Last week saw the NHS Innovation Expo 2015 land in the heart of DevoManc and just around the corner from Isosec at Manchester Central.
Over the two days there were widespread activities to recognise and drive the uptake of innovation in the NHS. There were key speakers spread over several stages such as Sir Bruce Keogh, Tim Kelsey and Simon Stevens from NHS England as well as drivers from a political level like Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt MP and George Freeman MP. Harold Bernstein was present to discuss the Greater Manchester Devolution with his team who reviewed their plans openly and took questions from the audience. These took place on the Future NHS Stage and there was more to be found on the Innovate Stage which saw speakers such as Beverley Bryant, Director of Digital Technology for NHS England who discussed patient access to their own records. Other topics that buzzed over the two days were mental health, obesity, and compassionate care.
Isosec were on Stand 93 and were thrilled to be part of the Digital Zone. It was great to see so many companies like us, driving change for the NHS digitally and demonstrating where efficiency and benefits can be exposed to the NHS through innovative digital products just like MIA, our clinical mobile app solution for community care.
It was also great for us to see other people so focussed on improving maternity services like we are. The team from #MATEXP were inspiring with their session on how social media and local collaboration grew into a platform for driving change in midwifery services. Another highlight for us was a talk on perinatal mental health and learning what the NHS is putting in place to improve services in the area. A huge thank you to the Maternal Mental Health Alliance and Emily Stevens for this highly motivating talk, as well as Giles Berrisford, Perinatal Psychiatrist from Birmingham for the stark figures on the current state of services for new mums with mental health issues. Both of those talks were from the Pop-up university which saw several seminar-like discussions going on that were much more interactive than those on the main stage and highly interesting to have been a part of.
The Innovation Expo also saw the NHS Wildcamp set up which we managed to catch a couple of discussions in, having seen the acclaim they received at our last exhibition The Digital Health Summit 15 with Salford One. Geraldine Strathdee, England’s Clinical Director for Mental Health gave a particularly motivating seminar on mental health issues and ‘the questions people don’t dare to ask’.
Thanks to everyone who came to see Isosec on our stand, it was absolutely brilliant to see so many innovative companies and individuals who will be the next generation of NHS forward thinkers. We loved being part of NHS Innovation Expo 15 and will see you all there next year!
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