The Primary Health Care Specialist Group (PHCSG) is advertising two £1,750 travel awards for Health and Care Informaticians to attend MIE 2023 in Gothenburg on 22-25 May. MIE is the annual European Informatics conference of the European Federation of Medical Informatics (EFMI). They are named in honour of Dr Julian Costello a long time member of the PHCSG.

These awards are specifically for applicants who are working in Primary Care or a Primary Care Network, whatever their discipline and however part time. This would include those in vocational training.

The applicants must be early in their health informatics career (5 years or less), not necessarily in their clinical career if relevant and should be able to show the potential to be future leader in the field.

Other characteristics which will also be considered are:

  • Undertaking a post graduate degree in health informatics at a UK university
  • A member of the current digital academy cohort
  • Working in a Digital Health role
  • Demonstrable potential to make a meaningful contribution to Health and Care Informatics.

The winning applicants will be expected to join the Primary Health Care Specialist Group (PHCSG) as soon as possible. The British Computer Society (BCS) and the Faculty of Clinical Informatics are members of EFMI and membership of BCS or FCI will get the reduced member’s rate. The early bird rate ends on March 31st.

To apply you need to write a proposal on one side of A4, maximum 800 words, in the following structure:

  • Who I am, how I meet the award criteria and why I want to attend?
  • What areas of health informatics covered by the conference are of most interest and relevance to me?
  • How I can help promote Health and Care Informatics?
  • How attendance will contribute to my personal and career development?

Submit your application as a word document or pdf file attachment and send it to

The closing date for applications is 17 March 2023 at 5pm.

Applications will be reviewed, and the winner selected by a subgroup of the Primary Healthcare Specialist group committee. The committee decision is final. The winner will be notified no later than 31st March. The winner must commit to registering for the conference and ensuring active membership of PHCSG as soon as possible and be able to claim all travel expenses (to a maximum total budget of £1,750 including the (members rate) conference fee, travel, accommodation and subsistence) by 30 June 2023.

The winners will:

  • Be asked to write a 1000-word blog for the PHCSG website.
  • Be asked to contribute to social media during the event. To be agreed with the PHCSG social media representative prior to the event.
  • May be asked to write a paper/poster on learning to be presented at the PHCSG conference in the autumn.

Full details about MIE 2023

Enquiries should be submitted to

The awards are funded by the Medical Software Group.