The first of four lead up events for DigiFest2021. We ask why professional recognition is important in digital health and social care.

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  • Dr Katie MacLure
    Chair BCS Health & Care Scotland; Assessor with FEDIP
  • Sharon Levy
    Former Chair BCS Health & Care Scotland; CPD Lead, Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences, Usher Institute


  • Prof. Wendy Dearing
    Former Head of Workforce and Organisational Development within the NHS Wales Informatics Service
  • Andy Kinnear
    Former NHS Chief Information Officer and Partnerships Director for Ethical Healthcare Consulting
  • Stephen Slough
    CIO in NHS in Dorset, formerly with Siemens
  • Prof. Lesley Holdsworth
    Scottish Government Clinical Lead with responsibility for NMAHP
  • Julie Bailey
    Head of Health and Care for BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT


18:00 - Presentations, discussion with questions from the audience
19:30 - Close


Careers spanning digital health and social care include IT professionals, healthcare professionals and social care professionals. Professional registration underpins healthcare professional careers placing expectations on continuing professional development, codes of ethics and standards for professional practice. The crossover into professional recognition in the IT and digital landscape is more complex with an array of professional bodies and potential for multiple memberships. Join us for this panel discussion with leading figures in the profession.

About the speakers

Wendy DearingProf. Wendy Dearing
With a nursing background, Wendy holds an MSc in Change & Innovation, and a Professorship in Applied Practice in recognition of her expertise and knowledge in championing professionalism in technology and information.

She has recently been appointed Dean of the Institute of Management and Health at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Prior to her new role, Wendy was Head of Workforce and Organisational Development within the NHS Wales Informatics Service, overseeing workforce strategy; workforce planning; recruitment and retention; professional recognition and registration; education and training; career pathways & CPD.

In 2016, she was instrumental in creating Wales Institute of Digital Information (WIDI), to support the development and implementation of Health informatics Apprenticeships and other learning programmes. WIDI has now grown to include research, development and supporting innovation within its portfolio.

Wendy is a BCS Fellow, Vice-Chair for professionalism and is on the board of Federation of Informatics Professionals (FedIP) as well as holding Leading Practitioner status.

She has a passion for developing “the next generation” as well developing professionalism across Health Informatics.

Andy KinnearAndy Kinnear
Andy Kinnear is former NHS Chief Information Officer (CIO) with 30 years’ experience with the NHS. He has a successful track record of delivering information & technology strategy and solutions and a wholehearted commitment to improving the health and care system. Andy left full-time work with NHS in March 2020 to develop a portfolio career.

He currently supports NHS and private sector clients alongside his role as Partnerships Director for Ethical Healthcare Consulting - a CIC committed to delivering health & care progress through a public value approach, and as an Executive Advisor and Faculty Member to CHIME International - the College of Health Information Management Executives.

Stephen SloughStephen Slough
Prior to joining the NHS in 2016, Stephen spent over 20 years working for Siemens, starting as an apprentice and working his way through a variety of roles ranging from programming and application configuration to corporate strategy and governance, account management and service design / provision.

Now in the NHS, he is currently the CIO for two organisations in the Dorset ICS: Dorset CCG and Dorset County Hospital. He has also been the CIO for Dorset Healthcare the community and mental health Trust in Dorset. This gives him the opportunity to understand the differences and similarities in delivering services to staff and patients across Primary Care, Community and Mental Health services into the Acute Care setting.

He is a strong advocate for the BCS having been a member for a number of years personally and now organisationally as he aims to improve the visibility of the digital profession in the NHS, help develop career pathways and opportunities for personal development for his teams.

Living with his family just outside of Dorchester in Dorset he is also an Assistant Scout Leader and a volunteer with Dorset Search and Rescue.

He is a Chartered Fellow of the BCS, a Leading Practitioner of FEDIP and a Certified Healthcare CIO with CHIME.

Leslie HoldsworthProf. Leslie Holdsworth
Leslie is a physiotherapist by background who continues to contribute to the work of her professional body. Leslie has spent the last 25 years leading a range of multi-professional initiatives mainly at national level. These have focused working effectively with others on service redesign and using the power of information to improve the quality of health and care, user experience and outcome.

Leslie works for the Scottish Government Digital Health and Care Division as a Clinical Lead with responsibility for NMAHP strategic direction. Her wider portfolio also includes working with a number of other national, professional and academic organisations in relation to Quality Improvement, informatics, clinical guidance and research. She is also a non-executive Board member and Vice-Chair of Bield Housing & Care, contributing to the governance and strategy of this important organisation.

Julie BaileyJulie Bailey
Julie joined BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT in 2015 to develop Organisational Membership within the NHS. In 2020, she become Head of Health and Care, taking on a more strategic role within the organisation. Julie leads the drive in BCS to establish professional recognition with in Health and Care, she delivers FEDIP workshops to BCS members, and recently introduced CHIME’s CHCIO examination to the BCS portfolio.

She is passionate about seeing those in this industry have the profession they deserve and is a strong advocate of promoting professionalism through self-development and skills recognition. Julie brings over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, having worked with IT organisation across Europe and Australasia before joining BCS in 2016.

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Webinar: Professional recognition in digital health and social care
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Monday 1 November, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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