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Data Workshop – 15 September 2015@ Impact Hub Birmingham

Presentations from the session are now available below:

Birmingham’s Smart City Commission invited key individuals with a keen interest in all things ‘Data’ and ‘Health’ to their share knowledge and expertise which will be key to enabling Birmingham to become an‘Open by Default’ city.

The work follows on from June’s Smart Commission meeting and the recommendation from Cllr Lisa Trickett for a Data Workshop to shape the development of the Open Data and wider Data agenda of the Birmingham region with a view to producing a briefing paper for wider circulation and adoption.

Smart City Commission Data Workshop
Hierarchy of Data Needs

Hosted by Impact Hub Birmingham and Facilitated by Robin Daniels, Managing Director of Redpill Group, the day included a case study contribution from Atos and Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council/Public Sector partners on their Multi Agency Data Sharing:  Vulnerability Intelligence Project (VIS); and participants were asked to help determine the challenges/pain points, service engagement and data interactions in a ‘Day in the Life’ of an archetype citizen (focusing on the ‘Health of Older People’).

The workshop details can be viewed on Eventbrite.

Please post your comments and perspectives here as we would welcome your input.

Mobilising for Action

Bull Ring at night (Creative Commons www.photoeverywhere.co.uk/)
Bull Ring at night (Creative Commons http://www.photoeverywhere.co.uk/)

The Birmingham Smart City Commission has established a number of thematic working groups, based on discussions with its members, with the aim of establishing a programme of strategic priorities and activity that will support delivery of Birmingham’s Smart City Roadmap. All activity aims to embed the principles of and address the strategic aims set out in the Roadmap:

  • Use of digital technologies and information to increase capacity of existing infrastructure and services
  • A joined up, integrated approach to service delivery across all sectors
  • Release and access to data
  • Citizen involvement, cooperation and citizen focused service delivery

Each working group is chaired by a lead representative from the Smart City Commission who is responsible for progressing the Smart City principles alongside the needs of the sector / area and its membership focused on practical actions that deliver real outcomes.

Working Groups and leads are as follows:

Benchmarking and Progress – Mark Barber, KPMG
Civic Economy – Jas Bains, Ashram Moseley Housing
Education, Skills & Innovation – David Hardman, Innovation Birmingham Ltd
Energy – TBC
Health – Tim Jones, UHB
Mobility – Nick Gregg, Amey
Open and Big Data – Bjorn Birgisson, Aston University

We are holding a meeting at the end of September to bring together the leads above with the Chair of the Commission (Cllr. Lisa Trickett – Cabinet Member – Green, Smart and Sustainable City) to agree the framework and collective vision that will ensure an integrated  approach across the themed areas.

You can read more about the results from the stakeholder analysis, undertaken with the Commission members and supported by Mark Barber from KPMG that helped to inform the development of the working groups and the timeplan for next steps here

Debate: how technology skills can support a carer

Last Tuesday (18/3),  Digital Birmingham together with its UK Discover partners – Bham City University, Dundalk Institute of Technology , Health, Design & Technology Institute (HDTI) and The Open University held an event to spark dialogue about digital and ict related training for formal and informal carers, how new technologies and the use of technology can support them in their lives as a carer as well as those they care for.

There was a great mix of people in the audience, from carers (formal and non formal) to carer support agencies to health and care providers to skills agencies to Universities to training providers which encouraged an dialogue about the imorertance of it skills in this day and age.

With Bob Gann, from NHS England chairing, the event kicked off with its first presentation from Verina Waights (Discover PartnerOpen University) who spoke about the Discover EU project  (www.discover4carers.eu) and the benefits of digital skills to carers.

Madeleine Starr MBE of Carers UK then went on to speak about the key roles of technology in a caring environment bringing to light that even tech savvy people are not aware of how technology can support them as well as those that they care for. She also emphasised that statutory and private services need to adopt technoloigies and change skills of whole workforce to promote tech. View Madeleine’s presentation here

Matthew Kemp of Midland Heart went through a care plan for an older person outlining all possible interactions between family, friends, care authorites, NHS etc by way of a cleverly designed ‘web of care (or despair)’. He then went on to explain the 10 recommendations from the User and market analysis report: Planning and co-ordination of informal and formal care for older people (this will be made availaible shortly – currently pending final checks and signoff). View Matthew’s presentation here

A research study piece by Midland Heart and commissioned by Birmingham City Council through part funding from ERDF and Carillion, explores the relationship between care and technology capturing the challenges faced by informal and formal carers in managing care planning and coordination. Read the full report here

Nigel Wynne of Birmingham City University (Discover Partner) spoke the importance of embedding digi skills and technology in care  followed by a showcase of the Discover e-learning  platform (email discover@birmingham.gov.uk if you’d like to trial this for yourself or for carers in your organisation).

Robin Vickers of Digital Life Sciences went on to speak about about exisitng technology enabled care tools (DALLAS programme) and what the future of digital healthcare will look like with the emphasis of the user at the heart of their health/caring journey.

Kevin Campbell-Wright of NIACE gave a presentation about technology and learning, spoke highly of digial champions in organisations and out there in the community to act as mentors to support learners. He also spoke about reluctance to want to use the internet for security (identity theft, online fraud etc) reasons however with the Digital by Default agenda, communities will have no choice but to do things online. View Kevin’s presentation here

Dame Philippa Russell DBE talked about improving lives of carers and the cared for through the use of  telehealth, and smart homes and about the importance of independence and well-being outlined by Norman Lamb MP and then followed on by explaining the challenges she sees; that 2/3 of carers unaware of benefits of assistive technologies; loss of community libraries, where will people go to use a computer and the internet; Digital by Default agenda and that many areas in the UK still do not have decent broadband connections. View Philippa’s presentation here

If you would like more information about the Discover digital skills for carers project, please email birmingham@discover4carers.eu

Action I2: Air quality and noise improvement

Support the improvement of the Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) by providing real time air quality (and noise) information across the city. Explore validity of low emission zones with policy makers based on a 12 month pilot. Make information about air and noise pollution available to planners and policy makers linking it to health information. The data could be made available to citizens, based on real-time and historic data, via an app.

Stakeholders identified

  • BCC
  • WM LETCP (West Midlands Low Emissions Towns & Cities Programme)
  • Amey
  • Siemens
  • Centro
  • National Express

Potential stakeholders

  • WM local authorities
  • Health groups

What makes this approach smart?

Cross sector collaboration and data use for transport, environment and health

Short-term actions

  • WM LETCP Pilot
  • Impact assessment and feedback to policy development

Future actions

  • Validate business case for citywide rollout
  • Determine future solution and incorporate into data platform

Action H5: Wellbeing and alleviating fuel poverty

Birmingham has a high proportion of households which are just above or in fuel poverty (defined as more than 10% of household income going towards energy bills). These households suffer lower wellbeing outcomes as a result of cold and damp conditions in their homes. In response BES will retrofit energy efficiency measures that have been shown to alleviate the financial pressure on households by improving the thermal performance of homes. The proposal is for a demonstrator project which enables improvements in wellbeing outcomes to be correlated with improvements in the thermal performance of homes and additional telecare facilities. The purpose is to generate and evaluate data from the heating and health systems to better understand and later roll out the most effective interventions.

Stakeholders identified

  • BCC with Carillion Energy Services
  • BCC Housing
  • Housing Associations

Potential stakeholders

• Residents Associations
• Birmingham University
• Aston University – Bioenergy Research Group

What makes this approach smart?

Service and data integration across energy, health and housing sectors

Short-term actions

  • Reducing the demand for thermal energy through improved insulation and reduced infiltration through the building envelope, and more efficient domestic hot water systems.
  • Cost-efficient supply of thermal energy by switching energy source (from electricity), greater conversion efficiency and/or alternative energy sources such as on-site renewables.
  • Generating and monitoring data for households, impact evaluation

Future actions

  • Review data and recommend most effective solutions
  • Prepare wider roll-out

Action G3: Services to improve digital skills of carers, cared for and older people to improve health & wellbeing

An ageing population and decreasing levels of social care services provided by the state mean that most people will need to take on a caring role during their lives. This can and often has a direct impact on the physical and mental health of carers.
Digital skills are invaluable to find information and support, address loneliness and isolation but also to use digital technologies to improve care and independent living of the elderly.
Improving the digital skills of carers and care workers will have multiple benefits for the carer and the cared for.

Stakeholders identified

  • Birmingham City Council – BCDA and Carers Centre
  • Birmingham City University
  • Digital Birmingham

Potential stakeholders

  • HealthWatch
  • Community Trusts
  • Care Homes
  • Third Sector e.g. Carer’s UK
  • Training Providers

What makes this approach smart?

• Exploiting digital technologies for quality of life

Short-term actions

  • Build on the Impact Evaluation of the EU DISCOVER Digital Skills for Carers Project (www.discover4carers.eu) to mainstream elearning for carers
  • Develop business case for potential commercial service
  • Link to e-passport in skills section re e-portfolios created for carers to record skills
  • Work with training providers re use of training/learning resources contextualised for caring
  • Develop models around the use of award winning Social Media Surgeries – www.socialmediasurgery.com
  • Scope Skills for Care proposal around young employed

Future actions

  • Embed digital skills within existing training providers material; Accreditation / certification of digital skills training material; scope delivery of commercial service
  • Deliver digital skills for carers service

Action G5: Visualisation of health and social care data to enhance knowledge and information and promote health & wellbeing

There is an opportunity to provide greater visibility and use of data and information in its widest forms, e.g. social data, medical outcomes data, public health data, patient experience data, hospital admissions data to enhance knowledge and information and promote health & wellbeing to citizens as well as wider stakeholders. Making high level data available to the public also encourages greater patient and public participation in health and social care issues, self-management of health and care and stimulating behaviour change. The latter is regarded as essential to the long-term sustainability of public health and social care provision. Digital platforms for capturing patient data and experience, and enabling peer-to-peer and professional sharing can be readily developed and used to share knowledge and understanding on issues like the management of long-term conditions.

Stakeholders identified

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Boilerhouse
  • Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Birmingham
  • Birmingham City University, Aston University
  • Healthwatch
  • Links to Healthy Villages initiative

Potential stakeholders

  • Health organisations
  • Digital solution providers
  • Developers and data analysts, health informatics experts
  • Patient / health communities

What makes this approach smart?

Integration sources of data and information across multiple organisations

Short-term actions

  • ERC bid on predictive preventative healthcare
  • Scope project activity and partners
  • Workshop with data owners

Future actions

In development

Developing the smart city health workstream


The other week, I gave a presentation at the Birmingham Science City Innovative Healthcare Working Group on the work that we are doing around the Smart City Roadmap workstream on Health and Social Care.

This is a starting point at outlining our strategic approach and highlighting some of the areas of work that we are already involved in and project areas that we are keen to shape further. This has been developed working in collaboration with a number of partners but in particular supported by Vicky Sargent, Boilerhouse, who is a member of the Smart City task and finish group supporting on health and wellbeing.

The presentation prompted some good discussion and initial areas to link to like the Healthy Villages initiative being led by Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust. The plan is to form a small working group to start to develop these areas further and also join up some of the activities that the different members of the Innovative Healthcare Working Group are already involved in.