09:00:00 - 13:00:00

Westminster Health Forum Keynote Seminar: Technology in the NHS and social care


Technology in the NHS and social care – innovation, uptake, regulation, and the response to COVID-19

This conference will examine the next steps for technology in the NHS and social care – including learning from innovation in the response to COVID-19.

The discussion at a glance:

  • COVID-19 – what has been learned from the role of healthcare technologies in the response to the pandemic – including in:
    • contact tracking – the development of testing and trace
    • vaccines – the role of technology in supporting research
    • accelerated development – innovation and organisational transformation by the sector for the production of new clinical equipment
  • technology adoption – next steps
  • technology implementation – the way forward in the context of ambitions in the NHS Long Term Plan
  • regulation – assessing priorities


9.00Chair’s opening remarks

Paul Bristow MP, Member of the Health and Social Care Committee

9.05Delivering the ambitions in the NHS Long Term Plan: technology, infrastructure and supporting delivery

Tim Horton, Assistant Director, Insight and Analysis, The Health Foundation

9.15Rising to the challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, adopting new technology and what has been learned going forward

Tom Russell, Programme Manager – Health and Social Care, techUK

9.25Questions and comments from the floor
9.45Developing and scaling up successful technologies in the NHS and social care
Utilising technology and AI for integration across health and social care services

Senior representative, social care

Public-private partnerships and the use of technology in diagnostics

Dr Michael Wright, Consultant in Clinical Genetics, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

‘The use of technology in monitoring and improving people’s health’

Dr Ruth Chambers, Clinical Lead for Technology Enabled Care Services, Staffordshire STP

10.15Questions and comments from the floor
10.30Chair’s closing remarks

Paul Bristow MP, Member of the Health and Social Care Committee

10.50Chair’s opening remarks

James Murray MP

10.55The NHS Innovation Accelerator, the response to COVID-19, and future priorities for health technology innovation

Dr Amanda Begley, Co-Founder and National Director, NHS Innovation Accelerator and Director, Innovation

and Implementation, UCLPartners

11.05Approaches to utilising patient data for cross-sector collaboration in health improvement and protection

Professor Ben Bridgewater, Chief Executive, Health Innovation Manchester

11.15Questions and comments from the floor
11.30Encouraging innovation – funding, utilising data and AI, supporting the workforce and uptake on delivery platforms, and lessons from the COVID-19 response

Andrew Davies, Digital Health Lead, Association of British HealthTech Industries

David Atkins, Chief Executive Officer, Congenica

Alan Davies, Innovative Programmes & Partnerships Director, Health Education England

Uday Bose, Country Managing Director, Boehringer Ingelheim

Abigail Harrison, Chief of Digital and Innovation and Chief Information Officer, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Questions and comments from the floor

12.30The way forward for technology adoption across the NHS and social care – future regulation, measuring impact, and maintaining the momentum of innovation from the pandemic

Senior speaker to be confirmed

Questions and comments from the floor

12.55Chair’s and Westminster Health Forum closing remarks

James Murray MP

Michael Ryan, Deputy Editor, Westminster Health Forum

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