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£4billion to be spent on Technology within the NHS

A whopping £4billion will be spent on improving the use of technology within the NHS over the next five years, it has been revealed.

The cash will help to realise the Government’s vision of a paperless NHS, improving the speed of diagnoses and enhancing services across the country.

Hospital Innovations focuses on four key areas; Technology, Finance, Procurement & Facilities and will address a number of the key issues in the announcement with sessions devoted to Compliance, Telehealth, Driving Efficiencies, Improving the Patient Journey and Smart use of Space.

Taking place in London at Olympia Conference Centre on 26 & 27 April 2016 the event will offer two days devoted to tackling the key objectives facing the healthcare sector over the coming five to ten years.

There is no doubt that technology can play a significant role in meeting these objectives, but new technology innovations are placing existing NHS infrastructure under pressure, both in terms of IT systems and people. Expected to be announced shortly by Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt; the cash will be spent on introducing systems that enable patients to book services and order prescriptions online, access apps and digital tools, and choose to speak to their doctor online or via a video link.

Full details of the funding are still being agreed between the Department of Health and NHS England, but are expected to include:

£1.8billion to create a paper-free NHS and remove outdated technology like fax machines

£1billion on cyber security and data consent

£750m to transform out-of-hospital care, medicines and digitise social care and emergency care

About £400m to build a new website – nhs.uk – develop apps and provide free wi-fi.

Speaking recently to the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Hunt said: “We know that proper investment in IT – it’s not without its pitfalls – can save time for doctors and nurses and means they can spend more time with patients.”

As part of its digital drive, the government wants at least 10% of patients to use computers, tablets or smartphones to access GP services by March 2017.

At the end of last year, Hunt said free wi-fi would also be provided in all NHS buildings in England, but a deadline has still not been set.

Steve Webb, Director of the event, commented; ‘Hospital Innovations is being shaped with the backing of a number of leading NHS Trusts and key suppliers who have a vested interest in developing their trusts and improving technologies to make them more efficient.

Providing an event in London that addresses the needs of the healthcare sector, sit and listen to their concerns, understand what exciting and innovative things they are currently doing and what could help provide solutions; the result, we hope is an event that matches their needs and will provide answers on improving governance, efficiency and productivity while not compromising patient safety. At the heart of the event will be an event programme focussed on Procurement, Finance, Technology and Facilities with a unique look at the NHS and how it could look in 10 to 15 years’ time.

Sessions and speakers already confirmed to speak are:

*Latest innovations in telehealth – Gary Mellor, Head of Health Markets UK, Vodafone Healthcare; Efficiencies and innovations through hot desking and smart use of space

Tyler Schofield, Management Consultant, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS FT; Sustainability Strategy and the ‘future programme’ – Alexandra Hammond, Associate Director, Sustainability, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS FT; Sharing the learning and revolutionising stock efficiencies – David Lawson, Director of Procurement, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS FT; Whole life costing and utility savings – Claire Hennessy, Senior Estates Operational Manager, Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT; Transforming the quality and cost of NHS care delivery by using simulation, modelling and systems thinking – Terry Young, Professor of Healthcare Systems, Cumberland Initiative, Brunel University London

* Correct at time of going to press Titles may change

Hospital Innovations will offer visitors and delegates the chance to hear from and interact with leading trusts in the UK. Additionally our supporting organisations and sponsors will showcase new technologies and solutions.

Registration is open and attendance to the conference ‘free’ for the first *200 to register on each day. Full details can be found at www.hospital-innovations.co.uk

*200 Free places available for those employed by  Acute NHS Trust, Care Home Organisation, Department of Health, Hospice, Hospital, Mental Health NHS Trust, NHS foundation Trust, Primary Care NHS Trust, Private Hospital, Strategic Health Authority.

Healthcare Estates continues to grow

Healthcare Estates is once again looking to expand on last year’s success. The Healthcare Estates Exhibition and Conference will focus on key areas impacting on the design, build, managing and maintaining of healthcare facilities.

Taking place in Manchester on the 4th & 5th October the event attracted representatives from over 220 NHS Trusts with 3,700 attendees filling the halls and theatres last year.

The organisers, Step Exhibitions are developing a compelling free programme, free to all visitors that compliments the main conference programme, these will look at a number of the key issues impacting on the estates departments responsible for maintaining and running our hospitals efficiently. Visitors to the exhibition are able to attend these presentations which are complimentary giving more compelling reasons to attend the event in October.

Six dedicated exhibition zones and theatres on the exhibition floor provide complimentary content, catering for VIPs and areas to network and hold meetings over the two days of Healthcare Estates. The areas are run in conjunction with our supporting partners, with the details for each area will be finalised over the next two months and announced along with the full conference programme in June. The outline for these is: Water & Infection Control Zone will offer a dedicated programme of accomplished speakers covering specialist topics, such as Rapid Microbiology, Facilities Management, Existing and Emerging Water Pathogens and the Challenges of Infection Control and Engineering. The Specification & BIM Zone will focus on the design and construction and specification of UK healthcare projects. Sessions feature case studies, talks from leading specifiers and exhibitors showcasing innovative technologies. The programme will be developed with Architects for Health and the Construction Industry Council. The Energy Efficiency Zone will focus on the ongoing work carried out in the NHS to reduce the carbon footprint of the largest single estate in the UK. A full programme working with the CEF and BRE will be announced in June. The Mental Health & Dementia Zone offers a split programme with Day 1 focussed on the built environment in mental health facilities while day 2 is dedicated to designing the environments for those living with dementia. The theme overt the two days is ‘creating safe and therapeutic environments in healthcare facilities. The VIP Area allows qualifying visitors and delegates an area to relax, meet colleagues, conduct meetings or just catch up on messages from the office.  Offering complimentary tea and coffee and meeting space the area is sponsored by Wandsworth Healthcare and is popular with many of our attendees.

The organisers also announced a new area for 2016; The Hospital Engineering Zone which will feature a programme delivered with key NHS Trusts on innovative engineering projects recently completed. The area is supported by IHEEM and NAHFO and will also feature graphic examples of the engineering excellence, case-studies and best practice within hospital engineering.

Healthcare Estates October, Manchester Central

Healthcare Estates exhibition, conference and dinner is held on 4-5 October at Manchester Central – and with a growing attendance the organisers will be continuing to offer NHS employees ‘VIP status’ at many events and ‘maximum return on their time’.

The theme of Healthcare Estates 2016 will be announced next month. Steve Webb added: “We are aiming to attract over 500 conference delegates to the conference this year and are working very hard to make the event an even more attractive proposition to Healthcare employees and the NHS and Private sector.

A large number of NHS Trusts sent their teams to the event and costs of travel and time out of the office are key considerations. As well as reduced price train travel for early bookings, we also offer visitors who drive complimentary parking, complimentary tea and coffee on site and discounted delegate rates to the conference, providing a compelling package for attending”.

For more information, including rates for exhibiting and visiting details contact the Step Exhibitions team on 01892 518877; email: sales@healthcare.com  / healthcare@stepex.com, or visit: http://www.healthcare-estates.com/

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