Summer Schools returns for 2023

Digital Health Summer Schools 2023 returns 27-28 July, at the University of Birmingham, for two-days of rewarding education, networking, and best practice exchange.

Delegates will have the unique opportunity to learn from the very best digital health leaders from across the UK. Dedicated to CCIOs, CIOs and CNIOs, together with all current and aspiring digital health leaders, Summer Schools will explore the evolving challenges of being an effective digital leader in the NHS and the different dimensions of leadership roles.

2022 Speakers

Summer Schools have gone virtual for 2020

Join us for the Virtual Summer School, 23-24 July, for two days of online learning, networking and collaboration exploring UK and International lessons on digital responses to Covid-19, and what comes next.

We’ll be blending video sessions and video diaries, live Q&A and panel discussions and keynote interviews. We hope you’ll join us over the two days and then keep the discussion going in the Virtual Happy Hour.

The aim of Summer School remains to bring together a diverse range of digital health leaders for sharing, learning and relaxed networking. So if you are a Summer Schools regular or taking part for the first time, please join us for what promises to be a very special event.

Keynotes, case studies and networking

Be inspired by national and international health IT leaders

Quick fire case studies followed by live Q&A and panel discussions

Network with peers and make new friends in the Virtual Happy Hour

Programme highlights

Day One – Thursday 23 July 2020

09:30 – 10:05

Opening keynote

Sarah Wilkinson, CEO, NHS Digital
Live panel discussion and Q&A with the chairs of the CCIO, CIO and CNIO networks

11:35 – 12:15

The big debate: How has Covid-19 changed NHS digital leadership?

Sonia Patel, CIO, NHSX
Natasha Phillips,
Live panel discussion and Q&A chaired by Lisa Emery, CIO, The Royal Marsden and chair of London CIO Council

Throughout the day

Digital responses to Covid-19: video case studies from UK and abroad. Including:

The Primary Care response to Covid-19;
Dr John McCormick, GP, and CCIO, NHS Devon CCG

Virtual consultations in mental health during Covid-19;
Jo Hillier, digital clinical lead, Sussex Partnership NHS FT

New York, Health information exchange in a public health crisis;
Jay Nakashima, executive director, eHealth Exchange

Day Two – Friday 24 July 2020

07:10 – 07:25

International Keynote

New Zealand Keynote
Shayne Hunter, deputy director-general data and digital, New Zealand’s Ministry of Health

08:30 – 08:45

International Keynote

Australia Keynote
Prof Keith McNeil, acting deputy director-general and chief medical officer Prevention Division, and CCIO, Queensland Health
Followed by live video case studies, panel discussion and Q&A

10:10 – 10:30

Morning Keynote

Matthew Gould, CEO, NHSX

10:30 – 11:00

Live ‘Rising Stars’ panel discussion and Q&A

13:20 – 14:00

Afternoon Keynotes

EBM Data Lab and Covid-19
Dr Ben Goldacre, director, The DataLab Nuffield Dept of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford
Prof Liam Smeeth, professor of clinical epidemiology, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

14:20 – 14:35

Closing Keynote

The digital future of UK primary care, post Covid-19
Nikki Kanani, GP, and medical director of Primary Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Throughout the day

Covid-19 video diaries from Network members will include:

Jo Dickson, CIO, clinical informatics director, Nuffield Health
Kevin Beaston, head of Systems development, York Teaching Hospitals NHS FT
Mandy Griffin, CIO and director, The Health Informatics Service
Aasha Cowey, project manager, South Central & West CSU

Delegate experience

“Excellent quality international and national speakers. A real mix of topics, including positive efforts around inclusion. Unparalleled opportunities to network too.”

Ayesha Rahim, CCIO
Lancs and South Cumbria NHS FT

“Probably the best two days of networking I have had since joining the NHS. Along with listening to some fantastic speakers what more could I ask?”

Mandy Griffin, CIO
The Health Informatics Service.

“This was an amazing event – a fantastic opportunity to network and see how others are leading digital transformation”


Shane McKee, CCIO
Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

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