Abhay Adhikari

Abhay is multimedia designer and social media strategist with a research background in education ICT. He setup Dhyaan Design in 2003 and has since worked on a range of global web-based projects with private, public and voluntary sector organizations. Abhay delivers social media training to HE, FE and creative practitioners as Digital Footprints. He also lectures on themes such as digital audiences and enterprise development.

Abhay has written several pieces for the Guardian around the theme of digital identity- for charities who wish to use social media for campaigning, how schools can use Social Media (avoiding common pitfalls), and building digital literacy in higher education students.

Sarah Bodell and Angela Hook

Sarah and Angela are occupational therapy educators at the University of Salford.

Sarah’s speciality interests include:

  • E-learning, programme development
  • Online identity for health care professionals
    • Development and research into using Second Life for   virtual practice and education of healthcare
    • Online activity and CPD

Sarah and Angela have a recent article published in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (June 2009), pp. 279-281, creating a learning community in today’s world: how blogging can facilitate continuing professional development and international learning

Sarah’s role at Salford includes acting as the Professional Lead for the Directorate, and the Admissions Tutor. Sarah and Angela share the role at Salford as the Joint Programme Leaders for the MSc in Advanced Occupational Therapy.

Angela’s speciality interests include:

  • E-learning and using web 2.0 applications for professional development and networking,
  • Social networking tools for professional development
  • She is also currently engaged in research
    • With a local Trust on the stories people tell: receiving healthcare as a service user
    • Development and research into using Second Life for virtual practice and education of healthcare

Online social networking for professional development

Angela’s role at Salford includes teaching and facilitating learning on both undergraduate and post graduate programmes as a Senior Lecturer.

Sarah and Angela are also partners at Yo-Yo Consultancies, offering clients the benefit of a combined total of 42 years within the profession of occupational therapy. In addition they have extensive skills in project management, professional networking, programme design and e-learning.

Sarah and Angela are founder members of OT4OT, a group of international occupational therapists in Higher Education who are committed to using the power of the online technology for knowledge sharing.

Mike Chitty

is an experienced professional in personal, organisation, and community development, strategy, management and leadership.

Having 20 years in learner centred training and development Mike is helping to make strategy and leadership work in complex organisations both public and private sector and developing more entrepreneurial approaches to work.

His specialities include; training and development for the new economy, communities of practice, conversation, dialogue and influence, leadership and strategy.

Anne Cooper

Anne started her career in nursing, working in cardiology and chest medicine where she was a ward sister before moving into general management, focusing on complaints management and developing approaches to deal with feedback from patients.

Later, at NHS Direct, Anne worked as part of a team setting up the service in West Yorkshire before specialising in IT system development in a national role at NHS Direct. During her time, Anne developed an IT skills competency framework for nursing.

This was followed by a role as regional programme manager to support local healthcare providers to develop diabetes services in line with the National Service Framework requirements for care.

Anne has been involved in informatics since her time at NHS Direct.  As a result, she accepted a post working with the Summary Care Record programme team, providing clinical advice, design input and clinical leadership.

Other areas of interest include, information governance and in particular, ensuring that patient confidentiality is protected throughout the introduction and long term use of technology to improve clinical care.

Anne currently holds the post of national clinical lead for nursing, providing clinical leadership in the development of informatics policy and works across the health and education sectors to build relationships with strategic partners.

Claire Jones

Claire is an Occupational Therapist extending the boundaries of practice into digital and social media. She is developing innovative digital services for mental health, and also works in partnership with local providers in the public and third sector. Through tech4health, Claire offers consultancy, training, and support for individuals and organisations who may wish to develop a programme of digital engagement, and include digital within a strategic transformational development plan.

A keen user of social media for professional development, Claire is a founder member of the #OTalk and #Occhat weekly Twitter based peer supervision sessions for occupational therapists and people interested in occupational science.

The organiser of the Digital Health Conference and Hack, Claire hopes to build the community of people interested in this emerging field. By strengthening these networks, we can achieve faster development of this sector. Together, we can!

Becky Malby

Becky has a track record in organisational and leadership development in the public sector, working primarily with the NHS and with Local Authorities, in the UK; and with health entrepreneurs internationally. She is the Director of the Centre for Innovation in Health Management at Leeds University, and the founder and leader of the International Shaping Health Systems Network. The CIHM is a multimillion pound turnover knowledge exchange centre, based in Leeds University Business School, focusing on complex health and social care issues, providing support to the development of organisational and place based solutions through dynamic systems change processes working with communities and users, service providers and commissioners.

Becky is part of the COST research network on medicine and management; is a founder of More Leaders for Leeds – a network seeking social change in Leeds; and was recently Director of the Northern Leadership Academy Think-Tank, prototyping effective leadership interventions in the public and voluntary sectors; led the European Health Management Association Special Interest Group on Management Development; and provided exert advice on coproduction to NESTA and the New Economics Foundation.

Previously Becky was Director of Complex Systems Associates; Head of Corporate Development at the Nuffield Institute at Leeds; and a Fellow at the Kings Fund. She started her career in clinical work, moving into managerial, research and organisational change posts in the NHS, at Trust through to Regional levels. She has an MA in Public and Social Policy, and her most recent book is Malby R & Fischer M: Tools for Change: and invitation to dance. Kingsham Press 2006. She writes regularly for the Guardian on Health issues.

Dr James Munro

James is director of research and informatics at Patient Opinion. James has a background in clinical medicine; public health and health services research, and recently stepped down from a 20 year stint editing the independent health policy magazine Healthmatters. He was lured away from a promising academic research career at Sheffield University by the bright lights of the web, and the emerging possibilities for new forms of engagement by citizens in their public services – especially the NHS, which we all want to be as good as it could be.

Patient Opinion is a fantastic website where we can leave our opinions about the care we have received. The site enables us to leave positive comments (in fact, most of the comments on the site are positive), so we can learn about the things that matter to patients when selecting a service. People can also leave their concerns and complaints. Less formal than a “formal complaint”, leaving comments here invites the health organisation to state how the information has been used by the organisation to look at how they deliver services and if they have made changes as a result of the information shared.

The site was recently highlighted in the new Department of Health Information Strategy as an example of best practice in showing how we can make a health choices based on quality information about services by other patients.

At the Patient Opinion workshop at the Digital Health Conference, we will be able to learn some great tips about using social media to engage with services in our role as patients, and how services can gather valuable feedback and ensure they are responsive to the patient experience.

Tom Riordan

was born and educated in Northallerton and graduated with a modern history honours degree from Trinity College Oxford in 1989. He immediately joined the civil service’s fast stream management scheme with the then department of the environment and progressed quickly through a variety of jobs, specialising in environmental policy and representing the UK in international negotiations on climate change and endangered species.

Tom gained a first class Masters in business administration at Imperial College, London in 1997, specialising in regional economic development networks, and returned to Yorkshire with the task of setting up the regional development agency which became known as Yorkshire Forward. Once it was successfully established, he became its chief executive in February 2006.

Tom’s achievements at Yorkshire Forward include record performance in attracting foreign investment into the region, securing award-winning regeneration developments and helping 100,000 businesses during the recession.

In March 2010, Tom was honoured at the Yorkshire Post environment awards as the region’s ‘green champion’, as the individual deemed to have done most to promote environmental measures, following his visionary work in pioneering carbon capture initiatives. In October 2008 Tom led a task force for the Chancellor that co-ordinated the response to avert job losses in the financial services sector.

Tom is also a trustee of The Trust for Education and was previously co-chair of the Government’s national ethnic minority business task force.  As one of Bradford University’s honorary graduates in July 2008, Tom became a Doctor of Letters.

Dr Shaibal Roy

Shaibal specialises in Health and Social Care Quality Improvement, Political Strategy and Clinical Engagement.  He is a member of the NHS Forum, connecting health care with disruptive innovation, open innovation, open government and transparency, post bureaucratic style.

Ewan Davis

Ewan is a Director of Woodcote Consulting and has worked in healthcare IT since 1981. He was founder and CEO of leading GP supplier AAH Meditel for 12 years. He is Treasurer of the British Computer Society Health Group and a past Chairman of both the BCS Primary Health Care Group and the Intellect Health Care Group.

He has unrivalled connections across Government, academia, the NHS and Industry in UK health informatics.

Ewan is excited by the potential apps to help transform health and care and is one of the founders of HANDI Health CIC a social enterprise to encourage and support app development.