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Five Country Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Group for e-Health

HIMSS UK is collaborating with the Five Country Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Group for e-Health to help promote the safe use of digital health and social care technologies across the five countries of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The role of the Five-Countires e-Health Nursing and Midwifery Group is to:

  • Share knowledge and resources related to e-health in nursing and midwifery
  • Promote the appropriate use of data to support the evolution of e-health approaches across nursing and midwifery
  • Support the development of nursing and midwifery leaders in e-health
  • Provide reviews of published media, research articles and papers 
  • Identify evidence based knowledge and research related to e-health and clinical informatics
  • Inform through presentations 

The current group members are:


Angela Reed
Senior Professional Officer, Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery 
Region: Northern Ireland
Contact: angela.reed@nipec.hscni.net 

Angela works as a Senior Professional Officer with the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for nursing and midwifery (NIPEC). She has led a range of regional and national work including: Enabling Professionalism (UK wide - 2017), Delivering Care: Nurse Staffing in Northern Ireland 2011 – 2016) and Recording Care: Evidencing Safe and Effective Care (2011 – current). She has worked as a member of the Chief Nursing Officer’s team at the Department of Health Northern Ireland, leading on policy work related to e-Health and Informatics in nursing and midwifery. In 2017 she was awarded the Garfield Weston Scholarship for general leadership by the Florence Nightingale Foundation and is currently using that programme to explore nursing leadership capabilities to enable transformational digital change. Angela is the current chair of a five country Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Group for EHealth, has been a member of HISINM for almost 5 years, and is the Regional Coordinator for Northern Ireland.


Elizabeth Adams 
Director of Professional Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, President of the European, Federation of Nurses Associations
Region: Ireland
Contact: elizabeth.adams@inmo.ie 

Elizabeth Adams is Director of Professional Development, INMO and President of the European Federation of Nurses Associations. Recently she has been appointed to the Board of the global Campaign Nursing Now! based on the report The Triple Impact of Nursing (UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health).

In her previous post she was a Consultant, Nursing and Health Policy with the International Council of Nurses, Geneva, Switzerland. She was the Director of the International Centre of Human Resources for Nursing and Director of the International Positive Practice Environments Campaign. Prior to this she served as Director of Nursing and Midwifery for the Health Service Executive leading and implementing nurse and midwife prescribing nationally. Over her nursing career she has worked for both the Department of Health and Children in Ireland and Western Australia. In her time at the Department in Ireland she co-researched the first national study of nursing and midwifery resource. While in the Department in Western Australia she managed significant health reform and was instrumental in establishing the nurse practitioner role in Western Australia.  

In addition, she has worked for the National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery, and for seventeen years in clinical and management positions with the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Ireland.

Qualifications: RGN, Cert (ODN), BNS (Hons), Dip (Mgt), Dip (Counselling), Dip (Phy & Chem), Dip (Stats), MSc., FFNMRCSI, Associate Professor UCD, Adjunct Associate Professor Curtin University Western Australia.


Claire Bűchner
Regional Chief Clinical Information Officer (Nursing)
Region: Northern Ireland
Contact: claire.buchner@hscni.net 

Claire has held a variety of clinical, research and project management positions during which time she completed a MSc in Health Informatics with the University of Central Lancashire.  From 2002 Claire taught within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queens University Belfast within pre and post registration programmes.  In March 2013 Claire took up her current position where she works as part of the Public Health Agency Nursing team and Health and Social Care Board eHealth team to support and promote the sustainable regional development of informatics and e - health and take a lead in the application of information technologies in support of patient care and the nursing profession.Claire believes that those who deliver care are best placed to make improvements and drive innovation in that care. In Northern Ireland, nurses and midwives are at the forefront of service re-design, pushing the boundaries and challenging traditional practices especially in the use of ICT.  She is passionate about the possibilities for technology to enhance practice and to support innovation in the development of patient led services now and into the future.

Founding Fellow Faculty of Clinical Informatics

Committee member of RCN eHealth forum

Chair BCS Health (NI)

Member of BCS Nursing


Anne Cooper
Chief Nurse, NHS Digital 
Region: England
Contact: anne.cooper@nhs.net

Summary of involvement in nursing/ midwifery informatics leadership including:

"Anne Cooper is the Deputy Clinical Director & Chief Nurse at NHS Digital, described by Nursing Times and HSJ as a top social pioneer in health and in the top 50 inspirational women in the NHS for 2014. 

Anne has a background in nursing, informatics and organisational development.  She has held posts in informatics leadership at a national level for over a decade and has delivered a change agenda in the integration of clinical informatics leadership with policy and practice.  Her creative use of social media has allowed her to be up to date and current in her knowledge and understanding.  She is a member of the UK CCIO network and a founder member of the CNIO Network.

Anne also is passionate about empowering patients through the provision of information that supports people to take an active role in their health.Anne is a co-founder of People Drive Digital, #PDDigital that focuses on the contribution of citizens and practitioners to the digital health agenda.

Anne is a fellow of the Queens Nursing Institute and a member of the HIMSS UK Advisory Board.


Sile Creedon 
Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork
Region: Ireland
Contact: sile.creedon@ucc.ie 

My background is in nursing and midwifery. I am also an IT teacher.  I lecture nurses, midwives and paramedics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels on eHealth and Informatics.  I supervise students at Masters, Doctoral and PhD levels.  I publish on eHealth/informatics and am a reviewer for a number of academic journals.  Most recently, I edited a special issue of Nursing Informatics. 

I am the South Regional Co-ordinator for HISI NM. I represent Ireland on TIGER International Committee and am glad to be part of the developing Five Country Nursing Leadership eHealth Group.


Mark Fleming 
National eHealth Clinical Lead Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals Region: Scotland 
Contact: mark.fleming@nhs.net 

Mark Provides a National leadership role in the coordination and development of NMAHP eHealth Activity across Scotland. Seconded part time mark works with his AHP colleague to coordinate the National eNMAHP network and also has involvement in the National eNMAHP Leadership programme which is managed by NHS Education Scotland. Mark works in his local NHS Board as the Nurse Consultant for eHealth where he works closely with the nurse and AHP leaders to develop and Implement the Digital Agenda. Mark who is a registered Mental Health Nurse has worked within the eHealth field for about 14 years.

Prior to his current role Mark worked at Healthcare Improvement Scotland as the National Coordinator for Integrated Care Pathways in Mental Health. Here he was involved in the development and implementation of ICP standards across Scotland. Mark worked clinically for many years in both hospital and community mental health environments across NHS Ayrshire and Arran.Mark has published works in the development of ICPs and the use of technology to support their implementation. He has been involved in the development of the National eNMAHP network across Scotland. Mark was part of an immersion study to Chicago to explore how Hospital in the USA used technology to support healthcare. This experience has helped him develop his knowledge and skills in other aspects of healthcare away from Mental health.

Leadership Role on the eNMAHP Network Scotland Chair of NHS Ayrshire and Arran eHealth Clinical leadership Group Registered Mental Health Nurse – Nursing and Midwifery Council


Nick Hardiker  
Professor of Nursing & Health Informatics
Region: England 
Contact: n.r.hardiker@salford.ac.uk

Nick Hardiker is Professor of Nursing and Health Informatics and Associate Dean (Research & Innovation) at the University of Salford School of Health & Society in England. Nick has a background in Nursing and has Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in Computer Science from the University of Manchester. He has nearly 25 years' experience of theoretical and applied research in Health Informatics, with a particular focus on Health Records and Terminologies. Nick holds an adjunct position of Professor at the University of Colorado, Denver, USA. He acts as consultant to the International Classification for Nursing Practice Programme at the International Council of Nurses, Editor-in-Chief of Informatics for Health and Social Care, and a member of a number of national and international standards bodies and think tanks.


Pamela Hussey  
Lecturer in Health Informatics and Nursing Region: Ireland
Contact: pamela.hussey@dcu.ie 

Employed as a lecturer in Nursing and Health Informatics in the School of Nursing and Human Sciences (SNHS) DCU, Dr Pamela Hussey joined the academic community later in life following twenty years as a practicing nurse in general medicine.  Holding a PhD in Computer Science, an MSc in Education and Training Management and an MSc in Health Informatics, her research interests include concepts and terminology, developing technology enhanced learning objects and the Electronic Health Record. She is the Director of the accredited International Council of Nursing Practice Research and Development Centre in SNHS and has recently been awarded a HSE tender to develop core terminology services to support eHealth Ireland. She teaches informatics in eHealth at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level and has a number of PhD students engaged in implementation research. 

For a link to recent publications and research activity see website http://www.pamelahussey.ie/ and social media @phussey47


Paula Kavanagh  
Council of Clinical Information Officer’s Management Team 
Region: Ireland

I currently work nationally with the Chief Clinical Information Officer in Ireland on the CCIO Management Team. My remit is the education and training of clinical staff to participate and engage in eHealth projects effectively. I also work with the Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Unit in the North West (Donegal and Sligo/Leitrim) on a national Quality Care-Metrics Initiative and Quality Dashboard. My interests are using information effectively and efficiently to drive improvements in care. I am joint Chair of the Health Informatics Society of Ireland-Nursing and Midwifery (HISINM) and enjoy progressing the health informatics agenda. I am a member of Irish Computer Society (ICS) and HISI also. I undertook a Masters in Health Informatics in the University of Sheffield and am now pursuing a PhD relating to use of dashboards to support decision making by senior nurse managers.


Jackie Kirrane 
Clinical Informatics Leader Galway Clinic 
Region: Ireland
Contact: jackie.kirrane@galwayclinic.com 

Jackie has 20+ years of experience in health care management, risk management, clinical analysis and project management. Prior to my move to health informatics, she has extensive international experience working as a registered general nurse, midwife and health care manager in Ireland, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and New Zealand. Due to her clinical and risk management experience, she recognises the value of technology as a tool to drive efficient delivery of care.

More recently she has coordinated aspects of the implementation a fully integrated Health Information Systems, acted as advisor on best solutions for clinical management systems, led out on workflow solutions including training, facilitating and empowering teams to embrace change.

She is an active member of e-Health Ireland and an executive member of Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland. She co-chairs the Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland-Nurse and Midwives (HISI-NM).

My current role is Clinical Informatics Leader at the Galway Clinic which is a HIMSS Stage 6 hospital. I have been part of a team developing the Electronic Patient Record (EPR) and recently implemented a new system.


Sharon Levy  
Programme Coordinator Global eHealth 
Region: Scotland 
Contact: sharon.levy@ed.ac.uk

I got my first nursing informatics post in 1997 and left my last NHS role, as a Telehealth Nurse Specialist, 5 years ago. I have since worked in academia and continue to be active in the RCN, where I held the position of a UK informatics advisor for nearly 6 years. I am currently the Chair of the British Computer Society (BCS) Health and Care Scotland and run a nurse led wellness clinic at Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Scotland. I am a lecturer in Nursing studies at Edinburgh University and the programme coordinator for an online MSc in global eHealth. I developed a number PG programmes that focused on advanced clinical practice as well as innovative UG courses that help to shape digital nursing. My current research focus is on young people and their families and the role of technology in supporting their care needs.


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