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For me, the Health and Care Innovation Expo is one of the really key moments of the year for the health and care sector.
It is a unique event, where leaders from all parts of the NHS, local government, the third sector and private business spend two days sharing the innovation that brings about improvements to patient care.
Health and Care Innovation Expo is a forum of shared purpose. We all want to secure the very best health and care services for everyone. These run from the support to stay well, to accessing the most advanced treatments and procedures.
Our conversation, debate and learning happens across a variety of formats and environments. We have two main stages, a varied and relevant exhibition, four feature zones focussing on key areas of health and care innovation, and more than 100 expert-led workshops in the pop-up university.
The sense of excitement and urgency at last year’s event means that I am already looking forward to our return to Manchester Central for Expo 2016 on 7 and 8 September. By then, we will be 18 months into implementing the ground breaking NHS Five Year Forward View, and we will be able to celebrate and share the NHS’s significant achievements, while collectively looking forward to the work still to do.
At Expo 2016, we will see the progress of the 50 vanguard sites that are exploring and testing new models of care that will be used right across the NHS. Last time, their feature zone at the heart of Manchester Central was one of the most popular attractions, and this September they will be able to show real examples of their integrated plans developing into tangible improvements to patient care and experience.
We will also hear from the NHS Right Care team, and from the Clinical Commissioning Groups that are implementing this transformative approach. Over 2016/17, every CCG in England will be moving towards delivering NHS Right Care, with involvement from every part of every local health economy. This work will dovetail with the further collaborative development of regional Sustainability and Transformation Plans, under which all parts of the NHS will work together over a number of years to ensure sustainable, effective services evolve and embed within their geographic footprint.
Our two main stages will feature inspiring speakers including Professor Bob Wachter MD, who is leading the national review ‘Making IT work: harnessing the power of health IT to improve care in England’, and National Data Guardian Dame Fiona Caldicott. The list is growing all the time.
In my view, there is no better event than Health and Care Innovation Expo at which to take the pulse of the health and care system, gain a full understanding of the challenges and opportunities we collectively face, and drill down to gain new insights and ideas in our own areas of expertise and interest.
I look forward to seeing you there.