Faculty of Clinical Informatics Webinars

The Faculty is hosting a series of webinars on topics of interest to our members, and to share approaches and experiences to help respond to the COVID-19 emergency.

Webinars can be attended live by members of the FCI. If you would like to register for one or more of the below webinars, please email info@fci.org.uk

All webinars will be put onto the Faculty YouTube Channel, so if you are not able to attend you can catch them there.  As webinars are held, links will be added to this webpage.  

We are keen to address topics of importance to members.  If you would like to suggest a topic for a webinar, please email info@fci.org.uk.

Upcoming Webinars:

The webinar will comprise 5 short ‘elevator style’ presentations to outline key points and findings from your project.

24th June, 12.30 to 1.30pm- FCI Webinar - Beyond Interoperability
Achieving interoperability between heterogeneous systems is an important step if we are to realise the potential benefits of digital technology in health and care, but it can only take us so far. Join us to hear Ewan Davis talking about a new paradigm for interoperability.

25th June, 12.00 to 1.00pm - FCI Healthcare Scientist Meeting
Jonathan Kay, Chair of Council, will present on his vision for healthcare scientists in the Faculty and Andrew Simpson, Trainee Clinical Scientist at James Cook University Hospital, who will talk about his experience, moving from a Computer Science background and training to become a Clinical Scientist in Physiological Measurement & Clinical Computing Clinical Technologist. 

8th July, 12.30 to 13.30pm - FCI Topol Fellow Webinar
Come and find out about some of the innovative Topol Fellow projects from alumni of the first cohort. Their diverse projects cover defining workforce competencies for AHPs, use of remote monitoring for service transformation and guidance on good practice procurement and deployment of Artificial Intelligence. 

Webinars are approved for CPD (1 point) in accordance with the current FCI CPD guidelines. 

Recordings of previous webinars below:

Early Careers Group Elevator Pitch Event
On 10 June,  the Early Careers Special Interest Group hosted a session to spotlight six exciting cutting-edge projects led by FCI members. This session gave the audience the chance to quiz our speakers on their successes and challenges. There was a LIVE audience vote for the best pitcher/speaker. The winner received the FCI Rising Star Award.
Speakers: Pei-Fen Lin - (Pitch title: Digital Cataract Service - Saving the planet one teleconsult at a time)
Sarju Mehta - (Pitch Title: GuSTo (Genetic Screening Tool): Developing an automated system to identify patients with rare genetic diseases using an Electronic Health Record)
Anna Moore - (Pitch Title: Towards early identification of child and adolescent mental health problems)
Navreet Paul - (Pitch Title: Data and Dermatology) Patrik Bachtiger - (Pitch Title: Reinventing the Stethoscope Through Artificial Intelligence)
Ramandeep Kaur - (Pitch Title: Championing Computerised Charts)

FCI & HDRUK Webinar - Establishing a PROMs Special Interest Group
On 27 May 2021, The Faculty of Clinical Informatics (FCI) and Health Data Research UK (HDRUK) held a webinar/meeting on establishing a Special Interest Group focussing on the interoperability, and possible visualisation, of PROMs (patient-reported outcome measures).
The Panel Presenters:
Dr Sally Lewis - National Clinical Director for Value-Based Healthcare, NHS Wales, FCI Fellow
Prof Neil Sebire - Chief Research Information Officer (CRIO) Great Ormond Street Hospital, HDR UK Chief Clinical Data Officer, FCI Fellow
Said Shadi - Assistant Director, Health Informatics and Analytics at Value in Health, NHS Wales
Anne Marie Cunningham - Vice Chair of Council, Faculty of Clinical Informatics

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Webinar on DataSHIELD -  presented by Professor Paul Burton
On 20th May 2021, the FCI held a webinar on DataSHIELD which was presented by Paul Burton, Professor of Data Science for Health in the Population Health Sciences Institute at Newcastle University.

In the webinar, Paul Burton will explained how DataSHIELD works and outlined the practicalities of its implementation which is based entirely on open-source freeware - R and OPAL and outlined the current status of the project. The update touched on recent developments such as: the release of DataSHIELD v6; its extension to high volume ‘omics data; and some of our newer functions. In addition, he will touched on ongoing thinking applying to the use of DataSHIELD in health service and hospital settings.

The Chair and presenter of the webinar are responsible for the content and views expressed in the webinar.Robotic Process Automation  - Reclaim your day through Automation!
On  12 May 2021, the FCI held a webinar, presented by  Dr Mark Bailey on Robotic Process Automation (RPA).
Since 2017 Dr Bailey has been working as a speciality doctor in respiratory medicine at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. His interest in all things IT was discovered by the department and he quickly started building many digital solutions to problems within the department. Part of this work has been utilising Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to speed up daily clinical tasks.
In this webinar Dr Bailey discusses RPA, what it does, how it works, how you can code it yourself and hence how to speed up your own daily clinical tasks. 


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Learning and Development in Clinical Informatics webinar
On 23 April 2021, the FCI held a webinar to explore some of the options available  to support the learning and development of clinical informaticians; difficulties overcome and lessons learned. How to get support and how to provide it for others. 

The panel of speakers include:  Gurkaran Samra,  Justine Rhodes, Ramandeep Kaur and Tejal Shah (Chair)

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 The impact of COVID-19 on digital health in Australian primary care

On the 25th March, the FCI was very fortunate to have Professor Michael Kidd provide an update on the Australian response to the COVID19 pandemic, focusing on the use of data and the lessons learnt.

Professor Michael Kidd AM is Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Principal Medical Advisor with the Australian Government Department of Health, where he is leading Australia’s national primary care response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also has appointment as the foundation Professor of Primary Care Reform at The Australian National University.

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How to become a clinical informatician

This webinar, hosted by the FCI Early Careers Group, focused on the different routes to becoming a clinical informatician. The panel was made up of current FCI members from a range of professional backgrounds, discussing how they got into clinical informatics, what their role is like, how this compared to their expectations going in, and tips for those looking to develop their career in clinical informatics.

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Code Health for Health Code

On 25th February, the Faculty of Clinical Informatics hosted a webinar on code health, presented by Dr Arran Schlosberg, Senior Software Engineer at Google Health.

In this talk Arran focused on some of the techniques taught at Google for making your software safer, more reliable, and easy for both humans and computers to understand. Why code is a liability, how and why we test it (no, it's not to prove that it works), the benefits of consistent style, and why reading code is always more important than writing it.


Dr Arran Schlosberg is a senior software engineer on the Google Health team in London. In this role, he designs and implements software across healthcare, from AI integration to privacy protection, with his most notable contribution being to the Google COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports. Outside of medical software, he teaches programming style and the Go programming language to other Googlers.

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Putting the social back into sociotechnical: principles to support co-design of technology-supported health services

On 11th February 2021 the FCI held a webinar on co-design, presented by Dr Chrysanthi Papoutsi (Senior Researcher, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford). 

The webinar was Chaired by Maggie Lay, Clinical Informatics Lead & Clinical Safety Officer at NHS South Central and West Commissioning Support Unit, and FCI Council member.


Co-design has the potential to drive user-oriented change in health informatics and service improvement and bring into focus sociotechnical aspects of clinical work and patient self-care. Yet, in many digital health projects co-design remains technology-oriented and firmly focused on optimising technical features, rather than engaging with social aspects of change.

Drawing on extensive fieldwork in 3 UK case studies, this talk will distinguish between mechanistic and complexity-informed approaches to co-designing in digital health. I will argue that co-design of technology-supported services (rather than just patient-facing technical components) needs to embrace a more open approach, departing from a predefined problem specification and largely fixed solution. Patients should be involved not just as prospective technology users, but in terms of their wider engagement with the service and their practices of self-care. Co-designing with healthcare staff also means taking into account their professional norms and values about what counts as good care; this is often less straightforward than assumed. In the talk I will present a number of guiding principles supporting co-design and ongoing adaptations of technology-supported health services, to improve their potential for successful implementation, spread and scaled-up.

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GP Computing – the First Ten Years(with the BCS Primary Health Care Specialist Group)

To celebrate forty years since the foundation of the British Computer Society's Primary Health Care Specialist Group, and the publication of the Royal College of GPs seminal paper ‘Computers in Primary Care’, the BCS brought together a panel of experts who were closely involved in the early developments of medical computing. They spoke about the fun, the excitement, and the personalities of those heady days in general practice, as well as describing how and why we ended up with the primary care systems we have now.

The event was hosted by broadcaster and former GP Robert Treharne Jones, and included panellists Glyn Hayes, the President of the PHCSG; John Williams, FCI Council Member; Nick Booth, FCI Hon Treasurer; Ewan Davis, founder of AAH Meditel; Sheila Teasdale, the former director of PRIMIS; David Stables, co-founder of EMIS; nurse practitioner Cheryl Cowley; Ian Herbert, Consultant in Health Informatics and Mike Bainbridge, former Clinical Architect to Connecting for Health.

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The Great North Care Record – Lessons of NPfIT Learned AND Applied

On 28th January, the FCI hosted a webinar with Professor Joe McDonald (FCI Council member, Medical Director at Sleepstation, CCIO at CNTW NHS Trust) discussing his work as founding Director of the Great North Care Record. The webinar was Chaired by Dermot O'Riordan, Chief Clinical Information Officer at West Suffolk NHS FT, and FCI Council Member.


Applying the hard earned lessons of the National Programme for IT, The Great North Care Record team developed a successful, clinically led regional integrated care record project which achieved 100% adoption by all local GPs and Trusts serving 3.6 million citizens on a shoestring budget which is now used 250, 000 times a month to deliver better safer care to patients. As proponents of the Zone of Uncomfortable Debate approach to health IT, no question is off limits in this webinar.

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An Introduction to Machine Learning and Healthcare AI

On 19th January 2021, the Faculty of Clinical Informatics held an introductory webinar on Machine Learning as a joint session between the FCI Artificial Intelligence and Early Careers Special Interest Groups. The session was presented by Dr Kieran Zucker and Chaired by Professor Jeremy Wyatt.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies have received growing attention over the past decade. The combination of improvements in computer power and refinement of methods have resulted in a number of high profile success stories. There is growing interest in how these approaches can be applied in healthcare delivery, with an ever increasing number of tools being developed over time. Despite plans for wide scale adoption, many working in healthcare know little about machine learning and artificial intelligence. This talk will provide a basic introduction to machine learning and artificial intelligence and give a high level overview of how it works. Using a number of real world examples, focus will be given to not only the potential of machine learning in healthcare, but also some of the many pitfalls that could lead to disastrous consequences.

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Why we must share knowledge more to allow digital transformation

To find solutions in digital transformation we need to be very clear about the problem we’re trying to solve. Solutioning has two components, a human, organisational component and a technology component. A solution requires an action plan, which involves both of these components in a balanced way. Although there are many excellent, deep conversations happening around data science for the technology component, we aren’t hearing the holistic conversations around solutioning for the human component, and that is holding people back. The digital mindset requires a hunger for collaboration and a transparency for sharing everything that we do.

Ben Bridgewater is CEO at the Health Innovation Manchester, an Academic Health Sciences Network. In this webinar, chaired by Sue Lacey Bryant, National Lead for NHS Library and Knowledge Services, Directorate of Innovation and Transformation at Health Education England, we’ll explore the enablers and barriers to sharing know-how and why it holds the key to achieving digital transformation in order to improve outcomes for patients. Ben will discuss the importance of embedding digital within innovation and transformation and the need to not just to focus on the technology itself, but also the customer experience, the people impacted by the innovation, the process and the cultural changes needed to embed and realise the benefits. Approaching digital innovation in this way means we can make progress much quicker, in a matter of weeks not months in some cases, and ensure that the transformational work is embedded fully and can provide measurable and lasting benefits both during the immediate pandemic and beyond.

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