Turning the spotlight on innovation

Richard Stubbs,
Interim Managing Director
Yorkshire & Humber AHSN

Richard StubbsThis week sees our annual Yorkshire & Humber AHSN Innovation, Improvement & Impact Conference and we are delighted that our regional and national NHS and industry colleagues have accepted our invitation to come together and showcase the innovation and innovative practices that represent real ways of improving how we deliver services for our patients.

Innovation doesn’t just happen in the NHS, it’s part of a long (sometimes too long) process and, for the past four years, the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN has been heavily involved in helping our region’s health and care sector and industry colleagues to work together to harness that innovation to improve patient care.

As part of our conference we will hear from four national leads within the NHS, each of which will be highlighting how they see care being transformed now and in the future.  What pleases me most about our conference though, is that each presentation from a national lead will be followed by a local case study, showing how that transformation is already happening in our region and is being supported by the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN.

Dr Martin Vernon, National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Care will be one of several national leads from NHS England talking to delegates about how we can use innovative practices such as our electronic Frailty Index (eFI) to better identify and manage people with frailty to reduce demand on services.  Martin’s presentation will be followed by a local case study from Scarborough and Ryedale CCG, which has implemented the eFI locally.

We’re also pleased to be joined by both Professor Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer for NHS England and Beverley Bryant, Director of Digital Transformation at NHS Digital.  Both will be detailing the advancements in their own fields with regards to Genomics and the digital arena respectively and how these advancements will help shape the way health care is delivered now and in the future.

Joining Sue and Beverley will be representatives from our region’s NHS Genomics Medicine Centre (which recently recruited its 500th patient) and the Sheffield City Region Test Bed.  Both initiatives have made real progress in their first year and we’ll hear how their success will help transform the way care is delivered.

As the conference moves towards celebrating the achievements of our colleagues in the region who have entered our first Innovation, Improvement & Impact Awards, we’ll also hear from a local innovator, Adrian Flowerday of Docobo Ltd, whose innovation has recently been made part of NHS England’s Innovation and Technology Tariff.  Last, but by certainly no means least, we’re pleased to welcome Jacob West, National Lead for the New Models of Care Team at NHS England who will be updating on this national programme of work, of particular importance to our seven vanguard sites within the region.

In addition to the conference speakers, we’re also welcoming over 40 exhibitors, made up of our colleagues in health and social care and industry.  Each of the exhibitors are making their journey on the innovation pathway and being supported by one of our programmes of work to deliver the improvements we all seek to patient care.

I hope you or your colleagues will have the time to join us at the conference and look forward to seeing you there.  We’ll be publishing the outputs from the conference on our website as well as videos of the keynote speakers. You can also follow the conference on twitter using #IIIconf.