It's with great sadness that we announce the death of Dr Andrew Norton. Andrew was a pioneering early member of SCATA, joining in 1991, some four years after the society's inauguration. He held the posts of Secretary, Membership Secretary and Treasurer. He chaired the society between 2013 and 2015, before serving a 4-year term as President until 2019.
Martin Hurrell and Grant Forrest attended his funeral in Lincolnshire on the 9th June and thereafter at Woodhall Spa Golf Club where Andrew was a member for many years. Some members may recall SCATA's 2009 Annual Scientific Meeting at that venue and the dinner at the Petwood Hotel, steeped in the local history of the 617 "Dambusters" squadron and one-time military hospital.
Grant has posted an obituary on the website, drawn mostly from the eulogies given at his memorial service by his brother Roger, widow Pippa, Martin Hurrell and Dr Gurdip Samra, a close colleague of Andrew's from the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.
We'd like to thank the members that attended the AMM on Sunday 12th June. Two reports are available:
There was discussion of the Fight Fatigue campaign, followed by a longer discussion of the recent national procurments of EHR systems, with emphasis on the marginalisation of perioperative specialties.
We're also pleased to welcome Ben Hardy as a new Ordinary Member. All new posts are for three years from May 2022.
Draft role descriptions for these posts can be found by clicking on the role names.
Last month, the FCI and PRSB held several 'discovery' workshop events that were well attended. We continue to communicate with Chris Thompson who is leading from the RCoA. We await the formal output from the group discussions and their recommendations. Separately, the FCI have undertaken a national survey on 'How Standards Will Support Interoperability'. The draft strategy is worth a read and is available on the FCI website.
The latest update that we have from Martin Hurrell is that the HL7 Technical Steering Committee (TSC) continue to discuss whether the proposed IG is intended to be Informative or for Trial Use. If the latter, the group need to identify two implementers that would work with them - ideally these would be industry partners. If the former, no implementers are required, as the IG is intended as a guide only. In the meantime, Martin and Grant are looking at FSH (FHIR shorthand) and SUSHI as development tools for building the IG. Of course, there is still a ton of work to do in terms of gap analysis and proposals for FHIR resource extensions (or even completely new resources) before the group can even begin building the IG. This topic is discussed in more detail on the #open_standards_wg channel on Slack.
In the meantime, stay safe and see you in July.
JP Lomas (@jplomas)
Grant Forrest (@digitalgasdoc)
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