Patient advocate and breast cancer survivor Liz O’Riordan has been announced as a keynote speaker for the Digital Health Virtual Summer School 2021.
In July 2015, Liz, who is a consultant breast surgeon, was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer at the age of 40 and started a blog to help come to terms with the diagnosis. The blog proved popular and soon Liz was talking about her experiences at different events, and co-authoring ‘The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer: How to Feel Empowered and Take Control’ with Professor Trisha Greenhalgh.
Professor Mary Dixon-Wood, director of THIS Institute at Cambridge University, will be the second opening keynote of the second Virtual Summer School, which is taking place on 15 and 16 July 2021.
Following their keynotes, Liz and Mary will then take live questions from the online audience of NHS digital leaders.
Their focus will be on how digital tools are enabling radical redesign of health and care services, putting patients in control of their treatment and care.
Mary’s achievements include serving on the national advisory group on the safety of patients in England, which produced the 2013 Berwick report. She also served on the 2016 review of information technology in the NHS led by Professor Bob Wachter.
The overall theme of Summer School 2021 is to explore the evolving challenges of being an effective digital leader in the NHS and different dimensions of leadership roles. All sessions will be CPD-accredited.
Jon Hoeksma, CEO of Digital Health said “Virtual Summer School promises the most interesting agenda ever. It’s fantastic to confirm Liz and Mary as keynotes with further exciting programme announcements coming soon.
“Come and join us for a packed two days of panel discussions, workshops, case studies and a great networking and social programme. Whether you are coming for the first time or are a regular you will be made very welcome and learn a huge amount from your peers.”