Meet the Team

Andrew Thompson

Head of NWSIS

For the last two and a half years, Andrew has been working as Head of the North West SIS team.  His main focus has been to encourage collaboration on infrastructure services and to this end Andrew has built relationships with a vast majority of the NHS organisations in the Northwest of England.  Since taking over the role, the North West SIS have gone from a primarily Lancashire focused service to working with and providing services to multiple organisations outside the historical footprint.

Andrew has worked for the NHS for 17 years in roles ranging from Technical Engineer to the Senior Manager of an IT operations department but with a background of business development, a partner focus has always been his paramount objective.  As the agenda around interoperability emerged, the North West SIS, through Andrew, have become a regional exemplar on the infrastructure approach and in collaboration with the Lancashire LPRES team, the North West SIS are now receiving national recognition for this approach.

"The North West SIS has always been a very valued service across the region but I felt it needed a more serious partner focus when I took on the role.  The services we support, for example Active Directory and Mobility, have been adopted across the majority of the Northwest NHS footprint and we are now working closely with our council colleagues to extend the collaborative approach further".

Andrew enjoys a wide variety of interests from football, running, skiing and scuba diving to a love of travel and reading.

Mobile: 07932 770219

Email: andrew.thompson@northwestsis.nhs.uk

Gus Hartley

Special Projects

An ICT professional with over 40 years practical experience at a senior level managing large national and international advanced networks, systems, and services.

The last 25 years have been spent within the NHS in a range of senior ICT roles ( Head of NW NHS Telecommunications Branch, Assistant CIO - SHA, National Voice Manager - NHSIA, Regional Lead - HSCIC, Head of NWSIS).

Areas of work completed include: Implementing N3 and Health Community COINs, PSN WANs, Strategic VOIP, Video as a Service (VAAS), Unified Communications (UC), Regional Active Directory (AD), Regional Telemedicine projects such as: ACHD, Telestroke, Renal Home Dialysis, Cancer Networks, Speech and Language Therapy.

Now retired from the NHS, Gus has started his own business and is advising the NHS and suppliers in areas such as: ICT Infrastructure, Networks (N3 PSN HSCN), NHSmail2, Local Mail, exchange and AD, regional wireless deployments, UC, Telemedicine, interoperability, good practice and achieving value for money.

Working for the NWSIS, Gus is currently working with the HSCIC (developing NHSmail2 and Local Mail Services), ISO27001 and ISB1596, WAN interconnectivity and MPLS, and is the current Chair of the Active Directory Management Board.

Mobile: 07966 469067

Email: gus.hartley@northwestsis.nhs.uk


Tony Schaffel

Head of LPRES

I have worked in all sectors of the NHS including Acute, Mental Health and community services. I joined the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) at its inception and was the Deputy CIO at the former Cumbria and Lancashire SHA and continued in a senior role with the Northwest SHA until the cancellation of the programme.

I also worked for a Lancashire CCG as the interim Chief Operating Officer supporting them towards authorisation.
I am currently Head of the Lancashire Patient Record Exchange Service (LPRES) which aims to build a data exchange platform to enable the sharing of data sets, images and documents that will inform and support the front line clinicians and social care professionals giving them the relevant information at the right time and at the point of care.

I have been in the NHS for most of my adult working life and I have seen and experienced it at its best and at its worst. I have always believed that my role - as a non-clinical professional - is to exploit my skills, be it in energy conservation or now in the new digital age, to help the front line clinicians provide good quality safe care to the patient in a safe and efficient environment.

Mobile: 07976 156751

Email: tony.schaffel@northwestsis.nhs.uk

Beverly Roberts

LPRES Programme Manager

Bev joined the LPRES Project Team in September 2014, as Programme Manager. She has worked for the NHS since 1992 in a variety of roles across Information, Communication & Technology (ICT) - Management Development & Training Manager, Choose & Book Project Manager, EPR Training Manager, NCRS Training and Implementation Manager, Senior IM&T Project Manager and latterly Head of IM&T Implementations at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Bev has been involved in a number of projects which have made real differences to the delivery of patient care - an electronic case note tracking solution, electronic discharge letter solution, ordering and reporting solution across wards and out-patient areas and a digital dictation solution.

Prior to joining the NHS Bev had a career with Nat West Bank working as part of their National Training and Implementation Team.

Mobile: 07956 901846

Email: Beverly.roberts@northwestsis.nhs.uk


Declan Hadley

Digital Health Lead, Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria

Declan has worked in the NHS for over twenty years. He started his NHS career as a Psychiatric Nurse, moving quickly into Information Management in the 1990s where he worked in a number of different roles across the North West. Over the last ten years, Declan has been working as Health Informatics Director at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, where he has overseen the development innovative mobile solutions, new clinical applications and technology to support an agile workforce.

In March 2014, Declan joined Lancashire's Local Area Team to lead on the development of a digital health strategy that underpins the Healthier Lancashire Programme.

Declan's current area of interest is exploring how consumer-centric technology can be used to empower people, giving them access to their own health data and enabling them to use it to improve their health and wellbeing.

Mobile: 07507 857000

Email: declanhadley@nhs.net