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Delegates explore innovative solutions to NHS challenges

Posted: 23rd May 2019

Yorkshire & Humber AHSN welcomed delegates from the NHS, industry and academia to our Transforming Lives Through Innovation Conference, giving them the opportunity to explore innovative solutions to the challenges set out in the NHS Long Term Plan and hear about the technology that is revolutionising health care.

The conference, which took place at Cloth Hall Court in Leeds, featured keynote presentations on the importance of health and wealth in driving the region’s economy, how technology is revolutionising health care and updates on our programmes of work as well as interactive workshop sessions on key NHS priorities.

Speakers included:

  • Sarah Scobie, Deputy Director of Research from the Nuffield Trust, who presented the organisation’s report “Snowed Under: Understanding The Effects Of Winter On The NHS”.
  • Dan Wellings, from the Policy Team at The King’s Fund, who discussed the Importance of patient engagement and putting people’s voices at the centre of care.
  • Professor Shafi Ahmed, from The Royal London and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals who gave the closing keynote on How Technology is Revolutionising Health Care.

Delegates had plenty of opportunities to network in our marketplace, finding out about the latest innovations on the market through the 30 trade stands – which included some of the 2019 cohort of NHS Innovation Fellows.

We also announced the six companies that have joined our digital accelerator programme Propel@YH. A first for the region, this programme offers the organisations a six-month bespoke support package including masterclasses, digital innovator surgeries and events, to help them navigate the complex healthcare landscape and improve health outcomes in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Kathy Scott, Chief Operations Officer and Deputy CEO said:

‘’It was a really productive day and a great opportunity for us to update colleagues and partners on our recent successes and future plans. We also wanted to provide delegates with a chance to network, meet new people and see exciting innovations. Feedback from the breakout sessions suggests people found the workshops really engaging and rewarding and came away with a wealth of knowledge and understanding around key NHS priorities and new partnership opportunities to help them tackle everyday challenges in their organisations.’’

Feedback from delegates was incredibly positive. Here are some of the comments:

‘‘A really enjoyable day and hopefully very productive on the business side of things’’ (Exhibitor)

Thank you for a fantastic event. Excellent to see the connections between industry, academia and the NHS.’’ (Delegate)

‘’We really enjoyed the day. We met lots of new people and hopefully some new contacts for the future. (Speaker).

All the presentations from the conference are now available to download as PDF files.

Morning presentations:

Afternoon breakout sessions:

Improving Patient Safety

Improving Patient Safety Culture, Ali Cracknell, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Mel Johnson Improvement Academy and Ruth Baxter, Yorkshire Quality and Research Group.

Putting People’s Voices at the Centre of Care

Patient and Public Engagement in the NHS: not where it should be? Dan Wellings, The King’s Fund

What are the Barriers to Public Involvement? Jess Drinkwater, University of Leeds, Phil Gleeson, Rebina Mir and Graham Prestwich, Yorkshire & Humber AHSN

Public Involvement, Community Conversations, Karen Coleman, West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health and Care Partnership.

Joined Up Yorkshire & Humber Campaign, Rebecca Nichells, Yorkshire & Humber Care Record

Putting People’s Voices at the Centre of Health and Care, Hannah Davies, Healthwatch Leeds

Patient Flow and Winter Pressures

Winter Pressures: the impact of winter on the NHS, Sarah Scobie, Nuffield Trust.

Introducing NHS RightCare, Kerry Warhurst, NHS England

Catch, John Callaghan

Healthcare Communications, Kenny Bloxham and Lesley Lloyd

CHC2DST – End-to-End Digital Service for Continuing Health Care Assessment Charles MacKinnon, iEG4

Waitless, Alistair Martin, Transforming Systems

Transforming Mental Health Care Through Innovation

Transforming Mental Health Care Through Innovation, Ruth Wilson, Yorkshire & Humber AHSN and Kate Dale, Bradford District Care Trust

ChatHealth, Julie Jones

Propel@YH presentations included: