Welcome to HC2012, the definitive event for health informatics.

For informaticians, clinicians and senior managers across health and social care.

2012 will be an interesting year for all of us, with immense challenges for health and social care services.

It is clear that government, industry and society as a whole now see information and technology as major enablers of better, safer and more effective health and social care in the future. So we have to step up and demonstrate that we can deliver, even in times of uncertainty and change.

HC has been the leading health informatics themed event for the UK and Europe for over 28 years, and has always aimed to inform and educate practitioners and users towards achieving success. This will continue as the event  expands its breadth and depth in 2012.

Organised and hosted by the BCS Health Executive of The Chartered Institute for IT, in partnership with the Guardian, the event combines the strengths of two previous events, Healthcare Computing and Smart Healthcare Live into one. We will be developing and extending the areas covered by the event to increase the benefits of attending for as many individuals, groups and organisations as possible. Plus, for the first time, the whole event will be completely free to attend.

Here are just some of our confirmed speakers:

Nick Ross 

Nick Ross is a distinguished broadcaster and world-class moderator with a longstanding interest in healthcare and information systems.

His involvement will ensure the conference is a challenging, interesting and enjoyable experience and he is committed to its success.


Dr Lloyd McCann 

Michael White, Assistant Editor of the Guardian

Michael has been writing for the Guardian for more than 30 years, as a reporter, foreign correspondent and columnist. He was political editor from 1990-2006, having previously been the paper’s Washington correspondent (1984-88) and parliamentary sketchwriter (1977-84).


Earl Howe 

Earl Howe, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health

In 1991, Lord Howe became a government whip in the House of Lords with responsibilities, successively, for transport, employment, defence and environment. Following the General Election of 1992 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary (Lords) at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; and in 1995 Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, a post he relinquished at the 1997 General Election.
He has been opposition spokesman for Health and Social Services in the House of Lords since 1997. He is an elected hereditary peer under the provisions of the House of Lords Act 1999.  Apart from his frontbench responsibilities, Earl Howe has previously been a member of the all-party groups on penal affairs, abuse investigations, pharmaceuticals, adoption, mental health and epilepsy.


Jim Easton 

Jim Easton, NHS Director for Improvement and Efficiency

Jim Easton has been an executive in the UK National Health Service for over 20 years. In June 2009, he was appointed as the NHS National Director for Improvement and Efficiency. Working to the NHS Chief Executive David Nicholson, he is leading the drive for £20 billion of efficiency savings whilst improving the quality of services of the NHS in England. Read More

Jim is leading on changes needed to the NHS in delivering its quality and efficiency commitments through a greater focus on quality, innovation, productivity and prevention.

Previously Jim was Chief Executive of South Central Strategic Health Authority, and prior to this he was the Chief Executive of York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a 700 bed acute hospital. During his career Jim has also worked in primary care, mental health, health care commissioning and policy development.



Mike Farrar 

Mike Farrar, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation

Mr Farrar was chief executive of the North West England SHA from May 2006 to April 2011. He was previously chief executive of West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire Strategic Health Authorities, chief executive of Tees Valley Health Authority and head of primary care at the Department of Health…
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During his time at the Department of Health, he was responsible for establishing primary care groups, primary care trusts and Personal Medical Services (PMS).

Mr Farrar chaired the Strategic Health Authority Chief Executive’s Group from 2002 to 2009. He chaired the NHS Confederation GP Contract negotiating team that successfully negotiated the new General Medical Service contract. He also worked as the national programme director of NHS Live. He previously chaired the Office for Life Sciences Innovation Delivery Board.

Mr Farrar is also a board member of Sport England, where he has also acted as interim chair, and in August 2009 was appointed as National Tsar for Sport and Health. Mike was also awarded the CBE in 2005 for services to the NHS and is an honorary fellow of the University of Central Lancashire.



Tim Straughan 

Tim Straughan, Chief Executive of the NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care.

Tim originally joined The NHS IC as Director of Finance and Corporate Services and Deputy Chief Executive six months after its creation in April 2005 and was responsible for the recruitment and migration programme that established The NHS IC in its new headquarters in Leeds… Read More

Since then Tim has driven The NHS IC to become more customer and frontline focused and is currently leading the process of transforming the organisation to maximise its key role in facilitating the ‘Information Revolution’ set out in the Government’s White Paper: Equity and Excellence, Liberating the NHS.

Tim originally joined The NHS IC from NHS Estates where he was Acting Chief Executive and, prior to that, Finance Director.

Before that Tim had a number of years of frontline NHS experience working in Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. There he developed a specialist working knowledge about private finance initiatives and public private partnerships.

Tim is a Chartered Accountant and trained with KPMG. He is also a qualified dentist with experience of working in general practice, hospital and community facilities.



Susan Hamer 

Susan Hamer, National Director of Nursing, Midwifery and the Allied Health Professions, The Clinical Division: Department of Health Informatics Directorate.

Susan graduated in nursing in 1980 working as a district nurse in London before moving to the University of Hull as a lecturer in nursing studies. Since then she has held a variety of academic, policy and practice based posts… Read More

In 2004 Susan became Director of Enterprise and Knowledge Transfer for the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Leeds. Susan has been seconded from the University of Leeds since January 2010 to be a member of the strategic leadership team of the clinical division.

Susan has published widely, and is the co author of two books: Achieving Evidence Based Practice and Leadership and Management: A 3 dimensional Approach. Susan is also currently a member of a COST action, a European wide project looking at enhancing the role of medicine in the management of health systems. Her doctoral studies were in the field of post compulsory education. She is a fellow of the Queens Nursing Institute.

Susan is passionate about the possibilities for technology to enhanced practice and to support innovation in the development of patient led services.




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