West of England: Healthcare Innovation Expo – making and maximising opportunities

14/11/2018|Time: 08:45 - 16:00
Location: UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, Bristol
Organised by: West of England AHSN
Tel: 0117 900 2543
Email: events@weahsn.net

Event summary

Innovation is the current ‘hot topic’ in health and care circles. How can we ensure new solutions really transform healthcare for the better? Join us at our Healthcare Innovation Expo to explore opportunities and solutions being developed right here in the West of England, as well as those making a global impact. Speakers will include academic leaders, innovators and those transforming regional and international services.

Digital and med-tech exhibitors will showcase the latest products, apps and services, with a focus on those addressing local needs. You might find solutions to those tricky problems your own organisation is trying to solve.

Whether you are interested in digital innovation, system transformation or discovering the latest products and services, our Expo will enable you to implement changes that will save time, money and ultimately lives.


We have a limited amount of places available to our members organisations (health service providers, NHS care professionals, commissioners and local authority), Network partners and patient and public representatives.

To find out more about the programme, and workshops we’ll be hosting, click on the “programme tab” below.


All exhibitor places are now fully booked. If you’d like to exhibit at future events, please keep an eye on our website.

Introducing our key note speakers

In addition to hearing from those implementing and managing innovation in our region you can hear from three innovators making a global impact:

Andrew Bastawrous, Co-Founder and CEO, Peek Vision

Andrew is an Ophthalmologist (Eye Surgeon), Associate Professor in International Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Co-Founder & CEO of Peek.

Andrew has worked and undertaken research in over twenty countries including two years living in Kenya where he was leading a major eye disease study and the development and testing of Peek.

Andrew was recently voted one of the world’s 30 most influential people in public health, has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles, is a TED Fellow, Rolex Laureate, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Ashoka Fellow and UBS Global Visionary.

Andrew is also working with astrophysicists to crowd source retinal data, National Geographic explorers to reach isolated communities, Artists and Activists to advocate for eye care globally and with his wife Madeleine has established a social enterprise healthy bakery in Kenya that provides employment and profits pay for eye care.

David Constantine MBE, Founder Director, Motivation

In 1989 David Constantine MBE and friend – entered a competition to design a wheelchair suitable for use in developing countries.  Robust enough to cope with rough terrain and made from local and affordable materials, their prototype won.  The pair used their prize money to travel to Bangladesh where they built their wheelchair for a disability organisation in Dhaka. Seeing how an appropriate wheelchair could transform lives so quickly, they needed little convincing when they were asked to help increase production.

David and ‘Motivation’, can be regarded as trend setting for a number of reasons. They emphasise the importance of sustainable manufacturing, in the production of their affordable wheelchairs, in developing countries. They were the first to work closely with the World Health Organisation, designing and manufacturing personalised wheelchairs, in areas of the world with few resources. Their first sports wheelchair (‘Flying Start’), was an affordable competition wheel chair and it was used in the London Paralympic Games of 2012. It allowed disabled people from the developing world, to aspire to become athletes, competing on an equal footing, with those athletes from more affluent countries. Their wheelchairs, showed that it was possible to manufacture a quality product, from sustainable materials, with a local workforce and with a low carbon footprint.

Judith Hall OBE, Professor of Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, Cardiff University

Judith is a former Welsh Woman of the Year, and have won numerous awards, including an OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for founding the Critical Care Alliance, services to academic anaesthesia, founding the Mothers of Africa charity, and services to Africa.She has extensive research interests, including anaesthesia for the developing world, translational sepsis research, mechanisms of anaesthetic sedation/analgesia and postoperative blood loss.Judith Hall OBE is a Professor of Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine at Cardiff University. Judith also lead the Phoenix Project, a University partnership with the University of Namibia that seeks to tackle poverty and promote health.

She is an experienced broadcaster and regular guest on Namibian television and radio through my work with the Phoenix Project. Judith also commentates on medical matters and African affairs in the UK media.

The programme

To view the agenda for the day, please click here.

We’re also thrilled to announce our “Local Focus” workshop sessions.  Delegates will have the opportunity to attend one of the following:

Launch of the Innovation Exchange:Last year we ran a co-design workshop with you on designing the innovation exchange. We listened to you and now it’s well on the way and were launching it at the event!  Come and have a peek at what it looks like now. Dive deep into the innovation hubs, wander around our open health programme. Find people in the beehive or have your vision realised in HYVR. If you’re a company come ride one of the accelerator programmes. Find out how you really can have your cake and eat it!

Joining up health and care information across the South West – what, why, who, when and how: As Health and Care Leaders we are committed to delivering transformation which empowers our population to make decisions about their health and care. For this to be achieved, our citizens need to be connected to information which empowers them and which empowers the professionals who provide their care to make safe and effective decisions.

Adoption and spread of NEWS Adoption and spread of any innovation is key to its success. The roll out of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) across the region of the West of England, where there are multiple providers, presented a huge challenge. Several approaches were taken to ensure uptake in all settings. The workshop will take you through our journey of embedding NEWS across the system and help you consider how you might approach adoption and spread of other innovations.

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