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Conference 2013



The  2013 Conference was held at Aldwark Manor near York on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th November 2013. This was the 22nd consecutive year that the Conference has been held.

The Conference theme was 'The Digital Patient' and a range of speakers led delegates through the subject matter over the two days of the 2013 event. These included....

Beverley Bryant
Director of Strategic Systems and Technology for NHS England
Beverley's role is to set the national direction for NHS technology and informatics and stimulate technology leadership and innovation across the NHS in England.  She is the SRO for a number of NHS England commitments including Integrated Digital Care Records, NHS E-referrals, Digital Primary Care and Electronic Prescriptions. Prior to joining the NHS CB, she was Managing Director of Health at Capita. 

Angela Hamilton
Head of Patient and Public Voice at NHS England (North)

Over the past 34 years, Angela has worked in a variety of senior roles and NHS organisations locally, regionally and nationally, to ensure the voice of local communities, patients, their families and carers are heard and responded to.   Angela has been working across the North with key stakeholders to support individual patient participation, public engagement with communities, and the use of patient, carer and service user feedback on experience of using NHS services. 

Martyn Smith
Director of IT & Innovation, Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals
Martyn is a qualified accountant.  He joined the NHS in 1977 as a Finance Trainee in Nottingham, working his way to Hull via Scunthorpe and Beverley.  Martyn joined HEY in January 2001 as Head of IT.  In his current role, Martyn is responsible for creating and delivering the IM&T Strategy, leading a period of significant investment in technology, bringing in new and innovative systems, and exploiting technology to ‘modernise’ the Trust.

Mark Norwood
Associate Director of IM&T, Derby Hospitals FT

Mark started in the NHS in 1981 as a Student Radiographer in the Radiotherapy and Oncology department at Leicester Royal Infirmary.   After a degree in 1989 in Computer Science, he re-joined NHS in 1999 and worked in a number of roles at Leicestershire Health Authority, Connecting for Health (for which he is sorry, Milton Keynes Hospitals FT, and Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals.  Mark is currently responsible for management, development and delivery of IM&T, including implementing Lorenzo across the Trust.

Dave Lang
Programme Director - The Health Informatics Service

For the last 28 years, Dave has been working for the NHS.  During his career he has worked in most healthcare settings including Secondary Care, Primary Care, Mental Health and Community as well as holding posts at Health and Strategic Health.  Dave is a member of the Yorkshire & Northern ASSIST Branch Committee and a member of the ASSIST National Council.  In his spare time, Dave is a keen angler, and also likes to test his amateur cooking skills on friends and family. 

Jon Marsh
Managing Consultant, Health Transformation, BT Health

Jon works with healthcare organisations to design and deliver a transformation in business performance through new ways of working.


Laurence Bradley

Programme Director, Systemic Innovation, BT Health

Laurence has broad experience including programme management, change management, transformation, business development, start-ups and research.


Declan Hadley
Health Informatics Director, Lancashire Care NHS FT

Declan has worked in the NHS for over twenty years.  He started his NHS career as a Psychiatric Nurse, moving quickly into Information Management in the 1990s where he worked in a number of different roles across the North West.  He joined Lancashire Care NHS FT in 2001.  More recently, Declan has been involved in developing the Lancashire Patient Record Exchange and mobile applications for clinical teams.

Paul Curley
Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon, and Clinical Director of IM&T, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals

Paul was brought up and went to Medical School in Ireland before coming to Yorkshire via Leicester, Nottingham and Harvard.  He has been a Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon since 1996 and has served as Director of Medical Education, Clinical Director of Surgery and Clinical Director of IM&T. He has been a CQC and a Keogh Inspector, has a gorgeous wife and 3 children, enjoys cinema, reading, cycling, hiking, good food, real ale and good company.

Nathan McNee
Business Development Manager, Dale Carnegie Training

After graduating from university with a degree in Politics and French Nathan spent time doing volunteer work in France , before beginning his career as an Account Manager with Sage PLC.

Having come across Dale Carnegie’s “ set of governing principles that make sense” throughout his personal and professional life he decided to make the change from IT to training in 2009, when he joined the company as a Business Coach.

Nathan who has previously delivered training for Job Centre Plus , is a champion of the High Impact Presentation programme and Winning Friends and Influencing People. As a presenter of the marketing seminars, Nathan has a engaging and fast moving style and gets excellent feedback from his sessions.

Based in Leeds, Nathan works closely with a variety of organisations including several divisions of the NHS and other commercial companies, ensuring that their training and development needs are met and exceeded.

Married with 2 young sons Nathan enjoys spending his free time with his family as well as playing and following a variety of sports.

Tim Straughan
Director of Health and Innovation, Leeds and Partners

Tim is a qualified dentist and worked in general practice and community services before training with KPMG as a Chartered Accountant.  He has subsequently worked mainly in the NHS in a number of local and national finance and management roles.  From 2007 to March 2013, he was Chief Executive of the Health and Social Care Information Centre.  In April 2013, he joined Leeds and Partners in the new role of Director of Health and Innovation, with the city-wide aim of ‘improving the health and wealth of the city of Leeds and those who live and work in it’.

Paul Southern
Consultant Hepatologist and Associate Medical Director for Informatics

Graduating from the University of Leeds, Paul spent seven years working in the Leeds transplant unit, pursuing research in molecular pathology and acute liver failure, gaining both an MD and extensive experience in bioinformatics and the use of genomic level microarrays.  He was appointed a consultant hepatologist in Bradford Teaching Hospitals in 2008, and has particular interests in alcohol, acute liver failure and viral hepatitis.  Since 2009 he has been Clinical Lead for IT, and is now Associate Medical Director for Informatics.

Craig Tilley
Lead Pharmacist, Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration; Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
Craig Tilley is the Lead Pharmacist for Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  He started work in community pharmacy before a switch to the NHS ten years ago to take up a position as a pharmacist working in Aseptic and Technical Services.  He has been in his current role for the last three years.

Rhys Davies
Director of IT, University of Leeds

Prior to moving into Higher Education, Rhys had extensive experience in both the Retail and Gaming sectors.   In Retail, amongst other things, he was responsible for introducing the Tesco Clubcard for fuel.   In Gaming, he implemented the first real-time in-play markets, enabling real time betting during the event.   Since moving to the University of Leeds, he has introduced the first datacentre spanning 3 locations in the UK, the second deployment (after NASA) of the Sandybridge Intel chip, and acts as the host of a HPC owned by 8 research universities.



The 'Digital' Patient


Ted 'Paparazi' Woodhouse snapped in action


'The Rumpole of Rotherham'

'Rumpole meets James Herriot meets total mayhem!'

Stephen D Smith is a larger-than-life criminal lawyer based in Rotherham. Born in Sheffield in 1948, he ended up in the legal profession by default - I had always wished to be a professional musician - a keyboard player - but while I waited for my big breakthrough, I started work at Bury & Walkers in Barnsley. I remember my first job was to blow up a rugby ball for the senior partner's son and the second to collect sandwiches and cakes for the typing pool!'

From this inauspicious beginning in 1965, Steve rose to qualify as a solicitor in 1979. In 1981 he formed his own practice, Wilford Smith, with his friend Steven Wilford ('the stable one').

Steve has represented a wide range of clients - from the late Adam Faith to Prince Nazeem Hamed - and has appeared in a number of controversial cases. One of his famous cases was the 'Biker Case' in 1996, where John Megson was wrongly convicted of murder.

Steve appeared in two BBC Rough Justice programmes before winning an appeal for Megson’s release.

In addition to his day job, Steve is a professional public speaker - in 2004 he was chosen from the ranks of 87,000 solicitors to perform the closing speech in honour of Lord Irving. He speaks regularly to all types of audience, from the Yorkshire Literary Lunch, appearing alongside Jonathan Dimbleby, Pam Rhodes and Lesley Pearce, to events with popular figures such as Barbara Windsor, Emmerdale’s Lucy Pargeter, and Jim Bowen, to name but a few.



We are grateful for the support that we receive from our sponsors which allows us to offer a subsidised delegate price for our 22nd Annual Conference.



Our 2013 Conference was held on the 7th and 8th November 2013 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 aren’t 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


All the photographs, records and speaker
details from our most recent Conferences
are available through the following links.

Conference 2012

Conference 2011

Conference 2010

Conference 2009

Conference 2008

Presentations from Previous Conferences