The 2009 SCIMP annual conference was held on 3rd & 4th November at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Dunblane and was attended by around 250 delegates and exhibitors from a varied range of Health Service professionals and suppliers including GPs, Practice Managers, NHS Board IT Facilitators, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals and staff from National Services Division Scotland.
Atos Origin Alliance provided the principal sponsorship of the conference and had a exhibition stand in the main conference hall. Other exhibitors were First Databank, NISG, InPS, ISD Scotland, Numed Healthcare, Brother UK, Tribal, EMIS, Orion Health, PCCIU, Microtech, SCI-DC, Adastra Software Ltd, Quicktrace Ltd, Edinburgh University and the British Computer Society (BCS).
Tuesday 3rd November
Dr Paul Miller, SCIMP Conference Chair opened the conference and welcomed Dr Maureen Baker, Clinical Director for Patient Safety, NHS Connecting for Health as the opening Plenary Speaker with her presentation on Safer Systems for Safer Healthcare.
Dr Gordon Baird a GP in Dumfries & Galloway then gave a presentation entitled Small is beautiful, big is ugly where he highlighted some of the challenges of rural practice.
Dr Alan Hassey’s presentation then took the conference through the recent work on Shared Record Professional Guidance and its findings.
After coffee, delegates had the opportunity to attend a choice of parallel sessions. The slides used at the sessions are linked below.
After lunch Dr Iain Wallace, Interim Medical Director, NHS Quality Improvement Scotland asked the audience to consider Improving Quality of Care – how do we address the implementation challenge ?
Following this, the SCIMP IT and Poster Awards were introduced by Dr Bob Milne and presented by Dr Libby Morris.
SCIMP IT Award 1st Prize went to the Multi Disciplinary Information System (MiDIS) project and was received on behalf of the project by Janice Caithness, Project Manager, who gave a brief presentation on the project which has delivered a system which enables community Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Mental health practitioners, psychological therapists, single shared assessment practitioners and related hospital based staff to access an individual’s record with locally defined contacts, assessments, and care plans.
2nd prize was awarded to NHS Ayrshire & Arran for an initiative between ward staff and the eHealth Department using the Tidal Model for the practice of helping patients recover from mental ill health.
3rd prize was awarded to Forth Valley E-CPRS Forth Valley MCN COPD Project
SCIMP Poster Award – The poster prize was won by Joan Jamieson for her poster showing the use of SCI Gateway for Equality & Diversity information.
The main part of the first day of the conference ended at 16.20 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 followed by the Conference dinner in the Kailyard Restaurant with a brief guest appearance from celebrity chef Nick Nairn. Following dinner there was a very enjoyable ceilidh to the Andrew Gordon Ceilidh Band and for those less energetic a piano recital by Ian Baxter in the Stuart lounge.
Wednesday 4th November
Dr Paul Miller opened Day 2 of the conference and welcomed Alan Hyslop, SGHD who gave a presentation on the National eHealth Strategy- past, present and future. This was followed by a further opportunity for delegates to attend parallel workshops (slides attached below).
The final speaker of Day 2 was Ian Neild, described in his biography as a disruptive futurist who gave a very humorous and thought provoking presentation entitled A History of the Future.
Dr Paul Miller closed the conference by thanking everyone for attending and most especially the plenary and parallel speakers for their involvement.
Over the two days of the conference, participants had the opportunity to attend their choices from the following parallel sessions :
- Improving services & releasing capacity in Primary Care
- Improving Community Services – technology supporting Virtual Wards
- Putting Scottish Community Nursing on the map
- eHealth Education for NMAHPs
- Sharing electronic health records with patients and professionals
- Passionate about protocols
- Clinical Safety assessment and testing
- Wee Changes – big effects
- Changing clinical systems – a step in the dark or a walk in the park ? http://www.scimp.scot.nhs.uk/eRecords_advice.html
- ePharmacy and Chronic Medication Service in GP Practice
- e PCS
- MIDIS Demonstrator Project
- NHS Education for Scotland eLibrary support for health informatics
- Raising the bar on Information Governance in Primary Care
- Working Smarter with NHS Mail