Health and Social Care Newsletter | Winter Pressures Dominate the Headlines

Wishing you a very Happy New Year from techUK and the Health and Social Care team. We look forward to working with you over 2018.

For the first time in a long time we had a SoS who wanted to retain the Health brief... and we will be interested to see if the ‘reshuffle’ in Jeremy Hunt’s job title is reflected with any shift in policy.

With our own elections completed before Christmas we are pleased to announce that Rob Blay (JAC) and Ali Rogan (Tunstall) are resuming their positions as Chair and Vice Chair. They will be joined by two new Vice Chairs, James Norman (Dell-EMC) and Natalie Chishick (IMS Maxims).

There are daily stories in the media about the Winter Pressures in the NHS. Following the publication of our paper last year, we are running a Campaign Week for you to share your ideas on how tech can help solve these challenges. The deadline for submission of guest blogs is 12 February and if you’re interested in contributing please get in touch with Kate Francis by 19 January to find out more about the themes and how to contribute.

Be sure to take a look at our event on 5 February with the Department for International Trade. It’s called Digital Health Opportunities in the NHS and you’ll hear from NICE, NHS Digital, DigitalHealth.London among others.

We are also thrilled to be working with Essex Country Council on their 'Challenge Dementia Prize'. More details below.

We will be discussing our plans for the year during our January Council Meeting next week. Our partnership with NHS Digital and the NHSE ACS framework will no doubt feature prominently. Please do get in touch if there are any topics you think we should be focusing on this year.

techUK News, Views, and Opportunities

Essex County Council Challenge Dementia
Do you want to make a lasting impact on the lives of 850,000 people living with Dementia in the UK? Do you want the chance to win £100,000 by developing a solution to support this growing challenge? On the 19 January Essex County Council is launching Challenge Dementia, the second in a series of Challenge Prizes developed to identify solutions to some of the most complex problems facing its residents.

Type 1 Diabetes: The Rise of the Machines – 24 February
Technology has huge potential to transform type 1 diabetes and some people with the condition are already showing remarkable results using new digital technologies. This event, co-hosted by techUK and Partha Kar will showcase what is currently possible with today’s tools and what we need to do to make digital a reality for the many rather than the few.

techUK Working with NHS England
techUK hosted a meeting with Matthew Swindells, Paul Rice, Will Smart and Bob Ricketts to discuss the Global Digital Exemplar programme; Local Integrated Care Record Exemplars; and support for Accountable Care Systems. The slides are available at and more details on the ACS framework can be found here.

Health and Social Care Opportunities

Digital Health Exchange Between Denmark and the UK
The Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Science & Innovation Network (SIN) at the British Embassy Copenhagen are hosting a one-day event focusing on Digital Health.
Event Details: 08:30 – 17:00 on Tuesday 13 March 2018.
Location: TBC, Copenhagen, Denmark

Doing Business with the NHS Just Got a Lot Easier for Cheshire & Warrington SMEs
Healthcare Business Connect Cheshire and Warrington is a new support programme helping Cheshire and Warrington businesses working in the health and life sciences sector with products or services of interest to the NHS make the right connections.
Upcoming Event: Learn how to trade with the NHS – Ask the Buyer
Location: Alderley Park Conference Centre on Wednesday 24 January 2018, 9:00–12:00.

Opportunity to Help the AMRC Streamline Their IT Systems
The Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) is the national membership organisation of leading medical and health research charities. AMRC members support over one third of all publicly-funded medical research in the UK, investing over £1.6 billion in health research in 2016. The AMRC needs someone to review the systems they use and recommend what the next steps should be, for example, should they: rationalise into a smaller number, integrate where possible, maximise the potential of systems they already use, or move to a new system(s). If this is something you could help with then please contact for further information.

NHS Digital Upcoming Requests for Information:

  • NHS Digital Primary Care as a Platform, Request for Information
    An opportunity to collaborate on a proof of concept for a fresh approach to primary care systems architecture.
    Launching 11 Jan (go live 11 not confirmed yet).
  • NHS Digital GP Payments Calculation Futures, Request for Information
    An opportunity to help inform and shape the scope of work involved with replacing the Calculating Quality Reporting Service in April 2020. Please note, there will be a webinar at the end of January to deal with any Q&A’s related to the consultation.
    Launching mid Jan.
  • NHS Digital Organisation Data Service, Request for Information
    An opportunity to help identify the risks and impacts the future changes to Organisation Reference Data might have on your systems.
    Launching mid Jan.


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