The 2011 SCIMP annual conference was held on 1st and 2nd November at the Crieff Hydro Hotel and was attended by around 180 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 Scottish Government and National Services Scotland.
Atos provided the principal sponsorship of the conference and had an exhibition stand in the main conference hall. Other exhibitors were Advanced Health & Care, EMIS, INPS, Kelvin Connect, United HealthUK, BrotherUK, Microtech, Numed, PCCIU, ScriptSwitch, Sci-Diabetes and Quicktrace.
Tuesday 1st November
Dr Bob Milne, Chair of SCIMP opened the conference and welcomed Sue Kinsey, Chair of P3 (Patient Partnership in Practice) who gave a very though provoking and interesting talk on The Patient Experience
This was followed by Streams 1 & 2 of the planned parallel sessions which were open for attendance by all delegates. Presentations from the sessions are available below.
After lunch Kathie Appelbee, Chairman, National Vision User Group (NVUG) discussed Data Quality and Control in GP Computing.
This was followed by a panel debate entitled ‘What’s holding us back’ which was chaired and facilitated by Sean Brennan, NHS Lanarkshire. Questions were addressed to both the audience and the panel and voted on via the keypads and the results then discussed and further debated by the panel.
At 16.10 Streams 3 & 4, the final parallel sessions of the day took place with the main conference day closing at 17.00.
A drinks reception, sponsored by Perth & Kinross Council was held at 19.00 and attended by Lord and Lady Provost with a brief address given by the Lord Provost.
At 19.30 the Conference Dinner was held in the Melville Hall followed by a lively ceilidh.
Wednesday 2nd November
Dr Bob Milne once again opened Day 2 of the conference and welcomed Dr Jimmy Courtney who gave an informative and interesting presentation on The Irish Experience
This was followed by Streams 5 and 6 of the parallel sessions after which everyone returned to the Melville Hall for an entertaining and interesting presentation from Alan Hyslop on Progress and Prospects for National eHealth Strategy
Prizes donated by Atos and by Crieff Hydro were presented to the lucky winners, following which Dr Bob Milne closed the conference by thanking all the delegates for attending, the plenary and parallel session presenters for their time and effort in the preparation and presentation of their sessions, the exhibitors for their time and involvement and the hotel staff for the excellent facilities and catering. Bob also thanked DrPaul Millerwho had been integral in designing the theme of the conference and inviting the relevant speakers to tie in with the theme but who unfortunately was not able to be at the actual conference and last but not least Bob thanked the Event Management Team from the Scottish Health Service Centre who had once again ensured that the conference was well organised and attended.
Over the two days of the conference, participants had the opportunity to attend their choices from the following parallel sessions :
eHealth – enabling high quality and coordinated community care for people living with Long Term Conditions
Patient Experiences of eHealth
From Evidence-Based to Personalised Medicine – the Role of Analytics in Clinical Practice