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Health and Care Innovation Expo 2015

22 September 2015

Earlier this month, Executive Chair of Connect, Andrew Walton, attended the annual Health and Care Innovation Expo; an event which unites individuals from health and care, the voluntary sector, local government and industry to discuss innovation and share best practice in the sector.

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With the NHS Five Year Forward View as this year’s theme, sessions focussed heavily on the prevention of ill health, redesign of care and safeguarding of the NHS’s financial footing through new investment and efficiencies. We asked Andrew about the Expo, and what he was hoping to gain as part of his attendance:

“It has now been just under three weeks since I attended the Expo, and during this time I have been able to reflect on the key themes and messages I have taken from the event. This year, the need for change was presented as a clear focal point as part of the Five Year Forward View. As a provider to the NHS, Connect recognise the need for change and development and are part of supporting the need for increased quality, efficiency and reduction in cost within the health service. I attended on behalf of the company to understand how Connect can keep abreast of these changes and to meet with exhibitors to find out if they have the relevant services or products to support our development.

One of the key messages I took from the event was the importance that providers, the health service, Government and other organisations must work closely. As Connect currently hold partnerships with providers of different size and stakeholders in the pathway, we are already aware of the importance of a close working relationship. And whilst these partnerships have been challenging at times, they have also be hugely valuable in understanding the needs and requirements of each provider. Furthermore, they have allowed us to develop the core skills on both pathway design and service delivery that will help stakeholders in MSK pathways deliver better outcomes, at an overall lower cost.”

During the course of the two day event, leading national and international speakers took to the stage to provide their unique perspectives and insights into their work and plans, while experts gave targeted master-classes in all aspects of transformation. With so many speakers with different approaches and plans, we asked Andrew what sessions stood out for him the most and the messages he took from the event overall:

H&C Expo“There were a number of interesting discussions between primary and acute providers about Vanguards and other fledgling and new models of care. One session which stood out for me, and seemed to strike a positive note with many in the audience, was one hosted by Optum which discussed the success of Accountable Care Organisations in the US. There were also a number of sessions, with speakers from Jeremy Hunt and Simon Stevens through to jobbing GPs, which emphasised the fact that so little is being digitised. For Connect, digitisation is of great importance as so many of our employees, from physios to RMC staff, rely on the use of digital technology. We are always looking for innovation in our field and understand that the opportunity to improve quality and efficiency through technology is significant. Connect, along with other providers to the NHS, must put resources into making this happen and embrace the necessary change to provide patients with the best quality of care.”

For more information on this year’s Health and Innovation Expo and details on next year’s event, click here.

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