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Conference 2011



Bill McCarthy
Chief Executive, Yorkshire & the Humber SHA

Bill has operated at Board level in the NHS, central government and local government for the last 8 years. He is an economist by training. His most recent role was Chief Executive at City of York Council. Before that he was Director General at the Department of Health (2005 -2007) responsible for health and social care strategy, system reform and policy development and implementation, Director of Strategic Development at West Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority (2002-2005), and Director of Planning and Performance at Leeds teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (2000-2002).


Dr Mary Hawking
Bedford GP

Mary has been a General Practitioner at Kingsbury Court Surgery, Dunstable since 1979, and Senior Partner until 2009 (now half time).

She has a long standing interest in Health Informatics and the ways in which information technology and the politics surrounding it has improved the quality of care and changed the way in which primary care is organised and administered in the UK.

Her current interest is in the problems around the management of electronic records shared across different organisations - the single shared electronic record (SSEPR): who can make and change diagnoses and other entries such as medication , who is responsible for the overall care of the patient, who is legally responsible for actions taken on the basis of an untrustworthy record, how are the legitimate and possibly conflicting legitimate interests of the various organisations to be accommodated without detriment to other users, and what does confidentiality mean in these circumstances.

Since the publication of the white paper in 2010 and the full implications of the plans for the drastic reorganisation of the NHS have become apparent, new concerns about using IT to try to forestall patient harm have become even more important.

Bob Bury
Retired Consultant Radiologist
Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Bob spent 16 years in the RAF Medical Branch, first as a surgeon and then a radiologist, and still talks about this period of his career.   He came to Leeds as a Consultant Radiologist specialising in nuclear medicine in 1988.   He did all the usual radiology stuff, but actually appeared to get most of his enjoyment from writing and editing, including a spell as Editor in Chief of "Clinical Radiology".   He frequently has his letters published in "The Times", and they are often pithy and invariably witty.   He is now semi-retired, and spends much of his time blogging, writing, hill-walking, looking after grandchildren, and trying to sell his house in Leeds so he and his family can move into the Dales.   (He wishes to mention here that anyone who wants a lovely family home, 30 seconds from Roundhay Park - he's open to offers!)   He has also just completed the British Humanist Association training to become a Humanist celebrant (and so, he adds, anyone wanting a non-religious funeral conducting - hopefully not during the conference - he's your man!).

Chief Executive, NHS Humber Cluster

Chris was Chief Executive of NHS Hull (formerly Hull Teaching Primary Care Trust) since October 2006.  Prior to this he was Chief Executive of West Hull PCT.  Before coming to Hull in 2004, Chris spent two years as the Chief Executive of Hambleton and Richmondshire PCT in North Yorkshire.  Before he joined the world of PCTs, Chris spent ten years in a variety of jobs in hospital trusts and working at a senior level in the former Northern and Yorkshire Regional Office of the NHS Executive.  NHS management is his second career as he spent 12 years serving in the Army as an Infantry Officer before joining the NHS in 1991. 

Pro-Chancellor, York University

A&E Consultant
Leeds Teaching Hospitals



Miles Hilton-Barber
Blind Adventurer



Our 2011 Conference was held on the 10th and 11th November 2011 at Aldwark Manor which is 12 miles North-West of York. Just eight miles from Junction 47 of the A1(M) and set in 120 acres of it's own grounds with it's own golf course an idealic setting for our 20th Annual Conference.

The Aldwark Manor Hotel Spa & Golf Club Hotel is picturesquely set within 100 acres of parkland on the River Ure. This tranquil setting is the ideal place to relax and unwind, yet the Aldwark Manor hotel is still close to both York and Harrogate meaning fantastic shops, bars and restaurants arenít too far away.

Named AA Hotel Group of the Year 2008/09, this hotel is all about luxury and pampering from start to finish. All the rooms at the 4 star Aldwark Manor Hotel are spacious, bright and extremely comfortable. All the hotel rooms are also equipped with wireless internet access, T.V., room service and large en-suite bathrooms.

Relaxation and recreation are a must at the Aldwark Manor Hotel. The hotel is home to a fantastic 18 hole golf course (additional charge of £10 per round), which includes water hazards, downhills and 100 acres of tended fairways. The Aldwark Manor also offers luxury spa and body treatments and has an indoor pool, sauna, steam room and fully equipped gym.

After a relaxing day the Aldwark Manor Hotel is the ideal place for a fine meal or just a peaceful drink. The Terrace Bar overlooks the stunning surrounding park land, whilst the Brasserie Restaurant offers up exquisite cuisine in a beautiful, modern setting.

Aldwark Manor Golf & Spa Hotel
Aldwark, Alne, Nr York  YO61 1UF


'NHS Transformation Agenda
- The Role of ICT'




We are grateful to the support that we receive from our sponsors which allows us to offer heavily subsidised delegate prices for the 20th Anniversary Conference.



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