Digital Health Leadership Summit, 2018 – Leading digital transformation in health and care

15/03/2018|Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Location: Bristol Marriot Royal Hotel, College Green Bristol, BS1 5TA
Organised by: Digital Health Intelligence

Event summary

The Digital Health Leadership Summit is a unique two-day residential high-level leadership summit and networking event for invited digital leaders from across the NHS. The 2018 event will focus on the leadership skills required to successfully lead digital transformation.

Now in its third year, the Summit brings together CCIOs, CIO and other digital health leaders with NHS senior executives to exchange best practice and ideas, collaborate to more effectively implement digital strategies in order to meet the triple challenges of improving quality, efficiency and productivity.

Programme highlights will include sharing lessons and experience from a range of digital pioneers, including Global Digital Exemplars, Fast Followers, Connected Health Cities and Vanguards.  Leaders from other industries will also share their insights into how to successfully harness digital transformation.

Summit workshops will include: building the board business case for digital investment; why boards must demand user centred design; planning for the creative destruction of the NHS, and an NHS Digital Academy primer.

What to expect

  • Inspirational guest leadership speakers
  • Keynote and plenary sessions in informal cabaret-style seating
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Interactive leadership workshops – facilitated by NHS Digital Academy
  • Panel debates with sponsors, national speakers and digital health leaders
  • Networking  dinner and full social programme
  • The opportunity to schedule meetings with fellow delegates in advance
  • Interactive voting tools and question submission tools.

For more information or to register for the event, please click here


Full 2 Day package includes

  • Access to the conference 15th & 16th March
  • 3 course meal 15th March
  • Overnight accommodation on the 15th March
  • Breakfast

Don’t miss out, book now at the early bird rate or £298.80 before the 31st January

15th March or 16th March only tickets include one day access to the conference and excludes dinner and accommodation.

Full 2 day package – early bird rate £298.80 (GBP)*
15th March only £324.00 (GBP)*
16th March only £324.00 (GBP)*
Full 2 day package £360.00 (GBP)*

The programme

Draft programme

14 March 2017 – Pre-summit evening networking reception
19:00 – 22:00 TBC


Summit programme day 1 – 15 March 2017
09:00 – 09:30 Registration and welcome refreshments
09:30 – 09:35 Chair’s Welcome – Will Smart, CIO, NHS England (invited)
09:35 – 09:40 Welcome to Bristol – Robert Woolley, Chief Executive, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation
09:40 – 11:00 Bristol digital leadership showcaseRobert Woolley, CEO Bristol University Hospitals

Julia Clark, CEO Bristol Community Trust, CEO

CEO, of Bristol Council

Andy Kinnear, Bristol Connected Care

11:00 – 11:30 National leadership session – NHS Digital*
11:30 – 11:50 Networking refreshment break
11:50 – 12:50 Health and care digital leadership case studies x 4*A combination of GDE, Vanguard and testbed sessions with combined CCIO/CIO and C-level exec presentations
12:50 – 13:50 Networking lunch
13:50 – 14:50 NHS Digital-led CCIO and CIO workshops, stream 1 NHS Digital-led CCIO and CIO workshops, stream 2
14:50 – 15:10 Networking refreshment break
15:10 – 16:10 NHS Digital-led CCIO and CIO workshops, stream 1 NHS Digital-led CCIO and CIO workshops, stream 2
16:10 – 17:00 Feedback discussion session on workshops
19:00 – 19:45 Arrival drink reception – Bristol Marriot Royal 1st floor Kings lounge
19:45 – 23:30 Networking Dinner


Leadership Summit day 2 – 16 March 2017
09:00 – 09:30 Registration and welcome refreshments
09:30 – 09:40 Chair’s Welcome– Sarah Wilkinson, chief executive NHS Digital (invited)
09:40 – 10:10 Cait O’Riordan, CIO Financial Times Group – Digital Transformation at the FT


Robert Woolley, Chief Executive, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Robert has been Chief Executive of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust since 2010, having served on the Trust Board since 2002. In his time as Chief Executive, the Trust has been rated outstanding by the CQC, completed a major redevelopment programme, achieved Biomedical Research Centre status and been named a Global Digital Exemplar, while maintaining a positive financial position throughout. Before moving to Bristol, he spent nine years at Barts and the London in a range of senior planning and operational roles.

Robert is STP lead for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, as well as a director of the West of England AHSN and member of the HEE South of England Education and Training Board.

He has an English degree from Oxford University and an MBA with distinction from the University of Bath.


Cait O’Riordan, Chief Product and Information Officer, Financial Times

Cait O’Riordan is the FT’s Chief Product and Information Officer (CPIO). She is responsible for platform and product strategy, development and operations across the FT Group, working in close partnership with editorial and commercial teams. She is on the FT executive board, which is responsible for the company’s global strategy and performance. Before joining the FT in February 2016 Cait led the BBC’s digital product development for the London 2012 Olympics and played a central role in the user and revenue growth of music app company Shazam. A long time ago she was a journalist and her favourite possession is her VW campervan.

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