Patient safety when using interoperable systems and sharing data will come under the spotlight at the British Computer Society’s Primary Health Care Specialist’s Group summer conference later this month.

Speakers from NHS Connecting for Health will seek to outline how patient safety is being addressed across the National Programme for IT and there will also be contributions from leading members of the PHCSG.

The PHCSG said making systems interoperable requires a “safety critical” approach to the sharing of clinical and administrative data and has the potential to introduce significant new risks for patients.

Its conference aims to provide practical advice on how to embrace interoperable systems and share the knowledge of the group’s 30 year experience in the use of clinical systems in primary care.

Keynote speaks include Dr Leo Fogarty, clinical safety officer for the Summary Care Record, who will look at clinical safety testing for the SCR, and Andrew Pearson, clinical epidemiologist at the Health Protection Agency, who will talk about information systems to manage MRSA and C difficile.

Other sessions include a look at patient safety from Dr Maureen Baker, CfH’s clinical director for patient safety, and talks on how patient safety is being addressed within the Electronic Prescription Service and GP2GP record transfer project.

Day two of the conference includes talks on the Common User Interface from Dr Mike Bainbridge, CfH’s clinical architect, and a talk on the future for secondary uses from Dave Roberts, programme head of non-acute care at the NHS Information Centre.

Dr Glyn Hayes, president of the PHCSG, will also talk about whether his Independent Healthcare IT review commissioned by the Conservative Party will affect primary care and Professor Mike Pringle, the Royal College of GPs clinical lead for revalidation, will lead a session on informatics for revalidation.

The two day event – Patient Safety-who cares? – will take place from 30 June to 1 July at Chesford Grange in Warwickshire.