Content mining

Very soon we’ll be opening registrations for Expo 15. Keep watching this space for details about how to snag your place.

Meanwhile, here in the Expo team, it’s all about the content: the subject matter of the presentations on the two stages, and in the tutorials of the pop-up uni, must be as useful, interesting, relevant and inspiring as possible.

We are approaching this in a number of ways. First, we have a programme board where all the big decisions about Expo are made. As Expo 15 is hosted by NHS England for everyone working in health and care, we’re joined here by our partners: NHS Trust Development Authority, Monitor, Local Government Association, Care Quality Commission, NICE, HSCIC, NHS IQ, the Leadership Academy, Health Education England, Public Health England and Academic Health Science Networks.

We met this week and conversations are underway to define what our partners can offer by way of uni’ tutorials and speakers, and what the people they represent most want to hear about at Expo. This is vital information for us, as it is based on pure and simple evidence and springs directly from the organisations that represent people working in health and care.

Also joining us at the programme board are representatives from NHS England’s directorates. These people have a real grasp of the current and future work of NHS England and point us towards the emerging policy areas.

And, above all else we have the plan. The Five Year Forward View, published last October and supported by planning guidance issued last month, gives us masses of material and insight into the future direction of health and care.

It has strategies for designing new health and care systems, the vanguards and the new towns, and delivering seven new models of care. Ultimately it will make sure the NHS will be around for the next and future generations.

Exploring the Five Year Forward View and seeing evidence of its delivery will be a theme running throughout the presentations and tutorials in this September’s event and also in the feature zones.

Let’s not forget (how could we?) that using the power of information and technology to improve patient care is a central tenet of NHS England. As an organisation we are uniquely placed to work across the health and care system to connect patients and those who serve them with the benefits of information and technology.

The National Information Board’s framework: Personalised Health and Care 2020, published last November, sets out the ambition, road-maps for delivery are in production and by September there’ll be real collaboration to talk about at Expo and products to get your hands on and experience.

No one likes a signed-off plan more than us, but we are dealing with a little bit of ambiguity, let’s call it a General Election, between now and September so we can’t lock down the entire programme until the dust has settled after that. But, that’s OK. The timing works in our favour as by then we’ll be perfectly placed to reflect on and discuss recent events.

Jane Dwelly

Jane Dwelly is head of Health and Care Innovation Expo 2015. Previously as head of programme communications at NHS England she led the communications and marketing team for Expo 14.

Before joining NHS England, Jane was head of communications for the NHS Medical Director Bruce Keogh in the Department of Health.

Jane has led communications on a number of high-profile NHS programmes including Professor Lord Darzi’s Next Stage Review in 2007/8 and the NHS Future Forum in 2011.

In the early part of her career, Jane trained and worked as a financial journalist.

Follow Jane on Twitter @janedwelly.