Joined-Up Health & Care 2017

Introducing your event speakers...

Ben Goldacre

Ben is an award-winning writer, broadcaster, and medical doctor who specialises in unpicking scientific claims made by scaremongering journalists, government reports, pharmaceutical corporations, PR companies and quacks. Ben wrote the weekly Bad Science column in the Guardian from 2003-2011. “Bad Science” the book (4th Estate) has sold over half a million copies worldwide, reached #1 in the paperback non-fiction charts, and is being published in 30 languages.

Ben has won several awards, including the Royal Statistical Society’s first Award For Statistical Excellence in Journalism, the Faculty of Public Health DARE Prize Lecture, an honorary doctorate from Herriott-Watt University, “Best Freelancer” at the Medical Journalists Awards 2006, the Healthwatch Award in 2006, “Best Feature” at the British Science Writers Awards twice, and he was shortlisted in the Samuel Johnson and Royal Society literary prizes 2009.

In addition to writing Ben has appeared on television and radio and speaks regularly at conferences and events. He’s appeared on The Today Programme, Newsnight, Start the Week, The Now Show, Loose Ends, PM, Quote Unquote, Watchdog, Nightwaves, and many more. He made The Rise of the Lifestyle Nutritionists, and the two part documentary The Placebo Effect for BBC Radio 4.

David Walliker
Chief Information Officer
Liverpool Women's Hospital Foundation Trust

Biography to follow

Dr Graham Evans
Chief Information and Technology Officer
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Graham Evans is the joint Chief Information and Technology Officer (CITO) for both North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in addition, Graham is the Digital Transformation Workstream lead for the regional Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), in the Durham, Darlington, Teesside, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby (DDTHRW) region.

Graham has held a number of national and regional leadership roles in the NHS relating to health informatics. Graham commenced his NHS career with North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust in June 2004 as the director of IM&T.

Graham’s former NHS roles include: Director of corporate services and corporate chief information officer for NHS England, CIO and director of informatics for the North East Strategic Health Authority, director of HR and information with North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

Prior to joining the NHS, Graham worked within the private sector in a range of senior commercial, operational and engineering management positions, predominantly in the chemical, electronics and FMCG industries.

Graham is a Chartered Engineer by profession; he holds a professional doctoral degree (DProf) in Technology enabled transformational change. Graham also holds an Honours degree in Information Technology and a Master’s degree in Organisational Change and Management Development.

Graham holds Chartered IT Professional Fellowship status with the British Computer Society and has further fellowship and membership grades with several Engineering, Technology and Management Institutions.

Graham is a past chairman of the Teesside and District Branch of the British Computer Society (BCS).

James Palmer
Programme Head - Social Care Programme
NHS Digital

James joined NHS Digital in September 2015 (or the Health and Social Care Information Centre as it was known at that time) as the Programme Head for Social Care delivery where he has lead the development of the Adult Social Care Informatics work from a range of successful pilots to defining a national strategy that is fully embedded within the National Information Board delivery. This programme of work will include benefits to social care users and, crucially, funding commissioner and providers of social care.

He also leads on programmes that look to reduce Female Genital Mutilation through a risk prevention system, and also work to establish an appropriate approach to supporting the Department of Health’s understanding of the levels of historical Child Sexual Abuse within the country.

Previously to working at the NHS Digital James was responsible for the Public Health Service at Hackney Council, where he also had accountability for a commissioning and delivering services aimed at preventing ill health and unnecessary harm to adults and children.

During his 10 years in Hackney James oversaw a range of projects and programmes for the council including the co-ordination the Borough’s role during the London Olympics in 2012, and the commissioning of £30million regeneration funding.

James started his career as a Chemical Engineer in the sugar industry, and has been fortunate enough to have been involved in its production across 4 different continents, though his recent diagnoses of Type 2 Diabetes has caused him to question how much of the that production he consumed himself over that period.

He continues to work voluntarily in the pursuit of better outcomes for vulnerable children as the Special Education Needs and Disability Governor at the School his children attend.

James Reed
Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist & Chief Clinical Information Officer
Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

James Reed is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and has been CCIO of Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust since 2013. He has participated in local, regional and national work on clinical IT (including the ‘Your Care Connected’ and MERIT vanguard data sharing projects) and advises various national bodies including the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Professional Records Standards Body. The Trust has recently been awarded Global Digital Exemplar status in recognition of its high degree of digital maturity.

Dr John Payne
Physician Executive

Dr Payne is a Consultant Cardiologist who started his training in Edinburgh. Following this he travelled to London for a 5-year period of research at University College London and the Royal Brompton Hospital. He returned to Edinburgh to complete his cardiology training and took up his Consultant post in Glasgow in 2010. He now works with the NHS at the Scottish National Advanced Heart Failure Service based at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital.

Dr John Payne remains a practising cardiology consultant and patient safety champion, and joined InterSystems as Physician Executive in 2016 to help healthcare professionals across Scotland fully utilise InterSystems healthcare solutions in support of a new digital health agenda in Scotland.


Dr Julia Riley
Clinical Lead
Coordinate My Care

Dr Riley is a consultant in Palliative Medicine at the Royal Marsden and Royal Brompton NHS Trusts.

She is a senior research fellow at Imperial College London; Editor of the European Journal of Palliative Care (the journal for the European Association of Palliative Care), and the Clinical Lead for Coordinate My Care, the clinical service that coordinates and allows patients to have choices and improved quality of end of life care.

Dr Riley has two main research interests. The first is in the inter individual variation in patients' response to opioids. The second is the development of models of end of life care that include the seamless transition between the acute and the community sector, improve quality of life, decrease in the number of unnecessary hospital admissions and increase the number of patients being cared for, and dying in their preferred place.

Mark Palmer
Country Manager, UK&I

Mark joined as the new UK Country Manager on the 1st June 2015, from IBM, where he led their European Public Sector business for 3.5 years as Vice President, Public Sector with sales in excess of $3.4 billion. This encompassed the full portfolio of software, hardware and services engagements, including outsourcing, consulting and business transformation. 

He joined IBM in January 1996, and initially worked in various roles with clients and Business Partners across Healthcare, Lifesciences and Research in the UK and Europe. He was appointed to the board of ELiAS; a Belgian based enterprise Search Engine Company.  During this period he was responsible for turning around IBM’s UK Healthcare, Education and Local Government division, more than doubling revenues from $90 million to $200 million.

He is a Chartered Engineer, with a degree in Electronic Engineering as well as an MBA.  Way back in 1983 he began his career as a Software Engineer with Phillips Electronics designing and managing complex military real-time systems integration projects, as well as medical radiotherapy treatment planning systems before moving into Programme Management with the SEMA group and from there into his first Sales role in 1988 with AeroSystems International (a joint venture between SEMA and Westland Helicopters).  In an IT career spanning over 30 years, covering multiple vertical markets, and assignments in Washington DC and Milan.  

He strongly believes that business success is all about building winning teams of highly motivated, energetic groups of people, that consistently make good decisions and are actively creating a future that they each care about. This is the foundation for excellent customer satisfaction, and ultimately rewarded with great financial results.

Originally from London, but moved out to the Surrey countryside as his three children arrived. He is a keen sailor and skier, with an interest in architecture and design.

Siva Anandaciva
Chief Analyst
The Kingsfund

Siva is chief analyst in the policy team, leading on projects covering NHS funding, finances, productivity and performance.

Before joining the Fund in 2017, Siva was head of analysis at NHS Providers – the membership body for NHS trusts and foundation trusts – where he led a team focused on NHS finances, workforce and informatics. Previously, he was an analyst in the Department of Health working on medicines policy and urgent and emergency care. Siva has been a governor of the Homerton University NHS Foundation Trust since October 2014.