Software Surgery

12 December 2018


Organised by IPEM's Informatics and Computing Special Interest Group

The Software surgery meeting is an introduction to coding skills day. The aim is to help you get more done in less time and with less pain. Speakers will be discussing how to effectively create and use in house software within the healthcare environment. 

There will be three separate sessions, each giving a basic introduction to its topic. These topics are:

Using databases and SQL
Data Analysis with Python
Version Control

In addition, there will also be a session of proffered presentations. 

Educational Aims
To encourage and promote ‘best practice’ in software coding 
To introduce some popular modern software development tools

Anticipated Learning Outcomes
Understand the role of SQL in scientific software development, including:
Introduction to database structure and schema:
SQL for retrieving, filtering data
SQL for aggregation and linking data
Strategies for handling missing data, and data quality issues
Resources for learning SQL
Able to set up and use a basic Python software development environment
Basic understanding of data types
Basic understanding of program control and flow
Python environment setup with venv and pip
Importing data from files and databases
Resources for python for data analysis and plotting
Understands the principles of version control and quality
Purpose and data model of version control
Worked example with a popular version control system (mercurial)
Overview of different testing strategies

On-line registration is now closed. For any queries, contact the IPEM Conference Team.  

Registration fees (including refreshments and lunch):
IPEM member £165 
IPEM member trainee £140 
IPEM member technologist £125 
IPEM member student/retired/non-salaried  
Non-member £215 

Please note there is a £20 discount on these prices if booked up to 6 weeks in advance.
Full prices apply from 30th October 2018
Registration deadline: 27th November 2018

Conference Resources 
Download the latest programme here
Download abstracts here
Download Invited Speaker biographies here
Presentation slides will be available after the event 
here (IPEM Members only - login required)

This conference will take place at the NCVO building, conveniently located just eight minutes’ walk from the excellent transport links of King's Cross, St Pancras and Eurostar stations.

Address: National Council for Voluntary Organisations Society Building, 8 All Saints Street, London N1 9RL 
For a map, directions and travel information, visit

If you have any queries, please 
email the IPEM conference team or tel: 01904 550598. 


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