Jul 302014

An opportunity has arisen for software development intern to work with HANDI on the HANDI-HOPD project www.handi-hopd.org

The role will involve developing the platform software, which is already deployed in prototype form, to extend the range of components and content available via the platform and improve the facilities it provides to support health and care professionals and software developers to use the platform to learn how to use open standards based systems to create and curate clinical content and build apps able to participate in the emerging open digital ecosystem in the NHS.

Candidates should have completed at least two years of an undergraduate course in computer science, software engineering or a scientific/mathematical discipline with a strong computing element, have an evidenced expectation of a first class or upper second degree and demonstrable experience of software development in a Internet/Cloud environment with a good working knowledge of Linux and at least two programming languages preferable including either Javascript, Python or Ruby.

We are also interested in hearing from candidates who have completed their first degree and who might be able to pursue HANDI HOPD as part time as an element of study for a higher degree.

Candidates should have some knowledge of the health and care sector and a desire to pursue a career in digital healthcare or healthcare informatics.

The initial engagement would be for approximately 3 months and there is the possibility of an extension beyond this for candidates in a position to offer a longer commitment.

Location would be Central London or Central Birmingham (to be agreed) and payment would be between £12.5k and £25k pa depending on qualification, experience and length of commitment offered (the lower rate would apply to a short term undergraduate internship.)

Candidates MUST be able to start immediately and have substantially unrestricted availability over the summer period.

Interested candidates should send a CV and covering email to jobs@handihealth.org – All applications will be acknowledged and we will also endeavour to answer any questions you may have via this email.

Closing Date – Due  to our desire to make an appointment quickly we will process applications on receipt and close applications once we have a pool of suitable candidates.  Applications for this post are currently open.

Date issued 29 July 2014

Jul 292014

Programme for HANDI Health Apps @EHI Live at the NEC, Birmingham – 4th & 5th November 2014, is available to view HERE.

We will have the HANDI App Village in the main exhibition area as last year, but this year with our World Cafe where you can come and discuss digital health issues with members of the HANDI team,  our speakers, exhibitors and other delegates.

We are managing our conference stream differently this year, responding to your feedback from last year that told us you wanted more time for question and discussions. So this year there will be just one keynote speaker each day and we are running 7 workshops over the two-days on subjects our members have told us they want to hear more about. These will follow the format that went really well at our Spring Symposium in London earlier this year. Each workshop will have a panel of 3 or 4 speakers who will each spend 5 minutes to set the scene leaving around 40 minutes for delegates to ask questions and contribute to the debate.

The panel members will be people with expertise and /or direct experience in the subject area. We have already identified some interesting panelists but would welcome volunteers or suggestions from HANDI members.

The themes are:

Wearable Tech

Learn about the rapid development in wearable technology. How these will impact health, care and wellbeing and how you can get wearable devices working and integrated into your digital health strategy.

Integrating Apps

Hear about the challenges associated in getting apps integrated in to the digital health and care ecosystem and the technical and governance challenges associated with interoperability, patient held record and record access and federated information architectures.


Hear about the HANDI Open Platform Demonstrator and how you can use open standards to create and share clinical content and build apps that interoperate.


From Idea to App

Learn what's involved from taking an app from an idea to sustainable product. How do you do it, what might it cost, how do you find partners to work with, what are the regulatory issues and what business models can work for you.

Apps in use

Hear from panellists (both developers and users) who have real world experience of health apps in use and discuss their successes, challenges, and what they have learned from their experiences.

Co-creation for care

This session will explore the latest thinking about the design of new models for care delivery by on patient centred design methods. This session will describe and draw on ongoing work by HANDI in the development of digitally enabled, blended service models for mental health, but the approach has general applicability for all care sectors.


The session will explore the use of gamification in health and care services to improve engagement of patients and service users, improve wellbeing and facilitate lifestyle and behavioural change and will discuss apps and digital tools that use a gamification approach.

If you want to volunteer to join a panel or have suggestions of people you would like to hear contact: ewan@handihealth.org


If you interested in sponsorship opportunities or exhibiting in the Village contact: jill@handihealth.org

You can book online for free now www.ehilive.co.uk

Watch the web site and our Twitter Feed @handihealth for more information soon.