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NHS leadership lined up to speak at UK e-Health Week 2017 | 3 & 4 May

Shauntal Windsor 24.01.17

A host of senior leaders seeing in the NHS digital agenda are to speak at UK e-Health Week 2017, taking place in May at Olympia London. 

They include Matthew Swindells, National Director: Commissioning Operations and Information at NHS England, who will talk about the vital role of technology and data in implementing the Five Year Forward View.

Matthew joined NHS England in May 2016 from the Cerner Group, where he worked as Senior Vice President for Population Health and Global Strategy. He began his career at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital in the early 1990s, and went on to become Director of Clinical Services of Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospital and later Chief Executive of the Royal Surrey County Hospital. He has also worked as Director General at the Department of Health and led the health team at the Cabinet Office.

The UK e-Health Week main stage will also host Professor Keith McNeil, NHS Chief Clinical Information Officer. Armed with years of clinical and digital health experience, Keith drives the national NHS digital agenda, focusing on clinical priorities in technology adoption. His address is expected to draw on his new role leading the Digital Delivery Board and guiding change across all government agencies to deliver the ambitions of the ‘Personalised Health and Care 2020’ framework.

NHS Chief Information Officer Will Smart, who joined NHS England in July last year, will also deliver a key note address at UK e-Health Week 2017. Will joined NHS England from Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, where he worked as Chief Information Officer. He is expected to provide an update on the Global Digital Exemplar sites.

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Juliet Bauer, Director of Digital Expeience, NHS England
  • Harpreet Sood, Associate Cheif Clinical Information Officer, NHS England
  • Beverley Bryant, Director of Digital Transformation, NHS Digital
  • Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, NHS England
  • Anne Cooper, Chief Nurse, NHS Digital
  • Andy Kinnear, BCS Health Chair


Jane Dwelly, Director of Strategy at HIMSS UK, said: “The UK e-Health Week programme will scrutinise, challenge and celebrate the latest developments in health IT, and our speakers will provide vital updates on the digital health agenda. Over two days, 3,000 attendees will have the opportunity to share plans, experiences and best practice with peers from across health and care, and they will leave with their minds fired up with ideas and inspiration to transform patient care through IT in their organisation.”

As well as main stage sessions, delegates will attend their pick of expert-led and interactive sessions in five lecture theatres. BCS Health will host two theatres across both days, covering everything from safety in electronic prescribing and learning health systems to clinical leadership and citizen empowerment in health IT. NHS England, NHS Digital, HealthTech Women, NHS England's Genomics team, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Digital Health.London, and Test Beds and STP leads will also host sessions across both days.

Visit ukehealthweek.com for updates on the UK e-Health Week 2017 programme.

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