It seems the powers that be are listening! This blog has always tried to encourage communication and collaboration with all interested groups, and the managers and developers at NES (the group who run the NHS ePortfolio) have been great, engaging with users on Twitter and here.
Now they want to meet you in person. On their latest post they say:
[NES] is holding a series of user group meetings across the UK in late November 2012, open to all users of the ePortfolio but with a special interest in hearing from clinical staff.
The open meetings will serve a number of objectives including:
- Disseminating the future plans for ePortfolio and building them in conjunction with feedback from all users
- Providing an opportunity for users to speak their minds and share their ideas to improve the system
- Giving users a chance to meet members of the ePortfolio team (technical, training and managerial) directly and informally
- Offering a forum for users to present to peers and the ePortfolio team about their experience using the system
The meetings are in London, York and Edinburgh and are soon:
- York: 19th Nov 10am-2pm
- London: 20th Nov 10am-2pm
- Edinburgh: 27th Nov 10am-2pm
Unfortunately the times set for the meetings will severely limit the number of people who can attend. I can’t go as I have prior work commitments. And I’m not even in a Clinical job this year! I really hope that anyone on shifts or with a day off makes an effort to go and give your feedback. I have emailed to suggest an evening meeting (with wine) would be better attended.
When people offer to listen, we need to make sure they hear us. Or we’ll be stuck with the system as it is forever. If you can, sign up to a user group meeting near you here:
PS. Apologies for the 90s Spice Girls reference in the title…