Posted: March 05th 2021


Technology and the Challenge of Distance

At its partnership seminar when the NHS confederation, the centre organised a presentation from Rob Aitchison and Marie Buchan of the Airedale NHS foundation trust, You can access details in the seminar content section of this site here ('The Challenge of Distance').

APPG Technology Seminar

On the 28th May the centre organised a session of the parliamentary inquiry on health and care around technology opportunities / challenges. Evidence was provided by: 

Richard Alcock –Director of Primary Care Technology, NHS Digital 

James Palmer - Programme Head, Social Care, NHS Digital   

Graeme Tunbridge – Director of Devices, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) 

Brendan Brown – Chief Executive, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust 

Victoria Pickles – Director of Corporate Governance, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust    

Piers Ricketts – Chair, The Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) Network & Chief Executive, Eastern (AHSN) 

Charlotte James – Director of Communications, Eastern AHSN   

Robin Batchelor Chairman & CEO everyLIFE Technologies Limited – Care Software Providers Association (CASPA) 

Robin Wells  - Membership Secretary, Care Software Providers Association (CASPA) 

If you would like to read more you can access notes of that meeting in section 7 of the webpage found here

Recent Seminar Discussions

An innovative networking event was held in January, with presentations on e-medicine from the Airedale Trust, on e-enabled approaches to social prescribing in Lincolnshire, and the development plans for the new medical technologies innovation facility at Nottingham Trent University. 


Over 300 people attended the event at Lincolnshire Showground on 6 December 2018. Over 100 ideas were generated. The next stage of the process is to establish “solutions groups” that will co-design proposed solutions to go forward to a selection panel representing Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships and Integrated Care Systems from across the region. The final decision on which proposals to support is due to be made in summer 2019.

Technology offers a significant contribution to the reduction of rural health inequalities.

The national centre recognises the opportunity both to disseminate examples of good practice in this context and to help develop the market for such activities further. Working with the Academic Health Science Network and Local Enterprise Partnerships we are committed to stimulating innovation in this context.

We plan to hold a national rural health innovation “sandpit” at the end of June 2018. This will be followed by a summit bringing together purchasers, investors and innovative businesses in late autumn 2018.

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