Champions of Innovation

Champions of Innovation

Champions of Innovation


Champions of Innovation Agenda


Session Title and Description

09:00 - 09:05

Introduction from the Chairman of the stage


Dr. Jacob Skinner,
CEO, Thrive Wearables

09:05 - 09:45

Is tech the saviour of women's healthcare?

Is a digital first approach the answer for women's health care? Or do we still need to see women face to face in a physical location? How much can tech do to improve inequality, and increase awareness, access and outcomes in women's health?

And who will pay for this? Does it all sit with women as the consumer? Can the NHS afford to ignore the progress in digital health? Or will healthcare providers adopt and integrate digital innovation into the mainstream?

Dr. Michelle Griffin,
Director, MFG Health Consulting - Strategy and Advice for the Women's Healthcare and Healthtech Sector

Dr Karolina Afors,
Co-Founder/CEO Liberum Health, Chief Medical Officer at Syrona Health, Consultant Gynaecologist

Fiona Sweny
Digital Health and Innovation, Holland and Barrett
09:45 - 10:00
10:00 - 10:30

AR/VR in mental health therapy
Usage of bio data in wearables in prevention
Usage of mental health tech. Ability to hold medical data
Managing notes, integraded holistic approach, clinical decision tools inbuilt in tech


Sridevi Kalidindi,
Chair of Association of Mental Health Providers The Royal College of Psychiatrists

10:30 - 11:00

Brian E. Wallace,
MD, PhD, MBA Calmsie: Partner & Chief Medical Officer

11:00 - 11:30 Innovative use of VR in surgical training across high-, low- and middle-income settings.

The VRiMS (Virtual Reality in Medicine and Surgery) research group is working to democratise surgical training in low- and middle-income settings through initiatives using 360 degree video to film cadaveric operations. These can be live-streamed to low-cost headsets, enabled by innovative conferences focussed on bidirectional learning. We recently demonstrated this proof-of-concept through a Ugandan/UK cross-continental conference, in collaboration with GASOC (the Global Anaesthetic, Surgical and Obstetric Trainee Collaborative), with new hubs being set up in Kenya, Sudan, and beyond.


Helen Please,
Surgical Registrar (StR) in General Surgery; Wexham Park Hospital, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, Thames Valley Deanery. MRCS, PGCert (Health Research), BMBCh, BSc (Int.)
11:30 - 12:00

Trends in NHS technology procurement:

The formalisation of Integrated Care Systems across England has led to, among other things, the devolution of some decision-making powers around technology procurement to a more regional level. Who controls these technology budgets? Which strategic priorities are informing the way Integrated Care Boards approach the adoption of digital technology across their footprint?
Nick Renaud-Komiya, former health policy journalist and managing director of NRK Communications, will explore what this means for technology vendors large and small looking to bring their innovations to clinicians and patients today.

Nick Renaud-Komiya,
Founder, CEO at NRK Communications
12:00 - 13:00

Panel discussion lead by Talac Mahmud on Tackling Health inequalities with tech innovation

Existing health inequalities have been exacerbated during the turbulent last few years. Perhaps the answer is digital health and innovation. We share experiences from primary care, secondary care and the voluntary sector. Health inequality, digital health and innovation are increasingly ubiquitous terms. We’ll unpack these and share our top tips on what works and what you could do to make a sustainable difference.


Talac Mahmud,
Partner at HIYOS Firstcare

Chris Chaney,
Chief Executive at CW+

Niall Reilly,
Manager for DigiTal

13:00 - 14:30

Lunch and Networking

14:30 - 15:00

Crisis? What Crisis? The challenge of productivity in healthcare

As healthcare becomes more complicated and life expectancy rises, how do we cope with the need to do more with less in healthcare? McKinsey says poor productivity is a trillion dollar problem. What innovations help? What is counter productive? Dr DJ discusses how we think about productivity in healthcare and whether there really is a crisis.


Dr DJ Hamblin-Brown,
CEO and Clinical Safety Officer at Careful Systems

15:00 - 15:45

Unlocking innovation in the women’s health technology space

This year marked the birth of the 8th billion person. With half of the population being women, it remains paramount to address the gender discrepancy when it comes to research and development within the technology industry. This panel discussion will discuss current companies addressing this gender gap and what can be done to further improve healthcare outcomes for women.


Ada Omoruyi,
Doctor, NHS England

Tatiana Klimanova,
Accelerator Director, FemTech Lab

Valentina Milanova,
Founder of Daye and Mentor at FemTech Lab

Octavia Wilks,
Medical advisor, Flo Health

Sarah Bolt,
CEO and Co-founder of Forth and Forth Edge
15:45 - 16:30

Innovation and Digital – the two most important words for the fifth largest organisation in the world?

The NHS in the UK is the fifth largest organisation in the world employing 1.8 million people in England alone. James Freed, CDIO at Health Education England will discuss why doing things differently requires an ‘education first’ approach and outlines the progress already being undertaken in the most ambitious digital skills programme of it’s kind.


James Freed,
Chief Digital and Information Officer at Health Education England

16:30 - 17:00

The Most Impactful Innovations in Undergraduate Medical Education & Training

I will be delving into:
What is “innovation” in medical education all about?
What makes an effective digital learning tool for MedEd?
Exploring the most effective technology around the world for training
The future of medical innovation for training - what comes next? Virtual reality?


Viraj Shah
President, Imperial College Surgical Society