Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme

Blog: IHDP/NSS 2018 Conference Roadshow

The Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme (IHDP) has had a busy year! We have exhibited at four conferences to engage with the healthcare community about the Scottish Cancer Registry and Intelligence Service (SCRIS).

SCRIS is a collaborative project between NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) and IHDP to modernise the Scottish Cancer Registry. Currently, cancer data sits in silos making it difficult to interpret information about a patient’s treatment and care in an efficient way. This project will create a national platform in a secure environment that brings together various cancer data currently collected by NHS Scotland and uses analytics to make the information more accessible by clinicians to improve care for cancer patients.

Like all initiatives, the users will dictate the success of the product hence why we have been attending conferences with the SCRIS team to engage with the healthcare community to listen to feedback about the service.

First stop was the NHS Scotland Event, which took place on 17th June 2018. This event provided the opportunity for those working in and with the NHS Scotland to come together to consider the challenges, to share best practice and the most innovative approaches to delivering the highest quality of care.

IHDP and Information Services Division (ISD) participated in one of the four topical and engaging Spotlight Sessions covering 13 different topics. IHDP Director Professor Aileen Keel and Scott Heald, Associate Director and Head of Profession for Statistics, Public Health and Intelligence from the NHS National Services Scotland gave an overview of the SCRIS Programme. Delegates heard how the SCRIS will enable continuous quality improvement, better-informed performance management, and better service planning.

The joint IHDP/SCRIS exhibition stand provided the opportunity for delegates to learn about our work.  A wide range of delegates including members of the public, private, voluntary and scientific communities visited our stand.

NCRI Conference Stage

We had a busy November exhibiting at three further conferences. The National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Conference from 4 – 6 is the UK’s largest forum showcasing the latest advances in cancer research and was attended by Professor Aileen Keel and Dr Hilary Dobson (IHDP Deputy Director). Over the 3-day conference, our exhibition stand had visitors from a wide breadth of the healthcare sector who shared their experiences with data in Scotland and members of the SCRIS team provided demonstrations of the platform. Overall the conference provided an opportunity to reach beyond Scotland to the whole UK.

Next, Cancer Research UK’s Scottish Cancer Conference on the 19 of November at Surgeons’ Hall in Edinburgh. IHDP had an exhibition stand and our Director, Aileen Keel, presented on how the use of data is a vital component in future-proofing NHS cancer services. The conference was chaired by Miles Briggs MSP and Anas Sawar MSP, who co-chair the Cross Party Group on cancer at the Scottish Parliament. We heard from a number of cancer patients about their experiences of cancer care in Scotland and their priorities for future care. There were also talks on realistic cancer care and strategies for prevention and future cancer services.

Our last stop was the Digital Health and Social Care Conference at University of Strathclyde in Glasgow on 28 November. We hosted a joint stand with the SCRIS team. This conference focused on collaboration for patient benefit highlighting the importance of putting people first and then looking at ways technology can help. With Scottish healthcare in mind, many interesting questions came to the stand, which provided an opportunity for IHDP to explain how it fosters working relationships across Scotland.

This month feels like a whirlwind of conferences, but the opportunity to engage with the community, to provide an opening for comments on the SCRIS project and to highlight our ambitions of SCRIS and IHDP were extremely beneficial. Keep an eye on our twitter @IHDPscot for where we will be next. Please stop by our future stands. We would love to meet you!


For more information on the SCRIS joint initiative, please see this information leaflet:


2018 Resources

All Resources from the NHS Scotland Event 2018 are now available to view including all Plenary footage and presentations from the Parallel and Spotlight Sessions.


Resources from the NCRI Conference


Save the Date  

NHS Scotland Event 2019

Next year’s Event will take place on Thursday 30 and Friday 31 May at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow.


Scottish Cancer Conference 2019

Date for next year’s conference is Monday 18th November. More information to be released in due course.