Health Conference 2018: Moving towards a transformed NHS

There is great cause for optimism on the next stage of healthcare reform in England. New technology, data analytics and movement towards giving patients back more choice and control over their healthcare offers exiting opportunities to improve patient outcomes and transform the way healthcare is delivered. As the leading Westminster think tank for public service improvement and productivity, Reform is keen to convene leading voices to raise the profile of successful change already underway and identify further areas for improvement.

This conference brought together 150 figures from the health policy community including officials, policymakers, practitioners, academics and journalists. It took place on Wednesday 23 May at 08.00 for 08.25 – 12.50.

Conference agenda

08.00 – 08.25   Registration and breakfast

08.25 – 08.30   Welcome and introduction

08.30 – 09.35   Keynote speech and panel one: Implementing a comprehensive model for personalised care

James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care at NHS England, delivered a key note speech on the case for giving people more choice and control over their health. The speech was followed by a panel Q&A session with:

  • James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care, NHS England
  • Baroness Cumberlege CBE DL
  • Lucy Watts MBE, Patient Leader

09.35 – 10.35   Panel two: Healthcare transformation through technology

This panel considered how technological advances can support service transformation and what is needed to overcome current barriers to successful technology implementation. Speakers included:

  • Juliet Bauer, Chief Digital Officer, NHS England
  • Stephen Dorrell, Chair, NHS Confederation
  • Dr Trishan Panch, Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder, Wellframe
  • Dr Benedict Evans, Investment Director, InHealth

10.35 – 10.55   Coffee break and refreshments

10.55 – 11.55   Panel three: The role of data sharing in spreading innovation

This panel showcased examples of best practice in hospital digitisation and data sharing and discuss the future role of data sharing in spreading successful innovation across care providers. Speakers included:

  • Professor Daniel Ray, Director of Data, NHS Digital
  • Dr Philip Xiu, Chief Medical Officer, Medicalchain
  • Dr Kristin-Anne Rutter, Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Will Smart, Chief Information Officer, Health and Care in England (

11.55 – 12.55   Panel four: The new NHS: a model for integrated, out-of-hospital care

This panel will set out leading examples of integrated, out-of-hospital care. It explained how the current NHS reform proposals will deliver wholescale change and innovation across the Service. Speakers included:

  • Dr Karen Kirkham, GP and Assistant Clinical Chair, Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Devika Wood, Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer, Vida
  • Dr Sue O’Connell, Chief Executive, Community Health Partnerships
  • Luella Trickett, Senior Government Affairs and Public Policy Manager, Baxter Healthcare

12:55 – 13:00   Closing remarks

This conference was kindly supported by InHealth Group, Mckinsey & Company and Baxter


James Sanderson delivering the keynote speech


Keynote speech and panel one


Panel 2 (left to right): Dr Ben Evans, Stephen Dorrell, Dr Trishan Panch, Juliet Bauer & Maisie Borrows


Panel 3 (left to right); Dr Kristin-Anne Rutter, Professor Daniel Ray, Dr Philip Xiu, Will Smart

23 May 2018
08.25 - 12.50