As local government prepares for a new public health role, EXPO 2011 offers a world-class showcase for healthcare innovation, as NHS chief executive David Nicholson explains.
The NHS has a long track record of innovation and I am proud of the way we have consistently developed and improved the way we take care of patients.
Developing innovation – especially in a system as big as the NHS – demands brilliant people with brilliant ideas and we have both of those.
But we also need a better approach to taking and developing those ideas so they are systematically put to everyday use right across the NHS.
Innovation must be encouraged and nurtured by each of us. More than ever before, innovation has a vital role to play if we are to continue to improve outcomes for patients when we are facing our toughest ever financial climate.
With that in mind, I would encourage each of you to attend the second NHS Healthcare Innovation Expo, which will be held at the Excel Centre in London on 9-10 March.
This will be a key forum to share, learn and be informed about what is happening across the service to drive forward real improvement. The first Expo was attended by more than 5,000 delegates. Feedback from participants, exhibitors and speakers was universally positive, and drew media interest from specialist and mainstream media both here and overseas.
It also attracted blue-chip organisations, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), business leaders and innovation experts from across the globe, creating more than £46m in transactional value for UK companies.
As well as showcasing what is brightest and best about the NHS and healthcare in the UK, the Expo will spotlight on the Quality, Innovation, the Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) programme and what is already happening to drive up quality and value.
It will also focus on the commitments made in the Equity and Excellence: liberating the NHS white paper and consider the emerging provider and commissioner landscape.
That will allow delegates from the public, private, academic, scientific and business communities to hear about and discuss the role innovation can play in putting patients and the public first; improving outcomes, autonomy and democratic legitimacy; and increasing efficiency.
We are delighted that UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) will be a major partner in Expo 2011, alongside the Office of Life Sciences.
UKTI is flying in buyers from around the world to create a marketplace for UK SMEs. These partnerships will help provide an international showcase for the NHS and the UK healthcare industry.
Expo 2011 will be a unique experience, and I sincerely hope you will take up the opportunities it provides.
To register for the event or view further information, please visit http://register.healthcareinnovationexpo.co.uk
Sir David Nicholson, chief executive, NHS
Healthcare Innovation EXPO 2011
LGC and our sister magazine Health Service Journal are supporting the second Healthcare Innovation EXPO. The largest such event in the UK, it will take place in London on 9-10 March.
Local healthcare delivery in partnership with local government is a key focus for 2011. A large zone on the main EXPO floor will be dedicated to public health and will showcase the way in which the regional Department of Health teams work with local government.
The event will be in three parts:
- A world-class main stage programme featuring health secretary Andrew Lansley, Sir David Nicholson (see above) and other senior NHS leaders.
- A detailed programme of more than 250 seminars and master classes allowing delegates to hear from a range of experts including Andrew Thompson (chief executive, US-based Proteus) and Lord Victor Adebowale (Turning Point).
- A trade fair featuring innovations that have the potential to generate immediate improvements in quality and productivity.
There is a section on the website of our sister title Health Service Journal for the latest healthcare innovation news, best practice and research: HSJ.co.uk/topics/innovation.
To register for the event, please go to http://register.healthcareinnovationexpo.co.uk