NHS-R/NHS.pycom Conference 2023 – Ticket for virtual attendance on Tuesday 17th October 2023

Conference Information

We are very excited to announce that the NHS-R Community will be hosting its annual conference, including pre-conference online talks, online workshops and the main conference, during October 2023. The main conference will be a hybrid event enabling both delegates and speakers to attend in person at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham UK or online via Zoom link.

The main conference will take place over the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday 17th October 2023 – 9:15am until 5:00pm (UK time)
  • Wednesday 18th October 2023 – 9:15am until 4:15pm (UK time).

Please may we kindly ask that you register to attend each day of the conference separately.

Conference Content

The aim of the NHS-R Community is to promote the use of R (+ other open source solutions) to the health and care sector.

We are currently in the process of confirming the conference schedule – watch this space for updates!

TimeSpeakerPresentation TypePresentation Title
09:25Chris BeeleyWelcome SpeechWelcome!
09:30Brian TarranKeynote TalkForging community links: NHS-R, the Royal Statistical Society and Real World Data Science
10:00Zoe HancoxLightning TalkUsing Hypergraphs to model multimorbidity
10:10Richard WoodLightning TalkNear real-time prediction of hospital performance metrics using scalable random forest algorithm
10:20Divya BalasubramanianLightning TalkForecasting emergency department admissions for operational decision support in the NHS 
10:30Daniel WeiandPlenary TalkPredicting Antimicrobial Resistance Rates using R and Sharing the Results in the form of Parameterised Reports produced using Quarto
10:50Ferran Espuny-PujolLightning TalkSurvival hazard estimation using B-splines: R package development and learning sharing
11:00Refreshment Break
11:25Robin LovelaceKeynote TalkData Science for Active Travel Planning: streets, schemes and networks
11:55Toni StansfieldLightning TalkLinking hospitalisation and climate data to explore the health impacts of heat waves
12:05Martina FonsecaLightning TalkPortable and interactive geographic mappings with Leaflet – supporting rapid stakeholder requests
12:15Paul CarrollLightning TalkProcess Mining to Generate Healthcare Pathways
12:25To Be ConfirmedPlenary TalkTo Be Confirmed
12:45Helen YoungLightning TalkDiscrete Event Simulation as a right-sizing tool for daycase unit design
12:55Andy PoolePlenary TalkUrgent Care Transformation – How to develop and evaluate what if scenario’s collaboratively and openly
13:15Lunch Break
14:15To Be ConfirmedPlenary TalkTo Be Confirmed
14:35To Be ConfirmedPlenary TalkTo Be Confirmed
14:55Milan WiedemannLightning TalkTesting the data extraction logic of Electronic Health Records using OpenSAFELY
15:05Steve PiperLightning TalkUsing R to automate the generation of performance matrixes from Fingertips 
15:15Richard WilsonLightning TalkGenerating outcome framework slide packs for ICS
15:25Refreshment Break 
15:50YiWen HonLightning TalkPxtextmining: Open coding, open working in qualitative patient feedback analysis
16:00Nicola FarthingLightning TalkR dashboard design for a varied customer base
16:10Jacqueline GroutLightning TalkGetting started with collaboration on GitHub: Crunching webinar attendance data with R and Shiny
16:20Ozayr MohammedLightning TalkEvidence Mapping in Shiny
16:30Neil BrayLightning TalkStrategies to reduce cognitive load when coding
16:40Humaira HusseinLightning TalkComparative efficacy of type 2 diabetes treatments in randomised controlled trials using network meta-analysis methods
16:50Chris BeeleyThank You and Short Closing Speech Thank you!
17:00End of Conference 

Ticket Information

By registering for this event ticket, you will qualify for the following:

  • Attendance to the full-day event virtually.


A Zoom link will be provided to you to attend the conference virtually. Please note that subtitles are likely to be generated by Zoom thus, may encounter some issues converting technical language and acronyms to text.

If you require any additional information or have any accessibility requests, please do not hesitate to contact the Conference Team via nhs.rcommunity@nhs.net

Additional Conference Related Activities

Please note that the conference will also include the following separate activities:

  • A series of online workshops from Thursday 28th September 2023 until Friday 06th October 2023
  • A series of online conference talks from Monday 09th October 2023 until Wednesday 11th October 2023
  • A post-conference ‘speed dating’ inspired networking session to provide community member’s with an opportunity to be introduced to other event attendees in the afternoon of Tuesday 17th October 2023 (in-person attendance required)
  • A post-conference social in the evening of Tuesday 17th October 2023 (in-person attendance required).

Event Speakers

Brian Tarran

Keynote Speaker

I am a writer and editor with 20 years of experience covering the research and data space. I have worked for the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) for the past 8 years, and was editor of Significance Magazine (a joint publication of the RSS, the American Statistical Association and the Statistical Society of Australia) prior to the launch of Real World Data Science. I am a former editor of Research-Live.com and was launch editor of Impact magazine, both published by the Market Research Society.

Robin Lovelace

Keynote Speaker

Robin Lovelace is Associate Professor of Transport Data Science at the Leeds Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) and Head of Data and Digital at the government agency Active Travel England. Robin specializes in data science and geocomputation, with a focus on developing geographic methods applied to modeling transport systems, active travel, and decarbonisation. Robin has experience not only researching but deploying transport models in inform sustainable policies and more effective use of transport investment, including as Lead Developer of the Propensity to

Cycle Tool (see www.pct.bike), the basis of strategic cycle network plans nationwide. Robin has led numerous data science projects for organizations ranging from the Department for Transport to the World Bank.
Robin is author of popular open source software packages including R packages stplanr, and stats19. He has authored three reproducible and open source textbooks, Microsimulation with R, Efficient R Programming, and Geocomputation with R.

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Event Date

October 17, 2023

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9:15 am - 5:00 pm

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