Westminster Health Forum

Innovation and technology in the NHS - development, uptake and workforce engagement

Morning, Thursday, 11th July 2019

Central London


This seminar will be a timely opportunity to discuss the key issues for innovation and technology in the NHS - including addressing barriers to adoption, supporting integrated patient centered care and engaging the workforce.

Attendees will assess the next steps for collaborative working across government, the NHS and industry to develop policy on the use of health technologies - with the launch of NHSX.

Following NHS Digital’s consultation on the draft Data and Technology Standards Framework, we expect discussion on the impact of standards on innovation and the funding required for NHS organisations to invest in infrastructure to meet them.

Discussion will reflect latest thinking on key issues in the Government’s The future of healthcare: our vision for digital, data and technology in health and care policy paper, which sets out priority actions for infrastructure, digital services, innovation and skills and culture.

Delegates will also assess how to address the practical challenges of designing the technology systems for use in health and social care, including future-proofing, interoperability and the use of open systems.

The seminar follows the launch of the GP IT Futures contract, to be implemented from January 2020, which aims to develop the market for primary care technology.

We expect discussion on the impact of the contract on competition in the market, efficiency of care, and ensuring that technology meets the needs of patients, the workforce and others who depend on it.

The agenda includes a case study from Dr Ruth Chambers, Clinical Lead for Technology Enabled Care Services, Digital Workstream, Staffordshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership on the opportunities and challenges of technology adoption among nurses in general practice, including the use of apps and video consultations.

The seminar will be an opportunity to consider what support the newly-launched Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) can provide to innovators to ensure the uptake of new technologies in the NHS - including support through the regulatory process and clarifying the evidence required to assess the cost-effectiveness of new technologies.

The agenda further examines the regulation of health technologies, and the introduction of the healthtech regulatory sandbox which will allow new technologies to be tested under regulatory supervision.

We expect discussion on what more can be done in the regulatory sphere to address challenges for innovation - including regulatory clarity, ensuring security standards, and the ability of regulation to respond to the pace of technology development.

Attendees will also assess the evidence required to prove the effectiveness of new technologies in light of NICE’s new resource HealthTech Connect - as well as the priorities for industry in navigating the approval process for technology and how the HealthTech Connect can best support speed and safety in the uptake of technology in the NHS.

The seminar is timed as an opportunity to consider the impact of the Topol Review, which outlined the next steps for preparing the health workforce to utilise digital health technologies and made recommendations around patient involvement, developing workforce expertise, and focused on technologies that allowed staff to have more time with patients.

Attendees will discuss the implementation of these recommendations, including the investment required for training and upskilling the workforce, and the challenges for embedding digital leadership in the NHS.

Delegates will assess the challenges for ensuring effective information sharing across services and for supporting the development of digital skills across the workforce, following the publication of the Interim NHS People Plan, which outlined goals to improve digital skills, including expanding the NHS Digital Academy.

Further sessions focus on safeguarding patient data and implementation of the Government’s new code of conduct for data-driven technology and artificial intelligence in the NHS.

Delegates will consider the priorities for the health and social care system - and its supply chain - in maintaining public trust and ensuring data security is central in technology design.

We also expect discussion on wider issues for patient engagement with health technology - including both the opportunities for patient empowerment through personalised care and also how to address unintended health inequalities in cases of groups less able or less well-resourced to benefit from the potential that technology can offer.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Tony Newman-Sanders

National Clinical Director for Diagnostics, NHS England

Dr Simon Eccles

Chief Clinical Information Officer, NHSX

Keynote Speakers

Dr Tony Newman-Sanders

National Clinical Director for Diagnostics, NHS England

James Hawkins

Director of Strategy, NHS Digital

Dr Simon Eccles

Chief Clinical Information Officer, NHSX


Lord Low of Dalston

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Assistive Technology

Karen Lee MP


Lucy Watts

Member, NHS Assembly and Patient Leader

Joe Farrington-Douglas

Head of Policy and External Affairs, Asthma UK

Peter Harrison

Managing Director, Siemens Healthineers

Senior speaker confirmed from Asthma UK

Phil Booth

Coordinator, medConfidential

Candace Miller

Director, National Skills Academy for Health and Executive Director, Learning Services and Consultancy, Skills for Health

Guy Boersma

Managing Director, Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network

Dr Ruth Chambers

Clinical Lead for Technology Enable Care Services, Digital Workstream, Staffordshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership

Professor Jo Martin,

President, Royal College of Pathologists; Professor of Pathology, Queen Mary University of London and Director, Academic Health Sciences, Barts Health NHS Trust

Paul Bate

Director of NHS Services, Babylon Health

Eleonora Harwich

Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation, Reform