What happened at Health and Care Innovation Expo 2017?

Health and Care Innovation Expo 2017, at Manchester Central on 11 and 12 September 2017, was our biggest yet. We had over 5,000 delegates and more than 200 hours of speakers, workshops and sessions exploring the latest developments and innovations across health and social care. This year focused more sharply than ever before on the actions we can all take to deliver the vision of the NHS Five Year Forward View and create a better, more joined-up and more responsive NHS in England.

View all available speaker presentations, main stage videos and full transcripts

Read our news section or follow us on Twitter (@ExpoNHS) to follow the post-event discussion and read about key Expo moments and announcements including:

  • Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham’s tribute to the heroic efforts of NHS staff who cared for victims of the
    Manchester bombing
  • Ethel Armstrong’s thoughts on being at the NHS on its first ever day and her 42-year career as an NHS cadet, nurse and radiographer
  • Keynote addresses from Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health and many more

You can also download many presentations from different sessions by with our exclusive Expo 2017 app.

We hope that everyone who attended had a great time and learned some new things which you can take back into your day-to-day life and work.

Join us for Health and Care Innovation Expo 2018, on 5 and 6 September, when we will return to Manchester Central for another great showcase of innovation and transformation across health and social care. Registration will open in Spring 2018.

Selected highlights of Expo 2017

Timelapse video

From set-up to break-down, with two action-packed days of speakers, discussions and activities in between, Manchester Central undergoes a dramatic transformation to host Health and Care Innovation Expo. This timelapse video condenses the whole process into just three minutes!

Mayor praises “heroic” NHS staff

  • Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, chairman of NHS England was joined by Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham to open the Heath and Care Innovation Expo.
  • The Mayor started with a tribute to the “heroic efforts” of NHS staff for their care of the victims of the Manchester bombing. Speaking just a mile from the arena where 22 innocent people died in a nail bomb blast at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in May, the Mayor said: “In the aftermath of the attack I felt the strength in our National Health Service in Manchester and saw a service that today is so much more than the sum of its parts. We are blessed with great people leading the NHS.”
  • He also reflected the major themes of the conference by setting out the city’s ambitions for integrating NHS and social care. Read more here.

Ethel at the #NHS70 Hub

  • Ethel Armstrong, 87, was at the NHS on its first ever day and spoke to delegates about her 42-year career as an NHS cadet, nurse and radiographer.
  • Ethel described what it was like in the early days of the NHS telling the audience how patients had to bring their own sandwiches, but even then she said she knew: “it was to be a big wide world that I wanted to be a part of.”

NASA meets Hollywood as new technology helps tackle frailty in older people

  • NHS England this morning revealed that the NHS is trialling new wearable sensors, based on technology used by NASA and the CGI film industry, to help identify older patients at risk of falls as part of a new drive to tackle frailty. Read more here.

NHS Digital Academy Launch and Q&A

  • The NHS Digital Academy was officially launched at Expo. The Academy, which is led by Imperial College London’s Institute of Global Health Innovation in partnership with Harvard Medical School and The University of Edinburgh, will see three of the world’s top universities provide virtual masterclasses in leadership and digital as part of a comprehensive programme to provide NHS staff with the right skills to drive digital innovation.

Practical guides to support disabled patients to access GP services online 

  • NHS England published guides aimed at supporting people with sight loss, hearing loss, autism or learning disabilities to use GP services online – for things like booking appointments, ordering repeat prescriptions and viewing their medical records. Read more here.

Ambulance services begin new response times

  • Four of England’s ambulance services have begun the roll out of new response times announced earlier this year.
  • Professor Jonathan Benger, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Urgent Care, and NHS England’s lead paramedic, Richard Webber, told delegates that a further four ambulance trusts would be switching to the new target times before the winter begins. Read more here.

App to help children and young people with their health

  • An app, designed with, and for, children and young people, is helping them understand more about their health.
  • At a special National Quality Board, which was co-chaired by representatives from the NHS Youth Forum, NHS Go was showcased to the audience.

Kate Granger Awards:

  • Heroic frontline NHS staff who treated victims of the recent Manchester and London terror attacks and the Grenfell fire were given special recognition at the Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards.
  • Staff including nurses, doctors and paramedics received a standing ovation as the Special Recognition honour was announced by Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer, NHS England. Jane said: “Compassion has never been more in the spotlight than over the last few months of this year. We’ve had appalling horror – terrorism in London and Manchester, and the Grenfell fire. These tragedies have affected so many people across the country, including NHS staff. They highlighted the resilience and the compassion of the NHS staff who time after time responded to victims, who had suffered unimaginable injuries – putting the needs of those people first”.
  • See the full list of winners on the NHS website: https://www.england.nhs.uk/expo/2017/09/12/special-award-for-manchester-and-london-nhs-terror-attack-heroes/

NHS to transform patient care by routinely offering cutting edge treatments

  • Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, unveiled new plans to free up funds for the latest world class treatments by slashing hundreds of millions from the nation’s drugs bill and announced that new and cutting edge treatments will be routinely available for the first time.
  • This will include revolutionary new treatment for Hepatitis C, new measures to slash up to another £300 million from the nation’s medicines bill, trailblazing new treatment to restore sight, routine commissioning of the latest technology to help deaf children hear and an expansion of the Test Bed programme that is testing the treatments and care models of tomorrow.

Jeremy Hunt unveils plans for digital-led NHS treatment by 2018

  • The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health, pledged every patient should be able to access their medical records and book appointments with their GP via an app by 2018.
  • The app has been piloted in south-east London, where patients can already book appointments with their GPs, access NHS 111, receive online consultations with their GPs and order repeat prescriptions using their smartphones.

New quality of life measure for recovering cancer patients

  • NHS England today announced five areas where a new quality of life metric will be piloted, as part of an ambitious plan to radically improve care and support for people once treatment ends.
  • The ground-breaking new approach is set to drive improvements in after care which includes personalised plans for people with cancer outlining not only their physical needs, but also other support they may need, such as help at home or financial advice.
  • The new metric, which is the first of its kind, will use questionnaires to measure how effective this support is and the data will be made available on My NHS – helping patients, the public, clinicians and health service providers see how well their local after cancer care support is doing.
  • Read more here.

New drive to save thousands of people from heart attacks and strokes

  • The NHS, working with Public Health England (PHE), announced a new drive to prevent heart attacks and strokes saving thousands of lives by taking a more integrated approach to cardiovascular care.
  • Sir Bruce Keogh, the National Medical Director of NHS England, urged the new sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) to take coordinated action to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of these life-threatening conditions.
  • Read more here.

Leading support for people with mental health issues and learning disabilities

Launch of 70/70 campaign

  • Professor Sir Bruce Keogh has called for 70 NHS Trusts to sign up to plans to encourage more young people to volunteer in their local NHS as part of its 70th birthday year.
  • This comes after Sir Bruce made a personal pledge to HRH The Prince of Wales to support the Step Up To Serve #iwill initiative.
  • Read more here.