Fostering Health Innovation Part 1

Brought to you by The Healthcare Group

Healthcare professionals at the leading edge of patient care remain frustrated in the struggle to take innovation from concept to completion. The reality of developing useful health tools that improve patient life and deliver an improved health service is one of overcoming many challenging obstacles

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About the event

At this event, we have lined up an impressive line-up of leading clinicians to present and facilitate sessions focusing on three areas: Patient Safety, COPD and Diabetes, and Dementia. The aim is to identify how unmet clinical needs can be resolved by technology.


This inspiring and collaborative half-day event taking place in Cambridge will help the industry understand NHS needs and how technology in ‘real world’ scenarios can foster successful collaboration


Register now to secure your place for this exciting afternoon of practical insight and collaboration. 


Working together with our partners - the Eastern Academic Health Science Network and Health Enterprise East - we are bringing together an impressive line-up of prominent clinicians to lead three key sessions focusing on: Patient Safety, COPD and Diabetes, and Dementia. The aim is to explore and debate how impending clinical needs can be resolved by technology.


Each speaker will present an innovative idea and explain the clinical need and benefit.  Groups will then provide feedback to each speaker with the goal of creating a strategy for the realisation of the idea and to encourage cross discipline innovation.

This event is FREE to members of Cambridge Wireless and people working in the NHS or CUHP. Tickets for non-members are £180 plus VAT. To join Cambridge Wireless as a member and attend future events for free, please visit:

Limited FREE places for non-members: We are keen to engage with, and foster the next generation of technologists so we have limited FREE delegate places at our events for non-members who are under 30. If you would like to register for one of these places, please register as a non-member and under job title please list your date of birth. We will then confirm if you have received a place within one week of the event.


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Hosted by Philips Research Laboratories

Philips Research is one of the world's largest corporate research organizations.

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Partnered with EAHSN

Eastern Academic Health Science Network is one of 15 health networks.

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Supported by Health Enterprise East

Health Enterprise East (HEE) is a leading NHS Innovation and Technology Consultancy based in Cambridge.

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Registration & Networking over Refreshments (please note that lunch is not provided)


Introduction to the Cambridge Wireless Healthcare SIG by Peter Ferguson of Accenture


Welcome from the host Rob Blake, Senior Scientist, Philips Research Laboratories


Welcome from our partner Karen Livingstone, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Industry Engagement, EAHSN


Welcome from our partner Sue Watson, Head of MedTech Services, Health Enterprise East


Respiratory EAHSN Current Projects and Future Wish List Innovations; Professor Thida Win, Consultant Respiratory and General Medicine Physician, Lister Hospital, Stevenage

Professor Win discusses current projects and how technology and innovations can be of great value and use for respiratory community in the future.




Fostering Clinical Innovation in the NHS - Is the National Model Broken? Dr Peter Young, MD, Consultant in Critical Care, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn

The British are known for inventiveness yet the Americans make innovative ideas a reality. Innovators by necessity must be free thinkers and risk takers and to be effective must be released from the conservatism which embroils the activity of large institutions like the NHS. This talk examines a successful innovation model pioneered at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital with reference to a number of innovations.




Developing Assistive Technology for People with Dementia: Do Nothing For Me Without Me; Dr Willie Cruickshank, Director Norfolk & Suffolk Dementia Alliance

Dr Cruickshank explores the ethical debate over the use of assistive technologies for people with dementia and the impact on its rate of adoption and growth. There is evidence that assistive technologies that facilitate and support formal care at home, show potential to support people with dementia to stay in their own home (substituting expensive professional care services). However, some people caution that some assistive technology that substitutes human contact can unfortunately promote the adverse effects of further isolation of people already excluded from social interaction. Furthermore, some technologies such as surveillance and monitoring can be seen by some as a source of potential intrusiveness, a threat to autonomy and even a breach of human rights. Often technologies have been designed without input from users and reflect the perceived needs of service providers rather than patients and their carers. Whether it’s developing services, support solutions or assistive technology, people with dementia and their carers must be empowered to contribute to the process.




Refreshment Break & Networking


Introduction to Group Sessions by Rob Blake of Philips Research


Group Session A- Clinical One, Clinical Two, Clinical Three


Change Group Sessions


Group Session B- Clinical One, Clinical Two, Clinical Three


Comfort Break & Networking


Group Reports from the Facilitators and Open Discussions


Closing Remarks from Karen Livingstone of EAHSN


Fill in Evaluation Forms and Event Closes


Willie Cruickshank - Director, Norfolk & Suffolk HIEC

Peter Young - Queen Elisabeth Hospital

SIG Champions

Leila Ali - Founder, Digital Health Cambridge

Leila is passionate about applying innovative approaches in bridging the worlds between health and technology. She has worked in the health sector for over 10 years and understands the importance of identifying opportunities of engagement and the evolving needs of patients/clients. She has worked in Sweden, UK and Kenya and has been instrumental in implementing innovative health promotion initiatives and identifying potential avenues for improving user engagement. She has previously worked with product planning, putting the user at the centre of the design process and ensuring a holistic view is taken of the product experience.

She has the ability to horizon-scan, spot needs, and creatively reinterpret a broad strategy. Leila is also the founder and organiser of Digital Health Cambridge, a meet-up group that brings together various stakeholders, clinicians, investors and startups in Cambridge to foster a multi - stakeholder partnership. She is currently an eHospital support link at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where she trains and supports colleagues regarding best practice using Epic (electronic patient record system). A digital strategy which enables clinicians to use the latest in computer technology to help them to consistently provide high quality patient care.

Peter Ferguson - Director for Healthcare Technologies , Arm

Peter is director for healthcare technologies at Arm and has been actively involved in the delivery of mobile and healthcare solutions since starting his Medical Electronics PhD in 1994. Based in Cambridge, UK, Peter is responsible for driving Arm's health strategies in Medical Sensors and Genomics. His remit is helping the healthcare industry to utilize Arm's high efficiency technology in developing new products and services. Peter has more than 20 years' experience working in the healthcare, mobile tech and pharmaceutical technology market and has been instrumental in delivering innovative mobile health solutions including wearable ECG, Mobile Devices, Adverse Event Systems and Portal Hospital solutions in the UK and China.

Peter Jarritt - Deputy Director, NIHR Brain Injury MedTech Co-operative

Peter is currently Deputy Director and technology theme lead for the National Institute for Health, Health Technology Cooperative for Brain Injury. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians as well as a Fellow of IPEM. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Healthcare Photonics at the Centre for Process Innovation. Peter has more than 20 years’ experience directing and delivering a comprehensive range of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering services at the highest level. Most recently Peter was the Clinical Director and Head of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Notable projects under his leadership were introduction of RFID technology at Addenbrookes to enhance utilization of medical devices in the patient environment and the integration of medical devices into clinical information systems in an e-hospital programme. Peter’s other Career highlights includes Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Regional Medical Physics Agency. He also served as President of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) promoting the use of Physics and Engineering for patient benefit at national and international level.

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Siddhi Trivedi - Founder, Beowulf Proof Works

With 30 years of Health & Education innovation and eager to develop strategic partnerships. Always looking to provide support and advice to startups and entrepreneurs. Reach out to me, and, if I can’t help you, I will find someone who can!

With a background in Pharmacology ,Business Management and Coaching, I enjoy mentoring, advising start-ups and young people to help them achieve their aspirations.

I am a passionate connector and actively involved in many networks including Cambridge Wireless, London Government Blockchain Association, and, as License holder for TEDxLeicester, a member of the global TEDx tribe. I have accumulated 30 years worth of experience in health and education innovation gleaned within the NHS (National Health Service), Education, Consultancy and Pharmaceutical sectors; and have managed projects with budgets of up to £32M. My current projects are focused on the application of AI and Blockchain technology for improving health and education outcomes. As an experienced business woman in leadership, relationship management and effective project management, I believe success is based on building long-term sustainable partnerships and collaborations both at a local and global level. If you have an idea and want to take it the next level, get in touch, I will make it happen!

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Nigel Whittle - Head, Medical & Healthcare, Plextek

Nigel is Head of Medical & Healthcare at Plextek, spearheading engagement with a range of clients in the medical device sector, helping them develop innovative technology around sensors, data collection, communications and related areas. Nigel has over 25 years’ experience in the global life science industry, in a wide range of senior scientific, commercial and managerial roles. He conducted research work at Genentech and Celltech, then at Cantab Pharmaceuticals he was responsible for all company product development, taking proprietary products into late-stage Clinical Trials. With the IP Group he established a programme of technology commercialisation from Kings College London, including start up and flotation of companies. Later, working for UK Trade & Investment, Nigel worked with a portfolio of overseas pharmaceutical companies to secure high-level investment into the UK’s R&D capabilities. More recently he has worked as a business consultant both as an independent and at Sagentia. His current interests include the development of wearable technology to support clinical studies, and the use of monitoring systems for assisted living.

Paul Winter - Senior RF Consultant, TTP Group

Paul Winter is a programme manager and RF engineer in the Communications and Wireless group at TTP. He has led numerous projects in commercial, industrial and healthcare sectors developing connected devices and precision instrumentation. Paul has a heritage in developing products integrating multiple wireless standards including GPS, GPRS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and proprietary ISM band radios, deployed within multi-sensor systems for in-home and on-body applications, often coupled to 'Cloud' based analysis and visualisation services. In healthcare Paul has applied aspects of wireless, antennas and electronics to a number of medical devices including inhalers, glucose testing and point of care diagnostic instruments. Paul has also led several incubation projects for TTP's Carbon Trust Incubator, covering a wide range of cutting edge technologies. Paul joined TTP in 2006; prior to this he worked as a radio engineer for Global Communications developing high volume consumer in-home satellite and digital TV distribution equipment, as well as portable equipment for the 'on-location' broadcasting industry. Paul has a Masters degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of Wales, Cardiff. He is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, the Royal Academy of Engineering and is a Charted Engineer.

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Philips Research Laboratories, 101 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0FY

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