Malcolm Teague (NHS-HE Co-ordinator) puts the updates from the Forum on 24th May much better:
Thank you to all of you who made it to the last NHS-HE Forum meeting on 24th May 2011 and made it such a useful day. Thank you again particularly to all those who presented. The agenda, attendee list and copy of the presentations are available here.
Following introductions from Ted, we started the day with Mike Denis who with some very fortunate timing was presenting on the same day as his public announcement and press release on a major development at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust which will positively impact on patient empowerment and research. The press release “ Microsoft and Maudsley join up to develop a world first for mental health care” is therefore included. Presentation. Press release.
Kerrie Woods then gave us an update on the Research Capability Programme and the development of a Health Research Support Service (HRSS). There is currently a process of “due diligence” on the way forward for the overall development and we look forward to further news on this once this is complete. In the meantime it was good to hear of the progress being made with the pilot HRSS.
Mark Blakeman followed giving us an update on the NHS-HE Connectivity Best Practice Working Group which he chairs. No mean feat given the Working Group had met for the second major time the previous day. A number of strands and actions are being taken forward with the aim of learning to live better with reality!
After lunch we had a dual presentation – Ian Wilcox gave us an update on the Public Sector Network developments, the Government’s strategic plan for inter-Department and inter-sector connectivity. Max Finch then told us about the latest position on the more immediate work to improve NHS-HE connectivity solutions through the N3 JANET Gateway Phase II project under 5 main headings where initial workshops have happened or are about to.
It was two for the price of one after that as Suzanne Hardy updated the Forum on two projects that we are following closely, both of which are now well established and progressing i.e. Reusing Healthcare Recordings and also the Pathways to Open Resource Sharing through Convergence in Healthcare Education (PORSCHE). You may also want to note the e-learning in health conference on 27th & 28th June and a workshop on PORSCHE on.
Finally Betsy Anagnostelis briefed us on a step towards potentially major development in shared content licensing. Betsy described the pilot in 2011 with 5 major publishers and the 5 Academic Health Science Centres where there will be a pilot for one year where the content purchased by the University partners in each AHSC will be extended to the NHS partners at no extra cost. The information gained from this exercise during 2011 will be used to develop sustainable models for enhanced provision of access to high quality e-content across NHS and academic staff.
Ted rounded off the day by thanking everyone and asking for views on what should be included next time. The Information Governance Toolkit and NHS Statement of Compliance from a University perspective was suggested, plus a view on the DH’s Information and Technology Strategies that should be available by then. If anyone has further suggestions then please let Ted or I know.
In any case the next NHS-HE Forum is planned to be in November 2011 although a date has not yet been agreed. There will be a Scotland NHS-HE Forum in Edinburgh on 20th September as well but I will send a separate announcement on that in case not everyone has reached this far.