2-3 September 2015
Expo 15 returned to Manchester and was hosted once again by NHS England. Around 5000 people a day from health and care, the voluntary sector, local government, and industry joined together at Manchester Central Convention Centre for two packed days of speakers, workshops, exhibitions and professional development.
In 2015, Expo happened within the first 100 days of the new Government, and almost 12 months after the publication of the NHS Five Year Forward View. It was also a great opportunity to check on and learn from the progress of Greater Manchester as the area prepared to take over a £6 billion devolved health and social care budget, while delegates were able to meet the people behind the 37 vanguards developing and testing a range of new models of modernised care.
Delegates and speakers kept the Twitter conversations going throughout the two days, with the hashtag #Expo15NHS tending globally. Take a look at our Storify social media lookback.
NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens announced major new work to support NHS staff to improve their own health and wellbeing, with specialist packages for GPs suffering signs of burnout, while Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt MP challenged the NHS to ensure all patient were able to access their full medical records online by 2016, accompanied by a commitment to a review of data security.
Delegates also heard from inspirational figures including Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson and the Wheelchair Leadership Alliance, Sharon King and her daughter Rosie, who championed strong respite services for their “perfectly imperfect family” and others like them, and Dr Kate Granger, who presented the Compassion in Care awards that are named in her honour.
Most of all, Health and Care Innovation Expo 2015 was a celebration of innovation and improvement in the NHS, and a rallying call to further integrate our efforts and spread adoption of the best new ideas, with a huge range of practical learning in our unique Pop-up University.
Our 2015 sponsors are listed here.