BCS Voices: Healthcare

Wednesday 5th July 2017, 6:30 pm.

Facilitator: Dr Grant Forrest, Associate Specialist Anaesthetist and Clinical Lead for eHealth, NHS Fife

Venue: Room 4.31, University of Edinburgh Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB.

This event is free of charge and open to all, but please book via Eventbrite

Refreshments and networking from 6:00 pm.

This meeting is supported by NCR.


How can technology enable better health and social care ? What are the difficulties, challenges and differences between Scotland and the rest of the UK.

This event will be run as a BCS Voices discussion. See the current conversations here: https://voices.bcs.org/conversations/health-care/

About the speaker


Grant graduated from Aberdeen in 1989 and trained as an anaesthetist in South East Scotland until 1998, when he took a career break to do an MSc in Information Technology at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh.

After a brief dalliance with the private sector, he returned to the NHS in late 2000. Grant remains very much at the NHS coalface, specialising in Anaesthesia for Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). At a national level, until recently he chaired the NHS Scotland SCI Gateway User Group (SCI Gateway is the national clinical messaging system in NHS Scotland) and represents his Fife medical colleagues on the NHS Scotland Clinical Change and Leadership group (CCLG) .

He is also the current chair of the UK Society for Computing and Technology in Anaesthesia (SCATA) and recently organised a joint meeting with BCS Health Scotland in Glasgow, with a theme of Technology in Peri-Operative Medicine. He is currently doing a part-time MPhil at Strathclyde University on Digital Peri-Operative Care Records.

Describing himself as an enthusiastic (rather than 'expert') medical software developer, he is a keen supporter of open source and open standards in Healthcare and a regular attender at NHS Hackdays. He has been a member of the BCS Edinburgh branch for just over a year.

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