Friday, June 19, 2009

Education in health informatics seminar

Today I attended an interesting seminar themed around Education in Health Informatics jointly organised and hosted by the University of the West of England and ideal training services.

The day was chaired by Peter J Murphy a consultant anaesthetist at the Bristol Children's Hospital, and executive member of the UK Faculty of Health Informatics who set the scene by comparing his experiences at a paperless hospital in the US with the current situation in the NHS - and outlining the challenges inherent in preparing the workforce of today and tomorrow for work in a more technologically advanced environment.

The first speaker was Kevin Foreman representing the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at UWE. He described the university and its plans for expansion before moving on to discuss the varied partnerships. He was able to give a personal history related to health informatics research and education over the last 10 years and emphsised it's importance for the NHS workforce and university developments.

Di Millen, the Head of Informatics at NHS Connecting for Health discussed the need for clinical education and career frameworks in health informatics. She emphasised the role of informatics in quality and safety improvement. She revisited the Learning to Manage Health Information - a theme for clinical education document which was relaunched in March. She also gave an overview of the Prefessionalising Health Informatics web site and the recently launched Career Pathways and Career Development strategy from Connecting for Health.

The next speaker was Jane Hadfield, Assistant Director, Learning and Development, North Bristol NHS Trust. She discussed the importance of using informatics to empower patients to make choices and for business intelligence. She discussed the differences in approach which may be suitable for staff from Generation X and Generation Y The tools in use at NBT including the Managed Learning Environment and NHS Elite to prepare staff for new IT systems was also outlined.

After coffee I gave a presentation and demonstration of the use of the Cerner Academic Education Solution with nursing students at UWE.

The next speaker was Andy Raynes from Ideal Training who gave an overview of the company and then focused on the Care Information Systems User Competencies and Qualifications (CIS UCQ™) which they offer. It offers individuals and organisations a flexible portfolio of courses which are externally validated and quality assured. At the end of his presentation Kevin Foreman and Chris Brimble, Managing Director of IDEAL presented an award as "CIS UCQ student of the year" to Sue Tabberer who is now enrolled on the BSc Professional practice at UWE.

The final presentation of the morning was Tony Solomonides a reader in the Bristol Institute of Technology, UWE who gave a historical perspective on the development of the MSc Health Informatics at the university.

Kevin then concluded the morning with some reflections on the issues raised.

The afternoon consisted of presentations from consultants such as Ben Breeze from PerotSystems and Jill Denene from the Community and Mental Health Business Unit at BT related to the implementation of the RiO software into mental health trusts in the south of England.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Education in health informatics seminar – Friday 19 June 2009, UWE, Bristol

You are warmly invited to join us on Friday 19 June at the University of West of England for a seminar on education in health informatics.

Responding to both the current and future needs of education in health informatics remains a considerable yet exciting challenge. New healthcare technology is available in many Trusts and PCTs nationally. Clinical and non clinical staff need to be equipped with the appropriate knowledge and skills to support organisational change and realise the true benefits of eHealth.

We are delighted to announce that Di Millen, Head of Informatics at NHS Connecting for Health, will be presenting on the recent relaunch of ‘Learning to Manage Health Information – a theme for clinical education’. For more information, please see:

Jane Hadfield, Director of Human Resources, North Bristol Trust will discuss informatics in workforce development.

We also have speakers from Ideal and UWE who are working collaboratively to address local educational challenges.

Now that the new contract has been signed with BT for the provision of RiO in the South, many PCTs and MHTs will be planning their RiO implementaion project. We would urge you to stay for the afternoon RiO workshop.

The afternoon programme will cover key aspects involved in planning and running your RiO roll out. Jill de Bene, Southern Delivery Director, Community & Mental Health Business Unit, BT is supporting the event and will offer guidance on effective working with your LSP.

To book your place or to request further details, please contact Matthew Bartlett on 01483 453508 or email

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