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The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) is the professional organisation for physicists, clinical and biomedical engineers and technologists working in medicine and biology.
The IPEM’s Workforce Intelligence Unit was set up to give it a credible voice in policy development, the training and education of physicists, engineers and associated services working in all areas of medicine and healthcare. As a leading centre for workforce intelligence the IPEM is able to map demographic, health and services information, across the four countries of the UK, and overlay workforce information. We spoke to Jemimah Eve, Project Officer, about mapping software and how it is being used to meet IPEM’s objectives.
When did you first come across InstantAtlas?
I saw Public Health England’s Atlas of Variation and realised it was a good way to get information into the hands of people who don’t have a detailed knowledge of html or GiS systems. I had previously used MapInfo, but found there were elements missing such as pan and zoom which limits the amount of information you can display.
Could you tell us more about this project?
I wanted to use a software mapping tool to provide a visual display that would allow users to search for information, specifically accredited training centres. It important for our members to be able to find out where these accredited training centres are. It is also useful for the IPEM to be able to understand geographical variation to see where improvements can be made in the network of training centres.
What was your experience of using InstantAtlas?
I went on the two-day training course which helped me to understand how versatile it is. At the moment I’m really just scraping the surface in terms of what it is able to do, but I am really looking forward to using the more advanced features.
How will you be developing the IPEM’s mapping capability?
Most of the workforce intelligence data we collect and present is only available for members. We are working on maps that will allow us to display workforce data by theme, for example looking at the radiography workforce and cancer incidence.
What have been the benefits of using InstantAtlas?
IPEM - HTML5 - Single Map UK Training Centers Atlas