This will empower health leaders and their staff to provide safe, robust, and innovative care for patients.
Events, articles and reports
COVID status certification review
In this paper BCS responds to the government’s call-for-evidence on COVID-19 vaccine certification, looking at the technical and ethical challenges of a digital solution.
Contact tracing apps
BCS response to “How can contact tracing apps be managed to assist Government in answering key questions to address the current crisis and enjoy public support?”
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."
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Explore our other priorities
Artificial intelligence (AI)
BCS wants to see the creation of a diverse ethical AI workforce, as we believe this is central to reducing machine learning bias. The government listened when BCS advised there needed to be an increase in MSc computer science courses, with ethics built-in to the curriculum. We also examine key issues around the use, and misuse, of AI.
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 have to face. At BCS, we’re facing them together as a priority.
We support the teaching of rigorous and relevant computer science across the academic spectrum, from primary schools to universities. We are also the end-point assessor for the thriving digital apprenticeship sector.
Green IT and Net Zero
As the professional body for the IT industry, BCS is committed to playing its part in tackling the climate emergency. We have formally adopted the drive for Net Zero and the promotion of Green IT as one of our four organisational policy and campaign priorities.
Tech and society
From cyber security, through to online safety, technology affects us all. BCS policy looks at the wider uses of technology. As a charity, as well as the professional body for IT, our aim is to make IT good for society.