I met Nigel Tilley, from Microsoft, and a representative from Experian to discuss piloting CardSpace Identity Management for access to the Shared Learning Group portal.

Experian already provides identity management solutions in some markets, but is looking to develop a standard offering for service providers and consumers in the UK, based-on a small number of tokens to cover all eventualities, one of which will be CardSpace.

The Microsoft Shared Learning Group, which Newham Chairs, will make an excellent proving ground for the technology. I'm hopeful that Newham's participation in the trial will provide a product that's transferable to other projects, such as the Health Portal, and can ultimately be rolled-out for all service access and will be part of the solution for employee and citizen authentication to services we deliver.

I attended the first NeAT2 (Newham Advanced TeleCare) programme board. The original NeAT was Newham's own assistive technology project, but NeAT2 incorporates the Department of Health (DoH) funded "Whole Systems Demonstrator" project for TeleCare and TeleHealth.

Through the DoH co-ordination arrangements, we will ensure the exchange of learning with the other two local government authorities that won funding – Kent and Cornwall.

The board includes representation from all the key stakeholders, such as the Primary Care Trust, the Police and Newham Homes (who operate the call centre).

In this first meeting discussions understandably focussed on the programme plan and terms of reference for programme management. We also looked ahead to how we will approach evaluation (i.e. assessment of benefits achieved) and how developments will be mainstreamed.

I had concerns about ensuring that the programme plan can adapt in the fast moving environment that we operate in. However, urgent work is already in-hand to update the plan that won the funding to assimilate the changes that have already happened.

In the afternoon, MT, NT and I interviewed the short-listed candidates for programme management of the Microsoft Shared Learning Group, which we tendered. Unfortunately, in our evaluations we scored them "neck and neck" and thought that both the proposals we considered required further work.

We therefore felt unable to make a final decision, but are asking both bidders to update their proposals to demonstrate how they will meet our requirements. In the meantime, we need to ensure that the organisation of our next quarterly review meeting, in September, is not overlooked!