Dear SCATA Member
As the leaves turn to brown and Europe celebrate winning the Ryder Cup, we look ahead to the programme of events over the coming months.
Lucy Williams from the RCoA has invited SCATA to contribute to the Winter Symposium. The full programme has still to be finalised but Sandy Davey, Jakob Mathiszig-Lee and Maurice McKinney have been invited to speak on a variety of topics. The SCATA session will be on Wednesday 12th December.
As we begin 2019, The STA are holding their annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona in January. As you may be aware, SCATA has a reciprocal speaker exchange agreement with the STA which has allowed us to successfully cross-pollinate the scientific programme of one another's meetings. The STA are looking for a speaker for Saturday, January 12, 2019. The session is being organised by Brian Rothman whom some of you may have met at SCATA's Glasgow meeting in 2017. If you are interested in representing SCATA at this meeting, please get in touch with me in the first instance. A subsidy is available to cover registration fee, conference accommodation and a contribution toward air travel.
The following month, SCATA member Sandy Davey is organising a weekend Peri-Operative Medicine hack event in Queen's University, Belfast. SCATA will be holding our Open Standards Working Group meeting at the event on Friday 22nd February 2019, with the PoM event running over the weekend 23rd/24th February. Sandy is co-ordinating the programme for this meeting and I will post further updates when I have them.
Our Annual Scientific Meeting will be in Manchester on 13-14th May 2019. SCATA member Peter Ashford has booked the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry which looks like a great venue. Rather than follow the traditional format of lectures and invited speakers, the plan is to hold a workshop/interactive session on Monday, themed on OpenEHR, with a handful of invited speakers to lead the discussion, followed by an educational/training event on Tuesday, aimed at clinical staff working in secondary care, and covering a broad swathe of topics relevant to Digital Health. I have approached BCS Health & Care to invite their contribution, on the back of successful partnerships with BCS H&C Scotland and Wales at our last two meetings. There will be a Free Paper session following our Annual Members Meeting on the Monday.
I am pleased to report that SCATA is now listed as a charity with Amazon Smile. If you would like to support us, please visit https://smile.amazon.co.uk and search for "Society for Computing and Technology in Anaesthesia" or use our charity code 1002231-0. Each time you buy something on Amazon, 0.5% of the purchase price is donated to SCATA. I will post the links on the web site for reference.
Finally, a reminder that we have two vacancies on the SCATA Committee - one for Secretary and another for Events Manager. The latter is a new role and would suit someone with experience in organising and managing events, but will be part of a team, supporting the local meeting organiser and helping with publicity, comms etc. If you are interested in either role, please contact me in the first instance.
Thank you again for supporting SCATA.