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Conference 2014



The  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.

The 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.

2014 Conference Speaker Presentations

Paul Rice

Paul leads the team that will be instrumental in delivering a digitally enabled and “paperless” NHS.  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 Telehealth.

Steve Rafferty

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 issues.  He 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 England.

Jon Browne

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 Management Board.

Mark Dundon 

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 Transaction Banking.  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 McKee

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 collaborate”.  He is a product developer and “future-gazer” within Cisco.  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 UK & Ireland.  He has a technology master’s degree and lives in Glasgow with his wife and two children (and two West Highland terriers).

Andrew Haw

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.

Gwyn Thomas

Gwyn is 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 Public Services Digital Strategy, and previously he has held national leadership positions in the NHS in England and Wales.

 Ian Atkinson

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.

Mark Barrett

 Mark 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 data insight.   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 feedback.

Keymn Whervin

Keymn is a carer for her mother, and is also a mother to two young children.  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 West Midlands.

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 person’s life.  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 area.  He established his own consultancy business in 2007 and built up valuable links with non-governmental organisations, charities, regional and local networks.

Andrew Hartshorn

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 care sectors.


“2018 – 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.





Our 2014 Conference was held on the 13th & 14th November at The Tankersley Manor Hotel & Conference Centre half-way between Barnsley and Sheffield.



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

Conference 2013

Conference 2012

Conference 2011

Conference 2010

Conference 2009

Conference 2008

Presentations from Previous Conferences