Independent workshops

A number of independent teams and individuals submitted bids to lead 45-minute pop-up university workshops on their own priority issues and work. The best of these submissions were granted a pop-up university place, and these are listed below.


Collaborative Working- Joining up the Networks between Primary and Secondary care in Dentistry

Speakers: Deborah Moore, Specialty Registrar in Dental Public Health; Hilary Whitehead, Clinical Lead for Dentistry at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust; and Richard Valle-Jones, Clinical Director at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

The workshop will present  a promising new model,  deflecting patients with dental issue  from A+E  to Primary Dental Care, utilising a collaborative network and consider the innovations in systems and pathways that are necessary for success.


Putting the Social into Leadership

Speakers: Vanessa Garrity, Registered Mental Health Nurse and Independent Health Care Consultant and founder and director of Sociable Angels; and John Walsh, Practice Manager at York Street Health Practice, Leeds.

This workshop looks at the concept of social leadership. It asks what sort of leadership we need for the changes, integration and new models of care emerging. The workshop will explore social leadership as a living practice and theory.

Social leadership is integrally related to how we can create best cultures and spaces for reflection and nurturing teams and individuals. Social leadership is about how we can develop genuine alliances for change and innovation. It can be central to thinking networks, creativity, effective team work and compassionate practice in a new age of change and challenge. Social leadership is also a support to person-centres approaches, new models of care and the STP work. Come and join us to look at how we may improve culture and leadership in the services we lead and work in.


Understanding Virtual Fracture Clinics

Speakers: Lucy Cassidy, Advanced Practice Physiotherapist at Brighton and Sussex University NHS Trust , and James Gibbs, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Brighton and Sussex University NHS Trust

Virtual Clinics enhance patient care by standardising treatment in line with current research and using online resources to provide rehabilitation and monitor patient-recorded outcome measures (PROMs), while collecting data for research, reducing outpatient appointments by ensuring patients are seen by the correct specialist at the correct time, saving money for the NHS.

The NHS Innovation Challenge Prize – winning team from Brighton and Sussex University NHS Trust will show how you can adopt their techniques to improve care and efficiency.


Delivering new models of care through large-scale digital solutions

Speakers: Dr Matthew Goodman, Chief Medical Officer at Map My Health; Oliver Lake, Partner for Transformation at South East CSU; and Holly Guy, Principal Associate for Corporate Communications and Marketing at South East CSU

This workshop for clinicians, commissioners and transformation leads will discuss the potential to use large scale digital solutions to reduce avoidable demand for face-to-face services. Using these new solutions we can encourage people to make informed choices, empower them to take ownership of long term conditions, and enhance health outcomes.


Coming Home – A mental health repatriation project which is enabling patients with complex needs to be treated closer to home

Speaker: Sally Eason, Transformation Partner at NHS Arden & GEM Commissioning Support Unit

An award-winning partnership project led by NHS Arden & GEM CSU has reduced reliance on out-of-area mental health services, improving patient care and delivering annual savings of £12m.  This workshop will cover the project methodology, processes and clinical review system developed and the vital role partnership working has played throughout.


Design for dementia: transforming the home

Speakers: Dr Robert G MacDonald, President Emeritus of Liverpool Architectural Society and Reader in Architecture at Liverpool John Moore’s University; Joe Forster, President of Design at the Mental Health Network; Bill Halsall, Architect, Landscape Architect and Senior Partner at Halsall Lloyd Partnership; and Chris Hall, Health Sector Lead, Building Research Establishment.

“Design for Dementia” will explore how the design of the public realm and the interior domain can help people with dementia to live well and independently for longer. Particularly research has evolved design approaches which will be tested through the construction of a demonstration dwelling at the Building Research Establishment Innovation Park.


Improvement analytics: innovation to improve care and efficiency

The Improvement Analytics Unit is an innovative new partnership between the Health Foundation and NHS England which will provide rapid feedback on the progress being made by local health care projects to improve care and efficiency.

It will use robust statistical methods to compare the outcomes of new local projects and interventions in health care – such as the New Care Models and Integrated Care Pioneers – against services in other parts of England, in order to inform ongoing improvement. The unit will provide rapid feedback to local services by providing regular benchmarking reports to a select number of sites.

The speakers will outline the methods used by the unit as well as its anticipated benefits in terms of delivering on the commitment of the NHS Five Year Forward View.


Out Loud – “I” Statements supporting service delivery to LGBT People

Speakers: Sarah Humphreys, Chair at ELOP and Harri Weeks, Stakeholder Engagement Manager for the National LGB&T Partnership at the LGBT Consortium,

The National LGB&T Partnership recently published Out Loud: LGBT Voices in Health and Social Care. Using these recommendations from LGBT communities about how they want to experience Health and Social Care, we will lead a session sharing insights into designing and providing care and support that will meet these needs.


Human factors engineering and clinical innovation to design never events out of the NHS

Speakers: Dr Peter Young, Consultant in Critical Care at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn, and NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellow

This workshop will help the audience to understand why mistakes and errors occur in the NHS, with particular reference to never events. These often occur due to system failures and human errors and by understanding this it is possible to re-design the system and design errors out of the NHS.


Cancer Doesn’t Do Labels– meeting the specific needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people affected by cancer

Speakers: Fatimah Vali, Senior Engagement Officer for the Inclusion Team at Macmillan Cancer Support and Martin Wells, a person affected by cancer.

People participating in the workshop will be given the opportunity to explore what changes they themselves can make in their own workplace to ensure the experience of care is LGBT friendly, and these ideas will be captured on ‘pledgecards’.


Measuring the quality of Voluntary and Community Sector health service delivery

This workshop will explore how Quality For Health, an innovative, audited, quality assurance system, supported by Calderdale CCG, is bringing about  real change in the way in which voluntary and community organisations are able to identify  the positive differences made to users through the delivery of services.