Health & Care Innovation Expo 2019

About Expo 2019

The Health and Care Innovation Expo 2019 was by far, the biggest NHS-led event of the year. The conference took place on the 4th and 5th September at Manchester Central and attracted around 5,000 people. The attendees came from the NHS, social care, local government and the commercial sector. It focused on bringing the NHS Long Term Plan to life.

What was it about?

During the Expo 2019 there was a huge range of speakers and activities across the two days. The attendees could choose to attend a wide range of different sessions, which included:

  • Tanni Grey-Thompson, Paralympian, Peer and Chair of ukactive, spoke about what personalised care means to them and how it is about moving away from “what is the matter with me” to “what matters to me”.
  • Claire Murdoch, National Director for Mental Health at NHS England and NHS Improvement, called on social media companies to take action to protect young people and promote positive mental health messages.
  • Steve Powis, National Medical Director at NHS England and NHS Improvement, and Dr Simon Eccles, Deputy Chief Executive of NHSX spoke about how digital technology is supporting people with cardiovascular and respiratory disease as well as saving lives.

This was alongside other seminars, such as:

  • “What matters to you" - How making it personal can deliver better outcomes for people and the services they use
  • Why it matters: cultures of compassionate and inclusive leadership
  • Working together, transforming lives: Primary and social care collaboration for modern, high-quality care
  • The Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) that will replace the Serious Incident Framework (2015).

Natalie Munday, Head of Quality Improvement and Communications at Cawston Park, attended the conference. She stated that she found it very informative, in particular, around the areas of compassionate leadership, personalised care and the new developments in the reporting of serious incidents.