Two national speakers have been confirmed for the 10th anniversary of Digital Health Summer Schools, taking place 27-28 July at the University of Birmingham.  

Having run for a decade, Summer Schools is the most popular and friendly NHS IT leadership event of the year, dedicated to CCIOs, CIOs and CNIOs, together with all current and aspiring digital health leaders. 

Dr Melanie Iles, England’s first female national CCIO, is our first confirmed keynote speaker. Delegates will hear Melanie’s views on the future direction for clinical leadership to support digital transformation across the health service.  

Melanie, recently appointed interim CCIO by NHS England, has held various medical director roles for NHS Improvement and for NHS England at regional level, and across an acute trust. She is a paediatrician with over 30 years’ service in the NHS. 

Helen Balsdon, deputy CNIO at NHS England, also joins the Summer Schools speaker line-up and will speak about the next steps for leading a nursing workforce in a digitally enabled environment.  

Currently responsible for NHS England’s digital clinical safety strategy and interoperable medicines programme, Helen was previously CNIO/head of nursing at Cambridge University Hospitals. 

Book your place now to hear from two influential national leaders and ask them your questions directly.  

The event’s key themes this year are connecting current and future leaders; the evolution of digital leadership roles and strengthening collaboration. 

Summer Schools offers two days of rewarding education, networking, and best practice exchange, along with the unique opportunity to learn from the very best digital health leaders from across the UK. All sessions will be CPD certified.  

Bursary applications are currently open for the Shuri Network, FEDIP Future Digital Leaders, Digital AHP and Pharmacy, and Nursing and Midwifery. Previous Summer Schools attendees are eligible to apply; however, preference will be given to those that have no attended before. Closing dates are Wednesday 10 May for the FEDIP bursary and Friday 12 May for the other bursaries.  

Spaces are limited so we encourage you to book early to avoid disappointment. Don’t miss out – register today.