Hacking the NHS

I wanted to share with you my complete over excitement about this NHS Hack day I’m going to!

If you don’t know what a hack day is, the NHS Hack Day site describe them as

“…a fun way to brainstorm collaboratively and come up with quick solutions. Making actual “products” isn’t necessarily the aim; it’s about having a great time, learning something and meeting some brilliant people. The main advantage of Hack Days is having people with a wide range of skills all in the same room and working together, something which may not be acheived quite so explicitly during day jobs in software development.

What makes NHS Hack Days different is that we are committed to welcoming people who don’t necessarily have computer skills to our events. We want everyone with any interest whatsoever in healthcare technology: healthcare professionals, patients and their relatives, representatives from charities, and anyone else who wants to help out, or even just to see what we’re doing. Notably a career researcher in chemistry came along to one of our recent events by accident thinking it was a day of lectures, but he was persuaded to stay anyway and ended up being part of the winning team!”

Have I said that I’m excited yet?

This is going to be my first Hack day and it just fits so perfectly what I’m interested in I couldn’t miss it. Unfortunately it does mean I’ll be missing the Saturday of The Great Escape festival in Brighton but oh well.

The event is branded as being for geeks who love the NHS, and I’m so proud to be one. I might even get it on a t-shirt….

How about this for a design?


I’m getting distracted again. To remain true to form, I have included a Youtube video. This is a great video describing the NHS Hack day in better detail than I have.

I think, what I’m trying to get across in this post, is that if you’re a geek who loves the NHS like me keep an eye out for these events.
Obviously I’ll be back on here telling you about my experience in May. And please PLEASE get in touch if you’re going to be heading to London’s NHS Hack day 2015, would be great to have a chin-wag.