Better Data, Better Care: Understanding & using information to support care and our everyday lives


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Timings 13 May 13:00-17:10, 14 May 08:55-13:00
Location Online event
CPD Up to six CPD hours per day, subject to peer group approval
Non member Fee£100
Standard Rate Fee£75
Multidisciplinary Professionals Fee£75
SAS/Advanced Trainee/Subsidised/Retired Fee£55
Core Trainee/Medical Student/Foundation Doctor Fee£35
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Better Data, Better Care: Understanding & using information to support care and our everyday lives

Event Information

This year’s RCPsych conference follows the success of the General Adult Faculty Better Data, Better care conference in 2019, with the same aim of supporting front line clinicians to find, understand and analyse data about their service in order to ensure patients get the highest quality care.

In order to achieve highest quality care for patients, we need to have relevant data of high quality in order to demonstrate the value that mental health services bring to patients, families and the wider community – reflecting the excellent care we strive to deliver daily. We gather and use information on a daily basis but how we record, retrieve and show this data to clinicians and patients differs from trust to trust or via teams within the same trust. This needs to change as we adapt to an increasingly data and digital reliant world especially since the COVID pandemic. Psychiatrists are key to influencing the services that they work for in order to enhance the information that is both recorded and used to support care and research.

This year the conference will interest all RCPsych members, with specific workshops focused on children and young people, adults, older adults and people with learning disabilities.  

The aims of the conference are:
1. Ensure clinicians are aware of the importance of data to their team, service and patients 
2. How data can be used to improve patient services and patient outcomes 
3. How as clinicians we can ensure there is high quality and clinical relevant data being collected 
4. How we can use systems to reduce data and admin burden for clinicians. 

This conference has been organised by the RCPsych Faculties in collaboration with the RCPsych Informatics Committee. We have a series of expert speakers and engaging online sessions and hope you can join us in what we believe will be the most relevant conference for your daily working life you will ever attend! 


Our speakers on the day include:

  • Day 1 
    Address by the RCPsych President Dr Adrian James
    Using data to improve population mental health Ed Davie, Lambeth Council Member, Local Government Lead for Mental Health
    What we can learn from NHS Benchmarking Data Stephen Watkins, Director of NHS Benchmarking Data
    GIRFT Programme in Rehabilitation Psychiatry Dr Sridevi Kalidindi, GIRFT National Clinical lead, Mental Health Rehabilitation
    GIRFT Programme in Children and Young People Dr Guy Northover, GIRFT National Clinical lead, CYP Mental Health
    Developing clinician friendly dashboard  Dr Ayesha Rahim, Deputy Medical Director and CCIO, Lancashire Care

    Day 2
    Using the HealthTracker platform in Assessing and Managing Children & Adolescents  Professor Paramala Santosh, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, KCL
    STOMP elephant in the room – guesstimating the problem using data Professor Rohit Shankar, Department of Neuropsychiatry, University of Plymouth 
    Data Driving development and development driving data in older adults Dr Amanda Thompsell, National Specialty Adviser Older People’s Mental Health, NHS England
    Using DIALOG to enchance patient centred care and co-production Dr Rahul  Bhattacharya, Associate Clinical Director, ELFT and Clinical Lead for MH Outcomes, NHS London
    Beth, a bespoke mental health digital platform for patients, carers and care teams to communicate and collaborate together Dr Barbara Arroyo, Consultant Psychiatrist and deputy CCIO, SLAM
    Connecting for the digital and data driven future of Mental Health Dr James Woollard, Consultant Psychiatrist, CCIO and National Advisor in Digital MH at NHS England
    Training future psychiatrists in data literacy Dean Elect,  Professor Subodh Dave, University of Bolton

    The Better Data, Better Care conferences have been designed as a regular series of events organised by the Faculties of the RCPsych in conjunction with the Informatics Committee. Our aim is to support all psychiatrists and clinicians working in mental health with the right tools and skills to engage, analyse and understand data in order to develop and improve their services and advocate for more funding.  

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The conference will take place online using Zoom as a webinar.

Participants will be able view a video of the speaker and alongside any slides.

Participants can also pose questions, where the programme allows, and some speakers may use polling or other interactive features. 

All registered participants will have access to a recording for up to two months after the event. 
Prefer to watch the conference later?

You must register in advance for the conference to be able to watch on demand afterwards.

You can watch on-demand from your home or work for up to two months after the conference.

In order to allow us time to add everyone to the online platform, booking will close at 09:00am on 12 May 2021.

This event is taking place online via Zoom. To take part you will need: 

  • Access to a reliable internet connection
  • A PC, laptop, tablet or phone
  • Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browser or Zoom installed on your PC, laptop, tablet or phone 

Please register for the conference in advance - booking closes at 09:00am on 12 May 2021.

Once the conference has taken place live, you will receive links to watch the conference  sessions on demand.
To access the recordings you will be required to enter your name, email address and a password.
This is unique to you as a registered delegate so please do not share the recording links. 

Please read our terms and conditions before making your booking 

For further information, please contact:


Contact Name: Emma George

Contact number: 0208 618 4143

Event Location

Location: Online event

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