I am a medical doctor working in A&E in NHS Lothian; a clinician software developer; and 2017-2018 Clinical Saltire Fellow at the Digital Health & Care Institute. I graduated from King’s College London in 2010 with a 1st class Intercalated BSc in Anatomy & Human Sciences; and from the University of Edinburgh Medical School in 2013 with merits in General Medicine and Student Research. I completed Foundation Training at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London.
While working as a junior doctor on the Robotic Urology team at Guy’s Hospital, I realised I would rather be the one who designed the robot than the Consultant operating it, so went on to complete a 5-month software development course at Maker’s Academy (London) while working A&E shifts at the weekends. I strongly believe that clinicians (and indeed the wider population) need to be technically literate - whether that is programming apps, understanding clinical data modelling or designing frictionless user experiences - to fully realise the benefits of digital health.
Pahini pursued a PhD in cancer research at King’s College London followed by postdoctoral studies at the University of Cambridge. Throughout her journey as a scientist, she has explored ways to facilitate the women-led translation of research to the wider community through several leadership positions as the President, Innovation Forum (KCL), Vice-President, Cambridge Consulting Network and Committee member, Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge.
These experiences eventually led her to work on her own healthtech venture which offers intelligent, platform technology to empower patients, doctors and improve healthcare access. She has also founded a non-profit, Emparity, which connects women empowerment and child education to eliminate poverty in India. She strongly believes that progress can be made through a collaborative approach and keen to develop the culture further within healthtech.
Fran is a Digital Project Manager at mHabitat (trading arm of Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) and has been working within the NHS for the past 4 years.
A History of Art graduate with a background in events' management and experience within the NHS family, Fran has worked in both private and public sectors, covering different roles, from business support to event and project management.
Whilst in the NHS, Fran supported the delivery of national projects and has enjoyed helping to deliver life-changing outcomes to people.
As a digital project manager, Fran is helping with the development and delivery of digital technologies which address real-world problems.
She is passionate about understanding how tech can bring beneficial changes to people’s lives through a human centred design approach.
I’ve worked in the NHS in Wales for 14 years and am passionate about health and wellbeing (especially mental health) and making a difference in patient care. I come from a teaching background, starting my career delivering IT classes to the community, and then, as part of the NHS, training Local Health Boards on bespoke clinical systems developed in Wales.
My current role is with NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) and involves supporting staff within the Organisation with development, promoting a positive work culture and more recently acting as the lead on equality & diversity. I am originally from Swansea, having lived in West Sussex for 10 years, and moved to Cardiff (where I currently live) 20 years ago.
My biggest achievement is my three adult daughters, encouraging them to pursue their dreams and to make the most of the opportunities presented to them. I have recently joined the Velindre Cancer Centre Patient Liaison Group as I hope to make a difference in patient experiences.
My name is Tom Bell, I am a recently-ish appointed project manager looking to establish a digital health collaborative within an emerging National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine which is being developed by the University of Central Lancashire in West Cumbria; confusing I know, but to those of us involved it all makes perfect sense.
Cumbria, especially West, North and East Cumbria is the most challenged and probably the most rural healthcare system in England. And yes, the two things are inextricably linked; the recruitment and retention challenges, the financial challenges, the quality challenges, the engagement challenges, the innovation challenges and the low levels of technology adoption are directly related to the disparate and dispersed nature of the locations and the people within the healthcare system itself.
How do you spread ideas and consistency within an NHS Trust that operates out of over a hundred different physical locations? Ideas on a postcard, preferably an e-postcard, please!
Helene has an engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique, France and has worked in the healthcare sector for more than 8 years. She has worked in a variety of diverse and challenging roles: business development, marketing, operations, project management, and strategy consultancy, both for large corporates (such as GE Healthcare or Humanis, the largest French health insurance provider) and for much smaller startups.
She has been involved and has lead medical devices manufacturing and launch projects, clinical trials and health economic studies and regulatory approvals but has also developed a good understanding and knowledge of the commissioning structures, processes and challenges.
Helene is driven by meaningful projects and enjoy working and getting to grips with different ways of thinking, different cultures and working environments. She is fascinated by how healthcare is bound to be transformed radically by tech and innovation and wants to be part of it!
Fiona is a self-professed tech enthusiast with a first class degree in applied computing. As a certified scrum product owner, she loves to discuss agile ways of working, as well as how awesome it is to work within an organisation that has embraced a flat hierarchy with self-organising teams.
Fiona started her project management career in community sport, and helping people has always been the driving force behind how she approaches her work. In healthcare technology, she has found ‘helping people to help people’ to be a huge privilege, and supporting mental health services for the last three years has been a particularly humbling experience.
At a time where healthcare needs technology, and when technology has so much to offer to healthcare, the joint enterprise is a platform for the radical transformation in how healthcare is delivered, experienced and engaged with, both in the UK and abroad. One Health Tech has a clear role to play in accelerating the progress of health technology and the diversification of those who engage with it, and Fiona is excited to be able to be a part of it!
Eleonora is Head of Digital and Tech Innovation at Reform, a Westminster based think tank. She started at there in June 2015 and has been involved with a wide variety of research projects ranging from assessing current issues with ways of measuring of public sector productivity to developing a model for performance assessment within prison using data envelopment analysis. Her work now focuses on how tech innovations can help deliver public service reforms. She believes that tech should not be seen as something that should simply be plastered over existing processes. Instead, it should be seen as a tool that should, if appropriate, be integrated into service transformation plans. Health tech is one of her main areas of interest.
She has a BSc in Social Policy with Government from the London School of Economics and an MSc in Economics of Public Policy from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
Many thanks to the many individuals who have helped and advised us in big and small ways
Sarah Price, HAVAS LYNX
Rashmi Narayana, Medopad
Shane Tickell, IMS MAXIMS