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Speakers: October 2017



Rachel Dunscombe, Director of Digital, Salford Royal Group and CEO, NHS Digital Academy

Rachel Dunscombe is Chief Information Officer at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. In this role, she is responsible for the technology vision, strategy and operations for one of the most top-rated trusts in the United Kingdom. Salford Royal is a dual Vanguard site, an ICO and Centre of Digital Excellence. She is also Strategic CIO for Salford Royal Group which includes Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust - one of the largest NHS organisations in the NHS - and CEO of the NHS Digital Academy. 

Rachel serves on the international advisory board of KLAS and is founding CHIME ambassador in the country. She ranked #8 on CIO Magazine’s CIO 100 list in 2016 and also Talent Unleashed most disruptive CIO in Europe 2016. She also acts as an exam board reviewer and examiner for Prince2, ITIL and MSP.


Dr Mark Davies, Chief Medical Officer, HIMSS UK

Mark has over 20 years' experience as a GP in West Yorkshire. He has a long-standing interest in informatics, health policy and system redesign, which has led him to work nationally for the last 10 years in a number of clinical leadership roles including the Department of Health, the Cabinet Office and most recently, as Executive Medical Director of the NHS Information Centre. He is currently supporting HIMSS UK as its Chief Medical Officer.

As National Clinical Director at the Department of Health, Mark was in charge of primary and community care systems and led work on clinical record standards and clinical contents. At the Cabinet Office, he led the work on health data transparency. Mark has also been Medical Director for the Choose and Book programme.

Mark led an initiative with the US government on common data and health technology standards, which led to a landmark agreement between the UK and US governments. He was European Medical Director of the global health informatics specialist MedeAnalytics between 2014 and 2017 and chaired the analytics group within TechUK.

Mark also founded one of the largest social enterprise providers in the country – Local Care Direct, which developed a model of integrated urgent care using multi-professional groups to cover a population of 3 million people. He has recently been working as a freelance consultant for health bodies, health tech companies and governments.

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