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Development and rollout of Test and Trace, and the future of the COVID-19 contact tracing app

Morning, Wednesday, 5th August 2020

Online Conference


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will assess next steps for the Test and Trace system, and what has been learnt from the trial of the NHS COVID-19 app on the Isle of Wight to inform the development of a tracing app as part of the wider test and trace service.


Areas for discussion include:

  • How the COVID-19 app fits into the wider NHS Test and Trace service in supporting governmental coronavirus recovery strategies - and developments in policy, scientific advice and clinical practice
  • Key lessons so far that can inform ongoing development, drawing on experience from:
    • the Isle of Wight trial of the NHS COVID-19 app
    • international examples of contact tracing apps and track, test and trace services - with keynote contributions from Hong Kong and Taiwan
  • Priorities and challenges for developing the NHS COVID-19 app across England, including:
    • governance, and addressing data protection and privacy concerns as the app is more widely rolled out
    • ensuring the technology is accurate, reliable and at the appropriate state of development
    • engaging the public and supporting uptake
    • how the app will inform local approaches going forward, including possible local lockdowns - as well as decisions taken across public health, social care and the NHS

The discussion in detail:

  • The role of the app as part of a wider NHS Test and Trace service - designed to support the government’s coronavirus recovery strategy
  • Learning from international examples of contact tracing apps and track, test and trace services to inform future development:
    • what can be learnt from the approach of other countries to contact tracing - how can best practice be integrated into the NHS COVID-19 app
    • with uptake key to the success of any app what more can be done to engage with the population and improve uptake and compliance with any quarantine measures
    • how best to link the app and wider Test and Trace service with local services to inform localised and sector specific approaches to infection control
  • Key take-aways from the pilot of the NHS COVID-19 app on the Isle of Wight:
    • What issues have arisen and how have they been addressed?
    • Uptake and consumer experience - public engagement with the app, concerns over data use and privacy, and ease of use across the population
    • How could future updates more closely link the app to services offered by NHS, public health and testing services?
    • How does the app work alongside the Government’s wider Test and Trace Service?
  • Regulatory and legislative issues, including:
    • how the app and test and trace fit into existing frameworks in areas such as use of biometrics, surveillance and data protection
    • developments that might be needed to safeguard individual rights and freedoms while also effectively contributing to tackling a fast-moving public health emergency
  • Development of the NHS COVID-19 app across England, including:
    • addressing data protection and privacy concerns as NHSX defends the use of a centralised approach
    • engaging the public and supporting uptake
    • how the app will inform local approaches going forward, including possible local lockdowns, and how it will work to inform decisions taken across public health, social care and the NHS

The context for discussion:

It takes place against the backdrop of a range of major developments, including:


The agenda:

  • Priorities for the NHS test and trace service and the role of a contact tracing app
  • Creating digital approaches to contact tracing - design, development and rollout of COVID-19 contact tracing apps
  • Test and trace - creating momentum and legacy in integrated care systems
  • The position of an app as part of the test and trace service - informing local approaches and local lockdowns, engagement and addressing privacy and data protection concerns
  • What has been learned from the Isle of Wight pilot - integrating with a future app, working with technology partners and improving reliability
  • Public engagement and behavioural change - encouraging uptake, adherence to requests to isolate and building trust
  • The regulatory dimension to development and delivery of a test and trace system and national tracing app - biometrics, surveillance and data protection
  • Ensuring a joined approach to test and trace across the UK and learning from best practice
  • Test, track and trace in practice - the international experience so far, and how it can inform approaches in the UK

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.


It is certainly the case with this conference. Places have been reserved by officials from DHSC; the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation; HM Revenue & Customs; the Home office; the National Crime Agency and The Scottish Government.


This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference



Keynote Speaker

Professor Lum Yat Sang Terry

Head of Department, Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong

Keynote Speakers

Professor Lum Yat Sang Terry

Head of Department, Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong

Chen Chien-jen

Former Vice-President of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

Professor Susan Michie

Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the Centre for Behaviour Change, University College London, and Member, Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behavioural Science (SPI-B): 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19)

James Roach

Programme Director, Integrated Care, NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group

Chair

Bob Seely MP

Speakers

Councillor Dave Stewart

Leader, Isle of Wight Council

Dr Adam Steventon

Director of Data Analytics, The Health Foundation

Silkie Carlo

Director, Big Brother Watch

Jonathan Kirsop

Partner, Pinsent Masons