The programme for October’s Digital Health Autumn Leadership Summit in Birmingham has been published, with new keynotes and sessions announced.

The new in-person summit, sponsored by AWS and Fujitsu, is designed to re-connect local and national NHS IT leaders and provide them with the opportunity to network and reflect on 18-months or dramatic change and a challenging recovery agenda ahead. The event is taking place on 7-8 October at Park Regis in Birmingham.

Professor David Rosser, who is the CEO of University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and the leads one the most digitally advanced NHS trusts in the UK, has been confirmed as the opening NHS keynote speaker and will set out his future digital vision for Birmingham.

Tom Loosemore, public sector digitisation guru, former deputy director of the widely acclaimed Government Digital Service, and co-author of ‘Digital Transformation at Scale: Why the Strategy Is Delivery’, has also been confirmed.

Tom is working in partnership with NHS Providers to lead the Digital for Boards programme working with trusts across the NHS and his session will be focused on helping place the challenges the NHS faces on digital in the context of wider public sector digitisation experiences.

Jon Hoeksma, CEO Digital Health, said: “After 18-months of relentless change, I hope the Summit will provide leaders the chance to come together in-person, re-connect, network and learn from one another and explore how they can address the how digital can next support the challenges of NHS recovery.”

The Summit will be the first time the newly elected CCIO, CIO and CNIO Network leaders will meet in person, with almost all the elected leaders attending.

Among the national leaders who are also providing keynotes are Jenny Thomas, director of DigitalHealth.London; Jonathan Benger, chief medical officer at NHS Digital; and Neil Bennet chief information security officer at NHS Digital, who will discuss why NHS Digital has now escalated cyber security to its number one priority.

The newly published What Does Good Look Like framework and accompanying Who Pays for What Guidance will also be squarely on the agenda. NHSX leadership trio Simon Eccles (deputy CEO), Sonia Patel (CIO) and Natasha Philips (CNIO), will lead a panel debate designed to give attendees the chance to dig into the new guidance.

Simon, Sonia, Natasha and colleagues will also be among those leading the interactive roundtables and workshops, which are another major feature of the Summit programme. On day one the sessions are on where next on ‘Digital Maturity’ and ‘Digital Foundation of ICSs’.

While the day two workshop sessions, which will be led by the NHSX and NHS Digital leaders, include:  ‘Digital and Staff Burn Out’, ‘Building a Digital Innovation Capability’, ‘Why every nurse is a digital nurse’, ‘Emerging threats to digital health and care’ and ‘How to grow digital skills at scale’.

The afternoon of day two is dedicated to giving local leaders a voice, and sharing their experience and ideas on where next in the digitisation session. As well as presentations and a panel Q&A with the elected chairs Lisa Emery, CIO Royal Marsden Foundation Trust, Sarah Hanbridge, CNIO The Christie Foundation Trust; and James Reed, CCIO Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, there will be an open mic town hall session.

As well as having two-packed days filled with keynotes and roundtables, there is also the networking and awards dinner on 7 October, which will celebrate the achievements of local NHS digital leaders with the presentation of the Digital Health Awards.

The summit is open to those either working in the NHS, public or charitable sectors, in academia or sponsors.  

Spaces are extremely limited with a capacity of 200. Book your place as early as possible. 

View the programme here


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