The journey towards a smarter hospital within a new integrated care landscape

Traditional thinking around digital transformation within health care organisations and systems seeks to apply new technologies to existing care pathways and processes in order to improve them – but misses the opportunity technology now offers us to reimagine how care is delivered. The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted care delivery, forcing our health care system to embrace change at pace and see the ways in which digital design and capabilities can enable care, and access to care, driven by smarter, user-centred design.

At this event we will explore the role that hospitals – enabled by digital capability – can play, and we will think about:
• how hospitals can reframe their role as part of an integrated care system
• how digital technologies and innovation can help support that role
• how these technologies can be interwoven with workforce, estates and clinical capabilities as part of a co-ordinated approach to health and care.


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Julia Cream (Chair)

Policy Fellow, The King’s Fund

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Julia Cream joined The King’s Fund as a Senior Associate in October 2014 to help develop a toolkit to improve collaboration between finance and clinical teams. As a fellow in the policy team, she has led on a number of projects including how to improve health outcomes for people who sleep rough, and what we can learn from other disasters that might help with our recovery from Covid-19.

Previously, Julia managed the policy and communications for a number of health charities and third sector. She has a particular interest in how personal experiences can be used to change and improve policy and practice. She has a PhD from the University of London.
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Dr Mark Davies

Chief Medical Officer (Europe), IBM Corporation and IBM Watson Health

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Mark has over 20 years' experience as a GP in West Yorkshire. He has a long-standing interest in health policy and system redesign and this has led him to work nationally for the last 10 years in a number of clinical leadership roles at the Department of Health, Cabinet Office and, most recently, as executive medical director of the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

He led the work on health data transparency when at Cabinet Office which led to some of the most significant open health initiatives in the world. Whilst in the Department of Health he was National Clinical Director in charge of primary and community care systems and led work on clinical record standards and clinical contents.

He has also been medical director for the Choose and Book programme. Mark led an initiative with the US government on common data and health technology standards which led to a landmark agreement between the UK and US governments. He joined global health informatics specialist MedeAnalytics in May 2014 as European Medical Director where he worked for 3 years developing population health management systems. He also chaired the health analytics group within the national industry trade association for technology, TechUK

Clinically has had an interest in service redesign especially in end of life care and emergency services. He founded and was medical director of one of the largest social enterprise providers in the country – Local Care Direct. Which developed a model of integrated urgent care using multi-professional groups to cover a population of 3 million people. Mark has an interest in population health, clinical quality measurement and the use of technology to optimize care for individuals. He is a faculty member on the primary care home programme at the National Association of Primary Care, a fellow of the Royal college of Physicians and General Practitioners. He is also a non executive director for the British Medical Journal.
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Fiona Edwards

Accountable Officer and Chief Executive, NHS Frimley CCG and Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System

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Fiona was appointed to her current role as Accountable Officer and Chief Executive to NHS Frimley CCG in April 2021 and has been the Executive Lead for the Frimley Integrated Care System for just under 3 years. Previously, Fiona was appointed to the post of Chief Executive of Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in April 2005 and she led the Trust through a successful merger, becoming a Foundation Trust and forging innovative partnerships to deliver the Trust’s clinical strategy. Fiona has been a Chief Executive in the NHS for 21 years. Fiona’s private sector career spanned 10 years within the manufacturing sector as a Human Resources professional. Fiona has chaired the Board of Trustees of a national charity, Cruse Bereavement Care. Fiona is the Chair of the Thames Valley and Surrey Local Health Care Record Programme.
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Lisa Hollins

Director of Innovation, NHSX

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Lisa was previously the Executive Director of Improvement, Informatics and ICT, at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of the Shelford Group Transformation Directors.

Lisa is an experienced health leader and has worked in the NHS for over 25 years. Until September 2019, she was Chair of the Shelford Group Transformation Directors and has held senior positions in NHS trusts with University College London Hospitals, Barts Health and King’s College Hospital as her most recent organisations.

She has held regional and national roles in quality improvement and previously published a number of articles on quality improvement and efficiency.
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Professor Kiran Patel

Chief Medical Officer, Deputy CEO & Consultant Cardiologist, University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust

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Kiran Patel is Chief Medical Officer and Consultant cardiologist at University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire. He came to that role in 2019 after 6 years as Medical Director for NHS England (West Midlands). He graduated from Kings College, Cambridge University in 1993 and has been a practising Consultant Cardiologist 2005 and continues to practice despite a busy managerial role. He was appointed an Honorary Professor at Warwick University in 2018. He is also clinical lead for the Coventry and Warwickshire STP.

As a senior NHS leader he has managed significant transformational change not only in cardiac services but as Medical Director for the West Midlands (2014-19), Clinical Director at West Midlands Strategic Health authority (2009-11) and Medical Director for West Mercia PCT Cluster (2011-13).

In the voluntary sector, he has been Chair of trustees to the South Asian Health Foundation charity (which he founded in 1999). He was also a trustee for 3 terms at the UK Health forum from 2003-12. He is a mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation which encourages and mentors students from deprived communities into the healthcare sector and further education.

In healthcare policy and strategy, he has worked with NICE, the Royal Colleges and the Department of Health for over two decades. He has published papers and books and lectured widely on a national and international scale, not only in the field of cardiology, but more widely on social determinants and healthcare systems and strategy. Such expertise gleaned from both the NHS and voluntary sectors, led to him advising the Public Health Foundation of India on developing healthcare systems in 2009-10 and he also co-authored the UK Ministerial briefing for the UN Summit on non communicable disease in 2011. He currently sits on the board of the BMJ group to drive globalisation of education and training to achieve its mission of a healthier world. As part of that global health system work he recently advised the Thai government and is currently advising the Indonesian government on health system strengthening. He is currently leading work on workforce development and quality improvement in the UK NHS.
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Dr David Selwyn

Medical Director, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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David was appointed as the inaugural Director of the Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC) in May 2019 and tasked with establishing and developing CPOC as a truly cross-organisational, multidisciplinary initiative hosted by the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), facilitating cross-organisational working on perioperative care for patient benefit. He remains an active clinician, dealing with the competing demands of anaesthesia and adult critical care.

Prior to becoming Director of CPOC, David was the Chairman of the RCoA Clinical Directors’ Network, a national network of medical leaders in anaesthesia, intensive care and pain management. He continues to be a representative on a number of the major Royal College quality, safety and professional standards committees and also lectures locally, regionally and nationally on medical leadership.

David was appointed as Executive Medical Director of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in November 2019, having joined the Trust as Deputy Medical Director in July 2019 on a secondment from Nottingham University Hospitals where he was the Deputy Medical Director. He has also been appointed as Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO).

Before beginning his leadership journey, David was a Regional Advisor for 8 years, an inaugural Intensive Care Medicine (ICM) Training Programme Director (TPD) and a Faculty Tutor.


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