2014 Conference was held at Tankersley Manor Hotel &
Conference Centre near Barnsley on Thursday 13th and Friday
14th November 2014.
This was the 23rd consecutive year that the
Conference has been held.
Conference theme was '2018 - What does it mean?' and a range of
speakers led delegates through the subject
matter over the two days of the 2014 event.
Paul leads the team that will be
instrumental in delivering a digitally enabled and
On a day to day basis he is responsible for
overseeing the delivery of two major capital funds worth
in excess of £600m that help the NHS build the
capability to introduce integrated digital care records.
Paul was formerly the Director of the Long Term
Conditions programme in Y&H with a particular focus on
After retiring as a Police HR Manager,
he joined Dudley PCT on a voluntary basis as a
Conciliator dealing with and resolving complaints
against GPs, Dentists, Pharmacists and mental health
was also appointed as a lay member on the government
Tribunal Service dealing with appeals in respect of DLA.
Steve’s current involvement is as Chair of
Ashfields PPG in Sandbach, Cheshire, and also as the NAPP representative
on the South Cheshire Federation of PPGs.
He is working with the RCGP on Sustaining and
Improving the quality of GP Practices in
Jon has been in computing “since
before Pontius got his Pilot’s licence”, and he has
worked in a variety of industries, from the Oil Industry
in the North Sea to broadcasting with the BBC,
from recruitment with Harvey Nash to government
departments including Health and Education.
Jon has variously been a Master CNE and MCSE and
has been a part of the YHPSN programme since its
inception in the region in 2010.
He currently runs the YHPSN Partnership
Mark is currently in the top 100 CIO
list, 2014, for Chief Information Officers that are
deemed to be the most transformative in the UK business economy.
He has worked in a number of roles and areas of
technology, including 12 years at HSBC, five of which
were in London within Global
He was then CIO at Plusnet for two years.
His children were seriously ill when they were
younger, and were saved by the Sheffield Children's
Hospital, prompting Mark to “give something back to the
NHS” and join the CSU.
Steve works for Cisco, who design,
manufacture, and sell networking equipment, and who
claim to be “the worldwide leader in networking that
transforms how people connect, communicate and
He is a product developer and “future-gazer”
Steve has been in the ICT industry for over 20
years and has worked with an extensive list of private
and public sector organisations throughout the
He has a technology master’s degree and lives in
Glasgow with his wife and two children (and
two West Highland
Andrew graduated from Leeds University
in Operational Research and Computing and has spent his
entire career in Informatics or IT, including spells in
the coal industry, the Department of Health, Andersen
Consulting (now Accenture), and Circle.
He joined the NHS in 1992, and was Director of
ICT and EPR at University Hospital Birmingham between
2000 and 2007.
In October 2013 he was appointed as Head of
Health Informatics at the very large Nottinghamshire
Healthcare NHS Trust.
Andrew is married with 4 adult children and is a
keen cyclist and walker.
Chairman of UK Council for Health Informatics
Professions, which runs
the national professional register for NHS Informatics
staff. His main
pre-occupation is promoting collaboration between all of
the national professional informatics bodies, through
the newly created Federation for Informatics
Professionals, where he is the Chair.
Until recently he was
CIO for Welsh Government,
responsible for the all-Wales
Services Digital Strategy, and previously he has held
national leadership positions in the NHS in
England and Wales.
Ian was formally appointed as Accountable Officer
for NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group
in January 2013 following his interim appointment
as Chief Executive of NHS Sheffield. He was
NHS Sheffield Director of Performance from April 2007.
Prior to that he was Director of Information Services at
Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He has
previously held senior management posts in healthcare
organizations, both NHS and private. Ian has a
clinical background, having started his NHS career in
Sheffield within mental health services.
Barrett is the Director of Data Innovation at Hebe
Works, a team of nine people who develop and support
Leeds Data Mill,
Leeds Dashboard (recently selected by The
Observer as one of the top 50 New Radicals), and create
Mark previously worked for the NHS where he
managed Open Data, as well as creating a #1 iTunes app -
GP Ratings - which used 42 million pieces of patient
Keymn is a
carer for her mother, and is also a mother to two young
Not only does she voice for carers but also for those
who are from minority groups.
Accessing information online brings up an array
of questions, and Keymn represents the general public by
raising those questions as a group member.
She is Vice-chair for her carers’ partnership
board in Solihull, and she is also the Chair for the
HEFT reconfiguration group in the
Miro Griffiths MBE
As someone who has worked in
disability equality issues for over nine years, Miro has
built up extensive knowledge on a diverse range of
issues, in particular: Independent Living, inclusive
environments and transitional stages of a disabled
His understanding of disability issues was
initially shaped by his own personal experience of
having a physical impairment, but is now complemented
with a professional and academic background in this
established his own consultancy business in 2007 and
built up valuable links with non-governmental
organisations, charities, regional and local networks.
Andrew’s management career started in
the NHS in the late ‘80’s. He has also worked for the
Department of Health. He now operates as a Partner level
management consultant and leads Methods, an IT and
business change consultancy working across all public
services organisations. Andrew is Chair of the techUK
Health & Social Care Council, following three years as
one of the two Vice Chairs.
He represents the views of over 300 supplier
organisations with regards to data, information and
technology solutions and services within the health and
What Does It Mean?”
with sub-themes around
“For the Patient”, “For the
Clinician”, “For the NHS”,
“For Us (the Informatics Professional)”, and possibly
also “For the Suppliers”.
We are grateful for the
support that we receive from our sponsors which allows us
to offer a subsidised delegate price for our 23rd Annual Conference.
Conference was held on the 13th & 14th November at The
Tankersley Manor Hotel & Conference Centre half-way
between Barnsley and Sheffield.
photographs, records and speaker
details from our most recent Conferences
are available through the following links.