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UK e-Health Week 2017 speakers 


Juliet Bauer, Director of Digital Experience, NHS England

Juliet joined NHS England as Director of Digital Experience in summer 2016. She is responsible for ensuring patients' needs are at the heart of the digitalisation of the NHS. Juliet has worked in digital product and customer engagement roles for 15 years, most recently at SuperCarers - a health tech start up in London. Prior to this, she held senior roles at News UK, EMAP and DC Thompson.

Following an inpatient stay in hospital in 2015, Juliet became a Govenor at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, before taking on her role at NHS England. 

Follow Juliet on Twitter @JulietBauer

Afzal Chaudhry, Consultant Nephrologist and the Chief Medical Information Officer, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Global Digital Exemplar)

Dr Afzal Chaudhry leads the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust eHospital programme,  delivering a trust-wide, HIMSS stage 6 electronic patient record, and the Informatics component of Population and Quantitative Science theme in the Cambridge NIHR Biomedical Research Centre.

Nationally, Afzal chairs the UK Renal Data Collaboration harmonsing data flows from all UK renal units using UK/international interoperability standards, and the Renal Association Clinical Data Standards Committee with oversight of the UK Renal SNOMED CT subset.

Afzal is also the PRSB (Professional Records Standards Body) secondary care representative on the NHS Standardisation Committee for Care Information.

Follow Dr Afzal Chaudhry on Twitter @afzalchaud

Daniel Abell, Strategy Advisor, NHS England

Daniel is a Strategy Advisor on the Test Beds project. He has responsbility for national support packages (e.g. Information Governance) as well as overseeing the PePPa and RAIDPlus Test Beds.

He joined NHS England from the Cabinet Office, where he enabled other government departments to deliver commercial projects.


Dr Mary E Black, Medical Doctor and Public Health Specialist

Mary E Black is a medical doctor, public health specialist, health service manager, and technology entrepreneur from Northern Ireland. She is currently Head of Strategy in the digital team at Public Health England.

Mary is widely published in scientific journals and has extensive experience in change management. Her roles have included establishing a new medical school in Australia, working with the UN and consulting on data and health management worldwide.

Anne Cooper, Chief Nurse, NHS Digital

Anne is a creative, bold and ambitious senior clinical leader with a background in nursing, informatics and organisational development.

She is the lead for nursing at NHS Digital, ensuring a clinical voice in national programmes and supporing the development of clinical informatics professionals. One of Anne's greatest achievements has been the introduction of the Nursing Technology Fund, which she set up with Paul Rice, Head of Technology Strategy for Digital Technology Patients and Information - while working in her former leadership role at NHS England. Together, they championed the liberation of government funds to support nurses, midwives and haelth visitors, and make better use of technology in all care settings.

Through social media, Anne voices her experiences through the dual perspective of being a health professional and patient with diabetes. As a result, Anne has gained a well-established Twitter following.

In 2014, Anne was voted social pioneer by the Nursing Times and Health Service Journal, and named as one of the top 50 inspirational women in the NHS for 2014.

Mike Chitty, Head of Applied Leadership, NHS Leadership Academy

Before joining the NHS in 2015, Mike had spent a long time working on strategy and leadership in the public, private and third sector. With a background in physics and education, he brings a very particular perspective to leading value creation in health and care.

He especially enjoys working with large group processes such as open space, knowledge cafe, innovation labs and hack days. He is an experienced coach and has set up and managed a number of coach and mentoring schemes.

Follow Mike on Twitter @mikechitty 

Phil Colbourne, Director of Healthcare EMEA, IBM Watson Health

Phil Colbourne is currently Director of Healthcare EMEA at IBM Watson Health Imaging. Phil brings to IBM over 20 years of healthcare industry experience, having held previous sales and marketing roles in the field of healthcare IT. Through his many years of experience, Phil has developed an in-depth understanding of healthcare IT syustems integration and project deployment.

Prior to IBM, Phil ran the European healthcare business of Lexmark in his role as European director of healthcare. Phil headed up a team of sales and technical specialist's focused on the European Vendor Neutral Archive and Enterprise Content Management market.

Claire Cater, Founder, Social Kinetic

Founder of Social Kinetic, Claire is a change, behaviour change and engagement specialist. Her passion is helping systems, leaders and organisations create change and reimagine their potential through engaging with the people involved. Her clients include both public and private sector from AoS and STPs to global tech and front line services. She has worked in the TEC space for over 10 years, including resent research to determine how to engage the public in data sharing. More recently, she has lead the development of 3D, a new 'change readiness' tool and framework for NHS England.

Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer, NHS England

Jane Cummings joined NHS England from NHS North of England where she worked as Chief Nurse developing and maintaining new systems of performance management and strategic leadership for nursing. She was also the lead director for the Quality Framework.

Jane worked as an NHS nurse for many years, specialising in emergency care before moving onto general management. She has held a variety of clinical and managerial roles including Director of Commissioning, Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Executive.

Follow Jane on Twitter @JaneMCummings 

Tom Denwood, Director, Provider Support and Integration, NHS Digital

Tom Denwood is a member of the NHS Digital Executive team. He has over 13 years' experience in leading major health technology programmes, with the last nine years in complex programme turnaround scenarios. Tom passionately believes that putting people in control of their care through the use of technology will enhance their lives and that of their families and carers.

Having started his career at Deloitte Consulting, Tom worked on the Mayor of London's Congestion Charging Scheme. Most recently, he led the turnaround and progress to closure of the Local Service Provider (LSP) contracts, interspersed by a year leading a turnaround team in the Venue Security Programme of the London 2012 Olympic Games. 

In his current role, Tom leads the Provider Support and Integration portfolio to support, digitise and connect the health and care system. This includes Integrated Care, Paperfree at the Point of Care, Digital Leadership and the Health and Social Care Network. He is NHS Digital's lead Exec for NHS Improvement, a fellow of the British Computer Society and Vice Chair of Policy and Strategy for BCS Health and Care.

Dr Mike Fisher, Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Liverpool University Hospital and Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

Dr Fisher is a consultant cardiologist at the Royla Liverpool University Hospital and the Liverpool Heard and Chest Hospital. He specialises in interventional cardiology - particuarly in managing patients with difficult to treat angina, but has a lively interest in research and audit, which accounts for his interest in data. 

He has a background in IT, having worked as a programmer, operator and database administratot for ICL and the Post Office in the past and also having run his own small IT software firm. 

Dr Fisher is Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) at the Royal Liverpool trust.

James Freed, Chief Information Officer, Health Education England

James Freed is the Chief Information Officer for Health Education England and Programme Director of the National Information Board strategy to build a digital-ready workforce in health and care. A cancer researcher by background, he has honed his information and knowledge management skills in the NHs and it's Arms Length's Bodies for the last 17 years. Follow James on Twitter @jamesfreed5 

Charles Gutteridge, Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO), Barts Health NHS Trust

Dr Charles Gutteridge is a consultant haematologist and Chief Clinical Information Officer at Barts Health NHS Trust in east London.

As CCIO, Charles provides expert clinical informatics advice and guidance on key informatics projects at Barts Health, and works collaboratively with staff to ensure patient and clinical involvement.

Before his role as CCIO, Charles was National Clinical Director for Informatics at the Department of Health. Follow Charles on Twitter @GutteridgeC

Beverley Bryant, Director of Digital Transformation, NHS Digital

Beverley has over 15 years' experience leading the adoption of IT to improve performance across both the private and public sector. As Director of Digital Transformation at NHS Digital, she identifies new technology to better patient results across our National Health Service.

Beverley's previous roles include Director of Digital Technology at NHS England, Managing Director at Capita Health, and CIO for the UK Department of Health. Beverley also holds a degree in Japanese from the University of Sheffield. Follow Beverley on Twitter @Beverley_Bryant

Professor Ross Koppel

Professor Ross Koppel is a researcher and sociologist at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a leading sociological practicitioner with an extensive and impressive record both nationally and internationally of academic achievement, public visibility, earned respect and commitment to the discipline.

One remarkable aspect of Koppel's career is the unusually wide range of topics his work addresses. including evaluation research, policy analysis, research ethics, workforce needs, the role of technology in the workplace, medical sociology and human captial.

Koppel has received numerous awards andmuch recognition from professional organisations. He authored the code of ethics for the Sociological Practice Association and the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology. Over the past four decades, Koppel has published more 170 academic papers, monographs, chapters, and books, and has several publications in active preparation.

Andy Kinnear, Chair, BCS Health

Andy Kinnear is Director of Digital Transformation at NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Unit. He has over 25 years' experience in the NHS improving the health and social care system.

In March 2016, he was appointed as Chair of BCS Health, alongside his other roles which include: Programme Director at Connecting Care Partnership, Local Delivery Advisor at NHS Digital and Programme Director at Connecting Care Parntership. 

Steven Roberts, Strategic Transformation Director and Vice Chair, Barclays UK

Steven began his Barclays career twenty five years ago. During this time he has held a variety of roles in operations and change across a range of business and support areas. Alongside his current role as Strategic Transformation Director and Vice Chair at Barclays UK, Steven is a visiting professor of Technology, Behaviours and Information Strategy at Huddersfield University.

At Barclays, Steven is responsible for its award-winning Digital Eagles initiative, which has resulted in over 14,000 members of staff in Barclays branches providing free technology help and advice to customers and non-customers. Whilst initially UK-focused, this has now extended internationally with a further 12,000 'Digital Eagles' across Africa and Europe. Steven and his team have pioneered the use of technology in branches, and were responsible for the implementation of free Wi-Fi across at 1,500 branches in the UK, and the deployment of 10,000 iPads to enable colleagues to service customers where and when they want.

Steven's team has also been at the forefront of several industry leading initiatives, including driving forward transformation of cheque processing and lobbying government to change legislation to enable this. They also devised and rolled out the colleague to colleague secure app, Myzone, and the groundbreaking 'Digital Driving Licence', now used by almost 100,000 colleagues and individuals inside and outside Barclays.

Matthew Swindells, National Director: Operations and Information, NHS England

Matthew joined NHS England in May 2016 from the Cerner Group, where he worked as Senior Vice President for the Population Health and Global Strategy.

He has over 15 years' experience in health and care services and has worked in the Department of health as Chief Information Officer and as Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State for Health. Prior to this, he served as a Princical Advisor in the Prime Minister's Office of Public Health Service Reform.

Matthew began his career at Guys and St Thomas' Hospital in the early 1990s and went on to become Director of Clinical Services of Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hopsital, and later Chief Executive of the Royal Surrey County Hospital in the early 2000s.

He is a visiting professor and chair of the advisory committee in the School of Health Management at the University of Surrey and member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Population Health Management.

Keith McNeil, NHS Chief Clinical Information Officer Health and Social Care

Keith is a former transplant specialist and has held many senior roles in healthcare management around the world, including Chief Executive Officer at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Chief Executive Officer at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in Australia.

Keith was appointed to the role of Chief Clinical Information Officer at NHS England in 2016, and will draw on his clinical and technology experience to drive the digital agenda within the NHS, focusing particuarly on clinical priorities and the real world complexities of technology adoption.

Will Smart, NHS Chief Information Officer, NHS England

A joint appointment between NHS England and NHS Improvement, Will Smart is tasked with providing strategic leadership across the whole of the NHS to ensure that the opportunities that digital technologies offer are fully exploited to improve the experience of patients and carers in health and social care; the outcomes for patients and improved efficiencies in how care is delivered.

Prior to this, Will was Chief Information Officer at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust for six years where he was the board level director responsible for all aspects of the Information Management and Technology agenda and the trust's Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO). During the Royal Free's acquisition of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals, Will was an executive director of both organisations tasked with leading the creation of a single informatics function prior to the acquisition.

Most recently, as part of the design of the Royal Free Group model (under NHS England Vanguard programme), he has led the creation of the Trust's digital strategy to define the capabilities, architecture and service models required to support this new operating model. 

Joe McDonald

Dr Joe McDonald is the Director of Connected Health Cities - North East and North Cumbria, Chairman of National CCIO Network, Practicing Consultant Psychiatrist and Chief Clinical Information Officer at Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Trust, England’s largest Mental Health Trust.

Joe has been campaigning and trying to measure better quality mental health services for 30 years and is a former NHS Trust Medical Director and National Clinical Lead for IT.

An experienced Caldicott Guardian and accredited Clinical Safety Officer, Joe has worked as an inspector for the Commission for Health Improvement since its foundation in 1999 and successor organisations, CHAI, Healthcare Commission and CQC. He is also the founding Director of the NHS Open Source Software Foundation, Apperta.

Saif Abed, EMEA Medical Director, Imprivata

Dr Abed is a medical doctor, Health IT strategist and cybersecurity advisor based in London. He currently leads Europe's leading exclusively clinically based IT consultancy, AbedGraham, supporting the delivery of clinical intelligence, strategic planning, market research and project management services for a range of large healthcare IT suppliers seeking to expand within European public sector healthcare markets. His clients include market leaders such as Microsoft, Citrix, Hyland Software and Imprivata.

He is a recognised subject matter expert in the field of healthcare IT and its enterprise level application in the hospital setting. His areas of interest include clinical documentation, workflow management, cybersecurity, systems interoperability and mobility. He is regularly invited to contribute content as a writer, speaker and chairperson by a range of organisations including Business Insider, HIMSS, Forbes Middle East, HITConsultant Media and the Irish Government.

Additionally, he has previously been recognised as a multiple international award winning and published researcher in the field of oculoplastic surgery whilst a trainee at St. George's Hospital Medical School, London.

Harpreet Sood, Associate Chief Clinical Information Officer, NHS England

Dr Harpreet Sood is Associate Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) at NHS England and a practicing NHS doctor. Harpreet was formerly Senior Fellow to the CEO of NHS England where his portfolio of work included the launch and implementation of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, innovation and technology policy and leading on the Wachter Review, which focused on digital health across the NHS.

As Associate CCIO, Harpreet is involved with implementing the recommendations from the Wachter Review including the launch of the NHS Digital Academy.

In one of his former roles, Harpreet was a Deland Fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, where he also co-founded a digital health start-up in paediatric asthma adherence, which was funded by Harvard Medical School.

His education includes King's College London where he trained as a clinical doctor, and Harvard University where he completed a Masters in Public Health (MPH).

Julia Manning, Chief Executive, 2020health

Julia Manning is a social entrepeneur, writer, campaigner and commentator. She is based in London and is the founder and Chief Executive of 2020health - an independant social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to make health personal. Through networking, technology, research, relationships and campaigning 2020health has influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination.

Julia studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991. Her career has included being a visiting lecturer at City University, a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital, working with south London Primary Care Trusts and as a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. She specialised in diabetes (University of Warwick Certificate in Diabetic Care) and founded Julia Manning Eyecare in 2004, a home and prison visiting practice for people with mental and physical disabilities using the latest digital technology, which she sold to Healthcall (now part of Specsavers) in 2009.

Experiences of working in the NHS, contributing to policy development, raising two children in the inner-city and standing in the General Election in Bristol in 2005 led to Julia forming 2020health at the end of 2006.

Deborah El-Sayed, Director of Digital and Multi-Channel Development, NHS England

Deborah's career spans 25 years in the NHS across primary, secondary, mental health and learning disability services. She has worked in operational delivery, innovation, service redesign and for the last 12 years specialising in digital and technology. Through several awards, Deborah has been recognised for excellence in innovation and public services.

Deborah is the Senior Responsible Officer for NHS Choices/ NHS.Uk, Widening Digital Participation for citizens as well as digital programmes supporting the development of urgent care. She has a specific interest in exploring the use of AI, machine learning and cutting edge technology to drive the best possible delivery of care. 

As well as her national role, Deborah is engaged with a number of local NHS organisations; she is on the board of the North Stafford Combined Healthcare Trust’s Digital by Choice Transformation Programme, the London Digital Health Institute and is an active speaker and advisor to HealthTech Women UK.

In her spare time Deborah chairs and is part of the team delivering the ‘Making Space’ community development programme in her home town of New Tredegar in South Wales. She is also a member of Lions international.

Nick Hopkinson, Chief Information Officer, Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Nick Hopkinson is as dedicated to the healthcare sector as he is to technology profession. Having worked for the NHS for more than two decades, Nick has an excellent view point on the transformational changes, current challenges and future priorities in health and care. 

As Chief Information Officer at Devon Partnership NHS Trust, he aims to deliver digital technology that helps clinicians spend more time with patients.

At age 19, Nick left university and became a junior programmer for the West Midlands Regional Health Authority. He started on the helpdesk before moving up and taking on a range of responsibilities, including a project management role at the NHS Information Authority. 

In 1995 he moved to Devon, and after fulfilling broader accout management roles across south-west England, took a director-level position in the trust in 2002, where he headed up IT before the formal CIO position was created last year. 

Top of Nick's list is to move towards agility and a desire to change how information is used.

Dr Amir Mehrkar, NHS General Practitioner, Co-founder of INTEROPen/INTEROPSUMMIT and CCIO for Orion Health

Amir is a practising NHS General Practitioner and CCIO for Orion Health. In May, Amir joined NHS Digital as clinical lead for Integrated Care supporting the Paperless 2020 vision. His clinical informatics experience includes: National Clinical Lead for the e-Referral Service, CCIO for the Hampshire Health Record, and Digital Clinical Champion for NHS England’s Patient Online Programme. He is a member of the HL7 UK board and the RCGP Health Informatics Group.

In 2016 Amir co-founded www.INTEROPen.org, a collabortive of individuals, industry, standards organisations and health and social care providers who have agreed to work together to accelerate the development of open standards for data exchange in the health and social care sector. INTEROPen has the support of key interoperability networks, such as NHS Digital, NHS England, BCS, techUK, to create national interoperability standards. In 2017, working with Drs Cian Hughes and Wai Keong Wong, the 3 clinicians founded www.interopsummit.com, an educational interoperability summit.

Erika Denton

Erika is a consultant radiologist in Norwich. She publishes and speaks widely on breast imaging and health care policy related to diagnostics.

Erika’s appointment to the role of Associate Medical Director in 2016 is to provide leadership and strategic support to NNUHFT with specific responsibilities for working across the local STP footprint, with the UEA and to develop workforce and research strategies.

Erika was the National Clinical Director for Diagnostics at NHS England with responsibility for clinical leadership, advice and guidance across the NHS and covering all diagnostic services from 2013-2016. Diagnostic services utilise 10% of NHS spending and over 1 billion tests are done every year in England. Her work to improve endoscopy services in England was recognised by The British Society of Gastroenterology with Honorary Membership in 2014.
From 2005-2013 Erika was National Clinical Lead, and subsequently National Clinical Director, for Imaging at DH leading a complex programme of work across all aspects of imaging. This delivered considerable additional capacity for imaging services and marked reduction in waiting times. Her work has included cancer, paediatric, interventional, cardiac and forensic imaging.  In her roles in Connecting for Health she has led deployment of PACS systems across the NHS and the process to move PACS to local NHS ownership working with The Health and Social Care Information Centre. 

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