Digital Health Unplugged brings you all the latest in NHS IT and digital technology news. Published fortnightly, the podcast features panel discussions from industry leaders and debriefings from the Digital Health news team.
Digital Health Unplugged: A chat with Simon Bolton
Host Andrea Downey spoke to the interim chief executive of NHS Digital Simon Bolton about his goals for the organisation, building back after Covid-19 and recently set targets around diversity.
Bolton addresses the need for workforce resilience as the NHS recovers from the pandemic, adding that he wants to lead by example in creating a workplace where everyone feels valued and respected.
He also spoke about the need for better collaboration at the centre to streamline communications on digital strategies which he hopes will boost engagement from the frontline.
Digital Health Unplugged: Diversity in digital leadership
In this episode we take a look at diversity in digital leadership with the Shuri Network.
A lot has happened in the last year for the Network, from setting up bursaries for members to join the Faculty of Clinical Informatics (FCI) to establishing a shadowing programme to help younger members learn from those already working in tech in the NHS.
-Nicole Wong, Junior Technical Analyst, Cyber, NHS South, Central and West
-Di Bullman, Workstream Lead, Digital Readiness Programme, Health Education England
-Rafiah Patel, Chief Digital Ethics & Privacy Officer, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Digital Health Unplugged: A new CEO for NHS England
In this episode we take a look at Amanda Pritchard's appointment as NHS England's new CEO - and the first female chief executive of NHS England.
Joining host Andrea Downey is:
Aasha Cowey, Strategic Transformation Lead at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Will Smart, Global Director External Relations, Dedalus
Hannah Crouch, Editor, Digital Health
As well as looking at the significance of digital transformation being in Pritchard's job description, the panel also speak about the significant step forward for female representation in the NHS.
Digital Health Unplugged: A chat with Liz O'Riordan
Host Andrea Downey chats one-on-one with Liz O'Riordan, consultant breast surgeon and award-winning co-author of 'The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer: How to Feel Empowered and Take Control'.
O'Riordan speaks about her own breast cancer diagnosis in 2015 and her experience of the health system from a patient's perspective.
Despite her work as a breast cancer surgeon, O'Riordan said her experience in the consulting room hadn't prepared her for the experience of being a patient, adding that technology provided access to information when she needed it the most.
Digital Health Unplugged: Does data save lives?
In this episode we take a look at the government's draft data strategy, Data Saves Lives: Reshaping health and care with data.
Tune in to hear more about the strategy from:
David Hancock, Healthcare Executive Advisor, InterSystems
Catherine Dampney, Director of BI Innovation & Transformation, NHS South, Central and West
Monica Jones, Chief Data Officer, HDRUK Hub for Cancer DATA-CAN
Jon Hoeksma, editor-in-chief Digital Health
Our panel discuss what the strategy got right, what it got wrong, and what it was missing.
Digital Health Unplugged: Health tech through the Rainbow lens
Queertech encompasses digital health tools that are designed to be inclusive of the LGBT+ community - both new tools and technology that's been around for a while.
Tune in to hear from:
Brett Hatfield, NHS Navigator at the accelerator DigitalHealth.London
Mathew Watt, Senior Delivery Manager of Innovation, NHSX
Lizzie Streeter, National LGBT programme manager at NHSE
Paul Gavin, Deputy Director of health inequalities at NHSE