Advancing health care

Harnessing innovation in the NHS
Royal Society of Medicine

About this event

In tough economic times innovation is important in order to continue improving quality of care for patients in ways that are more productive and cost-effective.

This conference explored how to foster innovation in health care, and specifically how the concept of disruptive innovation can benefit the NHS. A disruptive innovation is an innovation that transforms an existing service by introducing simplicity, affordability, convenience and accessibility where before the service was complicated, expensive and inaccessible.

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Highlights from our innovation conference

Clayton Christensen: the power of disruptive innovation

Clayton Christensen

Clayton Christensen
Clayton Christensen, Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, explains how we can use disruptive innovation to make health care more affordable and accessible. Key to this is bringing technology to clinics, doctor's offices and patient's homes, then driving the technology to become more sophisticated.

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Geoff Mulgan: achieving more for less - the innovators catalyst

Geoff Mulgan

Geoff Mulgan
Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive at NESTA, shares how he thinks NHS innovation will be achieved in the future. Challenges to this will be shifting the concentration of health care out of hospitals, adapting a combination of existing innovations, and being able to open up to newcomers to the field with radically different ideas.

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David Albury: learning from NHS (and other) innovation initiatives to date

David Albury

David Albury
David Albury, Director of the Innovation Unit Ltd, explores how the health care system can be transformed through innovation. This requires disciplined, focused innovation, learning from failure and addressing issues around scale and diffusion.

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Bernie Cuthel: incentivising more and better care in the community

Bernie Cuthel

Bernie Cuthel
Bernie Cuthel shares how Liverpool Community Health have developed the ‘Proactive care programme’ to help reduce health inequalities, increase life expectancy and enable patients to take control of their long-term conditions in Anfield.

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Richard Barker: accelerating the innovation process between discovery and adoption

Richard Barker

Richard Barker
Dr Richard Barker OBE, Director of CASMI, gives his thoughts on the barriers and solutions to achieving greater innovation in the NHS.

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Breakfast workshop

Innovating Health Care Services in the Face of Global Austerity
This workshop was delivered by the summit sponsors Capitol Health and TBS.

Session one

Welcome and introduction
Professor Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King’s Fund

  • Reshaping the market: the power of disruptive innovation
    Professor Clayton Christensen, Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Chris Ham in conversation with...

  • Professor Clayton Christensen, Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Questions and discussion

Session two: Fostering a culture where innovative ideas are allowed to flourish

Welcome back
Professor Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King's Fund

  • Pitfalls and possibilities: learning from NHS (and other) innovation initiatives to date
    David Albury, Director, The Innovation Unit Ltd, Design and Development Director, Global Education Leaders' Programme
  • Why culture matters: the leadership challenge to adopting innovation in the NHS
    Dr Yi Mien Koh, Chief Executive, Whittington Health
  • How design thinking can support and influence innovation in health care
    Jeremy Myerson, Director & Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design, Helen Hamlyn Centre, Royal College of Art
  • Questions and discussion

Session three: How can the NHS harness new technologies and adapt business models to include cost effective and high impact solutions?

Delegates should choose to attend one of the following 2 sesssions.

A: Re-thinking service design

  • Service innovation and workforce redesign: how can we create a system that is more responsive to patients needs?
    Professor Richard Bohmer, International Visiting Fellow, The King’s Fund
  • Rethinking the location of care: incentivising more and better care in the community
    Bernie Cuthel, Chief Executive, Liverpool Community Health
  • How pharmacies are supporting the move from secondary to primary care
    Peter Bainbridge, Director of Pharmacy, Boots UK
  • Questions and discussion

B: Improving health outcomes and patients’ experience of care

  • Leading whole system innovations: working together to improve care for patients in South Devon
    Dr Sam Barrell, Chief Clinical Officer, South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group
  • A disruptive innovation in general practice
    Harry Longman, Chief Executive, Patient Access
    Dr Steve Laitner, GP, Parkbury House St Albans and Clinical Director, Patient Access
  • Solving problems together: supporting small business to improve health care
    Stephen Browning, Head of SBRI and Smart, Technology Strategy Board
  • Questions and discussion 

Session four: How can government and national policy support innovative practice and risk-taking locally?

Welcome back
Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett, Executive Chair, Institute of Global Health Innovation and Trustee, The King’s Fund

  • Strategies for diffusion: accelerating the process between discovery and adoption
    Dr Richard Barker OBE, Director, CASMI, and Chair, South London Academic Health Science Network

Questions and discussion

  • Closing keynote: Achieving more for less: the innovators catalyst
    Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive, NESTA

Questions and discussion