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DHEZ Seminar Series 2021

Our Seminar Series showcases innovations in digital health and provides a forum for researchers, healthcare professionals, community, and business to network and learn about public engagement in healthcare and pathways to implementation of digital health solutions and new models of care.

Date Time Speaker Title 
31 March 2021 11.30 - 12.30  Dr Paul Rice, Chief Digital and Information Officer for Bradford Teaching Hospitals and Airedale NHS Foundation Trusts and Digital Workstream lead for the Integrated Care Partnership Health and Care in Bradford: Digital and Data – All Our Best Bytes
21 April 2021 13.00 - 14.00 Prof Barbara Stewart-Knox, Professor of Psychology, University of Bradford Is digitally enabled personalised nutrition the future for dietary health promotion? If so, what could it look like?
26 May 2021  13.00 - 14.00 Simon Couth, Head of Working Academy, University of Bradford Harnessing graduate talent and clinician inspiration for digital health transformation locally
30 June 2021  13.00 - 14.00 Dr Penny Kehagioglou, Consultant Clinical Oncologist and Group Clinical Director at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust Optimising Urgent and Emergency Care using digital innovation
 7 July 2021   12.00 - 13.00 

Prof Hassan Ugail, Director, Centre for Visual Computing, University of Bradford

The role of artificial intelligence in computerised medical image understanding
29 September 2021 13.00 - 14.00 Jaime Acosta Gómez, Community Pharmacy Section (CPS), Executive Committee member at International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Digital tools helping transform community pharmacy services
20 October 2021 13.00 - 14.00 Eleanor Pomroy and Emer Mackle, Lake Strategic Insights Digital Health Insights and Influences: A multi-sector appraisal
8 December 2021 13.00-14.00

Dr Natasha Alvarado and Dr Lynn McVey, both Senior Research Fellows in Applied Health at the University of Bradford

 

Avoiding the ‘dodgy brush’: Lessons learned from introducing technology in the NHS

 

Avoiding the ‘dodgy brush’: Lessons learned from introducing technology in the NHS - 8 December 2021

In this presentation we will share lessons learned during a project to design and evaluate a web-based, interactive quality dashboard – QualDash - for healthcare audit data in eight clinical units in acute NHS hospitals in England.  We’ll consider supports and constraints for introducing new technology within the NHS, focusing on experiences of the staff involved in collecting, reporting and using the data.  When we were planning to introduce the dashboard, a clinician told us that the most important thing was to make sure it met user expectations from the very beginning, or, as they went onto say: ‘the clinicians will tar it with a dodgy brush and they’re going to slag it off, and nobody will use it…’  We will reflect on whether we managed to avoid the ‘dodgy brush’, the complexities of doing so, and what we learned in the process.

Speakers

Dr Natasha Alvarado’s research interests are the implementation and evaluation of complex interventions. She uses programme theory approaches – typically realist evaluation – to explore how, why, for whom and in what circumstances healthcare interventions work or not.   

With a background in psychotherapy & counselling, Dr Lynn McVey is an applied healthcare researcher with experience of investigating people's cognitive and emotional responses to healthcare interventions, including human factors at work in the take-up of digital interventions. 

Both Tasha and Lynn worked together on the QualDash project at the University of Leeds before joining Professor Rebecca Randell in the Health Technologies for Quality and Safety Research Group at the University of Bradford in September 2020.  They work together on a project exploring the practices of falls risk assessment and prevention in hospitals, using realist synthesis and evaluation.

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Digital Health Insights and Influences: A multi-sector appraisal - 20 October 2021

Abstract In an increasingly connected world, the application of sensor technology has rapidly expanded across multiple industries, and now touches several aspects of our daily lives. The Healthcare sector is keen to embrace this technology to support its future, although this is still in its infancy. However, facilitated by the increasing interest in our own health and wellbeing, and fast-tracked by Covid-19, consumers now desire convenience, accessibility, and personalisation for their healthcare. This requires an accelerated maturing of the Digital Health space. Join us for a discussion around the innovations and insights that are now influencing the industry, along with our predictions for the future of Digital Health.

About the Speakers/company Lake Chemicals & Minerals is a technical distributer of raw materials to a wide range of industries, and aims to deliver ultimate customer value. One of the ways in which Lake provides value is via Strategic Insights. Emer and Eleanor’s role within the Lake Strategic Insights team is to be experts in trend analysis, consumer needs and consumer behaviours. They combine these insights with scientific and market knowledge to predict the future of the industries they work within, including pharmaceuticals and healthcare.

Eleanor has studied Biochemistry at the University of Bath, graduating BSC (Hons.) in 2018. Her career thus far has been in the pharmaceutical industry, with roles in Regulatory Affairs and Business Development. Her most recent work has been in the beauty and personal care industry, identifying the most exciting trends, insights and innovations for 2021.

Emer has an academic study background at University of Ulster, located in Coleraine. Graduating in 2017 with BSc (Hons.) Food and Nutrition with Diploma in Professional Practice. Her business background includes a research placement year at the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health and two years as a Market Analyst with a focus on the probiotic market.

Seminar Slides: Digital Health Insights and Influences - 20 October 2021

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Digital tools helping transform community pharmacy services - 29 September 2021

The online seminar will be delivered by Jaime Acosta Gómez 

Abstract: Although community pharmacy pioneered the introduction of IT systems in healthcare many years ago, it has traditionally focused on the management of products and inventories, and administrative matters. While digital health tools allow more convenient, efficient, personalised, accessible and better quality care, existing community pharmacy operations struggle to keep pace with this. What are the digital health opportunities and challenges that pharmacy face and what practical tools can be implemented to respond to this?  In this talk, examples, practical use cases, opportunities and challenges of digital health as valuable business and clinical tools will be discussed.

Speaker: Jaime Acosta Gómez Community pharmacist and pharmacy owner (Madrid, Spain)/ FIP-Community Pharmacy Section (CPS) ExCo member/ FIP Technology Forum member/ FIP COVID19 Expert Advisory Group member/ Comptroller at Hefame (Spanish drug wholesaler)/ Member of the Governing Health Futures2030, a The Lancet & Financial Times Commission.  

As an experienced community pharmacist, Jaime has played a significant role over many years on different levels representing community pharmacy's interest on a local, national, and international level. Jaime has a strong passion for the future of pharmacy and a deep understanding of the community pharmacy's environment and healthcare's new and changing needs. His leadership and skills have been recognised twice by the WHO with WHO-Armstrong Institute (Johns Hopkins Medicine) Scholarship (2013), and the WHO scholarship grant for "upcoming leaders" (2011), and very recently with the FIP Fellow award (2020).

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The role of Artificial Intelligence in computerised medical image understanding - 7 July 2021

Abstract: Machine learning driven artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have recently taken a centre stage in almost every scientific discipline. With the utilisation of algorithmic and computational power fuelled by the availability of copious amounts of data, AI technologies have shown great promise for better understanding of medical images for assisting medical specialists working in the area to make crucial decisions. The talk will focus on the recent developments in this area. In this talk, examples, practical use cases, opportunities and challenges of using AI as a valuable tool for medical image processing and understanding in healthcare settings will also be discussed.

About the Speaker: Professor Hassan Ugail is Director of the Centre for Visual Computing at the University of Bradford. He is a renowned computer scientist in the area of visual computing and artificial intelligence (AI). He is an advocate of AI for helping to tackle real world issues in the areas of digital health, innovative engineering and sustainable societies in general. More specifically, he works in the area of human biometrics especially the development of cutting edge AI solutions for biometric face recognition. His most recent work in this area includes helping to unravel the real identity of the two Russian spies at the heart of the Salisbury Novichok poisoning case - one of the biggest international stories of 2018.

Seminar slides: The role of Artificial Intelligence in computerised medical image understanding

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Optimising Urgent and Emergency Care using digital innovation - 30 June 2021

Abstract: Data suggests that between 1.5 and 3 million people who come to A&E each year could have been served by other services within the urgent care system. Those people are seen and worked up in A&E as they arrive, which contributes to overcrowding and increases the risk of delayed care for people with true emergencies. In April 2021, there were 1.87 million A&E attendances, 10.6% more than the previous month and double the number compared to same time last year. The number of calls through NHS111 increased by 3.6% in April 2021 compared to year before. Developing a digital system of patient-led pre-hospital triaging could help direct people to the right place of care at the right time, first time, hence avoiding unnecessary hospital attendances. The e-Triage tool could include services such as community pharmacy, social prescribers, same day emergency care, mental health, frailty services as well as self-management guidance. Machine learning has already been used to predict the severity of medical conditions in patients with trauma, infectious disease and other clinical presentations, in order to guide management in A&E. The e-Triaging tool would enable patients to access the service from their home and on demand, using their mobile phone.  

About the speaker: Dr Penny Kechagioglou is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist and Group Clinical Director for Surgery and Emergency Medicine at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire. Penny is currently completing a DBA with Warwick Business School on the subject of Healthcare Innovation and the role of Leadership in driving Innovation diffusion. She has also led on digital and other innovation projects in the public and private sector as a senior clinical leader.

Optimising Urgent and Emergency Care using digital innovation - 30 June 2021

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Harnessing graduate talent and clinician inspiration for digital health transformation locally - 26 May 2021

Abstract: How a ‘switched-on’ generation of graduates are engaging with and enabling digital health projects across the patch. Web sites, mobile apps, augmented reality tools, vlogs and interactive online portals. See some examples on our collaborative health sector site People First : Digital First. Simon considers the implications of this ‘Made in Bradford’ mantra.  Training this new breed of digital creative in an Agile project development methodology has benefits such as encouraging a diversity of ideas,  supporting organisational culture change and promoting continuous improvement. Simon reflects on how this fits well with the Digital Health agenda.

Importantly this also empowers users and owners to fully immerse themselves in the development process. Something that clinicians locally have been brilliant at doing. A great example is the journey that Plaster room technician, Charlene Brown at BTHFT has been through in working through this Agile approach in our joint development of the innovative Plaster Room QR code mobile site (best viewed on a phone). Simon picks out some of key traits a clinician needs to have when developing a digital product or service.

About the speaker: Simon is an Honorary visiting research fellow of the University of Bradford, Head of the Working Academy (a spin-out digital agency of the University) and a Chef!  His Industry background includes the setting up and running of an award winning European and SKY TV channel for short form film and animation content and of managing a range of multi-platform media projects through The Reputations Group based at the Press Association (the UK’s largest news agency) based in London.  He has an Academic study background at Universities in Sheffield, Hull and Huddersfield. He has run the Working Academy at the University of Bradford on a part-time basis since 2010. The digital media training and production scheme became a spin-out company of the University in 2018.  He also recently sold his restaurant in the Peak District where he was the chef patron and a food commentator.

 

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Is digitally enabled personalised nutrition the future for dietary health promotion? If so, what could it look like?  

21 April 2021

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a sea change in how health services are provided with a move toward tele-medicine and a focus upon prevention. At the same time, the pandemic has emphasised the need for people to maintain a healthy immune system, metabolism and body composition, all of which can be managed through dietary means. Drawing on recent research findings, this presentation argues a case for digitally delivered personalised nutrition for which not only is dietary advice personalised, but also the interface, infrastructure and style of service delivery. Bringing this about will require understanding of individual client psychology, lifestyle and social circumstances and translation of this understanding into practice.

About the speaker: Currently Professor of Psychology at the University of Bradford, Professor Barbara Stewart-Knox's research interests are concerned with understanding food related behaviour and span consumer food choice (including sensory factors), nutrient/food mediated psychological functions, attitudes toward food and eating, and related topics. Research activities have included participation in several funded projects both within the UK and Europe the results of which have been widely published. More recently, interests have focussed on understanding the public perspective and consumer response to personalised nutrition. Barbara was part of the team which delivered the Food4Me project, and which employed a triangulated design to understand public perceptions and attitudes toward personalised nutrition across nine EU countries and the impact of psychological factors on response to the Food4Me personalised nutrition internet–based intervention. Barbara’s research is therefore of relevance to dietary health promotion and to the food and health industry.

Is digitally enabled personalised nutrition the future for dietary health promotion?

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Health and Care in Bradford: Digital and Data – All Our Best Bytes - 31 March 2021

The online seminar will be delivered by Dr Paul Rice, Chief Digital and Information Officer for Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and Digital Workstream lead for the Integrated Care Partnership.

Abstract: Drawing on his personal and professional experience Paul will reflect on the changing contribution that Digital has made to health and care to this point. He will highlight some of the opportunities on the road ahead and confirm the exceptional foundations in place in Bradford to fully exploit this potential.

Speaker: Paul joined the Trust in January 2021 from the position as Regional Director of Digital Transformation for NHS England and NHS Improvement in the North East and Yorkshire. He has been the Senior Responsible Owner for substantial national digital transformation programmes concerned with hospital care, mental health, primary care, maternal and child health and diagnostics. Paul was formerly the director of the Long-Term Conditions programme in Yorkshire and Humber with a focus on Telehealth. He has been a Primary Care Trust director, a transformation director in the NHS Modernisation Agency and a policy lead in the Department of Health. He is a trustee of Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Health and Care in Bradford: Digital and Data – All Our Best Bytes - 31 March 2021

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