To contact the team, please email: healthandcare@bcs.uk

BCS Health Chair
Andy Kinnear

Andy, has 25 years’ experience in the NHS improving the health and social care system. He is currently Director of Digital Transformation at NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Unit, Connecting Care Programme Director, the shared record programme for greater Bristol and is Local Delivery Advisor to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

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BCS Health and Care, Vice Chair - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Indra Joshi

Indra Joshi is the Clinical Lead for NHS England’s digital experience programmes. She has an overarching knowledge of the national patient facing digital initiatives within the NHS with an expertise in the digital urgent care sector. Indra has a unique portfolio with experience stretching across policy, governance, digital health and marketing, national project strategy and implementation; whilst remaining true to her professional training as an emergency medicine specialist.

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BCS Health and Care, Vice Chair - Clinical
Dr Harpreet Sood, Senior Fellow, to the Chief Executive Officer, NHS England and NHS Doctor

Harpreet is currently Senior Fellow to the CEO of NHS England and a practicing NHS Doctor. Harpreet’s key project’s at NHS England include healthcare prevention with the implementation of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme including a digital provision, innovation and digital health policy including reimbursing digital services and leading on the Wachter Review, which has focused on digitising secondary care.

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Chair, BCS Primary Health Care Specialist Group
John Robinson, FBCS

John retired from General Practice in 2016 after 33 years. He has been interested in informatics since the 1990s. Working for Meditel and Torex in the early days. He is a Clinical Adviser to PRIMIS at the University of Nottingham, involved in writing software and developing clinical audit tools. Since 2016 he has been a Senior Clinical Adviser to NHS Digital, advising on the migration of primary care to SNOMED CT.

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BCS Health and Care, Vice Chair - Social Care
Julie Oxley, CMBCS

Julie is the Vice Chair for Social Care in the Health and Care Executive. She has over 30 years of public service experience including 12 years as a Social Care information and technology lead working alongside health colleagues in delivering complex health and social care integration programmes in information management, governance and technology. Critically translating complex ‘informatics’ and business jargon into plain English and breaking down barriers to enable a clear understanding between all stakeholders leading to real benefit to citizens.

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BCS Health and Care, Vice Chair - Professionalism, Chair BCS Health and Care Wales
Wendy Dearing, MBCS

Wendy is Head of Workforce and Organisational Development with a nursing background. She holds an MSc in Change & Innovation and recently has been awarded an Honorary Professorship from the University of Wales Trinity St David. The professorship in Applied Practice has been awarded in recognition of Wendy’s expertise and knowledge in championing professionalism in technology and information. Her role includes workforce planning recruitment and retention; professional recognition and registration; education and training; career pathways & CPD.

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BCS Health and Care, Vice Chair - Strategy
John Farenden, CMBCS

John is a Chartered Engineer with degrees in Computation and Information Systems Design. He has worked in the field of health informatics for 30 years, operating at all levels of the NHS in all four UK countries. He has worked for technology suppliers and large and small consulting businesses throughout his career, including time on secondment as Deputy Head of Information Policy for the NHS in England. He is currently working as Programme Lead for the Local Health and Care Records Exemplar Programme at NHS England.

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Chair, BCS Nursing Group
Fran Beadle, MBCS

Fran is currently employed as the National Clinical Informatics lead for nursing at NHS Wales Informatics Service, her unique mix of nursing knowledge and technical ability have translated into transformative improvements for both patients and clinicians. Currently Chair of the British Computer Society (BCS) nursing committee, Member of the WNMC and Welsh representative on the 5 Nations Nursing Informatics Group.

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BCS Health and Care, Vice Chair - Communications and Publications and Events
Gareth Baxendale, FBCS CITP

Gareth has 20 years’ experience in the Health/IT industry as a Cloud and Enterprise Architect. He is currently Head of Technology for The National Institute for Health Research at the Clinical Research Network. Gareth is also a Chartered Fellow of the BCS as well as a Chartered and Fed-IP Assessor.

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BCS Health and Care, Editor of BMJ HCI and EFMI/IMIA Rep
Dr Philip Scott, CBCS

Philip is a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems at the University of Portsmouth, Chair of the Assurance Committee of PRSB, Editor-in-Chief, BMJ Health & Care Informatics and Chair of the EFMI Evaluation Working Group. Philip previously worked in NHS IT for fourteen years.

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Chair, BCS Health and Care Northern
Bernard Richards, FBCS, FIMA, CEng

I studied at the University of Manchester and obtained Degrees in Mathematics, Computing, and Physics. I worked with Alan Turing, until his death. I left University to work in industry. On returning to the University of Manchester I became interested in Medical Informatics. I was subsequently made ‘Professor of Medical Informatics” at Manchester. I have spoken at MEDINFO Conferences around the world. In 1998 I was made the ‘British Computer Society’s “Fellow of the Year” for ‘Services to Medical Informatics in the UK’.

Treasurer, BCS Health and Care Scotland
Sharon Levy, MBCS

Sharon is the current Chair of the BCS Health and Care Executive. His first nursing informatics clinical post in 1997 and he has since worked in a number of leadership roles in the UK and beyond. Sharon is currently working at Edinburgh University for the MSc in global eHealth.

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Chair, BCS Mental Health Specialist Group
Mike Jones

I am the Chair of the BCS Mental Health Informatics Group. I trained as a Psychiatric Nurse, working mainly in acute and forensic care. I became the Product Lead for Mental Health in the London Programme for IT in 2004 until 2011, and during that time, for 2 years I was also National Clinical Lead for MH nursing.