Bringing the future to life at the Innovation Expo

Taking place on 7-8 September at Manchester Central, the Health and Care Innovation Expo will make delegates think forward and experience transformation in healthcare

Innovation is happening in every part of the health and social care sector, but translating big ideas and the right new techniques into an established organisation or team can be a tricky business.

That’s why NHS England hosts the annual Health and Care Innovation Expo every September. Expo focuses on the innovations that are available now, and aims to help both commissioners and providers understand how to choose the new pathways, practices and equipment that fit their unique services and communities.

Over two days at Manchester Central on 7-8 September, the public, private and voluntary organisations that commission, deliver and support health and care services in England will join together for what has become the NHS’s biggest event of the year to share expertise, and hear national leaders’ plans and priorities for the coming year.

NHS chief executive Simon Stevens and Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt will each make keynote addresses, and the wider programme of speakers and events will explore the biggest health and care issues facing our organisations as we continue to implement the NHS Five Year Forward View. The event comprises two main speaker stages, four feature zones, and over 100 workshops, and most public and voluntary sector staff are eligible for free-of-charge tickets.

Speaker schedule highlights this year include comedian and campaigner Ruby Wax leading a discussion on mental health, sportsman, journalist and author Matthew Syed discussing his book Black Box Thinking, and National Data Guardian Dame Fiona Caldicott giving the latest advice and guidance on the ways in which patient data can be used ethically and effectively.

Digital technology and new models of care
The speaker line-up also includes digital health expert Prof Bob Wachter MD, who will unveil the results and recommendations of his review into IT usage across the NHS. Prof Wachter’s recommendations are expected to have significant impact for the NHS, and at Expo 2016 you’ll hear instant reaction from the most senior healthcare leaders.

Prof Wachter, who is interim chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, said: “It’s essential that information technology across the NHS works well and can perform the tasks needed to deliver high-quality, safe and efficient care.”

Continued digital development within the NHS is a key element of the wider modernisation ongoing across England. Expo 2016 will provide detailed insights and updates on the progress made across the NHS in a huge range of projects at local, regional and national level, alongside demonstrations of the latest new devices and software, alongside support and advice on specific digital development needs in the Digital Zone – the first of Expo’s four feature exhibition zones.

At last year’s Expo, the vanguard areas that are pioneering new care models and systems that can be replicated across other communities were announced, and this time around they will be demonstrating just how much they have achieved over the last 12 months. Samantha Jones, director for New Care Models at NHS England, will lead a main-stage panel discussion about the vanguard sites’ work and take part in talks and activities on the next exhibition zone, which is dedicated to them.

She said: “The ambition of the vanguards is absolutely inspirational, and I’m incredibly proud of all that has been achieved towards radically redesigned care models that are fit for the future of healthcare while providing the broad, flexible range of choices that are needed to cater for each local area’s different needs.”

Local teams developing the vanguard new care models will lead a series of workshops in a ‘pop-up university’, where they will share insights and information to help others replicate their successes.

Expert-led workshops
The pop-up university is a unique feature of Health and Care Innovation Expo and it will host a wide range of workshops that will provide a chance for delegates to engage with senior professional leaders in the NHS, and its partner organisations, while also gaining first-hand insights from front-line teams pioneering innovative work. Workshops will be led by Jonathan Benger, national clinical director for Acute Care Professor, and Keith Willett, national director for Acute Care Professor, on new standards for integration in urgent and emergency care. Dr Robert Varnam, NHS England’s head of General Practice Development, will lead talks on technology and working practices to revolutionise primary care, and Candace Imison, the Nuffield Trust’s director of policy, will lead a workshop on transformational change through staff engagement.

Jane Dwelly, head of Health and Care Innovation at NHS England, said: “The pop-up university is very much unique to Expo, and really does offer something for everyone. Whatever your area of interest or expertise, you can find visit the pop-up university to discover new ways of working that you can implement at your own organisation.

“There will be insights from the most senior clinicians in England about the latest developments in care and treatment, and from the people pioneering new ways of working in the vanguard sites. Hospital teams, voluntary groups and academics from all over England will also demonstrate and explain how their work is making a difference in their own local areas. Make sure you sign up quickly to the workshops that matter most to you – space is limited and the most popular workshops always fill up quickly.”

Revolutionising local commissioning
NHS Right Care is a commissioning model that will be rolled out to all 211 CCGs in England over the next few months. It is all about improving population health and outcomes, increasing value and helping deliver a sustainable NHS. The third of Expo’s four major feature zones will focus on NHS Right Care, with detailed displays exploring all aspects of the model and the opportunity to meet with a range of different CCG leaders currently implementing the model.

Scheduled presentations and discussions within the NHS Right Care zone throughout the two days will feature national and international leaders including the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy’s managing director for Global Healthcare Delivery Dr Al Mulley, and global healthcare systems expert Professor Sir Muir Gray.

Pop-up workshops from the NHS Right Care delivery team will help attendees understand the intricacies of medicines optimisation for both individual patients and for communities as a whole, and the improvements in treatment pathways this work can lead to. It will also explore how clinicians can work with patients to match their perceptions to the realities of treatment options available to them during shared decision-making.

Professor Matthew Cripps, national director for NHS Right Care, said: “Expo gives us a great opportunity to engage with delegates from every part of the NHS. It’s a very effective way for them to hook into this work, hear from experts in the field, and talk to practitioners who are already putting the RightCare approach into practice. I’m looking forward to meeting commissioners, providers, public health professionals, local authorities and primary care people – and of course patients – to explain why RightCare is critical in addressing some of the challenges faced by the NHS today, and how we can work together to land the approach successfully at a local level.”

Personalised medicine – the future today
Expo 2016’s fourth and final exhibition feature zone will focus on the exciting growth area of personalised medicine. There will be updates and information on the groundbreaking 100,000 Genomes Project that is already changing families’ lives by giving accurate diagnoses for rare genetic conditions for the first time, along with wider discussion and demonstration of the next-generation targeted medicines and tests becoming available to the NHS.

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, national medical director at NHS England, said: “The shift to personalised medicine is already underway – our role as a system leader and commissioning organisation is to consider how this transformation can be accelerated. To ensure we capitalise on the current NHS transformation and the investment made by both NHS England and the NHS, there is a need to locate the genomes initiative within a broader and more expansive strategy for personalised medicine.”

How to attend Expo 2016
Look out too for a huge range of professionally-focused satellite events in separate rooms around Manchester Central, providing excellent networking as well as further opportunities to learn directly from the most senior clinical and commissioning leaders.

Health and Care Innovation Expo has grown in recent years and more than 5,500 people are expected to register this year. It presents a unique opportunity to engage with all sectors involved in health and social care provision in England. Last year, more than 90 per cent of delegates shared their Expo learning with colleagues, and more than 50 per cent made a change in their own organisation as a result of what they learned.

Limited numbers of complimentary tickets are available to those working in the public sector. To claim your free-of-charge Expo 2016 place, check your complimentary ticket code with your manager and enter it into our online form to register. You can also e-mail to check whether you are eligible.

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