BCSHIF stalwart receives special accolade

The outstanding contribution to health informatics by Glyn Hayes, chair of BCS Health of Informatics Forum (BCSHIF), was recognised with a special award at this year's Healthcare Computing (HC2007) conference.

Glyn Hayes 'Glyn has been a major influence in looking at GP computing in the UK,' said Prof Stephen Kay, chairman of the HC conference programme committee. 'The award is in recognition of his lifelong achievement in health informatics, his sustained leadership in the discipline and his promotion of professional standards.'

From early in his career as a GP in the 1970s, Glyn became involved in the development of GP systems. He was also a founder member of the BCS Primary Health Care Specialist Group, was later chair and is now its president. He is also president of UK Council for Health Informatics Profession, and is on the executive and programme committee for HC.

Ian Herbert, vice president of BCSHIF received the award on behalf of Glyn, who was not able to attend the conference because of ill health. 'This place [HC] is not the same without Glyn,' said Ian. 'I know he will be very pleased to receive this honour.'