The interim chief executive of NHS Digital will make his first keynote address on day two of Digital Health’s Virtual Summer School.

Speaking at 9am on Friday 16 July, Simon Bolton will outline the priority areas to deliver on his ambition for NHS Digital “to be at the forefront, driving innovation and developing solutions and new capabilities.” 

The former Test and Trace CIO will be followed by returning Summer School keynote Matthew Gould. The NHSX CEO will take to the virtual stage to address the current and future challenges of NHS digital transformation. 

The means Virtual Summer School delegates will have an exclusive opportunity to hear from two of the most influential national leaders in NHS IT as the health and care systems chart a new policy direction on digital and data.  

Virtual Summer School programme is published 

Packed with keynotes, panel discussions, workshops, big debates and leadership video diaries, the Virtual Summer School programme will examine what the next challenges are on data, collaboration, empowering patients and integrated care.

Other confirmed keynotes include: 

  • Rob Webster – Chief Executive, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Simon Eccles – National Chief Clinical Information Officer, Deputy CEO, NHSX
  • Liz O’Riordan – Speaker, Broadcaster, Author and Consultant Breast Surgeon
  • Professor Mary Dixon-Woods – Director, THIS Institute, University of Cambridge
  • Tara Donnelly – Chief Digital Officer, NHSX
  • Lord Victor Adebowale – Co-Founder, Visionable; Chair, NHS Confederation
  • Dr Natasha Phillips – Chief Nursing Information Officer, NHSX
  • Sonia Patel – Chief Information Officer, NHSX
  • Dame Clare Gerada – Medical Practitioner and Co-Chair, NHS Assembly
  • Dr Maureen Baker – Chair, PRSB and CMO, Healthily
  • Diana Kennedy – CTO, Bupa

Fringe announced 

Taking place on 14 July is the Virtual Summer School Fringe which will provide the opportunity to explore in depth some of the emerging themes in digital health and examine topics in more detail. 

Over the course of the fringe there will be four one-hour sessions covering future lessons from the GDE programme, leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation, focus on Femtech and as how and tell on nursing care plans.

Get registered 

Jon Hoeksma, CEO of Digital Health, said: “Virtual Summer School is for current or aspiring leaders looking to learn from the very best digital health leaders, policy makers and digital pioneers from across the UK and internationally. 

“Join us for a unique experience of rewarding education, networking and best practice exchange where we will explore the evolving challenges of being an effective digital leader in the NHS.”  

The Summer School is the prestigious annual education and networking meeting exclusive to members of Digital Health Networks. The event is free for the NHS, public sector, charity and education. All sessions will be CPD-accredited by the Faculty of Clinical Informatics.

Register your place here.