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MBE for Wirral Technical Director

30th June 2006

Pete Marsh, Technical Director of Wirral Health Informatics Service (WHIS), has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The award, which recognizes Marsh’s dedication and commitment to the health service, comes after 15 years with Wirral Hospital.

Wirral is one of the leading trusts in the health informatics field and has pioneered developments in areas such as electronic records and e-prescribing.  Mr Marsh, said he was ‘honoured and delighted’ to receive the award and praised the hard work of his colleagues.

Marsh began his professional life in chemical pathology, eventually becoming chief medical laboratory scientific officer before switching to informatics in the late 1970s. His varied career has included secondments to the Department of Health and Cabinet Office. He has also worked as a consultant in America and as an adviser to the governments of Australia and New Zealand.

Since starting in the field of informatics Marsh has seen many changes in computer technology and how it has benefited both staff and patients.  Wirral hospital is about to replace one of the most extensive and advanced computer systems in use in the NHS under Marsh’s guidance and expertise. 

Chief Executive of Wirral Hospitals NHS Trust, Frank Burns, described Marsh’s MBE as “thoroughly well deserved.?

MBEs were also awarded to Linda Allott, medical health records manager for Barnsley District General Hospital NHS Trust, and to Grace Vanterpool, diabetes specialist nurse at Slough Primary Care Trust, whose work on the Slough Project to improve diabetes care has received national recognition. The project includes a partnership with Dr Foster Intelligence on a computer programme that combines information about hospital admissions and medical treatment for certain conditions with data on the socio-economic background of a particular area’s population.

 

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Title: MBE for Wirral Technical Director
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 473
Date Added: 30th Jun 2006

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