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Event / Delivering value with digital technologies 2023

09:00, 22 February 2023

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About this event

Returning for a second year, this event brought together clinicians, finance staff and informatics professionals to consider how digital technologies such as digital medicine, genomics, artificial intelligence and robotics can transform services and drive value and efficiency.

These technologies can empower patients to participate actively in their care, with a greater focus on wellbeing and prevention. They also support the prediction of individual disease risk and personalise the management of long-term conditions. 

Delegates heard from those who have made progress in rolling out these technologies, with real life examples. They had the opportunity to discuss how these technologies can help the NHS address some of its key challenges, so that they leave with a greater understanding of the innovations taking place in the world of digital technologies and how it applies to their role and health system.

Session content

Feb 22

    During this session Matthew will talk about how behaviour change within organisations can help embrace the digital agenda and working with clinicians. Matthew will discuss breaking down barriers through behavioural science and getting you thinking about the different human factors that can help improve healthcare delivery.

    Professor Matthew Cripps   / Director of behaviour change , NHS England

    NHS England and The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) are developing a new policy framework to improve access to digital health technologies for NHS patients.

    The policy framework is intended to make clear the regulatory and assessment criteria for digital health technologies will need to meet in order to be recommended for use within the NHS. As part of this, NICE will review evidence for clinical and cost effectiveness through a new process called Early Value Assessment (EVA). EVA will allow NICE to assess products with emerging evidence and offer a conditional recommendation for their use in the NHS.

    The concept is for decision making to be ICB led as they will understand local needs and adoption/engagement, but with the testing and national backing from NHS England and NICE to support this decision-making process.

    The key initial priorities being piloted through EVA are cardiovascular, mental health (adults and children with anxiety and depression) and early cancer diagnosis.

    In this session, Peter and Tamir will outline their draft policy which is due for wider publication in Spring 2023.

    They are keen for feedback on the draft policy as well as contributions from NHS colleagues for other priority areas once identified. This session will be mainly discussion based with an informal Q&A.

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    Peter Williams   / Head of tech policy - Digital Policy Unit , Department of Health & Social Care
    Tamir Singer   / Head of business development , NHS England

    The ’was not brought’ tool developed at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust was developed to address the significant number of outpatient appointments not attended. There was often a correlation with families from deprived areas, allowing the trust to identify who was likely not to attend and intervene prior to the appointment, significantly improving attendance. The tool has been rolled out across the members of the Children’s Hospital Alliance, addressing inequalities and waste across the country.

    This predictor tool was developed using £1 million of elective recovery funding and was rolled out over 10 paediatric trusts. The tool produces various data sets around missed appointments and as part of a pilot scheme, the team tested various interventions such as free transportation to patients, clinical calls and administrative calls to help reduce the number of missed appointments. One pilot site also focused on neurodiversity, ADHD and mental health and how this data can be used to better support these children and their families. What began as an internal predictor tool has now generated interest from across the NHS and is fast becoming a commercial product with opportunities to be replicated in adult services.

    In this session, the team will explore the innovation journey including planning and problem solving, collaboration across finance and other teams, evaluation data from pilot sites as well as future commercialisation of the tool.

    Anne Marie Davies   / Innovation & inequalities programme manager , Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
    Emily Kirkpatrick   / Associate director of finance , Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
    David Cole   / Strategic lead of commercial growth , Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
    Kim Orwin   / WNB evaluation project manager , Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust
    Edd Crawley   / Senior programme manager , Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

    In this session Lee will give an overview of the recently created CUPID spend analytics tool which was awarded “Highly Commended” status at the HFMA National Awards 2022, and how best in class analytics is supporting the shift in procurement focus towards an outcomes based total pathway procurement approach.

    Linked closely to CUPID, Nicola will share details of how Value Based Procurement principles were applied to the digitisation of patient management at North West London University Hospitals NHS Trust, delivering a saving of £250k and building a robust clinical data source on which decisions can be based.

    Lee Taylor   / Clinical and analytics programme lead , NHS Supply Chain
    Nicola Darwent   / Clinical advisor , NHS Supply Chain

    Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) have worked with NHS Digital and CLEO Systems to successfully implement an electronic prescription system (EPS) to digitise the paper process of sending prescriptions to pharmacies and enabling improved patient choice; a first-of-type pilot in secondary NHS care.

    In this session, Colin will describe how the trust collaborated with NHS Digital and CLEO Systems staff, service users and also community pharmacies for to implement the EPS system to deliver key efficiency benefits and to support the drive towards digitisation across the NHS.

    Sustainability was also a key goal for this innovation, it was identified that EPS could contribute towards reduced emissions, travel costs and time, whilst still improving patient safety, prescription security and providing patient choice.

    Colin Jones   / Head of pharmacy digital improvement & innovation, , Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

    Panellists will discuss the opportunities and challenges from their various perspectives, exploring areas for further development and growth. Further themes to be explored include collaborative working, innovation, clinical engagement, technology and patient experience.

    Nicci Briggs   / Chief finance officer , NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care Board
    Dr Jon Cort   / Chief digital officer, consultant in anaesthetics and intensive care medicine , Joined Up Care Derbyshire Integrated Care System
    Emma Hughes   / Deputy director of innovation , Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
    Andrew Griffiths   / Chief Executive Officer , Federation of Informatics Professionals
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