Our governance

NHS Informatics Management Board (NIMB)

As an organisation our direction is overseen by the NHS Informatics Management Board (NIMB) which is chaired by the Chief Executive of the NHS in Wales. The board oversees the delivery and operation of national information and technology programmes and services. All Health Boards, NHS Trusts and Welsh Government are represented at NIMB. The role of NIMB is to provide assurance that the management and delivery of informatics services and projects across Wales is effective and robust. In particular, the Board oversees:

  • The performance of NHS Wales IT Systems and Operational Services
  • The performance of ICT programmes and projects
  • NHS Wales Informatics Business Cases (prior to submission to Welsh Government)
  • Alignment of local and national plans – Once for Wales
  • Informatics professional development
  • The security of patient information
  • The security of IT systems supporting healthcare in Wales
  • The development and use of information
  • The management of strategic risks
  • The optimisation of benefits realisation both locally and nationally

In Wales, the NHS Informatics Management Board (NIMB) oversees a collaborative approach for digitally enabling the health and social care service. The board representatives agree priorities and ensure all health boards are aligned in delivering Informed Health and Care - A Digital Health and Social Care Strategy for Wales.

There are also a number of other boards and groups which report into the NIMB.

Welsh Clinical Informatics Council

The Council brings together health board clinicians to provide direction for national IT products and services from their evolution. Established by our Clinical Director and Consultant Urologist Rhidian Hurle – the Welsh Clinical Informatics Council has a key role in the assurance and design function of the Once for Wales approach.

Wales Informatics Assurance Board (WIAB)

The board has a scrutiny role providing an independent quality assurance. It consists of representatives across the health service including patients. The board has the authority to apply clinical, managerial and technical judgement to ensure that NHS Wales informatics services are safe and ready to be used by health and social care services in Wales.

Wales Information Governance Board (WIGB)

The board provides information governance and assurance advice on the direction and standards of information governance policy. It covers work relating to the standards of privacy and sharing of information across Wales and provides assurance to the Minister of Health and Social Care for Wales that these standards are being met.

Welsh Information Standards Board

“Aiming for a shared understanding of words and numbers in health and healthcare”. The board oversees the Information Standards Assurance process and contributes to the overall aim of data being captured, shared, stored, used and analysed consistently and coherently. It contributes to the improvement of information quality whilst working to minimise any unjustifiable burden of data collection.

The following boards are additional providing governance to

  • Primary Care (IT) 
  • National Primary Care IT Board Covering GP
  • Pharmacy
  • Dental
  • Optometry – Primary Care

Clinical leads and senior representatives from across NHS Wales and Welsh Government will meet to look at the delivery of national Primary Care IT.

The 'National Primary Care IT Board' meets four times a year and brings together primary care related work streams within the Informed Health and Care - Digital Health and Social Care Strategy for Wales.

GMS Information Management and Technology (IMT) Programme Board - This boards specifically looks at General Medical Services IT. The board oversees IMT Services and Developments on behalf of GP Practices.

As part of this a GP Systems and Services - Performance Review Panel monitors and reviews the performance of IT services provided to GP Practices throughout Wales.

Underpinning our services to ensure that clinical systems and critical services run smoothly there are also Service Management Boards (SMB)

The purpose of an SMB is to ensure that there is sound governance and stewardship to ensure that the IT service is fit for purpose. These cover our IT infrastructure and critical services.