Dr. Gillian Rankin
With 40 years’ extensive experience as a senior clinical leader in Northern Ireland’s Health & Social Care economy operating at political, strategic, programme, project, senior management and director levels, Gillian is uniquely qualified to provide eHealth advice and guidance to a wide variety of public and private eHealth organisations.
Gillian graduated in medicine in 1977 from Queens University Belfast. She trained as a GP and worked in South Belfast in addition to working in community paediatrics. In 1993 she became a Director in South and East Belfast Unit of Management.
From 1993-2013 Gillian has held Director posts in Health and Social Care Trusts. From 1993-2007 she was responsible for strategic developments in primary and community care with GPs. In this role she led the concept, specification, development, build and commissioning of 3 Health and Wellbeing Centres in Belfast. She also led the specification, development and implementation of an early community EHR, PARIS. She led the implementation of early stroke discharge and rehabilitation teams in the community and teams supporting people with heart failure and chronic respiratory disease. Gillian led on several EU funded Telematics programmes including pioneering home technology for people with heart failure linking to the local cardiology service and early electronic discharge to GPs in the late 1990s.
In 2007 Gillian became Director of Older People and Primary Care in the Southern HSC Trust. In this role she was responsible for all professionals from geriatricians to social workers working in adult services and care of older people, this included commissioning £60m of care services from the independent sector (nursing home and domiciliary care). Specialist community teams, working closely with acute services and GPs, were developed under Gillian’s guidance and Gillian played a key role in the procurement and implementation of the Northern Ireland (N.I.) Remote Telemonitoring service.
In 2010 she was appointed as Director of Acute services with responsibility for Craigavon area and Daisy Hill Hospitals. This involved accountability for clinicians and ancillary staff, the safety and governance of clinical care and full budgetary control of a reducing budget. Gillian led the transformation of services to increase the quality and safety of care and reduce the cost of care. She led the specification of an electronic ward white board solution and its implementation across both hospitals. This included a significant change management programme to streamline business processes to optimise the real-time collection of data and increase staff efficiency and productivity. She led on the implementation of an eHealth robot in the High Dependency Unit in one hospital used to bring consultant expertise remotely from another hospital for the benefit of patients who required intensive care.
Strategic Oversight Experience
Gillian has represented the hospital Trust on both the East Belfast Partnership Board and on the Local Health and Social Care Commissioning Group in South Belfast. She provided experience and expertise in commissioning local services and improved these groups’ understanding of the importance of clarity of process and accountability between commissioners and providers.
Understanding How to Establish and Run eHealth Programmes
Until recently Gillian was the Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) for the implementation of the Northern Ireland National Oncology and Haematology Electronic Patient Record (EPR) and ePrescribing programme. She was SRO from the inception of the programme holding responsibility for the Statement of Requirements, procurement, and clinical implementation including significant change management and streamlining of processes across multiple organisations. The Oncology EPR is live across Northern Ireland with the ePrescribing functionality preparing for implementation in autumn 2017.
Understanding of How a Health Economy is Governed and Funded
Gillian has worked with people at all levels in the Department of Health, Health and Social Care Board, Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland Council for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Training, Business Services Organisation and with colleagues in Acute, Community and Primary organisations. She has a deep understanding of how the Health and Social Care (HSC) functions are governed and funded, gained from lengthy experience working at a senior level in multiple Health Care Organisations.