NHS Health and Care Innovations Expo 18

We were absolutely delighted to launch the aidsafe box at this year’s innovations Expo. All the exhibitors and delegates were treated to a feast of new ideas to soak up and the venue was perfect for the event.

The two days were packed full of over 200 hours fantastic speeches by key leaders from across the health and social care sector. There were pop-up university workshops and exhibition zones.

Fantastic interest in the aidsafe box came from so many people from different sectors. NHS Trusts, Care/Nursing home providers, Private Hospitals and even undertakers. Sue, Lisa, Ursula and I had so many interesting and positive conversations with delegates.

One Doctor tweeted "aidsafe is possibly single best idea I have seen at #Expo18NHS- box to keep patient glasses, hearing aids etc safe throughout hospital journey. Could really aid #personalised care! Does @innovateuk support development low-tech grass-roots solutions like this."

Our Expo experience ended with Lisa, pitching the aidsafe box to Mr Matt Hancock. He listened with great interest and walked away with the aidsafe box in his hand. We were all delighted and can only hope this will bode well for the future of aidsafe.

Brief run down of Expo 18

This year's Expo focused on the long-term plan for the NHS, setting out ambitions and improvements over the next decade. NHS England chief executive, Simon Sevens, announced children and young people in England will receive ground breaking cancer treatment, the first in what is expected to be a rapidly expanding class of personalised cancer therapies available on the NHS.

James O'Shaughnessy, the Health minister announced the introduction of the initial technology partnership Code of Conduct for Data-driven Health and Care Technology. This encourages companies to meet a gold-standard set of principles that will protect patient data and ensure only the best technology is used by the NHS. This is an important first step towards creating a safe and trusted environment in which innovation can flourish to the benefit of all our health.

Poorna Bell, an award-winning journalist and author, and Danny Sculthorp, a former professional rugby league player and Ambassador of the State of Mind Sport Charity, spoke about the importance of talking about men's mental health.

The Kate Granger awards recognised inspirational healthcare staff and volunteers spanning 70 years of the NHS.

The two days culminated in Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary, announcing that a further £200 million will be distributed to the most advanced digital trusts, who will become part of the global-digital exemplar programme. He also announced that a further five pilots of the national NHS app for patients have been chosen and the pilots will begin by the end of September, ahead of a national roll out in December. The app allows GP appointments, share data preferences and access NHS 111 and the new sites which include Liverpool Hastings, Bristol, Staffordshire and South Worcestershire.

"Enhancing patient care by keeping aids safe"

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