UCL Institute of Health Informatics


Learning Health Systems

Learning Health System (LHS) coordinates, integrates and feeds back between research, teaching and healthcare delivery.

Electronic health records and improvements in data science offer new opportunities to implement LHS at scale. This one-day course will focus on the meaning and advantages of the LHS approach with real examples in the UK and internationally. You will work through the challenges of putting this model of healthcare into practice in the real world. In particular, we will focus on the ways in which electronic health records are already being used and could be used as an integral part of a LHS.

Planned Timetable

TimeSession titleLead tutor
09:00-09:15Registration and coffee 
09:15-09:30Introduction to the concept of learning health systemsDr Amitava Banerjee
09:30-10:30Connected Health Cities - learning from ManchesterMr Gary Leeming
10:30-11:30The NHS Digital Academy and the role of professionalization in the learning health systemDr Harpreet Sood
11.30-12.30The East London Discovery ProjectDr Charles Gutteridge
13:00-14:00A system-wide view of Learning Health systemsDr Tom Foley
14:00-14:45The role of hospital (or NHS) informatics in the learning health system frameworkProf Daniel Ray
15:00-16:00Patient-centred, data-driven research- a prerequisite for high quality care?Dr Amitava Banerjee
16:00-17:00Learning health systems in public healthDr Al Storey
17:00-18:00Interoperability - the holy grail of the LHS?Dr Wai Keong Wong
18:00-18:15Summary of the day. Discussion. Closing remarksDr Amitava Banerjee

Course Team

Dr Amitava Banerjee (Lead Tutor)

Ami Banjaree
After qualifying from Oxford Medical School, Ami trained as a junior doctor in Oxford, Newcastle, Hull and London. His interest in preventive cardiology and evidence-based medicine led to a Masters in Public Health at Harvard (2004/5), an internship at the World Health Organisation (2005) and DPhil in epidemiology from Oxford(2010).

He was Clinical Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Birmingham, before taking up the position of Senior Lecturer in Clinical Data Science and Honorary Consultant in Cardiology at UCL and at the Institute of Health Informatics London in August 2015.

In addition to training in all aspects of general cardiology, he has sub-specialised in heart failure. He is Clinical Lead for Education at the Health Informatics Unit, Royal College of Physicians of London.

Dr Harpreet Sood

Harpreet is currently NHS England’s Associate Chief Clinical Information Officer and a practicing NHS doctor.

Previously he was Senior Fellow to the CEO of NHS England. Harpreet trained as a clinical doctor at King’s College London and Imperial College Business School and practiced as a doctor in East London.

Following this he did a Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH) at Harvard University where he focused on international health policy and co-founded a digital health start-up.

Post MPH, Harpreet was a Deland Fellow in health policy and management at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a large academic medical centre in Boston.

Harpreet’s current work at NHS England includes leading on the NHS Digital Academy and working on the Global Digital Exemplar Programme.

Dr Charles Gutteridge

Charles is Chief Clinical Informatics Officer and Consultant Haematologist at Barts Health NHS Trust.

He has vast experience in local and national leadership in health informatics for many years, including as the first National Clinical Director of Informatics, and as Medical Director of Barts and the London NHS Trust.

Dr Tom Foley

Tom specialises as a child and adolescent psychiatrist and has degrees in software engineering, economics and public policy.

Since working as a full-time management consultant with PwC and BDO, Tom has spent time in clinical practice, academia and consultancy.

Tom conducts reviews on healthcare policy issues and has held operational positions with the Care Quality Commission and Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management. He has also held a range of committee and associate positions with Monitor, British Medical Association, Royal College of Psychiatrists and General Medical Council.

Tom was Principal Investigator on the Newcastle University Learning Healthcare Project and was also a special advisor to the Wachter Review, writing the chapter on the computerisation of General Practice. He currently advises on a number of national and international Learning Health System panels.

Dr Wai Keong Wong

Wai Keong is a Consultant Haematologist specialising in Bone Marrow Diagnostics and clinical IT and informatics.

He is Clinical Research Informatics Officer at University College London Hospital.

His specialist area of research is the application of Informatics and IT to drive quality improvement.

Dr Alistair Storey 

Alistair is Founder and Clinical Lead of the pan-London Find&Treat Service based out of University College London Hospitals.

His core expertise is in tackling tuberculosis and other communicable diseases among homeless people, drug and alcohol users, prisoners and destitute migrants.

His research interests include outreach, integrating point of care diagnostics on the street, case management, the inclusion of service users within MDTs and the use of mobile internet technologies to promote engagement with health services and treatment continuity.

He is an original member of the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health and the Pathway Team and senior lecturer at UCL and the Farr Institute London.

Mr Gary Leeming 

Gary has a dual role as the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network Director for Informatics and the Connected Health Cities CTO,  working primarily in health informatics to deliver innovation in care and research.

He is responsible for Datawell, a programme creating easier methods for sharing of information for use by clinicians in the care of patients, and is building platforms for emerging learning health systems across the north of England.

Previously he has worked as COO for NorthWest EHealth where he led the development of the applications and databases for the Salford Lung Studies and the FARSITE project, amongst others.

He also has wide experience in IT across the public and private sectors. 

Prof Daniel Ray 

Daniel has worked in health informatics for 18 years. He is Director of Data Science at NHS Digital where he is responsible for developing the organisation's data science capability, is the product owner of the new national data services platform, is head of profession of data management and leads a number of operational teams.

Prior to this he was director of informatics at a large teaching hospital in England, where he transformed the health informatics service, set up a quality outcomes research unit, and developed a patient portal among other work programmes. 

He has also setup commercial analytics businesses in England and abroad, including in Australia, the US and Italy. He has worked in commissioning in the NHS, the private sector and a number of other acute hospitals.

Daniel is honorary Professor of Health Informatics at UCL and the Institute of Health Informatics, where he gets involved in leading edge research and teaching.