BCS Primary Health Care Specialist Group

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The PHCSG is the Primary Health Care Specialist Group of the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

Founded in 1981 the PHCSG brings together all of the disciplines involved in primary care informatics and provides a two-way link between cutting-edge development and grass-roots practice.

Education Day and Conference Booking Now Open

Billesley Manor HotelBooking is now open for our education day “Are your Records a Blessing or a Curse?” and for our conference “Enabling the virtual Doctor Patient Relationship”

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John Perry Prize and Early Career Award applications now open

Each year the PHCSG awards two prizes for contributions to primary care informatics. This is an excellent opportunity to have your work promoting better care through the use of IT recognized.

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The membership include clinicians, managers, academics and suppliers, who help the group maintain links with health informatics bodies in Europe, North America and Australasia.

Members of the PHCSG sit on the BMA / RCGP Joint IT Committee as well as the General Practice Extraction Committee’s Independent Advisory Group (which was abolished on 30 June 2015, and its functions passed to IGARD and an expanded SCCI) helping us maintain influence at the highest level.

The group’s main focus is the development and dissemination of best practice in primary care informatics, and seeks to influence policy makers to ensure the effective application of informatics for the benefit of patients.

The PHCSG is also able to draw upon the latest thinking in global informatics, both from within and without the healthcare sector, and its vast experience in UK primary care, to provide practical advice for those responsible for the development and implementation of primary care informatics.

Members benefit from discounted rates at the Annual PHCSG Conference, as well as access and influence across the group’s well-developed networks. These include the group’s own email discussion list, and a number of Special Interest Group meetings which are run each year.

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News and events


The videos from the highly successful Free Educational Day on 12 October 2017 are now available under the Educational Videos tab

Prizes and Awards

The 2017 winner of the John Perry Prize was Richard Williams for his work on the Salford Medication Safety Dashboard - SMASH!

The 2017 winner of the Early Career Award was Zaheer Ahmed for his work on Visualising Improvement - the Atrial Fibrillation Programme