Well, that was a whirlwind!
After 18-months at NHSX, my 6-month temporary secondment has reached its end.
It’s always hard when a job finishes. The secondment was twice extended, and that let me carry on defining open technology standards for the NHS. Now it is over and I’m a bit sad. The pandemic seems to heighten all emotions, doesn’t it?
I’m luckier than most. I’m still employed. The whole point of a secondment is a short-term loan to share skills and experiences. I’m returning to my home department – GDS. So I’m still fighting the good fight on open technology.
Change, however difficult, is necessary. The people you want to kick-start an organisation are not necessarily those you need to sustain an organisation. Teams need to grow and evolve – as do I.
In my head, I know it’s right for me to move on. I’m not sure that makes it easier.
The team back in ‘X are fantastic and are doing great things. I hope that I’ve left a little bit of legacy there. And I can’t wait to see what they achieve next.
For now, as ever, onwards and upwards!
A few highlights, in Tweet form.
Days like this, I bloody love my job with @NHSX!
Open Standards ✅
Open Source ✅
— Terence Eden (@edent) April 4, 2019
(See if you can spot the bug in the code!)
— NHSX (@NHSX) April 24, 2019
Great @NHSX away day on values and behaviours.. how we support the diversity of citizens needs and the power of diversity of our teams..
Go @NHSX , go diversity, go beards! @matthewsgould @MattHancock @NHSCCIO @krfarrington @edent @iainoneil @hadleybeeman @NHSEngland @NHS_RobW pic.twitter.com/FRDfb5QD83
— indi singh (@mr_indisingh) April 25, 2019
— Emma Harris (@EmmaHarris_NHS) May 14, 2019
— InterSystems UK (@InterSystemsUK) May 22, 2019
— Terence Eden (@edent) May 24, 2019
— NHSX (@NHSX) June 4, 2019
Great two days @NHSHackDay integrating NHS API with voice assistant. Amazing work #TeamAlexaSkillshd 🥈2nd place🥈 #nhshd @Nikki_Kahllon @jonathantelfer @edent @amcunningham @JoRWinter @MikeMonteithDev @DomenicoCorapi pic.twitter.com/9aQYA9f6iY
— Olaolu Oloyede (@OlaoluOloyede1) June 16, 2019
— NHSX (@NHSX) June 27, 2019
All the best……. https://t.co/5Fpa2ExaqJ
— indi singh (@mr_indisingh) July 3, 2019
— Terence Eden (@edent) July 8, 2019
Interesting talk by @edent from @NHSX on new 3Os for data.
1. Open standards.
2. Open data (but not confidential data)
3. Open source to speedup innovation.#HETT19 @HETTShow #digitalhealth pic.twitter.com/tvIYvF2WxC
— Signum Health (@signumhealth) October 2, 2019
We've set out our position on standards pretty clearly. We're very pro and will look to adopt the best international open standards, but in most cases there's no point in us developing our own bespoke standards. See @edent 's recent comments at HETT:https://t.co/gghQtzYvgc
— NHSX (@NHSX) October 3, 2019
— Terence Eden (@edent) January 18, 2020
"Which part of “Make things open, it makes things better” did you not understand?"
— Terence Eden (@edent) January 23, 2020
You can now access most NHS services from your mobile, with no data charges.
In awe of the team who pulled this together very quickly. https://t.co/ogLzCc8z97
— Terence Eden (@edent) March 18, 2020
Winner of the #NHSX award is…
Uses image recognition to see what drug you've been prescribed.
Then scrapes the BNF to see adverse interactions. (No API, booo!)
Then displays it on the phone.
Brilliant mix of technologies & an excellent demo. pic.twitter.com/nWPaCIAsgg
— Terence Eden (@edent) March 1, 2020
— OpenUK (@openuk_uk) March 25, 2020
📣New tech blog 📣
The code behind the NHS Covid-19 App.
We have Open Sourced the code behind the new NHS COVID-19 app. Our Head of Open Tech @edent discusses the open source offer behind the beta version of the app.https://t.co/Po6nmidg8X pic.twitter.com/5GuUm2UzuX
— NHSX (@NHSX) May 8, 2020
We've now published the *full* git commit history for the NHSX Isle of Wight beta apps.
Took a bit longer than expected, but glad we got there. Much more to come, I hope. pic.twitter.com/TxiVtHBETP
— Terence Eden (@edent) June 26, 2020