NHS-R/NHS.pycom Online Conference Workshop 2023 – Introduction to Version Control (Git/GitHub)

Introduction to Version Control (Git/GitHub) with Joseph Wilson and Helen Richardson

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 online conference workshop will be hosted via Zoom and take place on the following date:

  • Thursday 12th October 2023 – 9:30am until 4:30pm (UK time)

Workshop Content

Building upon the success of the 2022 Introduction to Version Control (Git/GitHub) workshop, this day-long course returns to equip participants with essential skills in version control using Git and GitHub. This workshop emphasizes a more agnostic approach, accommodating both R and Python users, with the course curriculum focusing on interacting with Git through the command line. However, some supplementary materials and support will be available for those interacting with Git through RStudio and VSCode.

Key topics covered in this workshop include:

  • Git Basics: Participants will grasp the fundamental concepts of repositories, branches (alternate versions of the repository), and the process of accessing/cloning repositories. They will gain practice in creating branches, making changes, and pushing changes to GitHub.
  • Git Collaboration: Collaboration is crucial in version control, and participants will learn how to submit Pull Requests (PRs), assign reviewers, and explore PR options, ensuring efficient and seamless collaboration among team members. In addition, participants will be shown how to resolve conflicting changes together.
  • Extra: Creating a Repository on GitHub: Attendees will also gain practical insights into creating repositories directly on GitHub, enabling them to establish a strong foundation for their version control projects.

The primary learning objectives of this workshop are for participants to learn all the basics to start utilizing version control in their projects. Participants will be able to complete practical exercises to practice merging changes from branches together and managing cases when conflicting changes arise.

Ticket Information

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

  • Attendance to the full workshop virtually.


A Zoom link will be provided to you to attend the conference workshop virtually. Please note that if subtitles are used, they 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
  • The NHS-R/NHS.pycom Conference 2023 at Edgbaston Stadium on Tuesday 17th October 2023 and Wednesday 18th October 2023 (can be attended in-person or virtually)
  • 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

Joseph Wilson

Senior Data Scientist with NHS England

Joined NHS England (formally Digital) in 2021 as a Graduate Trainee after completing a Masters in Data Science. Initially I worked on NHS Spine before joining the Data Science Team with the BI Visualisation squad. In October 2022, I stayed in the Data Science Team joining the RAP Squad, where we work with teams within the NHS to learn and utilise RAP techniques and best practices (RAP Community of Practice: https://nhsdigital.github.io/rap-community-of-practice/). In September 2023, I completed the Graduate Scheme and was promoted to a fully-fledged Senior Data Scientist, where I continue to write, talk, and code Reproducible Analytical Pipelines.

Helen Richardson

Senior Information Analyst with NHS England

Joined NHS England (formally Digital) in 2019. I have worked on implementing RAP principles with NHS Digital's statistical publication teams on building robust, transparent and automated analytical pipelines (RAP publications: https://nhsdigital.github.io/data-analytics-services/). Currently, I'm working on CVD Prevent tool, a pipeline (https://github.com/NHSDigital/cvd-prevent-tool) used to link and curate CVD PREVENT audit data to HES and death registration data.

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October 12, 2023

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9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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