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HC 2004

Healthcare Computing Conference

Harrogate 22-24 March 2004

A personal review by Rod Ward

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These reports are written on the fly during the conference and posted on the web on a daily(ish) basis, as there are 5 concurrent themes I can not attend all sessions so these comments are based on my own experiences and views.

The official conference web sites is at: http://healthcare-computing.co.uk/

Day 3

The first session of the Wednesday for me was in the main auditorium, for a review of previous days by Mike Sinclair who attempted to collate a massive amount of information into 100+ powerpoint slides highlighting key issues, themes and questions which had emerged. The National programme was obviously high on his list along with consideration of developments in the BCS, UKCHIP and moves towards professionalisation and key drivers from Denis Protti's session about leadership and drivers for change. He also managed to get in consideration of telemedicine (should be telehealth !) and it's implications, approaches in devolved administrations, electronic prescribing etc. His concluding remarks picked up a key theme about developing an evidence base for health informatics and clearly articulating "What works - and what doesn't". Mike Sinclair
Dr Philip Candy This was followed by Dr. Philip Candy, Director of learning strategy and standards at the NHSu.
He started by pointing out that there was only one letter difference between compliant and complaint and between network and notwork!

He described what the NHSu is and what it wants to be - while considering the various interpretations which have been put on the "u".

He aligned the NHSu with national drives for lifelong learning and changes to the NHS (& social care), providing an update on it's structures, school and faculties and "distinctive themes"

After a quick coffee and chat I moved on to a session about Continuing professional development for health informaticians, chaired by Di Millen with input from several leading organisations and speakers in the field.

The first was by Keith Boardman from ASSIST who described the organisation and its work with NHS IT professionals, particularly in relation to Human resource strategies before focusing on their CPD schemes and professionalisation project. He also discussed works on closer relationships with the BCS and UKCHIP.
Bruce Madge Bruce Madge (NPSA) then described CPD for librarians and knowledge managers.

He described some aspects of the changing roles of knowledge managers in relation to both tacit and explicit knowledge and illustrated why CPD was vital in helping them to enable organisations to learn from peoples knowledge.
Professor Alan Gillies from University of Central Lancashire and chair of the UKCHIP CPD working group who explored what CPD means and gave personal examples of the things he had learnt from in the last year (not necessarily academic). He described the 3 key elements as competence, developmental and aspirational - the balance currently being on competence and needing to examine the balance and move it towards the inspirational.

His view was that CPD was vital for both individuals and organisations to cope with both current and future roles.

His session finished with a Q&A session focusing on capturing and validating informal learning and the wide range of "dual registrations" likely for those joining UKCHIP who are already regulated by other bodies (e.g. NMC, GMC, HPC etc.)
Alan Gillies
Jean Roberts Jean Roberts concluded the session as chair of the UKCHIP standards board who described the components of the registration process and that the 4 areas; academic, job role, years in health and years in informatics formed part of UKCHIP criteria.

She also explored current work underway and the further work which will be needed before an application can be made to the privy council and registration moves from a voluntary to statutory basis.

I left before the final ceremonies and presentations due to travel and childcare commitments, fairly exhausted but feeling that it had been a worthwhile 3 days.

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To discuss any of my comments please mail: Rod.Ward@uwe.ac.uk

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