Michael Thick

Michael Thick

Michael is the chief clinical officer for the National Programme for IT, and senior medical advisor to the Choose and Book and PACS (picture archiving and communication system) programmes.

He has developed numerous clinically-led systems within the NHS including working with the end of life team at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust to co-design Coordinate My Care, a shared end of life care register. He’s also been instrumental across various successful clinical, informatics and research initiatives, including the introduction of the ‘clinical five’ into the Department of Health’s 2008 health informatics review – a basis for fundamental clinical functionality within a hospital today.

After qualifying as a doctor in 1976 from Cambridge University, he went on to become director of liver and renal transplantation at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, and served as chairman of the IM&T Strategy Committee for the city’s hospitals. Michael now leads IMS MAXIMS with continued focus on clinical excellence, and applies his valuable insight and experience into software design, product development and change programmes for healthcare providers.

Stephen Goundrey-Smith

Stephen Goundrey-Smith qualified as a pharmacist in 1989, and  gained an MSc in Information Science at City University, London. He has worked as a hospital pharmacist, in medical affairs in the pharmaceutical industry and as an electronic prescribing and pharmacy analyst in the healthcare IT industry. He works as a consultant, writer and trainer in pharmacy informatics and medicines management. He is pharmacy informatics adviser to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the professional body for pharmacists in England, Wales and Scotland.

Stephen has published widely on pharmacy informatics and other pharmacy issues, and is the author Principles of Electronic Prescribing (2012)(2nd Ed) (Springer Science), an introduction to hospital electronic prescribing, and Information Technology in Pharmacy: An Integrated Approach (2012)(Springer Science), an overview of all aspects of medicines management informatics. He was international keynote speaker at Electronic Medication Management in Melbourne, Australia, in 2012, and in Sydney, Australia in 2016; at FIP in Dublin in 2013 on issues concerning access to electronic health records, and at FIP in Bangkok, Thailand in 2014, on the quality of pharmaceutical industry information.

Sean Donaghy

Sean Donaghy’s career in health and social care stretches back to 1983, with roles in finance. Between March 2003 and March 2007, he was Chief Executive of the Mater Hospital Trust and he held several senior regional posts between March 2007 and September 2010, including the post of Deputy Secretary for Resources and Performance management at DHSSPS.

Sean was Chief Executive of the Northern Health & Social Care Trust between September 2010 and May 2013, when he took up his current role as Director for eHealth and External Collaboration for N Ireland.

Sean Brennan

Sean Brennan’s career began in Pathology where he enjoyed the position of Chief MLSO in Immunology, then in Clinical Audit and more latterly in Health Informatics. He has constantly strived to raise the profile of eHealth and Health Informatics as a genuine mechanism for supporting and improving the delivery of clinical care.

Sean Brennan has had his own Health Informatics Consultancy (Clinical Matrix Ltd) since 2002 and in that time been involved in many varied and interesting local and national health informatics projects both in England and Scotland.

He has recently joined The Institute of Health Records & Information Management (IHRIM) in a voluntary role as their Director of Communications.

Mr Rhidian Hurle

Mr Rhidian Hurle is a Consultant Urological Surgeon with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board and  joined the NHS Wales Informatics Service as our Medical Director in May 2015.  He work three days a week for the NHS Wales Informatics Service while retaining a clinical role within Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board.

After graduating from the University Of Wales College Of Medicine, Cardiff in 1995, he undertook basic surgical and higher urological training in Wales and has worked in all the main hospitals along the Welsh M4. In 2008 Rhidian was awarded an MD from Cardiff University for research into prostate cancer.

He is an Honorary Clinical Teacher (Cardiff University) and previously a Royal College of Surgeons of England Surgical Tutor. Rhidian is a member of the British Association of Urological Surgery (BAUS), the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the European Association of Urology. Rhidian has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of all general urological problems with a sub-specialist interests in the management of high risk superficial bladder cancer.

Prior to joining the organisation Rhidian was Associate Medical Director of Informatics in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board ABMU. He has a keen interest in the use of technology as an enabler of health care delivery with a particular focus on user interfaces. He brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge and is committed to the use of technology to drive through improvements in the quality and efficiency of healthcare. He has a key leadership role in clinical engagement with the digital agenda.

Rebecca Cook

Head of Information Standards for NHS Wales, Rebecca Cook is responsible for developing, implementing and reviewing standards.

Her role is contributing to the development of a shared understanding of data and information in NHS Wales.

Dr Ray Nethercott

Dr Ray Nethercott is a Consultant Paediatrician and Chief Clinical Information Officer for the Western HSC Trust in Northern Ireland.

He has postgraduate qualifications in Health Informatics from the University College Dublin and Postgraduate Medical Education from Queens University Belfast.

Peter-Marc Fortune

Peter-Marc Fortune was an Executive Committee member of Resus Council from 2008-12 and was re-elected in 2015. He is currently Associate Head of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital where he is a consultant in paediatric intensive care. He has held the position of Director of Resuscitation & Simulation Services for Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2006. He is the President of the Paediatric Intensive Care Society and Chair of the UK children’s patient safety collaborative, Making it Safer Together (MiST).

Peter-Marc has held a keen interest in resuscitation and end-of–life care throughout his career. Most recently he has represented PICS & the RCPCH on the Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT) working group. He has been an APLS & GIC director for over 15 years. He led the development of the Paediatric Acute Illness Management Course and chaired the working groups for the PaNSTaR and the ALSG HF Champions courses

Nick Booth

Nick Booth is a Health Informatics Practitioner with a special interest in Clinical information content standards and inter-organisational EHR Interoperability.

Previously a General Practitioner in Northumberland UK, Nick now works in Health Information as CIO for Connected Health Cities North East and North Cumbria and is a member of various national and international medical, political, and standards organisations involved in health information.

Naomi Hankinson

Naomi Hankinson qualified as an occupational therapist in 1985, after taking a degree in philosophy at Manchester University. In the early years of her career she worked in mental health services, in professional, general and project management roles. In 2001 Naomi joined the North East London Mental Health Trust as joint Director of Therapies and was later seconded for two years to the Department of Health’s National Social Inclusion Programme leading on workforce. Naomi went on to become its Assistant Director for Evidence and Innovation, producing the Capabilities for Inclusive Practice, making a valuable contribution to the social inclusion agenda. In addition, Naomi provided support to develop the Department of Healths New Ways of Working for staff working in mental health services. She was made Visiting Fellow at London South Bank University during this time.

Naomi has worked as a Development Consultant at the University of Central Lancashire Inclusion Institute, where she continued to focus on service and workforce development, including professional engagement, as well as working as a consultant in health and social care. She continues to coach and supervise individuals and review services.

Naomi has contributed as a non-executive and trustee on various organisations and was voted on to the British Association and College of Occupational Therapists Council as its Chairman in June 2009, serving four years in this role, and is currently chairing the Audit Committee of the professional body.