West of England: Healthcare Innovation Expo – making and maximising opportunities

Date: 14/11/2018 | Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Location: UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, Bristol
Organised by: West of England AHSN
Tel: 0117 900 2543
Email: events@weahsn.net

Event summary

Innovation is the current ‘hot topic’ in health and care circles. How can we ensure new solutions really transform healthcare for the better? Join us at our Healthcare Innovation Expo to explore opportunities and solutions being developed right here in the West of England, as well as those making a global impact. Speakers will include academic leaders, innovators and those transforming regional and international services.

Digital and med-tech exhibitors will showcase the latest products, apps and services, with a focus on those addressing local needs. You might find solutions to those tricky problems your own organisation is trying to solve.

Whether you are interested in digital innovation, system transformation or discovering the latest products and services, our Expo will enable you to implement changes that will save time, money and ultimately lives.


We have a limited amount of places available to our members organisations (health service providers, NHS care professionals, commissioners and local authority), Network partners and patient and public representatives.

To find out more about the programme, and workshops we’ll be hosting, click on the “programme tab” below.


If you are a digital or med-tech who is interested in exhibiting at our conference then we’d like to hear from you, email Innovation@weahsn.net for more information.  Exhibitor places are available free of charge and will be available on a first come, first served basis.  The Exhibitor packages will include the following:

• Exhibition space (6ft table, 1m banner space, power connection and Wi-Fi)
• Entry for up to two company representatives
• Opportunity to network with over 100 NHS and local authority delegates for connection and relationship building opportunities
• Online profile
• Opportunity to participate in one-to-one partnering to meet with NHS health and care providers

To view the priorty areas for the following Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STPs) areas, click on the below:

Introducing our key note speakers

In addition to hearing from those implementing and manging innovation in our region you can hear from three innovators making a global impact:

Andrew Bastawrous, Co-Founder and CEO, Peek Vision

Andrew is an Ophthalmologist (Eye Surgeon), Associate Professor in International Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Co-Founder & CEO of Peek.

Andrew has worked and undertaken research in over twenty countries including two years living in Kenya where he was leading a major eye disease study and the development and testing of Peek.

Andrew was recently voted one of the world’s 30 most influential people in public health, has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles, is a TED Fellow, Rolex Laureate, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Ashoka Fellow and UBS Global Visionary.

Andrew is also working with astrophysicists to crowd source retinal data, National Geographic explorers to reach isolated communities, Artists and Activists to advocate for eye care globally and with his wife Madeleine has established a social enterprise healthy bakery in Kenya that provides employment and profits pay for eye care.

David Constantine MBE, Founder Director, Motivation

In 1989 David Constantine MBE and friend – entered a competition to design a wheelchair suitable for use in developing countries.  Robust enough to cope with rough terrain and made from local and affordable materials, their prototype won.  The pair used their prize money to travel to Bangladesh where they built their wheelchair for a disability organisation in Dhaka. Seeing how an appropriate wheelchair could transform lives so quickly, they needed little convincing when they were asked to help increase production.

David and ‘Motivation’, can be regarded as trend setting for a number of reasons. They emphasise the importance of sustainable manufacturing, in the production of their affordable wheelchairs, in developing countries. They were the first to work closely with the World Health Organisation, designing and manufacturing personalised wheelchairs, in areas of the world with few resources. Their first sports wheelchair (‘Flying Start’), was an affordable competition wheel chair and it was used in the London Paralympic Games of 2012. It allowed disabled people from the developing world, to aspire to become athletes, competing on an equal footing, with those athletes from more affluent countries. Their wheelchairs, showed that it was possible to manufacture a quality product, from sustainable materials, with a local workforce and with a low carbon footprint.

Judith Hall OBE, Professor of Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, Cardiff University

Judith is a former Welsh Woman of the Year, and have won numerous awards, including an OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for founding the Critical Care Alliance, services to academic anaesthesia, founding the Mothers of Africa charity, and services to Africa.She has extensive research interests, including anaesthesia for the developing world, translational sepsis research, mechanisms of anaesthetic sedation/analgesia and postoperative blood loss.Judith Hall OBE is a Professor of Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine at Cardiff University. Judith also lead the Phoenix Project, a University partnership with the University of Namibia that seeks to tackle poverty and promote health.

She is an experienced broadcaster and regular guest on Namibian television and radio through my work with the Phoenix Project. Judith also commentates on medical matters and African affairs in the UK media.

The programme

To view the draft agenda for the day, please click here.

We’re also thrilled to announce our “Local Focus” workshop sessions.  Delegates will have the opportunity to attend one of the following:

10 year Long term plan with Sam Roberts.  Sam is the Director of Innovation & Life Sciences for NHS England and will be leading the Research and Innovation working group feeding into the development of the 10 year Long Term Plan for the NHS. During this session Sam will be updating delegates on the progress to develop the LTP during the autumn, with a particular focus on how we, in the West of England, will be embracing and embedding research and innovation into future delivery.

Innovation Exchange launch:Last year we ran a co-design workshop with you on designing the innovation exchange. We listened to you and now it’s well on the way and were launching it at the event!  Come and have a peek at what it looks like now. Dive deep into the innovation hubs, wander around our open health programme. Find people in the beehive or have your vision realised in HYVR. If you’re a company come ride one of the accelerator programmes. Find out how you really can have your cake and eat it!

One South West Local Care and Health Record Exemplar: This workshop will focus on moving forward the next stage of the One South West Local Health and Care Record Exemplar (LHCRE) programme and will encompass discussion and direction from the national LHCRE leadership and detailed planning sessions

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