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NHS: The Procurement Minefield

June 6, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Please join us for an exciting day on NHS: The Procurement Minefield, part of our Digital Health Festival, looking at the challenges and opportunities facing organisations working or trying to work with the NHS.

As the largest industry in the world healthcare and the NHS offers many Digital Health organisations huge opportunities to grow and flourish but the routes to success are often less than clear. 

We expect 80-100 people to attend the conference, which will include talks from key industry voices, including NHS accelators, successful SMEs and some of the NHS’s largest suppliers. We will discuss the secrets to success, what businesses need to do next and hear from companies who have already been successful within such a complex system.

Anyone can apply for a ticket to this free event, but as demand for this conference is high, we are already running a waiting list for places. If you would like to attend, please do register online and we will do our best to approve your registration as soon as we can.

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Mahiben Maruthappu

Senior Fellow, NHS England

Mahiben Maruthappu is a London-based doctor and Senior Fellow to the CEO of NHS England, advising on over £100 billion of health spending. He focuses on innovation, technology and prevention, co-founding the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) and the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, serving on the DigitalHealth.London and NHS Prevention boards.

He has advised a range of organisations, from startups to multilaterals, including the Swiss government, the Experiment Fund and the WHO. Maruthappu has a strong interest in research with over 80 peer-reviewed publications and 50 academic awards. His work has been featured by BBC News and the international press.

He is Chairman of the UK Medical Students¹ Association (UKMSA), and has authored three medical books. Maruthappu was educated at Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard universities; he was the first person from British healthcare to be included in Forbes’ 30 under 30.

Janet Jadavji

Co-founder and CEO, Yecco

Janet Jadavji has over 25 years’ experience in the health and social care industry originally with a social work background in Child Protection and Mental Health. She is also trained as a business/life coach and fitness instructor. For the past 13 years she has worked as a consultant investigating failing health and care systems in addition to mentoring and guiding senior management. Janet also spent several years in commerce’s a director with Reed Nurse and Care Services.

Janet’s inspiration for Yecco came from her professional background and her personal experience as a carer. Janet says “If we truly want to tackle the challenge of the ageing population and those with chronic conditions such as dementia we have to connect both families, especially the younger generation, Community Services, Employers and Clinicians to work in partnership, capturing the interest of younger people is key to preventing poor health and sustainability of public services in the future”. This summer Yecco will go live with the NHS IOT Testbed as well as other initiatives by the NHS and City Councils.

Jonathon Carr-Brown

Strategic Digital Health Advisor, Lost for Words

Jonathon Carr-Brown has had a diverse career. He currently runs Lost for Words which represents innovative digital health startups. He was a founding director and later Managing Director of NHS Choices. While at NHS Choices he was involved in the introduction of Shared Decision Making tools, Information Prescriptions, NHS LifeCheck and a range of other digital initiatives.

He spent a year as Patricia Hewitt’s speechwriter when she was Secretary of State for Health and 20 years as a senior correspondent on national newspapers like The Independent on Sunday, where he was political editor, and The Sunday Times, where he was Health Correspondent. He has also led bid or advised bid teams on tenders ranging from Independent Treatment Sector Contracts and the lead provider framework to Primary Care Services.

Chimeren Peerbhai

Product Management Director, Ixico

Chimeren Peerbhai is a multi-disciplined product director with Fortune 500 multinational experience in marketing strategy, digital product design/delivery, and bringing successful health care technology products to market. She has an MBA from the University of Westminster, London and a Multimedia BFA from the Academy of Art, San Francisco. Chimeren brings a distinctive blend of design, technical development and marketing strategy expertise with a passion for the Internet of Things and wearable technology to the evolution of health care.

She currently serves as a Product Management Director for Ixico, where her focus is to shape game changing digital products by collaborating with fellow innovation partners within three NHS test beds and working with NHS 111 to develop person centred solutions that improve context, relevancy and lead to improved health outcomes.

Stuart Mackinstosh

Stuart Mackintosh

Chair, Open Source Consortium

Stuart J Mackintosh is chair of the Open Source Consortium – The UK Open Source Industry Association. He is active in the promotion of practical methods to implement Open Source across both public and private sectors and has supported the UK Government with it’s transition to Open Source and Open Standards. Stuart also works with various organisations including Open Forum Europe, FSFE, COIS and Apperta.

From a background in electronics, Stuart became an early adopter of Free and Open Source software in 1995 with a focus on employing these methodologies within a commercial setting. In the late 90’s, he prototyped and developed numerous systems that are only now being widely used in the marketplace.

In 1999, Stuart founded, and continues to lead OpusVL – an Open Source specialist company which provides customised business management solutions, support and infrastructure. This journey of exploration has lead to the discovery of ways that a business can be sustained based on an Open Source ecosystem.

Still at the forefront of cutting edge technologies after 25 years, Stuart selects Open Source due to its flexible, robust, cost­ effective nature. His ethos is finding the right tool for the job and ensuring a professional delivery for a successful outcome.

Andrew Gardner

CEO, Medvivo

Andrew’s career started in the IT sector where he worked in large multi-national corporations. This took him all over the world, but he then took a decision to work in a smaller UK organization which he felt would allow a better work life balance. The new company (an IT services company) won a major customer – NHS Direct and this gave Andrew his first insight into the NHS. He realized that changes in the GP contract would drive a new market for Out of Hours Service providers; in 2004 he led the creation of a joint venture between a GP Co-op and an IT service provider thereby creating a provider of GP Out of Hours services.

Harmoni was established as a commercial organization and grew from a turnover of £3M in 2006 to £120M in 2012 and became the largest independent sector provider of Primary Care services to the NHS. Throughout its growth Andrew maintained an ethos of high quality with a vision to “treat patients as family”. Harmoni was sold to Care UK in 2012.

In 2014 he supported Rosemary Conley and her team in buying the online diet and fitness business which sells directly to consumers and also to the NHS. This business is now growing successfully and is about to launch a second brand. Andrew was appointed Chairman of the TSA (the Telecare Services Association) in 2014.

Stuart Deed

Strategic Partnering Director, Digital Health and Care Institute

Stuart Deed is Strategic Partnering Director at Scotland’s Digital Health and Care Institute. Set-up in October 2013, the Digital Health and Care Institute (DHI) is part of Scotland’s network of Innovation Centres. The DHI brings together people and organisations with an interest in, or potential to contribute to, the development new ideas in digital technology and information services; focussing  on significantly improving the delivery of health and care services. Stuart’s main responsibilities are the development of existing, and creation new collaborative relationships with key sector facing organisations.  Stuart is a graduate of Strathclyde University, and has extensive experience supporting SME’s as a board director and consultant. Stuart was a key member of the team that established SSE Venture Capital and prior his time at SSE PLC, and was engaged in a number of commercial roles within what is now Exxon Mobil.


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