KPMG Australia has confirmed that former NHS CIO Richard Granger is joining their KPMG IT Advisory Practice as a partner. He will begin working for the consultancy in November.

Granger was appointed as director general of NHS IT in September 2002. He went on to lead the £12.7 billion National Programme for IT in the NHS and Connecting for Health when the agency was created in April 2005.

He resigned from his role as head of the CfH programme in June 2007 and left the role in February 2008.
No golden handshake was given to Granger, who on a salary of £290,000 a year, was the UK’s highest paid civil servant.

Several of the deals with IT vendors that Granger secured have been “reset” since his departure due to changing demands of the programme, as both Accenture and Fujistu have left the programme. On 8 August, the NHS finally filled the hole left by Granger almost six months after his departure. The health authority hired two new posts.

Christine Connolly, previously chief information officer at Cadbury Schweppes, has become chief information officer for health, looking after the information strategy across the NHS. Martin Bellamy, former chief information officer for the Pensions Service, has become the NHS head of programme and system delivery.
Gordon Hextall, chief operating officer for NPfIT, who has been acting as the its head since Granger departed, is expected to stay in post. Both jobs were advertised and would be paid in the £200,000-a-year range.

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