Health & Social Care Newsletter - Council Nominations Open Today

We have been busy putting together our priorities for the new Health and Social Care Secretary over the last couple of months, working with members and stakeholders across the sector. The paper will be launched at our Health and Social Care Industry Dinner 14 November and I look forward to seeing many of you there. The event, sponsored by UK Cloud and InterSystems, is now officially sold out.

Nominations are now open for techUK members to join our Health and Social Care Council. This is an excellent opportunity to shape techUK’s Health and Social Care Programme and work with stakeholders and the wider tech industry to transform the sector.

We are also hosting festive drinks on 5 December after an intriguing discussion about the Government's new Vision for Digital Health and Care.

Until next time,


Ben Moody

Head of Health and Social Care, techUK

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#HSCtechUK opportunities and events

Join techUK's Health and Social Care Council

Nominations are now open for techUK members to join our Health and Social Care Council. This is an excellent opportunity to shape techUK’s Health and Social Care Programme and work with stakeholders and the wider tech industry to transform the sector. Apply by 7 November to help us shape the future of the health and social care technology industry.


A Manifesto for Matt

Matt Hancock has led the publication of a 'Vision for Digital, Data and Technology in Health and Care' setting out his Department’s initial approach to digitising the sector. With this new impetus to fast track the long overdue changes needed in the sector, and in the spirit of collaboration outlined in the Vision, techUK is drawing up a list of priorities for the new Secretary of State. If you would like to get involved please get in touch this week.


techUK Members' Festive Drinks

5 December, 16:00 - 18:00

Please join us for what will be an intriguing discussion about the Government’s new Vision for Digital Health and Care.


In conversation with: 

• Nicola Blackwood, Senior Adviser, Global Counsel

• Sam Shah, Director of Digital Development, NHS England

• Cleveland Henry, UK Cloud

#HSCtechUK news and meeting notes

Health Secretary launches ‘Vision for Digital, Data and Technology’

DHSC plan outlines steps to make NHS ‘most technologically advanced health service in the world’.


Securing cyber resilience in health and care: Progress update

On Thursday 11 October Lord O'Shaughnessy, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health in the House of Lords, outlined the Government’s progress on securing the health care system after WannaCry last year.


“Once Upon a Time in Health and Social Care”

Health and Social Care Council Member, David Hancock, reflects on delivering interoperability and if we will ever be successful.


Health Secretary announces £240m for social care

Additional funding announced to help alleviate winter pressures.

News and opportunities from friends and stakeholders

A note from NHS Digital: Launch of the NHS digital data and technology standards framework

The Secretary of State for Health and Care, Matt Hancock, set out his vision for the future of healthcare. Alongside the vision, NHS Digital has published the 'NHS digital, data and technology standards framework' which sets out the early thinking and expectations for the use of data, interoperability and design standards within the NHS.

The standards have been published at an early stage to allow NHS Digital to collaborate with NHS technologists and suppliers as we develop the framework iteratively. This is a transparent and collaborative process designed to achieve standards that deliver better, safer patient care and seamless sharing of information across organisational and system boundaries.


The UK-India Healthcare AI Catalyst (HAIC) competition

This exciting new programme offers unprecedented opportunity for UK Artificial Intelligence (AI) organisations to access one of the world’s largest healthcare markets, India. Companies receive grant funding as part of the programme along with business support to implement their solutions.  

HealthcareUK is looking for the best AI healthcare solutions that the UK has to offer. The programme is working with the Department for International Trade in India and the Government of India’s think tank, NITI Aayog, as part of the AI tech collaboration. The Government of India also published #AIforAll, India’s first national AI strategy. The closing date is 1 November.


Digital Health Trade Mission to Poland 

British Embassy, Warsaw. 26 - 28 November 2018 

The Department for International Trade is recruiting British Healthcare innovators to join them on this digital health mission. It is a great opportunity to connect and meet with Polish and Central & Eastern European businesses.


Healthcare Unblocked

On Friday 9 November in London Unblocked Events is revisiting the popular topic of Blockchain and DLT solutions for healthcare. This is the UK’s leading flagship and must-attend conference dedicated to advancing blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology in healthcare. techUK members can register for a discount here.


GP IT Futures Catalogue and Capability Assessment Webinar

30 October

SNOMED CT Briefing and Workshop

22 November

GP IT Futures Market Engagement Update No.3 

31 October

techUK Members' Festive Drinks

5 December

On Wednesday 12 December 2018 we’re hosting techUK’s second annual Digital Ethics Summit at the County Hall in London. The aim of this year’s Summit is to assess the progress made in building both the capacity and capabilities needed to recognise, identify and address digital ethical issues and concerns. We’re attracting fantastic speakers for this year's event and have a packed agenda confirmed. Attendee places are going quickly, so we recommend you reserve your free place here as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment. If you have any questions or queries about the event, please contact Nimmi Patel.


techUK's annual Health and Social Care Industry Dinner sponsored by UK Cloud and InterSystems is officially sold out. Please contact our events team if you would like to be added to the waiting list.


• 11 Dec - An Introduction to the NHS and Technology

• 15 Jan - Understanding and Engaging with Government

• 20 Mar - An Introduction to the NHS and Technology

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