HSJ Digital Transformation Summit

Working across systems to deliver impact for patients and populations

The Park Regis, Birmingham

24-25 February 2022

DAY ONE: Thursday 24 February


Registration & Refreshments


Chair’s Opening Remarks

Alastair McLellan, Editor, HSJ


Keynote Panel

Digital transformation in the context of reset and recovery
To kick-off the Summit we’ll ask 3 leaders to help set the context for the discussions ahead, highlighting some of the questions we’ll be looking to find answers to over the duration of the next 1.5 days.  

  • What are the top priorities and challenges for digital transformation leaders, right now, as acute trusts grapple with the pressures and demands of recovery?
  • What does digital need to achieve for the NHS to build capacity and ensure future sustainability?
  • How can digital teams seize the opportunity and deliver on the ambition of a future digitised NHS?

James Biggin-Lamming, Director of Transformation, London North West UniversityHealthcare NHS Trust


Panel Discussion

What does it take to deliver ICS digital and data led transformation?

Supported by McKinsey

  • Adopting a citizen outcomes approach to unlocking value from digital and data capabilities
  • Learning from successful examples of digital and data transformation
  • Identifying the critical enablers for a digitally enabled operating model, including ICS digital structures and funding

Guy Lucchi, Digital Innovation Director, Health Innovation Manchester

Catherine Pollard, Director of Technology Policy, NHS Transformation Directorate | NHSE

Richard Samuel, Assistant Director of Innovation, NHS Transformation Directorate | NHSE

Jonathan Jenkins, McKinsey

Will Taylor, Associate Partner, McKinsey


Morning Refreshments & Networking


Interactive Discussion Groups

Address pertinent challenges in two pre-selected focused discussion groups led by expert solution providers. With groups of 8-12 participants, ensure you sign up early to secure your place at your preferred two tables.

(A1) How to influence digital and tech procurement for better outcomes
Led by B Braun

(A2) Making the most of Covid’s digital impact
Led by Zuhlke

(A3) Driving recovery through AI-led demand forecasting

Led by Faculty

(A4) Improving outcomes through tech-assisted care

Led by Voice-Care

(A5) Establishing an ICS Digital Transformation Office to drive the delivery of digital and data priorities

Led by McKinsey

 (A6) Building your digital workforce

Led by Paul Rice, Chief Digital and Information Officer, Bradford Teaching Hospitals FT | Airedale FT


Session change

Stream A: Enable Stream B: Impact
Session A: Panel Discussion

Connecting the right data – for intelligent clinical decision-making

Supported by TPP

  • How are integrated care records improving clinical practice?
  • Exploring the value of evidence-led decision-making for Integrated Care Boards
  • Using wider intelligence to achieve more joined-up care and improved patient outcomes
  • Widening access to innovation in the NHS

Phil Richardson, Chief System Integration Officer, NHS Dorset CCG

Dr Tim Shaw, CCIO, United Hospitals Dorset FT

Matthew Stickland, Director of Strategy and Communications, TPP

Session B: Panel Discussion
Improving digital literacy across the NHS workforce

  • Optimising the involvement and engagement of staff in digital pathway redesign
  • Ensuring equitable and fair access for patients to digital solutions through improved understanding and trust in technology
  • Taking practical steps to improve digital literacy – what are the options?

Matthew Hammerton, Wessex AHSN Digital Primary Care Clinical Lead, Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN)

Henrietta Mbeah-Bankas, Head of Blended Learning and Digital Learning and Development Lead, Health Education England 

Dr Natasha Phillips, Chief Nursing Information Officer, NHS Transformation Directorate | NHSE 


Networking Lunch


Panel Discussion 

Designing the future of digital access in primary care

Supported by Livi

As organisations and systems debate the balance of remote vs face-to-face consultations – there is much to be determined about the future of digital access in primary care.

Critical questions include:

  • What opportunities do ICSs have to rethink hybrid access models?
  • How do we create a consistent experience across both physical and online services?
  • What do patients want in terms of choice?
  • How do we ensure inclusion and access to services for all?

Juliet Bauer, Managing Director UK, Livi

Roz Davies, Managing Director, Thrive by Design

Daniel Kane, CEO, General Practice Alliance

Dr Mala Ubhi, CCG GP and National Clinical Advisor, Gloucestershire CCG and NHS Transformation Directorate | NHSE


Secretary of State Address

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care



New leadership, new vision: What next for digital, tech & data?

  • Reviewing the importance of digital transformation going forwards and the priorities of individual policies
  • Establishing consensus across organisations and systems for the meaning of Digital Transformation, accountability and decision-making, capabilities and leadership
  • Clarifying the role and responsibilities of the Transformation Directorate and the merger of NHSX

Dr Tim Ferris, National Director of Transformation, NHS England & Improvement


Afternoon Refreshments & Networking


Interactive Discussion Groups

Address pertinent challenges in two pre-selected focused discussion groups led by expert solution providers. With groups of 8-12 participants, ensure you sign up early to secure your place at your preferred two tables.

(B1) Scaling flexible care to get Elective Recovery back on track
Led by Induction

(B2) How can data be used to accelerate the roll-out of virtual wards and remote monitoring to deliver safer, better care?
Led by System C & Graphnet Care Alliance

(B3) Measuring outcomes and value of digital transformation

Led by Accenture

(B4) Leveraging EPR for health & care outcomes

Led by InterSystems

(B5) Freeing-up time for care through connected systems

Led by TPP

 (B6) What does the future of IT assurance and resilience look like within integrated structures?

Led by Samantha Robinson, Associate Director of Live Services, NHS Digital


Session change

Stream A: Enable Stream B: Impact

Session A: Panel Discussion 

Building the connected IT infrastructure required for integrated care

Supported by InterSystems

  • Overcoming the obstacles to interoperability and interfacing
  • Shifting to a patient-centred vs provider centred approach to infrastructure design
  • How can we work together as an ecosystem to build a tech agnostic platform?
  • Widening access to innovation in the NHS

David Hancock, Healthcare Executive Advisor, InterSystems

Gary McAllister, Chief Technology Officer, One London

John O'Connell, Director of Strategic and Service Innovation, NHS South, Central & West CSU

Session B: Presentation

Extracting the full potential of AI

The AI Lab was established in 2019 and has been actively trialling different applications for AI. In which areas are we seeing the most tangible outcomes? Where will AI not be the right solution? How will applications get out of the lab and into practice? What next for the AI Lab?

Dom Cushnan, Head of AI Imaging, NHS AI Lab | NHS Transformation Directorate | NHSE


Session change


Innovation Quickfire

Reset and recovery: Investing in digital tools to improve efficiency in elective care pathways 

Supported by Voice-Care

This session will explore both innovation case studies and Proof of Concepts to examine where digital solutions can best help to speed up care pathways. We’ll explore the lessons learned, their impact as well as the potential for scalability, repeatability within the organisation, across the system or nationally.

Emily Browne, Associate Dean for Innovation and Enterprise, Staffordshire University

Lisa Hollins, Director of Innovation, NHS Transformation Directorate | NHSE

Philip Jarrett, Executive Director, Voice-Care


Chair’s closing remarks


Networking Reception & Dinner

Drinks reception from 19.00 with dinner served at 20.00, followed by after-dinner speaker. Finish around 22.00.


DAY TWO: Friday 25 February


Breakfast Roundtable

Alleviating system pressures with digital therapies to address the NHS mental health crisis

Supported by Ethypharm Digital Therapy

Led by Dr Ruchira Karunadasa, Chair & Clinical Director, Luton GP Federation

This session is by invitation only


Chair’s Opening Remarks

Alastair McLellan, Editor, HSJ


Fireside Chat

Transitioning from provider thinking to system thinking: Leading the future of Digital Transformation

We’ll hear from 3 Chief Executives and their hands-on experiences of managing the transition from provider thinking, to system thinking - delivering impact through digital transformation. We’ll explore the opportunities, tensions and challenges in aligning digital strategies across organisations, how to unlock real power outside of silos, achieving systems and data harmonisation between place, provider and system.

Liz Davenport, Chief Executive, Torbay and South Devon FT

Richard Jenkins, Chief Executive, Barnsley & Rotherham Hospitals FT

Suzanne Tracey, Chief Executive, Royal Devon and Exeter FT and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust


Panel Discussion
Building a PHM intelligence system to tackle health inequalities

Supported by SystemC & Graphnet Care Alliance

  • Generating the intelligence required to understand populations in a totally new way
  • Contrasting approaches to PHM structures: Knowledge, tooling, data permissions
  • Seizing the opportunity to establish equality, diversity and inclusion within data teams to reduce bias
  • Ensuring flow of intelligence from ICS to providers to deliver impact: How?

Markus Bolton, Joint CEO, System C & Graphnet Care Alliance

Dr Adrian Hayter, GP Partner, Runnymede Medical Practice and National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Person Centred Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Mark Sellman, Chief Information Officer, Frimley Health & Care ICS


Panel Discussion
Freeing-up time for care by reducing the burden of clinical administration

Supported by Nuance

To clear the backlog within resource and capacity constraints, technologies that can unlock efficiency and free up time for care are in high demand.

The integration of speech-recognition technology into administrative and clinical workflows is already delivering results for NHS organisations – increasing efficiency, removing unnecessary delays in patient pathways and reducing costs. Through case studies and discussion, we’ll explore the opportunities for digitisation in clinical administration and the potential for future advancements.

Dr Paul Altmann, CCIO and Consultant Nephrologist, Oxford University Hospitals FT

Dr Ahmad Moukli, GP and Clinical Lead, Prospect House Surgery

Dr Simon Wallace, CCIO, Nuance Communications


Morning Refreshments & Networking


AHSN Innovation Sessions

Get to grips with cutting-edge digital solutions and learn how to maximise benefit in your organisation

(C1) Digital innovation for health equity
Led by Rosie Graham, Programme Manager, South West AHSN

(C2) The role of robotic process automation to release time for care
Led by Jo Bangoura, Digital Transformation Manager, West of England AHSN and Darren Atkins, Chief Technology Officer - Automation, Royal Free London FT

(C3) Accelerating deployment of digital technology
Led by Guy Lucchi, Digital Innovation Director, Health Innovation Manchester

(C4) Digital transformation best practice
Led by Lesley Soden, Programme Director and Rishi Das-Gupta, Chief Executive, Health Innovation Network

(C5) Data in healthcare: How to balance advantages with patient trust and confidence
Led by Jenni West, Associate Director for Digital Change and Adrian Quinn, Programme Manager - Digital Change, Innovation Agency

(C6) Why Real-World Evidence is critical to accelerating the adoption and spread of digital innovations
Led by Neville Young, Director of Enterprise an Innovation, Yorkshire and Humber AHSN


Session change


Panel Discussion 

Addressing the capacity and skills gap of the digital and data workforce to meet future digital aspirations

  • Sharing NHS success stories in closing the skills gap: Apprenticeships, upskilling, partnerships with industry etc
  • Delivering real impact for equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Reviewing the success of the Digital Academy and future developments
  • Attracting talent: Working within AfC restrictions to compete with other local employers with larger salary budgets
  • Developing digital as a career in the NHS, planning for the first CEO with a data or digital background

Owen Chinembiri, Senior Implementation Lead, NHS Race and Health Observatory

James Freed, Chief Digital and Information Officer, Health Education England

Phillippa Hentsch, Strategy Lead – Digital Transformation, University Hospitals Birmingham FT


Closing Panel Discussion 
A 3 year forward view: Delivering on the opportunities for whole-system redesign 

Supported by Accenture 

  • Putting data behind the design of better services and pathway redesign 
  • Enabling data flows across the system to follow the patient
  • Exploring examples of system-led projects that have gone well
  • Unblocking the barriers and delivering on the potential!

Simon Bolton, Interim Chief Executive, NHS Digital 

Ashish Goel, UK Health & Social Care Lead, Accenture

Mark Kewley, Director of Strategy, Imperial College Health Partners

Ming Tang, Chief Data and Analytics Officer, NHS England & Improvement 


Chair’s Closing Remarks

Lunch will be served after sessions finish


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