From the International Medical Informatics Association

UKCHIP Newsletter, April 2012

The latest version (April 2012) of the UKCHIP Newsletter is available for download (520kb, PDF) at the website of UKCHIP, the UK Council for Health Informatics Professions – see for the website and links to the newsletter and other material.

UKCHIP also has a Twitter stream (@ukchiptweets) and a LinkedIn group (

The UK (United Kingdom) Council for Health Informatics Professions is the voluntary registration body for health informatics professionals, established to promote professionalism in health informatics and the certification of those who work in the profession. UKCHIP publishes a public register of health informatics professionals who meet clearly defined standards of competence and agree to work to a professional code of conduct. Registration and certification is open to anyone currently working in health informatics, whether for the National Health Service (NHS), for the private health care sector, for commercial suppliers to the health care sector or for the voluntary sector.

April 24, 2012 Posted by | profession, UK | , , | Leave a comment

Surrey Informatics Summer School (SISS-2012): July 09-14, 2012, UK – Update

The Surrey Clinical Informatics Summer School (SISS-2012) – “How to use routine health data for quality improvement and research” – is being held on 09-14 July, 2012 at University of Surrey, United Kingdom. Information about the event, and downloadable descriptions of the timetable, objectives, etc. is at (updated flyer 90kb PDF – 02 April)

Other documents (SISS 2012 Flyer; Brief Summary ; Provisional Timetable ; Provisional Objectives) are available to download from the SISS 2012 website.

The course is being organised by the Clinical Informatics and Health Outcomes research group, part of the Department of Health Care Management and Policy.  More information about the group can be found at their website: To book a place on the course, and for other queries, please contact: fbelevents[at]

The course runs for a full day with plenary taught sessions at the start and the end of the day; individual computer lab working in the second half of the morning and group scenario-based learning activities in the afternoon.  The course covers the range of skills needs to process routine health data.  The course is designed to meet the needs of an international audience. The course is being held at the University of Surrey’s parkland campus – good quality accommodation is available a short walk from the new Surrey Sports Park for residential students.

UPDATE: 02 April – Prof Matthew Swindells – Visiting Professor University of Surrey and Chair BCS Health – is going to deliver the course Keynote presentation on Thursday 12th July, 7:00pm. The presentation is on the “Use of multi-system data in real time to ensure the quality of care – how SEPSIS brings together data from different systems to provide information about the risk of septic shock.”

The course fee includes the provision of refreshments during the course sessions, a welcome reception; course dinner and late lunch on the final day.

Course Director:  Prof Simon de Lusignan
Senior Faculty:    Prof Simon Jones;  Dr John Williams;  Dr Tom Chan

An EFMI (European Federation of Medical Informatics) supported summer school.
University of Surrey is an Academic Institutional Member of IMIA.

April 2, 2012 Posted by | conference, education, Europe, UK | , , , , | Leave a comment

New Digital Healthcare MSc, University of Warwick (England)

The Institute of Digital Healthcare, at the University of Warwick (England, United Kingdom), is launching a new Masters programme in October 2012 in Digital Healthcare. Details about the course are at  To find out more, please contact wmgmasters[at] (telephone +44 (0)24 7657 4470). Partial studentships are available; the application deadline for these is the end of May 2012.

The digital revolution has presented significant challenges in the delivery of healthcare for everyone in today’s society. There is a pressing need for a bright, well-educated and flexible workforce capable of designing, using and evaluating these technologies, with a thorough understanding of the clinical, engineering, ethical and social constraints surrounding them.

To meet this need staff at the Institute of Digital Healthcare have developed this new innovative course. The MSc in Digital Healthcare will give students the knowledge and skills to drive, manage and evaluate the advances in technology and techniques that underpin digital healthcare. The programme in Digital healthcare will be offered as an MSc with special focus i.e. MSc in Digital Healthcare (engineering) or MSc in Digital Healthcare (clinical) on a full-time or part-time basis.

A unique feature of the new Masters programme is that students will have different backgrounds and work in supervised multi-disciplinary teams to solve complex real-world problems. The course will be taught using a flexible framework, allowing modules to be chosen from one of two specialisms (engineering or clinical) to suit the students’ background and best meet their professional development needs. Core modules cover areas including Biomedical Engineering, Evaluation and Research Methods, eHealth Technologies, Contemporary Topics in Digital Healthcare, and Informatics & Information/Communication Technologies.

The MSc is ideal for:

  • Graduates with a numerate background (e.g. engineering, physics, computing or informatics) who wish to launch their career in the growing digital healthcare sector.
  • Biomedical or clinical engineers and medical physicists who wish to develop innovative career pathways for themselves will find the mix of topics covered highly relevant for their career development.
  • Clinicians (e.g. doctors, nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals or healthcare technologists) wishing to explore the potential and impact of digital healthcare and use it to develop innovative care pathways or models of care.
  • Graduates in the biomedical and/or life sciences who are interested in applying their knowledge and skills in the clinical practice setting will find the course particularly relevant.

Information about the course structure, core and elective modules, learning outcomes and learning styles, and many other aspects is available at the course website; the downloadable summary document also addresses many aspects.

March 30, 2012 Posted by | education, ehealth, Europe, research, UK | , , , , | Leave a comment

Nursing and the Informatics Agenda: Sheffield UK Symposium, 06 March 2012

A symposium titled “Nursing and the Information Agenda” will be held on Tuesday, 6 March 2012 at Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK.

This symposium brings together key speakers, including Peter Murray, CEO, International Medical Informatics Association; Richard Hayward, health executive, British Computer Society; Jane Smith, national clinical lead for nursing, Department of Health; Paula Procter, reader in informatics and telematics in nursing, Sheffield Hallam University, to consider

  • the changing environment in which nurses work
  • the role of ICT in providing better patient care, and
  • the implications for higher education institutions offering healthcare programmes.

The UK government has recently announced a new drive to free up nurses to provide better patient care. Nurses’ working environments are increasingly information intensive, so in order to allow more time for patient care, better ways of managing information must be found. Information and communications technologies (ICT) can help determine more efficient ways of collecting and synthesising health data, ensure this information is available in a timely fashion, and also free up nurses to focus more on patient care. However, in order to derive the benefits, nurses must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to use such ICT competently. This poses new challenges for higher education institutions who are charged with developing practice-ready nurses.

Paula will give an overview of Sheffield Hallam’s response to providing education that meets these changing needs through Systems of eCare  – an online module that is currently available to over 2,000 undergraduate students at the University

This event is free, but places are limited. Full details, and booking form, are on the website at so those interested are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. The event is on 06 March, 12:30–3:30pm
 at Room 5541, Howard Building, Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus.

January 27, 2012 Posted by | conference, education, nursing, UK | , , , | Leave a comment

HC2012 Health Informatics Congress: London, 2-3 May, 2012

The HC2012 Health Informatics Congress will be held on 2-3 May, 2012 at the Design Business Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, UK. Information about the event is available on the website at and tickets can be booked (registration required) through the website.

HC has been the leading health informatics themed event for the UK and Europe for over 28 years. It aims to inform and educate practitioners and users. Organised and hosted by the BCS Health Executive of The Chartered Institute for IT (the UK’s IMIA Member Society), HC2012 is being held in partnership with The Guardian newspaper, and the event combines the strengths of two previous events, Healthcare Computing and Smart Healthcare Live into one.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Michael White, Assistant Editor of the Guardian
  • Jim Easton, NHS Director for Improvement and Efficiency
  • Mike Farrar, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation
  • Tim Straughan, Chief Executive of the NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care
  • Susan Hamer, National Director of Nursing, Midwifery and the Allied Health Professions, The Clinical Division: Department of Health Informatics Directorate.

January 24, 2012 Posted by | conference, education, Europe, IMIA, profession, UK | , , , | Leave a comment

William ‘Bud’ Abbott, UK Health Informatics Pioneer

It is with great sadness and regret that we report that William ‘Bud’ Abbott, one of the pioneers of health informatics in the UK, passed away on 17 December, 2011.

Bud was one of the first generation of health informaticians (although he and his colleagues at the time probably would not have used this term). His death brings to an end an era of health informatics that started operationally in the mid-1960s. In 1948, Bud joined The London Hospital, became involved in the use of machine accounting and explored the use of computing towards the end of the 1950’s. He was instrumental in the development of hospital computing, and played a leading role in both global activities through the International Medical Informatics Association and closer to home with the establishment of the ‘Current Perspectives’ in Health Computing conference and exhibition in 1984 which became the ‘HC’ event which still runs today.

By the early 1970s, Bud was already ‘Mr-NHS Computing’ and led many of the British Computer Society Health Informatics Specialist Groups delegations to European and world events. He encouraged work and mobilised peers and novices to work together through the professional society. He had a knack of facilitating and fixing whilst also being a consummate diplomat. When we eventually brought a successful IMIA MEDINFO event to the UK in 2001, he was there, playing a vital ‘political’ role in the Local Organising Committee. He continued to guide health informatics even when operationally retired, frequently appearing in Harrogate at HC congresses and always willing to chair sessions, sometimes at very short notice! He was a mentor to many, especially in the UK and Europe, over the years.His professional legacy will be both the iconic London Hospital System and the position of UK health informatics world-wide. As Sheila Bullas, of BCS Health notes: “He was an inspiration, a gentle man and a true friend who will be sadly missed.”

UPDATED 22 December, from original popst of 19 December. Thanks in particular to Sheila Bullas; also to Mike Bainbridge, Ewan Davies, Glyn Hayes and Jean Roberts of BCS Health for the comments and recollections from which the above is drawn.

December 22, 2011 Posted by | UK | | 1 Comment

Two UK Health Informatics Events

Two health informatics events take place close together in time, in September 2010, but at opposite ends of the country.

The BCS Health Scotland Conference 2010 takes place on 22 – 23 September 2010 at the prestigious Glasgow Science Centre. Three themes for this year’s event are Quality, Innovation, and Efficiency.  International speakers from Australia, Canada, Sweden, America, Ireland will be complemented by other presentations.

The BCS Health Scotland Conference 2010will also feature the  ‘NHS Scotland eHealth Awards’. Full information, including the draft programme, are available via

On 24 September 2010, in Portsmouth, the Southern Institute for

Health Informatics 2010 Conference takes place, with the theme “Digital Wellbeing – For Patients, Caregivers and Citizens”. The event will focus on topics such as home telecare, the impact of the ageing society, assisted living, personal health records and workplace wellbeing. It will be held at the University of Portsmouth, and details are on the website at The Invitation for Proposals is open; presentations are invited that address any of the issues. Please send a 100-150 word abstract of your proposed talk to the Programme Chair as soon as possible (via email: sihi[at]

June 9, 2010 Posted by | conference, education, Europe, UK | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Belfast open health meetings – January 21-22

Two meetings on the theme Open Health: From Connected Health to Connected Wellbeing will be held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on 21-22 January, 2010. The events will also include the official launch of the British Computer Society’s BCS Health Northern Ireland branch.

Day One – 21 January, 2010 – will be held at the Spires Centre & Europa Hotel, Belfast. It will be a one day multidisciplinary conference, bringing together the key stakeholders in connected health from the Health Trusts, Academia, Industry and Government to share their knowledge and experience of using open and connected technologies to improve service delivery and health and well-being. The day will include the official launch of BCS Health Northern Ireland – a new forum for knowledge sharing in Health Informatics and Connected Health in Northern Ireland. The day will end with an evening networking event on Mobile, Open and Connected Health Technologies.

Day Two – 22 January, 2010 – will be held at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown. This will be an ‘invite-only’ summit workshop, which will provide an opportunity for decision-makers to address key questions on the future strategy of open and connected health delivery and its evolution across a regional, national, European and global context, and move the discussion towards specific recommendations and actions

Whilst the conference is free to registered delegates, there are a limited number of places. To find out more about the conference and to secure your place, visit the conference website and register early – the Conference Registration Deadline is Thursday 14 January, 2010. Website:

January 4, 2010 Posted by | conference, Europe, UK | , , | Leave a comment

BCS Health Informatics Forum – HINow and HC2010

The latest edition (volume 4, no. 1 – September 2009) of HINow (or Health Informatics Now), the publication of the British Computer Society Health Informatics Forum (BCSHIF) is available to download from the BCS website (pdf file at It is a special issue featuring reports and reflections from the NI2009 nursing informatics congress held in Helsinki, Finland.

HC2010, the BCSHIF annual health informatics congress, will take place on 27-29 April, 2010 at the ICC, Birmingham, UK ( The call for participation closes on 30 November, 2009 and is available at

October 12, 2009 Posted by | Europe, UK | , , , , , | 1 Comment