Westminster Health Forum

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

Morning, Thursday, 11th July 2019

Central London


This conference will consider priorities for technology development, assessing quality and effectiveness, and supporting the workforce.

The seminar is timed as an opportunity to consider 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 a focus on technologies which allow staff 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 leadership.

The seminar is also timed as NHS Digital carries out consultation on the draft Data and Technology Standards Framework and 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.

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 - and ensuring that technology meets the needs of patients, the workforce and others who depend on it.

The agenda also 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 potential of the sandbox and what else might be needed 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 the recently updated NICE Evidence standards framework for digital health technologies, and how the framework can best support speed and safety in the uptake of technology in the NHS.

Further sessions focus on safeguarding patient data and implementation of the Government’s new code of conduct for technology use 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

Candace Miller

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


Peter Harrison

Managing Director, Siemens Healthineers

Senior speaker confirmed from Asthma UK

Phil Booth

Coordinator, medConfidential

Guy Boersma

Managing Director, Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network

James Hawkins

Director of Strategy, NHS Digital

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