to deliver high quality, compassionate and safe care. I am excited by the development partnership with Nervecentre and am committed to help develop and deliver a system that is user centred and data driven.”

The trust is the NHS development partner for Nervecentre software’s ‘next generation’ electronic patient record platform, now being selected by many other trusts following successful deployment of capabilities in Leicester’s hospitals.