DigiHealth UK-Delivering Digital Transformation

  • Tuesday, 13 April 2021
  • The Studio, Manchester
  • 08:00 - 16:45
Expert Speakers
Sponsors & Supporters
  • Overview

The NHS has been on a protracted journey to digital transformation for some time. Despite a plethora of transformative products being developed, progress has been hindered by perceived barriers, such as financial constraints, reluctance in adoption and an inability to make it happen.
Prior to the pandemic, Matt Hancock, the Health and Social Care Secretary focused attention on driving technological innovation in the NHS. A policy paper was published, NHSX was created, the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) was established to support the ambition to make the NHS one of the most pro-innovation health systems in the world, along with a host of other initiatives.
Since the emergence of Covid-19 the uptake and application of digital technologies has dramatically accelerated. Video and telephone consultations have become the ‘new normal’ during the pandemic, NHS staff have been supported to provide care from their homes, access video conferencing and continue professional development through e-learning, whilst patient portals are providing information, advice, results, connectivity and home testing capability. The adoption by the NHS of technological innovations is at an unprecedented scale and pace, which is unlikely to diminish once the immediate crisis has passed. The NHS will be confronted with a ‘pandemic hangover’ as it deals with the backlog of its traditional caseload with an exhausted workforce. In dealing with the pandemic the NHS has demonstrated it can adapt and respond at speed. The continued fast tracking of technologies will be crucial in dealing with the excess demand and should continue as systems adjust to a post pandemic future.
Open Forum Events invite you to join us at the DigiHealth UK-Accelerating Digital Transformation conference for an update on the latest proposals to transform the NHS through Digital, Data and Technology. The emphasis of the day will be on the practical: drawing on their insight gained during the pandemic, this is an opportunity to hear from a programme of high-level speakers discussing future technological transformation.

Delegates will:

• Gain an understanding of the new structural organisation for IT strategy and the allocation of responsibilities to deliver technological transformation

• Receive greater insight into the programmes of work that are to be progressed and built upon, whilst ensuring integrity and security are upheld

• Hear how the workforce is to be supported with the necessary training and skills to fully release the potential of digital technologies



Before Covid-19 struck, the momentum to modernise the NHS through digital transformation was high on the agenda with new initiatives launched to support progress. NHSX came into existence on 1st July 2019. With a budget of more than £1bn per year its mission is to provide staff and patients with the technology that is required to fulfill the ambitions of The Future of Healthcare policy paper and the NHS 10-year plan. The organisation is made up of expertise brought together into one team from the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement and has a mandate to digitally enable the NHS through programmes of transformation and lead policy, implementation and change. NHSX’s main responsibilities for NHS technology, digital and data include: the setting of national policy; encourage new technological innovations; support digital skills and culture; development and sharing of best practices; drive interoperability; set IT standards; and improve procurement.
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a rapid uptake of new technologies to allow for significant changes to be made in the way services are delivered. NHSX has been collaborating with other partner organisations to help facilitate the use of essential digital technologies to support patients and staff through the pandemic and beyond. Tremendous progress has been made and an expectation that once the demands of the pandemic subsides, the integration of digital innovations will continue with the same momentum as seen in the last few months.
In a recent speech reflecting on the pandemic and discussing the future in healthcare Matt Hancock stated that ‘better tech means better healthcare’ and ‘to promote collaboration and change, we need more transparency, better use of data, more interoperability, and the enthusiastic adoption of technological innovation that can improve care’.
The DigiHealth UK-Accelerating Digital Transformation conference will guide delegates through the latest plans to improve NHS digital capability and how technological advancement can benefit both patients and staff.


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  • Confirmed Speakers

Event Sponsors and Supporters

  • Event Programme


Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair’s Opening Address


Keynote Address

  • Lisa Hollins, Head of Digital Innovation, NHSX (confirmed)
"NHSX-Transforming NHS Technology for 21st Century Healthcare"

NHSX is the latest central unit set up by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) tasked with transforming NHS technology and bring healthcare into the digital age. It has been created to allow patients and clinician to benefit from the latest digital systems and technology, with the ambition to create the most advanced health and care service in the world to diagnose diseases earlier, free up staff time and empower patients to take greater control of their own healthcare.


Speaker TBC, Informatics, UCLPartners (confirmed)

"The Delivery of Interoperability "

This presentation will demonstrate the delivery of interoperability through the LHCRE, including the cross-STP work to join up health and social records using functionality built by the Discovery East London programme. 

  • Di Bullman, Senior Organisational Development and Learning Manager, Building a Digital Ready Workforce Programme, NHS Digital (confirmed)
"How do we build a ‘Digital Ready Workforce’?"

We know that digital capacity is growing exponentially, and health and care systems are increasingly bringing in digital systems. What are we doing and what else do we need to do to make sure our workforce is both willing and able to make full use of these systems?

  • Dr Sunita Sharma, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (confirmed)
"Innovation working towards exceptional care and experiences- A New digital Postnatal Discharge System"

Every year approximately 700,000 women give birth in England and Wales and majority of these births happen in NHS hospital. NHS surveys show that 50% of women report delay in postnatal discharge from hospital. The digital postnatal discharge system has been co-designed to enhance system efficiencies, improve communications amongst team members and with women and their families.


Main Sponsor


Question and Answer Session


Coffee in the Networking Area

  • Charles Lowe, Managing Director, Digital Health and Care Alliance (confirmed)
"Digital Health is Different"

Why that matters

"The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare"

The government’s industrial strategy set out the Artificial Intelligence and Data Grand Challenge. For healthcare, the mission is to use data, artificial intelligence and innovation to transform the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases by 2030. The government has announced a £250 million fund for a National Artificial Intelligence Lab with the aim of making the UK a world leader in AI and genomic medicine.


Case Study

VerseOne Group (Confirmed)

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Case Study


Question and Answer Session


Lunch in the Networking Area

A hot, two-course lunch consisting of multiple options will be provided for delegates. We cater for all dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten/dairy-free; just notify us ahead of time should you have any allergens or requirements.  


Chair’s Afternoon Address


Case Study

  • Dr Mike Whiteside, CCIO and Acute Medical Consultant , Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (confirmed)
"The Role of Technology in a Hospital Setting-Electronic Observations"

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) has adopted a brand new system to allow health professionals to electronically record patient observations. Using a mobile device (handheld phones), health professionals are able to record patient observations using a secure app, which then calculates whether these results fall within the ‘normal’ range for the patient, alerting a senior nurse or doctor if urgent attention is required.


Question and Answer Session


Afternoon Refreshment Break

  • David Hodnett, Head of Operations, NHS App Organisation, NHS Digital (confirmed)
"The NHS App- From Discovery to Now"

The NHS app journey from early research to a product in use by over 250,000 people within a year. Learn how the app has grown, and what is on the agenda for the next 12 months.


Speaker TBC

"Data Hubs"

Data hubs set up across the UK from October 2019 will enable cutting-edge research for health discoveries and aim to give patients across the UK faster access to pioneering treatments.


Question and Answer Session


Chair’s Closing Remarks


Event Close

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  • Hear how The Future of Healthcare policy and the NHS 10 Year Plan’s ambitions for technological transformation are to be implemented
  • Gain an understanding of the role of the new organisation NHSX and how it intends to apply technological solutions to allow patients and clinicians to benefit from the latest digital systems
  • Learn more about how a data driven ecosystem can be developed in a safe and ethical environment
  • Receive an update on how staff are to be trained in digital skills, enabling them to embrace a technological driven culture
  • The use of data can empower patients and support staff. Hear how this data can be effectively shared throughout the system and vital information exchanged through interoperability
  •  Listen to examples of best practice of data sharing that are already making a real impact on healthcare outcomes
  • Gain insight as to how the NHS is partnering up with the big tech companies to disseminate information and allow people to take greater control of their health and care
  • Hear how the digital “blueprints” made by the Global Digital Exemplars (GDE) have been made available to hospitals and could potentially save hundreds of lives
  • Discover more about the plans for NHSX to work with the national teams tasked with delivering mental health services
  • Learn more about the programmes that will be continued such as the NHS App and how it may be revised going forward
  • Enjoy knowledge sharing and networking
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to build contacts
  • Benefit from invaluable insight and information to be disseminated amongst colleagues and peers
  • Gain CPD credits
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The Studio, Manchester

The Studio, Manchester

Situated in the heart of Manchester's iconic Northern Quarter and just a couple of minutes walk away from the city's major transport links; The Studio is a spacious, contemporary meeting centre atop The Hive building on Lever St.     

Whatever the legendary Manchester weather has to throw at you, you’ll always find the warmest of welcomes at The Studio.

Featured Events

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    • 10 February 2015
    • 08:30 - 16:45
    • America Square Conference Centre, London
  • DigiHealth UK: Transforming Healthcare Delivery

    • 20 October 2016
    • 08:30 - 16:45
    • Manchester Conference Centre
  • Digital Healthcare Revolution: Harnessing NHS Technology

    • 25 February 2016
    • 08:30 - 16:00
    • The Royal National Hotel, London
  • DigiHealth UK: Harnessing Technology and Innovation

    • 17 October 2017
    • 08:30 - 17:00
    • The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
  • Digital Healthcare: Cutting Edge Innovation

    • 08 February 2018
    • 08:30 - 16:30
    • America Square Conference Centre, London
  • Digital Innovation in Healthcare: Creating a Health Service Fit for the Future

    • 11 October 2018
    • 08:30 - 16:30
    • The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
  • Digi Health UK: The Future of Healthcare, Digital, Data and Technology

    • 24 October 2019
    • 08:30 - 16:30
    • Manchester Hall

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who will attend

  • Chairs/Chief Executives

  • Chief Information Officers

  • Chief Technology Officers

  • Clinical Commissioning Groups

  • Clinical/Medical Directors

  • Digital Champions/Digital Managers

  • Digital Strategy Leads

  • Directors of Enterprise and Innovations

  • Directors of Information Management / Informatics / ICT

  • Directors of Social Services

  • Directors/Heads of Business Management/Transformation

  • Directors/Heads of Commissioning/Procurement

  • Directors/Heads of Communications

  • Directors/Heads of Digital Inclusion/Engagement

  • Directors/Heads of Efficiency and Improvement

  • Directors/Heads of Information Assurance/Governance/ IT Security

  • Directors/Heads of Modernisation and Performance

  • Directors/Heads of Policy/Strategy

  • IT Directors/Managers

  • Professors of Informatics / Health Informatics / Medicine

  • Professors of Science / Technology / Research

  • Programme/Project Directors

  • Service Managers

  • Web Directors/Managers