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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