We ran a full programme of inspiring and innovative speakers across our two main stages throughout the two days of Expo 2016. They delivered keynote speeches, led panel discussions and held Q&A sessions with the audience.
National Medical Director for NHS England Professor Sir Bruce Keogh opened Expo 2016 and welcomed us to Manchester.
Newly-appointed Chief Officer of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Jon Rouse, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council Sir Howard Bernstein, and National Director: Finance at NHS England Paul Baumann discussed the pioneering devolution work in Manchester and how the rest of England is “open for devolution” on the morning of our first day.
Later that morning, Professor Bob Wachter MD, Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, presented the findings of his review Making IT Work: harnessing the power of health information technology to improve care in England.
Newly-appointed Chief Clinical Information Officer Andy Kinnear gave NHS England’s initial response to the report, and NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens used his keynote address to update Expo audiences on various key delivery programmes, including an expansion of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP)
National Clinical Director for End of Life Care Dr Bee Wee led discussion on transforming end of life care, and how the ambitions framework for end of life can be implemented throughout the NHS.
In his keynote speech, Secretary of State for Health Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP outlined measures to create “smartphone-ready” services in a new NHS technology drive, with new services set to include a new NHS 111 online triage service, a library of NHS-approved health apps, and a relaunch of the current NHS Choices website as NHS.UK.
Matthew Syed, columnist for The Times, and the author of two acclaimed books on the science of high performance, set out his Black Box Thinking, and National Cancer Director Cally Palmer led a panel on transforming the patient pathway to achieve world-class cancer outcomes.
Newly-appointed National Director: Operations and Information at NHS England, Matthew Swindells used his keynote speech to call for greater imagination and ambition in the NHS, and emphasised the need to engage carers in the health and care process and give patients more control of their medical records, He stressed the importance of reaching the target audience behind new technologies, not just the ‘iWatch generation counting their steps every day’.
Day One of Expo 2016 was rounded off with the Kate Granger Awards for Compassionate Care 2016
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, this time accompanied by Senior Clinical Fellow to the Chief Executive Dr Mahiben Maruthappu and Dr Ashish Pradhan from Hinchinbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust opened Day Two of Expo 2016, with an in-depth discussion of health and care innovation at scale in the NHS.
NHS England’s Director for New Care Models Samantha Jones led discussion of the continuing progress of the 50 vanguard sites developing different types of care models. She discussed the plans they have in place for managing demand more effectively across the local health system and reducing costs, whilst at the same time improving outcomes for patients.
NHS England’s Director of Commissioning Ros Roughton discussed the challenges facing GP practices in England with Director of General Practice Development Dr Robert Varnam and other leading GPs, and Chief Nursing Officer at NHS England Prof Jane Cummings led a panel discussing the changing nursing workforce. She told delegates: “The world is changing and as a profession we need to respond in the right way, by taking responsibility and the lead to ensure we can meet the challenges we face”.
She was followed by Prof Keith Willett, Director for Acute Care at NHS England, who led panel discussions on the future of urgent and emergency care.
Ruby Wax addressed a packed Innovate Stage in conversation about mental health and mindfulness with Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis at University College London Peter Fonagy at the end of Day Two. She said: “When you have depression you want to show the world you’re perfectly fine. It’s the thinking about stress that really makes you ill. It was a combination of medication and meditation that worked for me. If you can do something on your own a little bit then it gives you a little bit of power.”