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.

Upcoming webinars:

  • Thursday 24th September, 12.30 to 1.30 - Modelling excess mortality across England during a national pandemic, Public Health England (Presented by Paul Burton, Sharmani Barnard & Sebastian Fox)

    • Modelling excess mortality during national mass mortality events differs substantively from the modelling of mortality for estimation of life expectancy. The requirement to track mortality rates in real time places influences how the deaths data should be collected and managed. In this presentation we will outline why it is important to model excess deaths, the data that can be used to estimate it at a national level (broken down into informative subpopulations), and the mathematical models that may be used. We will also outline some of the key challenges we faced which understandably arose from the need to work in real-time in a rapidly evolving environment on a high profile statistical problem. We believe the approach we developed could be used as an easily constructed platform that can rapidly be rolled out to start tracking any analogous event in the future. In addition, in combination with other approaches to excess mortality it can be used to help track and understand the evolution of local or national subsequent waves of both deaths due to Covid-19 and excess deaths unrelated to the virus. 

  • Thursday 1st October, 12.30 to 1.30 - Integrating Best Practice in EHR systems, BMJ Best Practice (Presented by Chris Wroe, Health Informatician from BMJ)

    • Funded by Health Education England, BMJ Best Practice is free to all NHS staff. Together we recognise the importance of integrating clinical content into the workflow. After a brief introduction to BMJ Best Practice, Dr Chris Wroe, BMJ’s Health Informatician will describe the different levels of integration we have achieved so far, from general links, to integration that takes advantage of SNOMED-CT. Interoperability and standards are key to making integration straightforward and we will discuss the standards we support now, and the newer standards that are emerging.  


  • Wednesday 14th October, 12.30 to 1.30 - Work on the OpenSafely project (Presented by Ben Goldacre & Amir Mehrkar)

  • Thursday 29th October, 12.30 to 1.30 - Webinar on the FCI Core Competency Framework for Clinical Informaticians (Presented by Alan Hassey & Georgina Moulton)

  • Thursday 22nd October, 12.30 to 1.30 - Next meeting of the FCI Clinical Safety SIG and (Presented by Sebastian Alexander & Clive Tomsett)

  • Thursday 5th November, 12.30 to 1.30 - Work on the Great North Care Record (Presented by Joe McDonald)

If you would like to register for one or more of the above webinars, please email info@fci.org.uk for an invitation. 

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

Webinars in Sept have been approved for CPD (1 point) in accordance with the current FCI CPD guidelines. Accreditation for further webinars is in progress.


Please see recordings of previous webinars below:

"How to fix a national clinical safety issue...." - starting the conversation

On 10th September 2020, the Faculty of Clinical Informatics held a webinar to discuss the problems individual clinicians have with reporting and fixing issues with clinical systems across the NHS, and to discuss ideas for how the processes can be improved will be aired and discussed.

The panel was made up of:

  • Dr Marcus Baw - GP and Emergency Physician, Chair of the RCGP Health Informatics Group, FCI Fellow and open source developer

  • Dr Ian Thompson - Clinical Lead (Primary Care) in Digital Health and Care at The Scottish Government

  • Dr Lesley Kay - Consultant Rheumatologist at Newcastle Hospitals and Deputy Medical Director at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch

  • Emma Melhuish – Principal Informatics Specialist at NHS Digital

  • Neil Watson – Director of Pharmacy, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

 
 

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The Chair of the webinar is responsible for the content and views expressed in the webinar.


Integrating Electronic Health Records with Clinical Trials

On 26th August, the Faculty of Clinical Informatics held a webinar on the work being done at UCL Hospital to integrate EHR systems with clinical trials.

The webinar was presented by Dr Wai Keong Wong (Consultant Haematologist, University College London Hospitals) and Jay Kola (SNOMED CT Implementation Consultant, Medical informatician, Termlex founder), and Chaired by Hon Secretary of the Faculty Paul Campbell.

 
 

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AI Special Interest Group Webinar - What is “computable biomedical knowledge”, and why is it important?

Presenter: Prof Jeremy Wyatt DM FRCP, FCI Founding Fellow; emeritus professor of Digital Healthcare, University of Southampton; chair of FCI AI Special Interest Group & former chair, European Society for AI in Medicine.

AI has been around since before the 1956 Dartmouth workshop, and it was already clear then that several different forms of AI would be important, including machine learning of algorithms from data and symbolic representations for use in reasoning.  

This webinar focused on the second of these, symbolic representations or “computable knowledge”. Building on the work of the American Mobilising Computable Biomedical Knowledge (MCBK) activity and a recent MCBK workshop here supported by FCI, we explored:

  1. The evidence that knowledge-based decision support systems improve medical decisions

  2. The definition of computable, as opposed to human readable, knowledge

  3. How such knowledge is already used in a wide range of software tools in healthcare

  4. Current challenges around acquiring computable knowledge

  5. The MCBK vision for how a global library of computable knowledge objects could address some of these challenges

  6. Some technical and other barriers that need to be overcome to realise this vision

This webinar should be of interest to anyone who is concerned about improving clinical decisions and quality improvement in healthcare.

 
 

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Clinical Safety Special Interest Group Webinar - Medical Devices

On 16th July, the Faculty of Clinical Informatics held the second meeting of our Clinical Safety Special Interest Group (SIG), in collaboration with the NHS National Clinical Safety Officer Group.

The meeting focused on Medical Devices, with an update on the recent Medical Device Regulations from guest speaker David Grainger (Technical Lead Software, AI and MRI from the MHRA). This was followed by a Q&A session with David and rounded out with a discussion on the next steps for the SIG.

 
 

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Kent & Medway (placed based) approach for population health analytics

On 25th June 2020 we held a session on population health analytics, hosted by Dr Abraham George (Consultant in Public Health & Educational Supervisor at Kent County Council and a long-term Fellow of the Faculty).

The webinar focused on the data modelling and population health planning approach in Kent and Medway, including the Kent linked dataset (KERNEL) and links to the NIHR Applied Research Collaborations. It addressed the IG and joint control aspects and provided some worked examples focused on COVID19, including simulation modelling, hospital based intelligence and analysis of death registrations.

Speakers included:

  • Marc Farr – Chief Analytical Officer East Kent Hospitals Trust

  • Chris Farmer – Consultant Nephrologist EKUHFT & prof at University of Kent

  • David Whiting – Consultant in Public Health Medway Council (intelligence lead)

  • Peter Lacey – Director, Whole Systems Partnership

 
 

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Data Ethics and COVID-19

 On 7th May 2020, we held our fourth session to introduce the topic of data ethics and how this relates to uses (and reuses) of patient data. In particular it discussed some of the ethical considerations around new and emerging data practices relating to COVID-19. The discussion reflected on the relevance and implications of ethical considerations across all areas of clinical practice and offered guidance on ethical approaches to data use.

The session was Chaired by Nick Booth, Hon Treasurer at the Faculty of Clinical Informatics, and presented by Dr. Mhairi Aitken, Senior Research Associate at Newcastle University.

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Clinical Safety Special Interest Group Webinar – Assessment of Apps and Pathology Standards

This third webinar in the series functioned as the first meeting of the Faculty Clinical Safety Special Interest Group, and to discuss key clinical safety issues in light of COVID-19.

The webinar was hosted by Sebastian Alexander (Founding Fellow of the FCI, NHS Digital, Safety, SME Apps Programme) and the first part featured presentations on the NHS Digital Apps and Wearables Programme and Kryptowire app assessment.

The second part featured the following presentations:

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Coding for General Practice Webinar

This webinar explained the purpose of the FCI COVID-19 coding advice and list of concepts for general practice. 

The panel for the webinar included representation from across the UK to cover variations in coding systems in use. Panel members included John Williams (England), Ian Thompson (Scotland) and Julian Costello (Wales), together with Jeremy Rogers, Consultant Terminology Specialist, NHS Digital. The session was chaired by Nick Booth, Hon Treasurer at the Faculty of Clinical Informatics.

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Virtual Clinics Webinar

This webinar was around the role of virtual clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic and was Chaired by Professor Angus Wallace, an FCI Founding Fellow. It focused on clinical use of virtual clinics, with presentations from an expert panel, followed by a Q & A.

  • Experience with a Shoulder TeleMedicine Clinic in Nottingham - Angus Wallace, Nottingham University Hospitals.

  • Launching a Coronavirus TeleMedicine Service covering Pakistan - Dr Suhail Chughtai, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Medico-Legal Examiner and founder of telehealth consulting firm Medical City Online

  • Experience with Virtual Clinics in Sweden and England - Tina Marshall, UK Country Manager for Visiba Care

  • From virtual hip and knee follow up in Cornwall to remote cancer care in Scotland - Dan Williams, Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at the Royal Cornwall Hospital & Duchy Hospital and co-founder of My Clinical Outcomes

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