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Conference 2010


'The Digitised Citizen and the NHS'

The 2010 Conference was held at the prestigious Tankersley Manor Hotel which is north of Sheffield just two minutes from junction 36 of the M1.

Tankersley Manor began life as a 17th century manor house that surpasses itself on the quaintness and charm front, with its stone windowsills and original oak beams. The award winning grounds are the epitome of a countryside idyll.

It is  this wonderful setting that formed the backdrop to our highly regarded two-day conference held on 11th and 12th November 2010. This was our 19th consecutive year and the event has never been stronger with all sponsorship opportunities taken up and feedback from the delegates indicting that it was one of our very best events.

A Word from the Chairman …

The 2009 conference focussed on IM&T as a driver for productivity, efficiency and clinical outcome improvements.  The Autumn Spending Review, together with the recently published ‘Liberating the NHS – An Information Revolution Consultation Document’, have raised the bar even higher for NHS IM&T, and set out a number of ground-breaking challenges.


Meeting these challenges will require a paradigm shift in the way we think about our systems and the information they contain.  How we will deliver effective, secure and flexible solutions, potentially in partnership with emerging new ‘players’, that truly support innovative new care models across geographical, organisational, and health and social care boundaries? 


Our 19th Annual NYHDIF Conference focuses on these challenges and asks the question: ‘Do we know what a 21st Century Digital Citizen looks like, and can we meet their expectations?’  As always, you can expect a lively and thought- provoking event.


Thank you for your support, and I hope you enjoy this year’s conference.


Martyn Smith



Our Speakers

Dr Sunil Bhandari  MBChB, MRCP (UK), FRCP (Edin), PhD, M Clin Edu. - graduated from Edinburgh University Medical School, and then trained in Renal Medicine at Sheffield and Leeds, and The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Concord Hospitals, Sydney, Australia before taking up a Consultant Nephrologist post at  Hull And East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.   He is currently:-

Consultant in Nephrology/General Internal Medicine;

Honorary Clinical Reader Hull York Medical School (HYMS); Senior Director of Clinical Studies for HYMS;

Co-Director of UK Advanced Nephrology Course;

Locality Head of School of Medicine - East Yorkshire;

Educational Ambassador - International Society of Nephrology; Speciality Lead for Yorkshire Clinical Research Network; Royal College of Physicians Locatity Speciality Tutor for Nephrology; Facility member of the Global Kidney Academy (GKA).


Ailsa Claire – is Director of Commissioning Development at Y&tH SHA. Previously Ailsa was Chief Executive of NHS Barnsley since its inception in April 2002 and prior to that, Chief Executive of Barnsley Health Authority. Her career has spenned Health and Social Care, commissioning, provision (primarily in mental health and services for people with learning difficulties) and performance management at local and regional levels, She has a passion for patient-determined care, having championed this throughout her career.


Rob Cooper - is Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Finance and Investment at NHS Yorkshire and the Humber (formerly Y&H SHA). He previously held a similar position at the former West Yorkshire SHA.  Prior to this he was Deputy Chief Executive at Leeds Health Authority.  Rob has also been Director of Finance at Royal Hull Hospitals NHS Trust.  Before joining the NHS Rob spent eight years in automotive engineering, working for GKN Engineering Plc.


Mark Fitzmaurice - is a Director and Master Trainer at Dale Carnegie®. He spent 14 years in the food production industry, before joining Dale Carnegie® as a trainer in 1988.  In 1990 he joined their Sales Team in the North of England.  In 1999 he was invited to become a Master Trainer working with St Louis based Dale Carnegie University®, which involves training and developing the global network of trainers in over 80 countires.  In the last five years Mark has been on international assignments across the USA, Europe and the Middle East.  He has spent the last 17 years delivering programmes and presentations to events all over Europe. His style is upbeat and positive and very involving, he has a passion for making his topics relevant to his audience so they get value from it.  He is a founder member of the Trainer Quality Advisory Council for Dale Carnegie®, who set standards and create strategy for the 3500 trainers worldwide.


John Follin - is a co-founder of i+ IT Ltd - a company dedicated to health integration and interoperability and delivering solutions to the NHS as rapidly as possible.  John originally trained as a Civil Engineer, but IT was always his real calling and he now has over 30 years IT experience gained across a variety of complex domains.   However, the health sector, with its complexity, challenge and capacity to make a real difference to ordinary people's lives, is where his professional heart lies and where all his experience can best be utilised.


Kate Holliday - has worked in the NHS for two years and is the eLearning Lead at Y&H SHA.  Her role entails promoting, developing and implementing the eLearning strategy across Yorkshire and the Humber, with the aim of delivering financial benefits and improving the quality of regional educational products.


Dave Lang - joined the NHS in 1985 as a Medical Physics Technician at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, and after a couple of years made the move to IM&T.  Since then he has worked as an IM&T professional for several organisations spanning most care settings.  More recently he has spent a year as the acting CIO at Barnsley NHS Hospitals Trust, and is currently seconded to the Yorkshire and Humber SHA as an Assistant CIO responsible for delivering specialist programmes.


Kathy Mason - is the Director, Strategy & Planning, at the Department of Health, Informatics Directorate. Kathy leads on strategy planning and monitoring within the DH Informatics Directorate.  Following the publication of the Health White Paper, Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS, Kathy led the policy team that produced the consultation paper, Liberating the NHS: an Information Revolution, and is now managing the consultation process.  Kathy and her team have a track record of effective partnership with stakeholders, including the SHAs and wider DH to position informatics as a key enabler of local and national objectives. 


Kathy joined the Department of Health in 2006 as DH National Implementation Director for the award winning Picture Archive and Communication Systems (PACS) Programme, having originally joined the NHS in 1991 working as a change consultant across the North West Thames Region to support the NHS market reforms of the 90s, building on skills gained from her earlier working life as a management consultant based in the City of London.  Subsequently her NHS career included roles as Director of Mental Health Services and Trust Executive Director with responsibilities including: performance, information, modernisation and service improvement. 


Following a BA (Hons) in Literature and Law from University College, Cardiff in 1982, she was awarded her MSc (Econ) in Health Informatics from University College, Aberystwyth in 1998. 


James Rawlinson - has been Assistant Director of IT Services in Mid Yorkshire Hospitals for last three years.  He has operational responsibility for all IT services including technical teams, project management, systems admin and training, and is also responsible for the Medical Records function within the Trust.  James and his team have worked with a several partners to implement a number of innovative solutions across the Trust to improve both operational efficiency as well as quality and access to information.


Trudy Wagstaff - has worked on the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) Project for four years and moved into the role of National Learning Management System (NLMS) Account Manager at the Y&H SHA from April this year.  Her role entails advising and supporting NHS Organisations within the Yorkshire and Humber region to implement the NLMS and to achieve associated benefits.










Tankersley Manor

NYHDIF Chairman, Martyn Smith

Ailsa Claire and Rob Cooper

Dr Sunil Bhandari

Kathy Mason

Dr John Connolly

Dave McGuire

James Rawlinson

Phil Molyneux and Jo Butterfield

Dave Lang

Mark Fitzmaurice

Conference Dinner & Fun Casino