Huge turnout at our III Conference

IMG_4872More than 200 delegates from NHS organisations, industry and academia attended the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network’s Innovation, Improvement & Impact Conference at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on Wednesday 25th January.

The Innovation, Improvement & Impact Conference gave the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN an opportunity to showcase its work to healthcare professionals and industry representatives and the benefits it is delivering in supporting both local and national projects.

The event featured keynote speakers from service leaders on the themes of Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Opportunities, Embracing Change in the healthcare sector and the Innovation Pipeline that is developing the solutions for future best and routine clinical practice.

The event was hosted by the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN’s Interim Managing Director Richard Stubbs and the opening address was delivered by the organisation’s Chair Professor William Pope.

The keynote speakers were:

  • Dr Martin Vernon, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Care. Martin spoke about the growing challenges of caring for an elderly population and the need for more pro-active care and support. He praised the electronic Frailty Index, which is supported by the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, in helping to identify people at risk of frailty as ‘one of the most effective pieces of innovation I have ever come across’.
  • Fiona Carragher, Deputy Chief Scientific Officer for England. Fiona discussed how genomic medicine is a great opportunity for the NHS to deliver new diagnostics and treatments and is opening the door to personalised medicine. She talked about the important work of the 100,000 Genomes Project and how AHSNs are at the forefront of discovery and innovation.
  • Beverley Bryant, NHS Digital’s Director of Digital Transformation. Beverley outlined the role and ambition of NHS Digital, including its commitment to encouraging frontline staff to help develop and implement new health technology. She stressed that digital transformation is everyone’s job adding that new technology needs to be ‘useful, usable and used’. In summing up Beverley emphasised the importance of building collaborations with AHSNs and industry to support the rapid implementation of new technologies.
  • Jacob West, NHS England’s National Lead for the New Models of Care Programme. Jacob spoke about the challenges in ensuring that the learning from the new Models of Care programme and the NHS Vanguards is spread across the NHS and provided examples of work already taking place. He said that the Sustainable and Transformation Plans are going to be key to scaling up new ways of delivering services and stressed the importance of building links between primary and secondary care.

Following each keynote address from the national leadership, speakers from organisations working with or supported by the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN gave presentations about regional projects that are making a real difference to patients in the area. These speakers were:

  • John Turner, Senior Service Improvement Manager, NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commission Group. He outlined how the electronic Frailty Index, which is supported by the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, is helping his organisation identify elderly patients at risk of developing life-changing conditions as a result of frailty. Identifying these patients early supports the implementation of pro-active care plans and may help reduce the number of preventable hospital admissions.
  • Dr Andrew Jack, Clinical Director for the Yorkshire and Humber NHS Genomic Medicine Centre (YHGMC). The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN supported the successful bid to establish a GMC in the region. Dr Jack gave an update on how the YHGMC is helping deliver the 100,000 Genomes Project, a hugely exciting programme that could fundamentally change the way medicine is delivered in the future.
  • Kathryn Robertshaw, Programme Manager from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Colin Lewry from GE Healthcare and Pamela Goff, a Test Bed Advisory Group Representative all spoke about the Sheffield City Test Bed. This programme aims to bring new benefits to patients with multiple long-term conditions through the combination and integration of innovative technologies and pioneering service designs. The aim is to keep people well and independent by avoiding crisis points that result in unnecessary hospital attendances, intensive rehabilitation and high levels of social care support. Pamela provided a valuable patient’s perspective on the impact the programme is having.
  • Adrian Flowerday, Managing Director of Docobo Ltd and a NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellow. He explained how his innovation ArtemusICS is a data driven population health intelligence platform, which supports community teams to identify and keep patients out of hospital, stopping preventable A&E admissions and in-patient stays through earlier detection and intervention. He also praised the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN for its support explaining that the organisation provides opportunities for healthcare innovators to access both markets in the NHS and explore international opportunities as well helping to identify potential funding streams.

Throughout the event, delegates were able to visit more than 40 exhibitor stands in the conference Expo area. Exhibitors included programme leads from the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, healthcare innovators and partner organisations.

The event culminated with an awards ceremony celebrating the achievements of the region’s health economy and life sciences sector.

Details of the award winners are available here

Richard Stubbs said: “I was delighted to see so many people in attendance and I would like to thank all our speakers, delegates and exhibitors for their commitment and energy throughout the event.

“The conference provided a great opportunity for healthcare professionals, industry and academia to get together, share ideas and learn about the support we can provide.”

  • A Twitter campaign, that ran throughout the day to enable people unable to attend to follow proceedings by using the hashtag #IIIConf attracted 1,692 ,861 impressions with 241 people joining the discussions. Around 42 tweets generated an hour during the conference.