Surrey Informatics Summer School – SISS 2018

June course fully booked

Tuesday 28th – Friday 31st August 2018

places available

Research and Quality Improvement using Routine Health Care data – Diabetes as an Exemplar
  • Venue: University of Surrey
  • Dates: 28 – 31 August 2018
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Who is this for?

  • Clinicians, leaders and managers of health care organisations wanting to improve their use of health data
  • Researchers: PhD, potential PhD students or researchers using routine health data
  • Public health trainees and specialists
  • Data analysts: In health care providers or commissioners – Social scientists and social care students wishing to work with health data

Course contents

  • Day 1

    How to define cases using routine data – an introduction to clinical ontologies – an introduction to the (free) statistical package R – different data types; including parametric and non-parametric data

  • Day 2

    How to clean data and address the issues of miscoding, misclassification, and misdiagnosis using R – how to carry out simple descriptive statistical tests using R – how to conduct hypothesis tests, correlation and linear regression using R

  • Day 3

    Advanced clinical ontologies – logistic regression, revision of theory and running R

  • Day 4

    Advanced data analysis: Survival analysis and Cox regression using R – privacy, information governance and Caldicott principles

Clinical Informatics & Health Outcomes Research Group

The course is hosted by the Clinical Informatics and Health Outcomes Research ( group and taught by leading informatics academics and practitioners including:

  • Professor Simon de Lusignan – Professor of Primary Care and Clinical Informatics; Medical Director
    of the RCGP Research and Surveillance centre; practicing GP
  • Dr Jeewaka Mendis – Medical Statistician at the Surrey Clinical Research Centre
  • Dr Uy Hoang, Dr Harshana Liyanage, Jeremy van Vlymen and William Hinton – Research Fellows

Academic/ NHS




BCS/ CHAIN members


Price includes all lunches, break time teas and coffees, drinks and nibbles with evening lectures as well as course closing dinner. University accommodation, at extra cost, is available dependent on availability.


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