Health and Social Care 2018 Highlights Package

As our Health & Social Care team head off for Christmas, we look back on a busy year for the programme. We’ve engaged with the best and the brightest influencers and leaders in the DHSC, NHS Digital, NHS England, social care, DIT, AHSNs, the tech industry and many more. Here are some of our highlights. You can also view the thread and join the conversation on Twitter.

Our strategic partnership with NHS Digital kicked off its second year in January. We went on to share info and expertise at 28 joint events in 2018 on topics from interoperability, the future of digital prescribing, to the NHS App – with over 1200 people through our doors.

In February, we joined forces with the Department for International Trade to bring you our an event on Digital Health Opportunities in the UK. Our #ReadyforWinter Campaign Week showcased guest blogs from members and stakeholders on how tech can help alleviate winter pressures.

As spring began, we held the inaugural Rise of the Machines: Type 1 Diabetes tech conference with Partha Kar, National Clinical Director for Diabetes, NHS England, DiabetesUK, JDRF, Roche, Medtronic, Dexcom and 120 people affected by the condition. We discussed how the NHS can embrace Type 1 Diabetes apps and wearables.

In April, we held a breakfast briefing with Portland Communications with Bob Rickets, NHS England, Julia Ross, PredictX, Will Tanner, Onward, and David Orbuch, Optum looking at how the tech sector can support the shift to a population health approach.

We kicked off May with our NHS Digital Industry Briefings, and hosted a networking event to help SMEs partner with large NHS suppliers

In June, we were joined by NHS Digital Academy CEO, Rachel Dunscombe to set out concrete steps on how industry can help to create the next generation of health tech leaders. Our mentorship scheme is now live.

In July, some quick-footed players took a break from the World Cup to display their agility and skills at an interactive day of industry engagement with NHS Digital and NHS England on the NHS App

In August, we hosted 6 GPIT Futures webinars with NHS Digital, and at the end of the month co-hosted a fascinating workshop to help NHS leaders develop a vision for the future of prescribing.

In September we decamped to Manchester for NHS Expo and hosted two insightful discussions on How SMEs are driving the digital revolution, and Data and Analytics.

In October we headed to Liverpool to explore just how much 5G could transform the health and social care sector to improve well-being and health by providing real-time intelligence.

We began November with a Supplier Development Day to help companies to get onto NHS England’s Health System Support Framework. 62 companies attended in anticipation of next year’s refresh. If you missed out, we’re repeating the event on 21 January 2019. 

As the nights closed in, we launched Manifesto for Matt with over 250 people from across the healthtech community at our Industry Dinner. Keynote speaker and Health Secretary Matt Hancock welcomed our “relentless focus on the future of healthcare” and reiterated his commitment to work with us to “cement the UK’s status as the home of HealthTech." We will be working with DHSC and other public bodies to make the recommendations a reality. 

And we entered the festive season with a discussion about the Government’s new Vision for Digital Health and Care with NHS CCIO Simon Eccles and others. 


A big thank you to everyone who helped us along the way, our techUK members and the public sector stakeholders pushing the digital agenda in health and care. We look forward to seeing you in 2019.

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