The British Computer Society, Health & Care Northern Specialist Group, is a multi-professional group that aims to promote the development and use of Health Informatics within the areas of Northern England to support effective, evidence based, efficient health and social care in areas of research, education, practice, and management decision making.

This is intended to benefit the health of individuals, communities, and populations that receive health and social care services and the staff and organisation’s that deliver health and care related services.

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Thursday 24th January 2019: Towards a Unified Patient Record; challenges and lessons learned

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Making interoperability a reality from systems that range from legacy to “state of art” and bringing those to a single sign-on interface for care providers with the ultimate goal of moving from hospital records and GP records to a unified patient record across all providers.

The talk will examine some of the national, regional and local drivers impacting the implementation of such systems and some of the lessons we learned on the road to date and those we are likely to face as the journey continues.

The Speaker

Paul Johnston, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, has worked in and around the NHS for 38 years, starting out as a Nurse and being involved in clinical and management systems since the late 80’s.

He was an early member of the BCS nursing specialist group and was involved in the national computer assisted learning project and was a lead clinician in design of systems implemented in 60+ hospital in the UK and USA.

Paul has continued in a development and co-design role in hospitals for the 12 years and has most recently been involved in record sharing across boundaries from Acute and Primary care as well as integrating patient input to hospital systems.

His current role is part of the developing interoperability for systems across the Northwest sector of the Greater Manchester Partnership.


Manchester Metropolitan Business School
Room E330, 3rd floor,
John Dalton (East) Building
Chester Street
M1 5GD
United Kingdom


5 minute walk from Manchester Oxford Road railway station, or a 15 minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly railway station.  10 minute walk from St.Peter’s Square tram station.

Car parking

Free parking: The nearest car park to the Business School is the John Dalton car park underneath the Mancunian Way. The carpark is accessed south off Chester Street, M1 5GD, and is located close to the back entrance of the John Dalton Building. Drive towards the south of the car park, park up, and enter the Business School via the rear entrance between buildings 5 and 6 on the campus map. There are 12 designated disabled parking spaces. The spaces are clearly marked and have sufficient width to allow wheelchair users to get in and out of their vehicles. All of the John Dalton car park is on one level smooth surface on the ground floor.


The BCS Health & Care Northern Specialist Group objectives are to promote the theory and practice of using technology within the context of health care.


These aims and objectives will be achieved by informing, involving, consulting and supporting this group and appropriate research, academic, educational, government, industry, charities, patient and community groups.

All are welcome at any one of our “Free Seminars” available too both BCS and non BCS members.

Since the groups inception in 1968, we have historically been based in and around Manchester city centre, UK.

You can follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter @BCSHealthNorth.

Joining the BCS Health & Care Northern Specialist group

If you are already a BCS member, simply log in to the member secure area and select ‘My Networks’ then ‘Specialist Groups’ to add the Health & Care Northern Specialist group to your set.
This will place you on our mail list and allow us to identify you as a member.

We welcome everyone irrespective of ethnic origin, disability, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, marital status, social background or trade union membership.

About BCS

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, promotes wider social and economic progress through the advancement of information technology science and practice.

We serve over 70,000 members including practitioners, businesses, academics and students, in the UK and internationally.

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