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   An opportunity to share innovations and experiences in the field of
    clinical informatics that can make a real difference to patient care

                         Thursday 25th March 2010
                             9.30am until 4pm
                       Waterside, Watershed, Bristol

                             A collaboration between:

                                                             UK Faculty of Health

                        Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital
                  (Part of Bristol University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
Dear Colleague,

We would like to invite you to join us at an innovative new event which aims to
bring together clinicians and informatics staff from various backgrounds, who
have developed or are developing solutions to clinical problems and issues
using information management and technology, which have been used and
tested in care settings.

We’ve called it a “Marketplace” as we hope that you will take the opportunity
to come and meet other clinicians who will be providing practical
demonstrations at their stalls of how their informatics applications work in real
care settings. There will also be a series of 16 presentations in the centre of
the marketplace from 10am onwards. You can come down for part of the day
or the whole day.

The only difference from a traditional marketplace is that the goods and
knowledge on offer is there to be shared for the benefit of patients and not to
be bought or sold!

There will be 6 broad areas covered by presenters and stallholders on the
day. These are:

   1. E-prescribing with decision support in secondary care

   2. Clinical decision support systems

   3. The development and use of community based information systems
      spanning across mental health, long term conditions and social care

   4. Telecare and the use of teleconferencing in patient care
   5. Clinical portals and the use of clinical dashboards

   6. Medical simulation and its use in clinical learning and development

The programme of presentations and list of stall holders is attached.

The features of the market place are very distinct from existing conferences
and trade exhibitions in that it will be:

      Clinically focused – the issues that we are trying to find solutions to
       and share lessons learned from are led from a clinical viewpoint rather
       than a technical or sales perspective. There will be suppliers present
       but they have all have been invited along by a Health or Social Care
       service provider.

      Focused on real experience of what already works – too often NHS
       staff have felt frustrated by suppliers promoting technical developments
       that haven’t actually yet been deployed in UK health and care settings.
       This market place is designed to share what has already been tried
       and tested in different parts of the NHS and Social Care from across
       the UK from a clinical/service perspective.

      Free of charge – the event is funded by the UK Faculty of Health
       Informatics and has been organised in partnership with clinicians from
       Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital and academics from the University of
       the West of England. The personal details used when registering will
       not be shared with any other suppliers i.e. no follow-up sales calls or
       invitations to demonstrations

      Provide access to established Communities of Practice – if you
       want to progress ideas or issues more you will be able to sign up for
       free membership of an on-line community based on the Department of
       Health’s Informatics Directorate’s eSpace platform as well as other
       groups in order to keep in touch with other people that you have met on
       the day.

Format and structure:

Although the market place will be open all day from 9.30am until 4pm, unless
you are a presenter or exhibitor you only need to attend when you wish to or
are free to do so.

Short presentations on each of the main themes will take place throughout the
day from 10am until 4pm in 2 separate auditoriums adjacent to the market
place. You can attend as many of these interactive presentations as you wish.

We are also delighted to announce that Charles Gutteridge, the newly
appointed Clinical Director within the Department of Health’s Informatics
Directorate, will be making a keynote presentation at 1.15pm.
18 stalls will be set up from 9.30am until 4pm in the main marketplace area for
stallholders and their associated suppliers to demonstrate and discuss their

The event is designed for staff working in Medical, Nursing, Pharmacy, AHP,
Social Care, Informatics, Senior Management, Communications or Education
and Training roles.

Background and booking details:

The event has been organised by 5 members of the UK Faculty of Health

Peter Murphy – Consultant Anaesthetist, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Rod Ward - Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Social Care, UWE Tel:
0117 32 88477,

Steven Sale - Consultant Anaesthetist, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Tony Solomonides – Reader, School of Computer Science, UWE,

Bruce Elliott – Co-ordinator of the UK Faculty of HI/ Programme Manager –
DH Informatics Directorate, Policy & Planning Division, Tel: 0778 6705 955,

You can book your place at the event by registering at:

If you have any problems booking on-line please contact Leon Rushworth at:

Unfortunately we have an upper limit for the event of 120 people due to the
fire regulations and so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Kind regards

Bruce Elliott
                               The UK Faculty of Health Informatics purpose is:

To stimulate the uptake and application of Informatics research and development within UK Health and
                  Social Care services in order to improve the quality of care for all.

This is done through providing opportunities for anyone with a passion for applying their Informatics knowledge
                                 and experience in practice to participate in:
                                         an engaging on-line discussion forum
                                       vibrant face to face events and meetings
                                 writing relevant and stimulating reports and papers
                                          sharing their own research findings

   Membership and attendance at all Faculty events is free of charge. To apply for membership go to:
 You will be prompted to enter your eSpace log-in details or to apply for membership on clicking this link

   All events run by the Faculty can be credited towards CPD recognition by UKCHIP