2009 CONFERENCE GOES HOME TO HARROGATE
The venue for the 2009
Conference took the Forum back to its original
roots with a return to the former Yorkshire RHA HQ
building at Park Parade in Harrogate. Now owned by the
Best Western Hotels chain and named as the Cedar Court
Hotel, many long standing members will relish a visit
back to this prestigious building which was where the
forerunner to NYHDIF was originally formed.
Overlooking the famous 200 acre Stray parkland, this
historic grade 2 listed building dating back to 1671 has
been carefully restored to the grandeur of yesteryear.
speakers said about the Conference....
I would just like to say that I
found the conference enjoyable, informative, educational
and exceedingly well organised. Indeed I hope you will
extend an invite to me for next years event!
University of Birmingham Hospital
I enjoyed it...just a shame I couldn't sample a bit more
of the wine!
MSK Service, Dewsbury
enjoyed the event and we are happy to exchange best
practice and ideas with your colleagues in future.
NHS Lothian Health, Edinburgh
pass on my thanks to your members for the warm welcome
and hospitality. I really enjoyed the conference.
was good to see old friends.
delegates said about the Conference....
good range of speakers, and high relevance of topics"
"the most useful NYHDIF conference I've been to"
"the speakers were exceptional this year"
"the workshop session (facilitated by BT) worked really
"the presentations by clinicians were excellent and very
"excellent sound system and continuity"
"good to have a speaker from another sector"
"senior speakers with thought-provoking challenges"
sponsors said about the Conference....
Many thanks for allowing
EMC to partake in your excellent event last week. I
enjoyed the presentations and the many individual
conversations that we had.
Edward Kenny, EMC
I'd like to thank you all
for your generous hospitality and for making the event
both great fun and highly productive.
Martin Clark, BT Health
formerly Chief Executive Officer at the Royal Liverpool
Hospital, Cumbria and Lancashire SHA and the first CEO
for East of England SHA.
He now holds
the position of Director of Clinical Engagement for CSC
which he has held since 2007.
over 20 years experience in the NHS and was a senior
representative for the NHS NPfIT in the North-West and
West Midlands cluster.
Pearse was the Keynote Speaker and he challenged
delegates as leaders of IT Services in the NHS to step
up to the mark and take a leading role in extolling the
benefits of NPfIT and championing the roll-out of more
and more systems to introduce more and more change into
was appointed as the first Medical Director for the NHS
Confederation in June of this year. He is seconded from
Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust where he has been the
Medical Director from 1998
appointed as a Consultant Geriatrician at St James’s
University Hospital in 1986. When he moved to Seacroft
Hospital in 1991 he became Clinical Director of a merged
department of General and Elderly Medicine.
This was his
first formal medical – management post and in 1992 he
was also appointed as Director of Strategic Development
on the Board of the Leeds Community and Mental Health
In 1994 he
accepted an invitation to be seconded to the Leeds
Health Authority as its Medical Director during the time
of the Acute Services Review and thus played a leading
role in developing the Service Reconfiguration Strategy
for the City and in promoting the merger of the two
In 1996 he
was appointed as Director of Commissioning at Leeds
Health Authority, his first Executive Director post.
the Trust merger in 1998, he was appointed, in national
competition, as Executive Medical Director of the Leeds
Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
current responsibilities include the broad area of
Quality, Research and Development, Medical Education and
Training and a number of areas of governance. He chairs
and leads many groups within the Trust and has in the
past acted as interim Chief Executive.
served on many regional and national groups within the
broader NHS, including Royal Colleges and the NHS
Confederation. He is a Board Director of the British
Association of Medical Managers.
PROF. JAMES BARBOUR O.B.E.
Prof. James Barbour has been the CEO for NHS Lothian
Health in Glasgow since 2001 having held increasingly
senior posts in London at Great Ormonde Street,
Manchester, Aberdeen and Sheffield.
This was after starting life as a hospital porter. He
was awarded the OBE in 1992 for services to the NHS.
Director of Care for North-East Lincs
Care Trust Plus.
has previously worked as Deputy Director of Social
Services in the former Humberside area and Executive
Director of Performance and Mental Health in Leeds
Health Authority. He also led the Change Agent Team in
the Northern Region for the NHS/SSI (CSCI) and
subsequently initiated, with Peter Lacey, the
consultancy firm ‘the Whole Systems Partnership.’ Geoff
also acted as Project Director to the development of the
proposals and implementation of the Care Trust Plus in
North East Lincolnshire.
Chris is a practising
physiotherapist and leads the North
Kirklees MSK Service from Dewsbury Health Centre and he
told the conference about how moving to a paperless
environment has resulted in improved patient care. It's
a heartening case study that makes one wonder why isn't
everyone doing it this way.
Director of ICT at
University of Birmingham Hospital Trust with 17 years of
NHS ICT experience. Stephen is an active member of the
British Computer Society, the European Association of
Healthcare IT Managers and the Informnation Technology
Service Management Forum.
Dave is an MBA Graduate of
the Kent Business School and he spoke about establishing
a Shared Service of back-office functions across
multiple organisations in Kent.
DR SHAHID ALI
Currently Co-Chair of the DH
Research for the Patient Benefit Programme. Regionally
he chairs the SHA Diabetes Programme Board. He is
currently seconded to the Yorks & Humber SHA to work on
the Healthy Ambitions long term conditions workstream
and on e-Health.
Shahid did a double
presentation with Dr Richard Pope on how e-Health can
improve the patient experience.
DR RICHARD POPE
Richard is a Consultant
Physician and currently Director of Innovation and
Research at Airedale NHS Trust working on secondment to
Yorks & Humber SHA on a number of e-health topics
including telemedicine. He has also worked extensively
with TPP SystmOne to deliver new approaches to the
management of long term conditions.
been head of Information & Knowledge at Leeds
Partnership NHS Foundation Trust since 2004. She started
her career as a Court Clerk in Durham Police and
subsequently spent 12 years as Head of Kent Police
Intelligence Bureau before moving back north. Heather's
presentation was about using widely available
applications such as Facebook and Twitter in a manner
that supports the patient experience.
Links to details of
Formal Conference Photograph
The NYHDIF Chair and
Vice-Chair confer about the conference speaker running
order or alternatively about who will open the bottle of
champagne for them.
I would like to extend my
thanks to all NYHDIF members for their generous
contribution to CLIC Sargent and my London marathon fund
raising efforts. Raising £300 has made a huge
contribution to my target. Many thanks to all.
Just have to run the damn
Bob Quin, BT Health
AFTER DINNER SPEAKER
We are pleased to introduce our after dinner speaker for
this year’s Conference. Peter McDonald is a
full-bodied surgeon but writes (as “Dr Slop” – a novel
and author of the “Oxford Dictionary of Medical
Quotations”) and broadcasts (Radio 4) regularly.
generally themes his presentation as JIBLETS AND TRIPE –
the lighter side of being a surgeon! Being a bowel
surgeon he has a well developed sense of humour that
gives his audience a glimpse into both the lighter and,
occasionally, more serious side of being a consultant
He has delivered his very funny talk to over one hundred
Rotary Conferences, Medical Societies and Corporate
dinners over the last decade. He never fails to get his
audience laughing as well as giving them an insight into
the work of a surgeon working in the NHS.
In his speech of witty anecdotes and stories Peter will
confirm that humour is the best medicine and that
Voltaire was right when he wrote that “the purpose of
medicine is to amuse while nature takes its course”!