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“We need to help the NHS make a very big transition here - a transition it needs to make on many levels”

Special best practice and strategy roadshows feature practitioners and NHS England leaders

[London, Newcastle, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, UK] Health IT leaders interested in advancing the vital NHS ‘5 Year Forward View’ programme of reform are invited to gain valuable insights via a special series of roadshows.

Speakers range from the chair of the Health and Social Care Information Centre, Kingsley Manning, to key vendor partners to the head of the NHS’ Head of Enterprise Strategy, Inderjit Singh, and Paul Rice, Head of Technology Strategy for the service. 

These experts are scheduled to debate key issues such as the NHS’ national interoperability agenda and how to create a Trust’s own ‘digital roadmap’.

The conferences also feature numerous case studies and best practice guidance from front line health informatics practitioners and clinicians – all users and believers in digital technology as a way to increase efficiency in the health service, plus improve quality of patient care.

These are the latest set of the joint NHS England-HIMSS UK one day events sharing information under the banner of ‘Health Insights’. 

The Autumn-Winter series comprise of six events kicking off next week in London and finishing in Leeds on December 8.

All the conferences take place at easily-accessed business venues, are free to health and social care practitioners, and qualify as Continuous Professional Development (CPD) too.

 Making the transition to the paperless NHS

The first event takes place on October 21 – next week, and it's easy to register here.

That event’s being hosted at The Royal National Hotel, near Russell Square in the heart of London. Roy Lilley, independent health analyst and broadcaster, will occupy a prominent role once again in the series, along with former NHS CIO and shared services expert John Rayner.

Rayner, now Director of Professional Development at HIMSS UK, said that HIMSS sees its role as helping health leaders cope with a time of rapid change. 

“We need to help the NHS make a very big transition here - a transition it needs to make on many levels,” he told the British Journal of Health Computing.

Rayner sees the challenge facing his former colleagues as working within what he fears is a “closing window of opportunity” for health and social care in the UK to finally get technology bedded in to transition to the fully ‘paperless’ NHS the government says it needs to see by 2020.

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