Published: 01/12/2005 Volume 115 No. 5984 Page 28

After a nine-year career with oil giant Shell, Clive Ingram was feeling disillusioned and ready to move on.

A maths graduate, Clive turned his back on roles such as crude oil trader to tap into his caring side, quite literally.

He spent a number of years caring for older people - his 91-year-old great aunt still lives with him - before going back to university, at Oxford, to study comparative social development policy.

From there he went to University Hospital Birmingham foundation trust in a capacity planning role, before spending three years as information manager in its health informatics department. For the last 12 months at the trust he had the added responsibility of managing medical records as well.

The role of head of performance and information at Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals trust was advertised in the 14 April issue of HSJ . Clive started the role in early October.

'It was the next logical step in my career, ' says Clive. 'And this organisation is very exciting. It is moving out of a period when perhaps things were not so great, and really taking Healthcare Commission standards seriously as a framework for performance improvement and focusing on core business. I like all of that.' Clive will be focusing on three big issues. The first is achieving financial balance, 'supporting that agenda through recording and coding completeness' in recognition of the importance of payment by results to trust finances.

The second is achieving access targets, 'finding and freeing the bottlenecks' that may stop the trust hitting targets. The third is meeting Healthcare Commission and clinical governance frameworks.

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