Welcome Statement – from Leonardo Tantari – Chief Digital Information Officer
Since I became the joint Chief Digital and Information Officer for the City Council and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in Leeds, we’ve made strong start at providing the digital foundations of a stronger integration between local government and healthcare services.
Our aim was to take this beyond the two organisations to incorporate all of those delivering frontline services around the City, and building the business model and culture for a robust, joined up approach to how we use digital and data to benefit all of our residents. The Council and CCG already had a record of working together when I arrived, but there was a sense that a stronger partnership arrangement was needed to support the development of networks, infrastructure, business partnerships and innovation needed to bring our vision for the City to life.
My primary task as CDIO was to create an Integrated Digital Services (IDS) team for the City, to meet this need, and to build a structure for exploiting technology and data for better services in Leeds. We’ve made some great progress on our journey around 3 key themes. Sharing Capacity – making better use of the resource we have in digital, data and technology provision to deliver our major programmes in local government and healthcare: Strategic Vision – realising our vision to digitise our services, to give people better access from anywhere at any time and ensuring that our teams take an agile approach to service development and innovation: Data – working closely with partners to create for example, the Leeds Office of Data Analytics, to fully exploit the potential of Open Data to drive City wide insight and analysis.
I’m now in the process of building a team to deliver our exciting and ambitious joint vision for IDS. The roles we are recruiting for - Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Head of Digital Change, are key appointments within my Senior Leadership Team and are central to realising our vision. Both are roles of real substance and social worth, defining the technology approach we will be adopting to deliver the future and in developing and delivering innovative digital products and services to enable our residents, staff and partners to fully engage with us and to play their part in making Leeds the exemplar of a fully integrated, progressive 21st century City.
I hope these great roles will be of interest to you and that you will choose to apply to join us on this pioneering journey.
Chief Digital & Information Officer, Integrated Digital Services