Tuesday, December 01, 2009

NHS Clinical Informatics Best Practice Marketplace


An opportunity to share innovations and experiences in the field of clinical informatics that can make a real difference to patient care

25th March 2010
Waterside, Watershed, Bristol

A collaboration between: The University of the West of England, UK Faculty of Health Informatics and Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital
(Part of Bristol University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

Dear Colleague,

We would like to invite you to participate in an innovative new meeting which aims to bring together clinicians and social care staff from various backgrounds, who are involved with real world informatics solutions.

Many of the themes that we will be covering at our first market place are focusing on sharing informatics solutions that have already made and can make huge differences to patient safety and the overall quality of care.

The 6 main areas that we plan to cover on 25th March we hope are of huge interest, potential and at times frustration for NHS and Social Care staff, patients and carers. These are:

1. E-prescribing with decision support in secondary care

2. Clinical incident reporting systems and clinical audit tools

3. The development and use of community based information systems spanning across mental health, long term conditions and social care

4. Telecare and the use of teleconferencing in patient care

5. Clinical portals, patient portals and the use of clinical dashboards

6. Medical simulation and its use in clinical learning and development

The features of the proposed market place are very distinct from existing conferences and trade exhibitions in that it will be:

• Clinically focused – the issues that we are trying to find solutions to and share lessons learned from are led from a clinical viewpoint rather than a technical or sales perspective. There will be suppliers present but they will all have been invited along by Health or Social Care service provider.

• Focused on real experience of what already works – too often NHS staff have felt frustrated by suppliers promoting technical developments that haven’t actually yet been deployed in UK health and care settings. This market place is designed to share what has already been tried and tested in different parts of the NHS and Social Care from across the UK from a clinical/service perspective.

• Free of charge – the event is funded by the UK Faculty of Health Informatics and has been organised in partnership with Clinicians from Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital and academics from the University of the West of England. The personal details used when registering will not be shared with any other suppliers i.e. no follow-up sales calls or invitations to demonstrations

• Provide access to established Communities of Practice – if you want to progress ideas or issues more you will be able to sign up for free membership of an on-line community based on the Department of Health’s Informatics Directorate’s eSpace platform as well as other groups in order to keep in touch with other people that you have met on the day.

Format and structure:

Although the market place will be open all day from 9.30am until 5pm, unless you are a presenter or exhibitor you only need to attend when you wish to or are free to.

Short presentations on each of the 6 main themes will take place throughout the day from 10am until 4pm in a separate auditorium adjacent to the market place. You can attend as many of these interactive presentations as you wish.

We will have a limited number (around 16) stands for participants and their associated suppliers to demonstrate their solutions

The event is designed for staff working in Medical, Nursing, Pharmacy, AHP, Social Care, Informatics, Senior Management, Communications or Education and Training roles.

Support for back-fill and travel costs will be available to NHS and Social Care staff who exhibit a solution and/or share their experiences at one of the plenary sessions.

Organisation and next steps:

The event has been organised by 5 members of the UK Faculty of Health Informatics.

If you would like to discuss any specific aspects of the event then please contact any of the following people:

Peter Murphy – Consultant Anaesthetist, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Rod Ward - Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Social Care, UWE Tel: 0117 32 88477,

Steven Sale - Consultant Anaesthetist, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Tony Solomonides – Reader, School of Computer Science, UWE,

Bruce Elliott – Co-ordinator of the UK Faculty of HI/ Programme Manager – DH Informatics Policy & Planning, Tel: 0778 6705 955,

If you would like to share your experiences at the event please contact by Friday 29th January 2010.

You can book your place at the event by registering at:

We hope that it is of real interest to you.

Kind regards

Bruce Elliott

The UK Faculty of Health Informatics purpose is:

To stimulate the uptake and application of Informatics research and development within UK Health and Social Care services in order to improve the quality of care for all.

This is done through providing opportunities for anyone with a passion for applying their Informatics knowledge and experience in practice to participate in:
• an engaging on-line discussion forum
• vibrant face to face events and meetings
• writing relevant and stimulating reports and papers
• sharing their own research findings

Membership and attendance at all Faculty events is free of charge. To apply for membership go to:

You will be prompted to enter your eSpace log-in details or to apply for membership on clicking this link

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Friday, September 11, 2009

UK Faculty of Health Informatics - forthcoming events

The UK Faculty of Health Informatics seems to be emerging as a significant force in getting people to think about the growing HI discipline & its growing role in healthcare policy and practice. They have just announced a masterclass and two think tank events over the next few months.

Delivering High Quality Care for All through First Class Education and Training :
Engaging, enthusing and ensuring that Health and Social Care staff are competent and confident when implementing new Information systems

UK Faculty of Health Informatics Master Class
Thursday 24th September 2009
Langwith College, University of York

This event aims to:

• Explore some of the challenges and solutions available to improve clinical and managerial understanding of and engagement in informatics projects across Health and Social Care

• Identify examples of good practice from Health and Social Care in ensuring that users are engaged, enthused, confident and competent prior to go-live in informatics projects

• Investigate the availability, use and effectiveness of competence based tools to support the implementation of informatics projects and meet the wider workforce development needs of Health and Social Care staff.

• Identify the potential benefits that informatics projects can derive from gaining a common understanding of the existing informatics competence of staff.

• Identify effective approaches to working with Suppliers and the Education sector to deliver effective training to support the successful implementation of informatics projects in Health and Social Care.

Further Information: Bruce Elliott, Coordinator of the UK Faculty of Health Informatics at: or Andrew Raynes, who is the specialist lead for this event for the UK Faculty of Health Informatics at:

For more information contact:

To book on to the event go to:

Providing High Quality Care for All – ensuring that we address the need for effective information sharing between Health, Social Care and Children’s Services

UK Faculty of Health Informatics - Think Tank

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
27 Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RG

20th and 21st October 2009

Day 1: Information sharing to further improve the care and protection of children

Day 2: Information sharing to further improve the care and protection of vulnerable adults

Aim of the event:

To identify how UK wide Health and Care Services and their Informatics teams can best support the effective and safe sharing of patient/service user information between health, social care and children’s services in order to improve care and reduce risk to children and vulnerable adults.


• To identify the main lessons learned from recent inquiries and clinical incidents where poor information sharing between different agencies and/or professional groups has caused risk to patients / people who use services
• To highlight existing tools and examples of good practice that ensure that information is shared effectively across Health, Adult Care and Children’s Services within the UK and further afield
• To identify ways in which service users’ confidence in the quality and handling of their information and understanding of their condition can be built and their concerns addressed
• To make recommendations to the main agencies in the UK Informatics arena on how best of breed approaches can be used across Health, Care and Children’s Services

For further information or to share ideas about the content of the event or to share posters at the event contact: Bruce Elliott, Coordinator of the UK Faculty of Health Informatics at: or call: 0778 6705 955

To book on to Day 1 of the event focusing on Children's Services go to:

To book on to Day 2 which focuses on Adult Care go to:

Delivering High Quality Health Care for All: Bringing the social and technical together for a joined-up approach to deliver supporting systems and rechnologies

10th/11th December 2009

Organised by the UK Faculty of Health Informatics and the BCS Socio-Technical Group

Core idea
This 2-day Think-Tank event has been set up to discuss and report on how to Health and Social Care employers and other key stakeholders in the Informatics field might bring about a joined-up approach to the implementation of electronic health records, one that brings together changes both in technology and in the social practices around it.

The National Audit Office’s report on “Delivering successful IT-enabled business change” see: and the University College London Evaluation report on the Early Adopters of the Summary Care Records project (see: both highlight the challenges of implementing technology-based projects within a fixed time line and how this can reduce the opportunities to get a more “user-centred” approach to change.

In many sectors of the UK economy the drive to get the technology ‘on desk, on time, and on budget’ can mitigate against developing a full understanding and consideration of how the changes may be of real practical value to users and customers.

It is increasingly recognised that ‘technology-push’ will not be enough in its own right to achieve the full benefits and efficiencies that are being sought in service delivery. Rather, we need to bring about innovations both in the technical systems, and in the working practices, work roles and processes that surround them. Put bluntly we need a more joined-up approach to change. This has been variously called ‘user-centred’ or ‘socio-technical’ or ‘holistic’.


The objectives of this event are to discuss and subsequently report on –
• What does such a joined-up approach mean in practice?
• What examples exist from across the UK Health and Social care sector where such approaches have been used?
• Who has to do what, to make it happen consistently across the NHS and Social Care services?
• How will we know if it is succeeding?

If you wish to attend the Think Tank, please submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to Bruce Elliott, Co-ordinator of the UK Faculty of Health Informatics at by 28th September 2009.

I wish I could attend all of them.

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