Health GIS by South West Commissioning Support
Trevor Foster Trevor has over 30 years experience as a cartographer and GIS specialist. His career started as a Military Survey cartographer where he was involved in all aspects of cartographic map production. These many and varied tasks involved such areas as mapping The Falkland Islands in 1982, liaison with Ordnance Survey in the production of UK Military Training Areas maps, and daily management of senior staff operational charts for the Gulf War in 1990.

After leaving The Army in 1993, Trevor worked with Intergraph UK Ltd for 2 years as a GIS developer and then joined the NHS with Avon Health Authority as a GIS Analyst. After a move for a four year period working as an application developer and data warehouse developer, he returned to the GIS service and now leads a team of GIS Analysts who provide mapping and spatial analysis services to Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS England Area Teams, Community Health providers and Public Health depts.

In 2010 Trevor was awarded the runner-up prize in the international Meridian Awards for his work around Planning for Pandemic Swine Flu, and was presented with his prize at the Insights Conference in Miami, Florida.

In his spare time, Trevor is a keen squash, racketball and golf player, and is treasurer for a local squash and racketball club.

Brendan Stone Brendan has a BSc in Geographic Information Systems from Bath Spa University. After leaving university Brendan worked in local government for 3 years as a GIS Technician dealing with a variety of GIS and mapping related tasks. This role included development and maintenance of public and internal web based GIS systems, training and support for several GIS systems, bespoke GIS tool development, database management, data capture and surveying.

Brendan joined SWCS in February 2013 as a Senior GIS Analyst before taking on the role of GIS Team Leader in November 2014. Since joining the health service, Brendan has been involved in a range of analytical projects. He has also been the GIS technical lead in the upgrade of HealthGIS Maps and GP Finder, streamlining of map production methods and management of OS OpenData and Census 2011 datasets.

Brendan’s GIS skills include MapInfo Professional, MapBasic, FME, Cadcorp SIS and GeognoSIS, SQL Server, PostGIS, MapServer, OpenLayers, Leaflet, Google Maps API, HTML / JavaScript / CSS, aerial photography, data capture and management.

Kathryn Wright Kathryn began her career as a Meteorological Observer in the Royal Navy and then spent 20 years working as a Scientific Officer in Agricultural Research. She joined the NHS as a Data Manager in the Clinical Trials Unit at United Bristol Healthcare Trust before moving to Avon IM&T Consortium as an Information Analyst in 2006.

Kathryn took the opportunity of an internal transfer to the GIS Team and now has 2 years experience as a GIS and Mapping Analyst. She has been involved in a wide range of projects, including Emergency Planning, Injury Prevention and Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment, and leads on work around Pharmacy Applications, GP contractual maps and Targets Monitoring.

Jurong Zheng Jurong joined NHS South West Commissioning Support Unit (formerly Avon IM&T Consortium) in February 2010 as a commissioning Information Analyst, after 13 years working as a research fellow in the School of Management at University of Bath following her PhD (Reading) and MBA (London). She worked on a wide range of projects on inter-organisational information management in particularly with the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency and local authorities.

In her 2 year Commissioning Information Analysis role, Jurong has carried out a range of projects including complex data analysis and A&E data quality work. In addition, she was responsible for delivering statutory returns and reports for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGs.

In April 2012, she joined the GIS Team as a GIS and Primary Care analyst. Since then, she has successfully completed MapInfo Advanced level training. Jurong has been involved in a wide range of GIS projects, including Pharmacy Application, Performance Monitoring, as well ad hoc work such as Somerset GP Out of Hours, emergency admissions and BBC Children in Need. In addition, she is responsible for primary care data analysis for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGs. Her technical skills include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, SQL and MapInfo.

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