SCIMP Conference 4th & 5th November 2008
What’s in IT for clinicians – Sharing information, improving care
The 2008 SCIMP annual conference was held on 4th & 5th November at the Hilton Hydro Hotel, Dunblane and was attended by 351 delegates from a varied range of Health Service professionals including GPs, Practice Managers, NHS Board IT Facilitators, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals and staff from National Services Division Scotland.
Once again, Atos Origin Alliance provided the principal sponsorship of the conference including a stand in the main conference hall. Other exhibitors were First Databank, Europe; Scottish Government (CHI), NHS Mail, Albasoft Ltd, ISD Scotland, EMIS, Brother (UK) Ltd, Primary Care Clinical Information Unit (PCCIU), DXS (UK) Ltd, InPS, MSD, NISG NHS Scotland, ISD Scotland, Tribal Consulting, Orion Health, Microtech Support Ltdl, Adastra Software Ltd, Quicktrace Ltd, CADmeleon (UK) Ltd, and the SGHD Improvement & Support Team.
Tuesday 4th November
The conference was opened by Dr Bob Milne, Chair of SCIMP who welcomed Professor Andrew Morris, Professor of Diabetic Medicine and Honorary Consultant Physician, Dundee University as the opening Plenary Speaker
Options and Opportunities for eHealth. In his presentation Professor Morris highlighted the options and opportunities for eHealth and focused the delegates’ minds on some of Scotland’s Health Challenges and emphasised that eHealth was about building on what currently exists and filling key gaps.
Gold Standards for Gold Patients. Dr Elizabeth Ireland, Lead Clinician for Palliative Care and Dr Libby Morris, eHealth Clinical Lead for Primary Care updated the conference on the current activity around the Gold Standards Framework (GSFS) and the Palliative Care Service (PCS) in Scotland and emphasised the need for reliability. This would require a care system that could be counted on to do the right thing at the right time.
18 weeks Referral to Treatment – the referral is the key. Tracey Gillies, Consultant General Surgeon, National Clinical Lead of Service Redesign and Transformation Programme, took the delegates through the current plans to achieve this target and on how the NHS planned to improve the stages in the patient pathway, encouraging improved quality of care for patients.
Information Governance. Dr George Fernie, Medico-Legal Advisor, MDDUS updated the conference on some of the information governance issues brought to the attention of MDDUS.
The main part of the first day of the conference ended at 16.45 although two optional meetings Docman Users’ Group Forum and an NMAHP meeting were held for the benefit of interested delegates.
Delegates met again at 19.00 for a drinks reception in the Balmoral Restaurant. This was followed by the Conference Dinner. At the end of the dinner, the delegates enjoyed some modern pipe music from Douglas Holmes, Gryffe High School, Renfrewshire. The evening ended with a very enjoyable ceilidh to the Andrew Gordon Ceilidh Band. A collection was made at the conference for the Miqlat Charity, South Africa which supports Bowy House, a care home for babies and young children from poverty stricken families who are infected by HIV Aids. The children are cared for until they are well enough to go back to their families or until suitable foster parents can be found for them. Miqlat operates as a registered non-profit organisation. Delegates were provided with Gift Aid Forms to accompany their donations and a total inclusive of Gift Aid of £1,318.40 was raised for Miqlat; plus £70.40 to be split between Cancer Research, Vine Trust, RSPCC and Scope. Attendees were invited to submit a charity for consideration for 2009.
Wednesday 5th November
Dr Libby Morris, eHealth Clinical Lead for Primary Care opened Day 2 of the conference and introduced the speakers.
Healthspace providing a new dynamic arena into electronic records. Dr Gillian Braunold, Clinical Director Summary Care Record and Healthspace Programme, NHS Connecting for Health gave the audience some background into current plans for the Healthspace Programme including clinical messaging.
Information Literacy – are you prepared or paralysed ? Heather Strachan, NMAHP eHealth, SGHD took the opportunity to share some thoughts about information literacy with the delegates.
Migrating data/migrating systems. Dr Leo Fogarty, GP NHS Lothian, Clinical Director SCIMP, Clinical Safety Officer of the Summary Care Record, CfH which demonstrated part of the complexity of the technical background necessary to support clinical information.
The afternoon of Day 2 of the conference was again chaired by Dr Bob Milne who
introduced Dr Paul Miller who will be the Chair of the SCIMP Conference 2009. Dr Miller presented prizes for the SCIMP IT Award and SCIMP Poster Award as follows:
SCIMP IT Award
1st Prize went to Dr Colin Simpson for A computerised decision support system. Colin gave a brief presentation to show that this study clearly demonstrated that paediatric prescribing decision-support software is highly effective in reducing prescribing outwith the recommendations of the BNFc and can be readily adopted into routine primary care practice.
2nd place was awarded to Martin Campbell of Campbell Software Solutions for Improving Security and Usability of Access to Clinical Systems and 3rd place was awarded to Mr Paul Hemsley and Mr Barry Lowe for their work on a Samples Monitoring Database.
SCIMP Poster Award
For the second year, there was a SCIMP Poster Competition and 1st prize was awarded to K Robertson, G Alexander, R Roberts, A Jollands from Scottish Paediatric Epilepsy MCN, Yorkhill Hospital; West of Scotland and Tayside Epilepsy MCN; Southern General Hospital, Glasgow for their poster on I M & T Programmes for Epilepsy in Scotland.
Looking forward, pulling together and pressing on The final speaker of conference was Professor Lewis Ritchie, Department of General Practice and Primary Care, University of Aberdeen. In his session, he summarised the key information from the earlier presentations highlighting the most pertinent ideas and thoughts.
Over the two days of the conference, participants had the opportunity to attend their choices from the following workshops :
- Community Nurses Measure Up
- Update on the Emergency Care Summary
Meet the Clinical Leads
The role of decision support in prescribing safety
- ‘Sharing and Caring’ Information Governance in General Practice
- Using Risk Prediction to support patients with long-term conditions
- NMAHP – readiness for eHealth
- Using Information – improving healthcare
- Why Practices must change
- Herding Cats !
- Shared eRecords – the challenges of managing clinical diversity
- Vital Life
- Tomorrow’s Communities
- GP Connect – the electronic transfer of GP system records
- Patient Safety in Primary Care
Dr Bob Milne closed the conference by thanking everyone for their attendance, thanking the Convention Management Centre and announcing the start of the GPASS, iSOFT and EMIS User Group meetings.
An ideal opportunity to hear about IT issues at the coal face.
As always very good update on what’s happening in the IT world and also to an extent in GP land.
I am not in a GP Practice and work centrally at the NHS. It was fantastic though to get an idea of all the different changes going on out there and what the practices have to cope with and change their processes to fit in.