This will empower health leaders and their staff to provide safe, robust, and innovative care for patients.
Events, articles and reports
NHSX tracing app
We asked our members for their views on the NHSX tracing app in the fight against COVID-19. Two surveys showed expressed serious concerns over whether the app would be effective. They achieved widespread coverage in the mainstream and tech press and beyond.
Computer coding in scientific research
BCS developed a position paper on the computer codes behind the scientific modelling of epidemics like COVID-19, saying it should meet independent professional standards to ensure public trust.
FEDIP - promoting professional standards
BCS is part of the consortium behind the Federation for Informatics Professionals. It aims to set and maintain professional standards, safeguarding the public through the best use of information and technology in health care.
Share your support
BCS wants to hear from its members on a range of highly topical issues. These expert views help shape our policies. As stated above - our members have concerns about the big brother perceptions around privacy and the NHSX tracing app, and reservations about whether it would be downloaded, with only 24 percent saying they would do so.
"Digital maturity is not just about what software modules you've got. It‘s about better patient outcomes."
Do you want to know more about our policy work or have views about STEM policy you’d like to share? Would your organisation like to get involved with our STEM research or carry out a joint campaign with BCS? If so, we want to hear from you! To share your opinions and to find out more about partnering with us, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Explore our other priorities
We support the teaching of rigorous and relevant computer science across the academic spectrum, from primary school to university. We are also the end-point assessor for the thriving digital apprenticeship sector. The UK currently faces a major skills gap and education is the key to kickstarting innovation and sustaining our future economy.
Artificial intelligence (AI)
AI is rapidly affecting all aspects of our lives, but the pace of professional practice doesn’t always keep up with its impact. BCS helps to find solutions to the big public policy questions where AI is used - from facial recognition technology, recruitment, health care and logistics. BCS believes that developing and maintaining a diverse and inclusive AI sector is central to reducing bias in machine learning and delivering AI applications that are fit-for-purpose and developed by professionals that are representative of our society.
Tech and society
BCS believes in making IT good for society - part of this is navigating the transformative benefits of IT and digital technology safely and securely. BCS works in a variety of ways with the government, public sector, the private industry and civil society to generate practical solutions to key issues such as online harms, cyber security and data security and protection.
Diversity and inclusion
Diversity and inclusion as standard; that’s the common goal for our industry. Yet women account for only 20% of IT specialists; and BAME IT professionals are less likely to be in senior roles, despite being better qualified. Like many industries, there are complex and wide-ranging challenges we firstly have to face. At BCS, we’re facing them together as a priority.