Woodcote Consulting

Health and Care Consulting

Woodcote Consulting, founded in 1996 is a specialist consultancy working in health and care are main areas of expertise are digital health and clinical and forensic psychology.


Digital Health and Care


Clinical and Forensic Psychology



Beyond the Hawking Horizon

The idea that a single shared electronic health record (SSEHR) operating over a wide geography serving many care settings and diverse professional groups is a good idea is one that has some currency in the NHS. However, evidence seems to…

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A Lost Opportunity?

Slightly of the informatics theme, but then there can’t be a successful health informatics programme, only a health transformation programme facilitated by informatics The current Government’s transformation programme is the most radical in the NHS’s history and we can not…

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Everything you wanted to know about GP Consortia IT

I organised what I think was the first national GP computing exhibition in 1981 for the GP Computer Suppliers Association  (now part of Intellect) it was a sell out and I have been trying to organise another sell out event …

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King's Fund Inquiry

The King’s Fund Report on their inquiry into the quality of general practice “Improving the quality of care in general practice”  www.kingsfund.org.uk/current_projects/gp_inquiry is worth a read by anybody interested in UK healthcare. Even if it does manage to get the…

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EPS and the Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions

I first worked on the forerunner of what we now call EPS (the Electronic Prescription Service) in 1986, when I wrote an evaluation of a project to using a memory card to transfer prescriptions from GP practices to pharmacy for…

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Life without a Moblie Phone

Both my adult children have recently had their phones stolen. Both were bereft. This lead to the following email to my son with some reflections on life without a mobile phone. Hi Silas, How are you finding life without a…

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English GP Systems Market

I’ve been looking at some statistics on the GP market in England which may be of interest. Recent years have seen a considerable consolidation in the market and although there were never the number of suppliers that some of the…

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Tonsillitis Pen V

What you might have seen in a GP record circa 1980, if you could have read the handwriting! Early GP computing was fighting the hardware. How could we get 6000 patient records on a  pair of 8 inch floppy disks…

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Dr Finlay’s Facebook?

The marvellous phrase comes from the Demos publication “the talking cure why conversation is the future of healthcare”  by Jack Stilgoe and Faizal Farook http://bit.ly/e0GUAD They use it to describe the changing relationship between internet enable patients and doctors. I…

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