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Re-Thinking Scotland's Health Care System: Getting to integration, care and prevention


Professor David Kerr CBE FRCP FMedSci

Professor of Cancer Medicine, University of Oxford

Professor David Kerr has made an internationally recognised contribution to colorectal cancer care and research. He has published over 300 papers in scientific journals, authored over twenty books, and has been awarded 4 prestigious, international research prizes, including the NHS’s Nye Bevan award for Innovation. He has several patents; has founded two biotech companies (Celleron and Oxford Cancer Biomarkers). Elected Fellow of Academy of Medical Sciences in 2000 , President of European society of Medical Oncology ( 2009-2011) and Fellow of the European Academy of Cancer Sciences (2010).
Working with colleagues, he has built two new Institutes of Cancer Medicine in Birmingham (1992-2001) and Oxford (2001-current), and was awarded by UK Government for £100 million investment into cancer research networks. .

He Chaired the Cancer Services Collaborative (1999-2003), to deliver redesign programme to improve the NHS’ cancer service (awarded CBE, 2002). He has completed the “Kerr Report” (2006), a 20 year plan to reform Scotland’s NHS.

He co-chaired the Anglo-French Scientific committee celebrating the centenary of the Entente-Cordiale (2004) after the Queen and President Chirac nominated cancer research as their joint theme. He edited Europe’s leading cancer journal (Annals of Oncology), has been elected President of the European Society of Medical Oncology (8,000 members). He has established the first Network of India’s top cancer centres ( , turning it into an internationally recognised trials network, has trained many young Indian oncologists and is active in China and the Middle East.
He has brought world-wide attention to the looming epidemic of cancer which will claim the lives of more than a million Africans every year. He organised the first ever African Cancer Reform convention in London (2007) and formed a new organisation, AfrOx ( to aid national cancer planning in Africa.

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Claire Sweeney

Assistant Director, Audit Scotland

Claire has worked for Audit Scotland for ten years and is responsible for national audits of performance in primary and community care and housing. She has led on reviews of mental health, drugs and alcohol, the major pay contracts in the NHS, Community Health Partnerships and transport for health and social care. Before joining Audit Scotland Claire worked in acute and primary care trusts in the North East of England and for the Audit Commission.  Her career started as a researcher and she has an MSc in Social Research.


Paul Woolman, PhD, C.Eng FBCS

International Health Informatics Consultant

Paul has just been elected as the UK representative on the International Medical Informatics Association. He is currently working as Head of Information Services in NHS Forth Valley. He also teaches on an online Masters in Global eHealth at Edinburgh University, and is a reviewer and evaluator for European Commission international R&D projects.

Formerly, he spent periods as an Informatics Consultant; Enterprise Architect in Scottish Government; Information Standard manager; Clinical Scientist and medical engineer. He has over 70 publications and conference presentations in more than twenty-five years of international R&D experience in healthcare IT. A clinical scientist by background, Paul has worked as software developer, analyst and project leader on many clinical information system developments. He has been actively involved in developing international standards in Health Informatics for twenty years and is on various EU and ISO committees. He has worked with the European Commission on reviews for EU funded projects.

He travels extensively from his base in Scotland

Dr Sophie Flemig

Chief Executive, The Cattanach Charitable Trust; Board Member, OSCR; and Member, Accounts Commission for Scotland

Dr Sophie Flemig joined Cattanach in 2019 as Chief Executive. Her passion is supporting families holistically and she is particularly excited about Cattanach's work around attachment. Before joining Cattanach, Sophie was guiding legislative reform in her role as Director of Public Policy in the legal sector and working across early years, children's and family services as an impact-driven academic. Sophie has also worked as a management consultant specialising in change management and digitalisation projects, and has advised global Fortune 100 companies and governments across Europe.

Outside of work, Sophie has several public appointments and enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, doing anything from baking to visiting the rhinos at Edinburgh Zoo.


Professor Matthew Cooke

Chief Clinical Officer, Capgemini UK

As Chief Clinical Officer, Matthew provides clinical and healthcare expertise to Capgemini teams as well as acting as chief clinical information officer and Caldicott Guardian.


  • Matthew worked clinically as an emergency physician
  • He is clinical advisor to NHS Improvement SE region and previously clinical director for NHSI Emergency Care Improvement Programme.
  • He is also Professor of Clinical Systems Design at Warwick Medical School. Research has focussed on patients safety, human factors, emergency systems design, clinical emergency care.

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  • He specialises in improving quality, safety and flow in emergency systems by innovation, systems redesign and by addressing Attitudes Behaviours and Culture.
  • He has undertaken many clinical service reviews nationally and internationally. He is also an advisor to the World Health Organisation.


Anas Sarwar MSP

Member of the Scottish Parliament and former Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health, Scottish Labour Party

Anas Sarwar has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Glasgow region since the May 2016 election. He is a former Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health for the Scottish Labour Party.


Alison Keir

Policy Officer Scotland, Royal College of Occupational Therapists


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Overall this was a good day with very good speakers and presentations.

Trish Gray, NHS Education for Scotland,
Delegate at 5th Annual Care of Older People Conference, November 2017