Meet our expert healthcare advisors

Working with industry professionals to realise the benefits of GS1 standards.

Introducing our healthcare advisory board and our healthcare user group

Our healthcare advisory board (HAB) and healthcare user group (HUG) bring together healthcare thought leaders, policy makers, and users. Each network comes together to share ideas – helping us to understand industry dynamics and challenges so we can better support our members.

About the healthcare advisory board

The Healthcare Advisory Board is made up of key decision makers and influencers within the NHS.

Chaired by Professor Duncan Eaton, the board’s aim is to improve patient safety, reduce regulatory non-compliance and collaboratively, help to drive the strategic direction of GS1 standards adoption across healthcare.

Our advisory board members

  • Professor Duncan Eaton, chairman, GS1 UK Healthcare Advisory Board, and past CEO of NHS PASA
  • Rt Hon Lord Philip Hunt PC OBE, president, GS1 UK
  • Professor Sir Terence Stephenson, Nuffield professor of child health at University College London, and chair, Health Research Authority
  • Sir Ron Kerr, chair, NHS Providers
  • Stephen Bush, medical director operations, The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trusts
  • Lorna Wilkinson, chief of nursing and midwifery, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Keith Jones, clinical director of surgery, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ray Hodgkinson CBE, director of public affairs, British Healthcare Trades Association
  • Iain Davidson, clinical director and chief pharmacist, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Andrew Raynes, director of IM&T and chief information officer, Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • David Lawson, chief procurement officer, Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ann Slee, associate CCIO (medicines), NHS England
  • Alan Foster, chief executive officer lead, Cumbria and North East STP/ICS
  • Professor Andrew Goddard, president, Royal College of Physicians
  • Lee Bond, chief finance officer, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Sara Ford, director of customer and strategy, NHS Supply Chain
  • James Crampton, medical director of quality and safety, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

About the healthcare user group

The healthcare user group is made up of invited senior representatives from healthcare trade associations, provider organisations, suppliers, solution and service companies, and other related organisations.

Chaired by Ian Townend, the group's purpose is to promote the adoption of GS1 standards throughout the NHS, its suppliers organisations, and partners, in line with:

The work of the HUG serves to amplify the adoption of GS1 standards and support adherence to regulation such as UDI requirements for medical device regulations (MDR) and in-vitro diagnostic device regulations (IVDR).

The scope of the HUG

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Promote adoption

Promote the adoption of GS1 standards across UK healthcare systems for providers and suppliers

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Drive implementation

Support implementation of GS1 standards to identify every person, product and place

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Knowledge sharing

Create a learning environment to benchmark and share ideas with other senior-level industry experts 

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Advice and support

Offer support and advice to GS1 regional adoption groups throughout the process of standards implementation

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Horizon scanning

Keep up to date with industry-wide changes and be responsive to the evolving healthcare landscape

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Strategic guidance

Provide thought leadership, feedback, and advice, on GS1 UK’s healthcare plans and activities

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Regulatory input

Work with regulatory and NHS arm's length bodies, to support national and international standards activity

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Standards management

UK point of contact for the GS1 Global Healthcare Group and feed into the Global Standards Management Process (GSMP)

HUG workstreams

To support each of these areas of scope, we also establish smaller HUG focus groups on specific workstreams. These are centred on a particular implementation use cases such as, inventory management, surgical instrument tracking, or asset management for example.

Here, our industry leaders bring together their expertise to help create useful guidance documents on each use case for GS1 standards implementation.

HUG members and meetings

Dates for our upcoming HUG meetings are as follows:

  • 10 February 2022, 10am–12pm (Virtual meeting)
  • 17–18 March 2022*, time to be decided, (QEII Centre, London) 

*The HUG's March meeting will be taking place at the GS1 UK Healthcare Conference 2022. Registration to attend is not yet open but you can register your interest and we will notify you once registration becomes available.

  • Ian Townend, lead architect – standards and interoperability, NHSX, and HUG chair
  • Bayode Adisa, devices data and surveillance strategy manager – devices information and operations group, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
  • Jan McDonald, group manager – access, information and medicines standards at Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
  • Neil Hind, North West PPE and sustainable procurement lead, NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • James Mayne, programme manager and Scan4Safety lead, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and GS1 UK Midlands adoption group representative
  • Richard Price, Scan4Safety programme manager, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, and GS1 UK Southern adoption group representative
  • Gillian Fox, product director – life sciences and healthcare UK, DHL Supply Chain
  • Andrew Davies, director of hospital pharmacy, pharmacy and medicines optimisation team – improvement directorate, NHS England and Improvement
  • Andrew Stevenson, chairman, British Healthcare Trades Association
  • Luella Trickett, director, value and access, Association of British HealthTech Industries
  • Clare Wells, eProcurement lead, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Rachael Ellis, Scan4Safety director, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Andrea Smith, director of procurement, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Marc Saaiman, deputy head of procurement, South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Dave Harris, head of service – logistics and supply chain, NHS Lancashire Procurement Cluster
  • Liz Ashall-Payne, chief executive officer, ORCHA, and techUK health and social care council member
  • Mark Songhurst, project manager for Scan4Safety, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 
  • Philip Graham, digital programme director, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Andy Smallwood, assistant director of procurement, NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership
  • Lindsay Robertson, technology services manager, National Services Scotland
  • Jackie Pomroy, Independent Consultant 
  • Judie Finesilver, Independent Consultant
  • Jo Goulding, Independent Consultant

Want to know more?

Get in touch to find out more about our activities, or to enquire about joining one of our groups.