Data in Health and Social Care


Health Care in the UK is facing many issues such as the lack of adoption of data gather for predictive analytics in health and social care. This is exacerbated by the increased demands of an ageing population. In the future, systems need to be created in a way that are more patient-centric, and which allow for citizens to be cared for in a holistic way.

This conference presents some of the research and best practice within next generation health care infrastructures for large-scale data integration across domains and stakeholders, and how they could bring benefits to all involved. A key focus is on the capture and analysis of data across health and social care.

Date: 1.15-5.00pm, Wednesday 5 October 2016 (Registration from 12.30pm)

Place: Craiglockhart Campus, Edinburgh

Event Programme

12.30-1.15pm Registration, Networking and Refreshments:  Foyer
1.15pm Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre
1.15-1.45pm Key Note: Big Data and Big Picture, Professor Derek Bell, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
1.45-2.15pm Open Data for Health and Social Care, Professor Bill Buchanan, The Cyber Academy.
2:15-2.45pm A Vision for a Health Blockchain from Biomedical Publishing, Precision Medicine to Wellbeing, James Littlejohn, The Cyber Academy.
2:45-3.00pm Refreshments: Foyer
3.00 pm
Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre
3.00-3.30pm e-Frail Assessment, Adrian Smales/Brian Brown, Edinburgh Napier University/CM2000.
3.30-4.00pm Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2016 – Discover what the team will be doing next following the latest publication, Alastair McAlpine, Scottish Government.
4.00-4.30pm Liquidity and Validity, Jan Gill, School of Health and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University.
4.30-5.00pm Population Health Management – Needles in Haystacks, Angus McCann, Healthcare Industry Consultant,  IBM.



Derek Bell
President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
As President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Derek’s term of office runs from March 2014 to February 2017. He is also the Director of the NIHR CLAHRC for Northwest London. Derek was appointed as the first Professor of Acute Internal Medicine in the UK at Imperial College London and was the inaugural President of the Society for Acute Medicine. Graduating from Edinburgh University in 1980, he initially specialised in Respiratory and General Medicine, with an interest in Intensive Care, before subsequently developing his role in Acute Medicine. Prior to moving to Imperial College he was Associate Medical Director in Edinburgh. He has lead and designed several national programmes of work including two large national change programmes including the Emergency Services Collaborative with the Modernisation Agency. His academic research interests relate to quality and organisation of care, particularly acute medical care, and the methods of delivery of care. He is particularly interested in patient flow and quality of care. As part of this work the team at the Centre for Health Care Improvement and research have supported work in Australia, Ireland and throughout the UK. Clinical interests include illness severity assessment, pulmonary embolism and pneumonia. Derek has published in excess of 130 peer reviewed papers and has lead several policy document initiatives including the development of successful National Early Warning Score to support standardisation of care across the UK. Total research grant income over the last eight years exceeds £22 million.
Angus McCann
Healthcare Industry Consultant, IBM
Angus joined IBM in 1988 having gained a BSc (Hons) in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh. He has held a variety of technical and business roles including as a Systems Architect, a Sales Representative and in consulting. Since 2008, he has focused on the healthcare industry, initially in Scotland and more recently in IBM’s European Healthcare Business; in this group he advises clients and business partners on the use of information technology in a range of clinical settings. In 2012, he gained an MSc (with distinction) from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Healthcare Informatics and in 2015, he gained a Masters in Public Health (with distinction) from the University of Manchester. He sits on the committee of the Healthcare Scotland subsection of the British Computer Society and is a Fellow of the BCS. He is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and is both a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered IT Professional. Angus is a citizen representative on the Integration Joint Board (IJB) of the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership which is the governance organisation for integrated health and social care in the city; he also chairs its Audit and Risk committee. He is a visiting tutor for the University of Edinburgh MSc in Global eHealth. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife and teenage son.
Bill Buchanan
Bill Buchanan is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He currently leads The Cyber Academy ( and the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security, and works in the areas of security, Cloud Security, Web-based infrastructures, e-Crime, cryptograph, triage, intrusion detection systems, digital forensics, mobile computing, agent-based systems, and security risk. Bill has one of the most extensive academic sites in the World (, and is involved in many areas of novel research and teaching in computing. He has published over 27 academic books, and over 250 academic research papers, along with several awards for excellence in knowledge transfer, and for teaching, such as winning at the Edinburgh Napier University Student Excellence awards in 2011, 2014 and 2015. Bill has an extensive track record for public engagement and social media and was included in the JISC Top 50 Higher Education Social Media Influencers in 2015.
Brian Brown
Director, Scotland
Brian is the Director for Scotland for CM2000 working across 14 Scottish Local Authority and NHS Health Board areas. He has worked in and around Health & Social Care his entire career working directly as a Social Work Service Manager within older people's service and for the past 12 years for IT software development companies developing Health & Social Care solutions. A data enthusiast who is passionate and actively working in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University on the development of early intervention & prevention modelling to assist healthcare professionals prioritise resources more appropriately. He is a BA & MBA graduate from University of West of Scotland. Brian is due to commence Professional Doctorate research in January 2017 in order to further extend the use of predictive data modelling into a wider practical business use for CM2000.
James Littlejohn
Associate of the Cyber Academy
James Littlejohn became an Associate of the Cyber Academy at Edinburgh Napier University in July 2016. Previously he worked as an independent consultant advising on blockchain opportunities in the area of science and health. An early adopter and developer using bitcoin, ethereum and maidsafe etc. He setup that is building a blockchain specifically designed for the needs of science. His interest in Peer to Peer technologies developed during his Economics degree from Aberdeen University in 1995 which he followed with three entrepreneurial ventures in fintech, e-commerce and text data mining.
Jan Gill
Associate Professor, School of Health & Social Care, ENU
Dr Jan Gill is an Associate Professor based within the School of Health and Social care at Edinburgh Napier University. Her background is in pharmacology and her research interests relate to the evidence base for public health messages relating to alcohol consumption and more recently the description of consumption practices amongst the heaviest drinkers within Scotland. Dr Gill's presentation will consider published evidence relating to the challenges of estimating alcohol consumption at a population and individual drinker level and will consider implications for ‘risk’.
Alastair McAlpine
Communities Analysis Division, The Scottish Government
Ally McAlpine is the lead statistician for SIMD working in the Communities Analysis Division with the Scottish Government. He has also worked with Central Scotland Police providing crime statistics for previous versions of SIMD. He is a graduate from Stirling University in Economics.
Adrian Smales
Researcher, ENU
Adrian Smales is a Research Fellow and PhD Researcher within the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. He is currently researching his Ph.D. in Health Informatics, including Big Data, Predictive Analytics, electronic health record governance and information sharing. His main research focus is on the identifying frailty using predictive analytics and cognitive computing. He passionate about his research and has recently had a set at the comedy club in Edinburgh ( His other duties include developing international relationships with the Cyber Academy, supervising both BEng Honours and Master’s degree dissertations. Prior to coming to Edinburgh Napier University Adrian spent a number of years as the Head of IT for the Natural History Museum, London and worked as the European Technology Chair and Technology Work Package leader for a multi-million Euro EU FP7 project: “Biodiversity Heritage Library”. Within this role Adrian led and managed a diverse European team to Harmonise Data between 26 major European institutional libraries. Adrian has also worked for other very large and well-known organisations on both a National, European and Global level. He is a member of the British Computer Society.


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This conference is supported by a partnership with Hutchinson Networks.  Programme sponsorship is also provided by Farrpoint. Please contact Lynn Crawford ( for further information.

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