Derek is lead developer of ClinicalTemplates.org, a web-based resource for collaborative development of clinical information tools, and a partner in SnowCloud.
He completed a first degree in Architecture at the University of Edinburgh, before taking up nursing, and later returned to Edinburgh to do a MSc in Education.
After clinical practice he went into teaching before specialising in informatics in 1990. He worked for the Department of Health in Scotland on health systems development and implementation, before joining Glasgow Caledonian University in 1998, where he worked as a Research Fellow in the Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre.
Over that time he has continued as an informatics consultant for the NHS in Scotland and England, co-founder and chair of the European Summer School of Nursing Informatics, and has been involved in international standards work, mainly in clinical content.
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