• Summer schools 2018
    19 July 2018 - 20 July 2018
    09:00 - 17:00
Price Qty
Standard 2 day CCIO package - for all past CCIO attendees £300.00 (GBP)*  
Standard 2 day CIO package - for all past CIO attendees £300.00 (GBP)*  
Standard 2 day CNIO - package free for all nurses and AHPs £50.00 (GBP)  
First time CIO attendee 2 day package (application to attend). Refundable deposit. If you do not attend the conference you will forfeit your deposit. £50.00 (GBP)  
First time CCIO attendee 2 day package (application to attend). Refundable deposit. If you do not attend the conference you will forfeit your deposit. £50.00 (GBP)  
First time future digital leader attendee 2 day package (application to attend) to find out if you are eligible, please read the description on the prices page. Refundable deposit. Non attendance will forfeit your deposit. £50.00 (GBP)  

* price includes taxes

  • “I really enjoyed my time at the Summer Schools. The energy and collaboration was intense, and produced great ideas.” – CCIO Networks member

    Digital Health Summer Schools have become firmly established as the essential digital health leadership event of the year, focused on collaboration, practical best practice sessions and site visits and essential knowledge exchange.

    Attended by over 400 digital NHS leaders from across the UK and Irish health and care systems, the three, two-day residential Summer Schools will have both dedicated tracks and share site visits, a networking dinner and interactive workshops. Together they will provide a unique environment to network and collaborate and is the year’s most important gathering of NHS IT leaders.

      • Chief Clinical Information Officer Summer School (sixth edition)
      • Health Clinical Information Officer Summer School, (fifth edition)
      • Chief Nursing Officer and Allied Health Professionals Summer School (second edition)

    If you want to learn from your peers, help shape the future direction of NHS IT and it’s networking and develops personally as a digital health leader, register now to attend the key event of 2018.

    Summer schools nursing and Allied Health Professional first timers can attend for free of charge.

    Event details

    Venue: Birmingham University, The Great Hall, Aston Webb Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT
    Date: 18-20 July 2018
    Audience: The Summer Schools are exclusive to members of the CCIO/CIO and CNIO Networks. If you are a Health CIO, CCIO or CNIO looking to learn more about your field of expertise, are interested in meeting national NHS IT leaders from organisations such as NHS Digital and NHS England, this is the event for you.

    “I have received such positive feedback from the Irish contingent” – CNIO Networks member


    Summer Schools overview

    18 July 2017

    09:00 – 17:00

    NHS Hack Day – The Summer Schools Hack Day will bring current NHS digital leaders and their development teams together with digital health innovators and disruptors to test and prove new ideas, develop working prototypes and create solutions to some of the NHS’ most pressing issues.

    Projects developed at the Hackday will be presented back on day one of the main Summer Schools and delegates will have a chance to meet the teams.

    We’re encouraging CCIOs, CIOs and CNIOs & AHPs to sign-up and bring their development teams with them and come and take part in helping to disrupt the future of digital health. To register your interest click here.

    19:00 – 22:00 – Pre-conference welcome social and orientation

    We want to make sure that the Summer Schools are a great experience for all attendees, both past and new attendees. Join the Digital Health team for our pre-conference networking and orientation session. Get to know the people you will be spending the next few days with and learn what the summer schools are all about.

    19 July 2018 – Summer Schools, day one and networking dinner

    The Summer Schools kick off with introductions, keynote presentations, dedicated CCIO, CIO, Nursing and Allied Health Professionals session streams and networking opportunities. These will be followed by an afternoon choice a series if site visits to one of Birmingham’s surrounding NHS trusts or collaboration sessions.

    We then meet back at the university to unwind for a 3 course networking dinner, preceded by welcome drinks.

    For 2018 we’ll also be launching the new CCIO/CIO/CNIO & AHP Network Awards and Hack Day presentations.

    20 July 2018 – Summer Schools, day two

    Day two sees the focus shift to collaboration and best practice sessions from network members, including the infamous quick fire 6 in 60 sessions, helping you get to the heart of what matters to you.

  • Pre-conference evening networking reception – 18 July 2018 
    19:00 – 23:00 Icebreaker and conference orientation – Location TBC
    19:30 – 20:30 Getting to know your way around the Summer Schools – Whether you are a first-time attendee or a regular, our Network chairs will be on hand to guide you through how to get the most from your Summer Schools experience.

    • Adrian Byrne, Health CIO network
    • Professor Joe McDonald, CCIO network
    • Anne Cooper, CNIO and AHP network
    • Dr George Moulton, Future Digital Leaders Network


    Summer Schools programme day 1 – 19 July 2018
    09.00 – 09:30 Registration and networking refreshments
    09.30 – 09.45 Welcome – TBC
    09.45 – 10:30 National opening keynoteDr Simon Eccles, CCIO, NHS England and Sarah Wilkinson, CEO, NHS Digital (tbc)
    10:30 – 10:50 Wachter progress update: Review of recommendations with interactive votingDr Robert Wachter, (via video link)
    10:50 – 11:10 Audience debate and interactive voting on progress and Wachter Review recommendations

    • Andy Kinnear, Chair, BCS Health and Care
    • Rachel Dunscombe, CEO, NHS Digital Academy
    • Simon Eccles, CCIO, NHS England
    • Will Smart, CIO NHS England
    • Juliet Bauer, NHS England
    • Professor Joe MacDonald, Great North Care Record
    11:10 – 11:30 Networking refreshments
    11:30 – 12:30 Day 1 workshops (pre-booking required)
    Networking across the home nations

    Dr Simon Eccles, CCIO, NHS England

    Dr Rhidian Hurle, CCIO NHS Wales

    Dr Martin O’Curly, CIO HSE Ireland

    Dr Jonathan Watts, University of Ulster

    Unpacking UX and Usability

    David Rew, SUHT

    Alana Wood, Google Deepmind (TBC)

    Empowering the person

    Juliet Bauer, Director, NHS England

    Delivering data liquidity

    Luke Readman, CIO, East London Health and Care Partnership

    Rachel Dunscombe, Group CIO, Salford Royal FT

    Dr Jack Barker, CIO Kings College (TBC)

    Blueprints bulletin

    Paul Charnley, CIO Wirral Teaching Hospitals NHS FT

    Dr Afzul Chaudhry, Cambridge University Hospitals FT

    Dr Gareth Thomas, Group CCIO, Salford Royal FT

    What’s App, doc?

    Cleveland Henry, Director, NHS Digital

    Dr Mona Johnson, Clinical Lead, NHS Digital

    Dr Jonathan Bloor, Director of Clinical Information, System C

    WhatsApp, (TBC)

    12:30 – 13:20 Networking Lunch
    Site Visits, Collaborathon, and Future Digital Leaders track (pre-booking required, limited numbers)
    13:30 – 17:30

    University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust site visit (50 places)

    13:30 – 17:30

    Birmingham and Walsall Mental Health Foundation Trust site visit

    (50 places)

    13:30 – 17:30

    Primary and integrated care Birmingham CCG site visit

    (50 places)

    13:30 – 17:30

    WCS Care Home Coventry

    Site visit

    13:30 – 17:30


    Organised in partnership with One Health Tech

    15:45 – 16:00

    Coffee break

    13:30 – 17:30

    Future Digital Leaders track

    The Human Platform

    Digital self – Disruption through digital technology

    15:45 – 16:00

    Coffee break

    16:00 – 17:30 Hack Day presentations and votingDr Marcus Baw, Baw Medical
    19:00 – 19:30 Arrival drink reception – University of Birmingham Elgar Concert Hall
    19:30 – 23:00 Networking dinner and live Rockeoke band
    19:50 – 20:00 Presentation and announcement of the network voted Digital Health awards for by the Networks
    22:00 – 23:00 Evening entertainment – Rockeoke – Sing your favourite songs backed by a live band


    Summer Schools programme day 2 – 20 July 2018
    09:00 – 09:20 Networking refreshments
    09:20 -09:50 National keynoteLord O’Shaughnessy, Parliamentary under Secretary of State at the Department of Health

    Ali Parsa, Founder and CEO of Babylon Health (TBC)

    09:50 – 10:50 Plenary – Integrated records masterclass

    Key lessons from England’s leading shared record initiatives, with interactive Q&A

    London, Luke Readman, CIO East London Health and Care Partnership

    Birmingham, Dr Masood Nazir, CCIO Birmingham CCG

    Great Northern Care Record, Prof Joe McDonald, CCIO GNCR

    Yorkshire and Humber, Richard Corbridge, CDIO, Leads Teaching Hospitals

    Hants Health Record, Adrian Byrne, CIO, Southampton University Hospital FT

    10:50 – 11:10 Networking refreshments
    11:10 – 13:10 Dedicated Networks workshop streams
    CCIO Network

    CCIOs: The Next Generation. Evolution of the CCIO role

    Dr Sam Barclay, CCIO, Whittington (TBC)

    Dr Wai Keong Wong, CRIO, UCLH FT

    Dr Stephen Cone, CCIO, UCLH FT 

    Professor Jonathan Kay, Faculty of Clinical Informatics (TBC)

    CIO Network

    2018 priorities of NHS CIOs

    Jon Hoeksma, CEO Digital Health

    To D or not to D?: CIO to CDIO

    (Speaker TBC)

    Evolving NHS Organisations to become digital first

    (Speaker TBC)

    Future Digital Primary Care

    New Online Models of GP delivery

    Ali Parsa, CEO Babylon (TBC)

    Dr Robert Banham, NHS England

    Dr John Parry, CCIO, TPP

    GP IT futures life after GPSOC

    Dr Masood Nazir , NHS Birmingham,

    Dr Peter Short,

    Dr John Parry

    GDPR and Cybersecurity

    Dan Taylor, NHS Digital (TBC)

    CNIO Network

    Nuffield’s digital journey

    Jo Dickson, CCIO Nuffield Health

    What are nurses digital priorities?

    Anne Cooper, chief nurse NHS Digital,

    AHP plus CCIO plus CIO

    Philippa Winter, CIO Bolton NHS FT

    Innovation or Evidence: Why can’t we have both?

    Chair Dr Philip Scott, University of Portsmouth

    Prof Niels Peek, University of Manchester

    Asst Prof Mark Sujan, University of Warwick

    Future Digital Leaders (with NHS Leadership academy) workshop

    Learning Health System concept and how do we drive Connected Health Cities

    Chairs: Dr George Moulton & Dr Paul Taylor

    Professor Daniel Ray, Director of data, NHS Digital

    13:10 – 14:00 Networking lunch
    14:00 – 15:10 60 in 60 quickfire presentations (pre-booking required) 6 seven minute presentations followed by discussion
    CCIO quick fire 1 CIO quick fire 1 CNIO quick fire 1
    CCIO quick fire 2 CIO quick fire 2 CNIO quick fire 2
    CCIO quick fire 3 CIO quick fire 3 CNIO quick fire 3
    CCIO quick fire 4 CIO quick fire 4 CNIO quick fire 4
    CCIO quick fire 5 CIO quick fire 5 CNIO quick fire 5
    CCIO quick fire 6 CIO quick fire 6 CNIO quick fire 6
    CCIO – Panel discussion

    Chair: Dr Joe Mcdonald, CCIO, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

    CIO – Panel discussion

    Chair: Adrian Byrne, Director of informatics, University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Southampton

    CNIO – Panel discussion

    Chair: Professor Nick Hardiker, Professor of nursing and health informatics, University of Salford

    15:10 – 15:30 Ice cream refreshment break
    15:30 – 15:50 Closing Plenary from Chairs of the Networks
    15:50 – 15:55 Invitation to Summer Schools 2019

  • Speakers

    Rachel Dunscombe, CEO, NHS Digital Academy
    Rachel is Director of Digital for Salford Royal Group/Northern Care Alliance, CEO of the NHS Digital Academy, a member of KLAS advisory board, SRO for GM interoperability solution and Chair of the HIMSS UK Advisory Board. She has extensive experience of implementing successful technologies in healthcare, consumer and financial markets.

    Rachel is no. 3 CIO in the CIO 100 2017 (all markets) and won the most disruptive CIO in Europe 2016 in the Talent unleashed awards.

    Anne Cooper, Chief Nurse, NHS Digital
    Anne Cooper is a registered nurse and until May 2018, Chief Nurse at NHS Digital.    Anne has worked nationally in the field of health informatics for more than a decade having experience of system evaluation and design, business requirement definition, clinical safety and holds citizen and user engagement to be critical factors in the digital agenda.  She remains active in informatics is a member of the RCN e-Health Forum and through her extensive network.

    Anne is a co-founder of People Drive Digital, #PDDigital that focuses on the contribution of citizens and practitioners to the digital health agenda.

    Andy Kinnear, Chair, BCS Health and Care
    Andy Kinnear is an experienced Chief Information Officer (CIO) in his 26th year with the NHS. He has a successful track record of delivering information & technology strategy and solutions and a wholehearted commitment to improving the health and care system.
    David Rew, QVRM TD MChir FRCS, Consultant Surgeon, University Hospital Southampton
    David Rew is a Consultant Surgeon at University Hospital Southampton, where he also leads an informal advanced projects group in clinical data visualisation for the UHS Global Digital Exemplar programme. He is also a member of the Strategic Advisory Team for Healthcare Technologies for the UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, and a Visiting Professor to the School of Information Technology at Southampton Solent University.

    Since 2009, his team have developed a 1990s concept interface from Ben Shneiderman’s Human Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Washington, Lifelines, into a fully operational system at UHS.

    Dr Simon Eccles, CCIO, NHS England
    Dr Robert Wachter, led 2016 Wachter Review (Speaking by video)
    Sarah Wilkinson, CEO, NHS Digital (Invited)
    Will Smart, CIO, NHS England
    Juliet Bauer, Director Patient Experiences, NHS England

     “Thank you for organising such a fantastic event, it was so well organised your team made it look effortless which in itself is an achievement. I look forward to next year’s event.” CIO Networks member


  • Prices

    Standard 2 day CCIO package – for all past CCIO attendees £300.00 (GBP inc VAT)

    Standard 2 day  CIO package – for all past CIO attendees £300.00 (GBP inc VAT)

    Standard 2 day CNIO – package free for all nurses and AHPs – £50.00 (places are limited) Refundable deposit. If you do not attend the conference you will forfeit your deposit.

    First time CIO attendee 2 day package (application to attend) – £50.00 (places are limited) Refundable deposit. If you do not attend the conference you will forfeit your deposit.

    First time CCIO attendee 2 day package (application to attend) – £50.00 (places are limited) Refundable deposit. If you do not attend the conference you will forfeit your deposit.

    First time future digital leader attendee 2 day package (application to attend) – £50.00 (places are limited) Refundable deposit. If you do not attend the conference you will forfeit your deposit.

    Full 2 Day summer Schools package includes

    • Access to the conference 19th & 20th July
    • 3 course meal 19th March
    • Overnight accommodation on the 19th March
    • Breakfast


    The price does not include the Hack Day which is free to attend. To register your interest for the Hack Day click here

    Apply for a free speaker place

    If you have an idea for a workshop or want to deliver a quick-fire Six in Sixty presentations at the Summer Schools and would like the opportunity to share it, please email fabiana@digitalhealth.net with the session title and an overview. We will then be in touch to let you know if we would like to showcase your work.

    Future Digital Leaders

    The new ‘Future Digital Leaders’ Summer School for all aspiring NHS digital leaders, ranging from recent informatics graduates to future CIOs, CCIOs and CNIOs, plus transformation and service redesign leads.   Attendees will gain an opportunity to learn from current CIOs and CCIOS, alumni of the graduate informatics training scheme and better understand career development paths are available.

    The new Future Digital Leaders Summer School is being delivered in partnership with the NHS Graduate Trainee Informatics Programme, managed by the University of Manchester and University College London, with support from BCS Health and Care.

  • Accommodation

    Full 2 Day summer Schools package includes

    • Overnight accommodation on the 19th March in the university student accommodation
    • Breakfast

    Rooms are available as single occupancy, with modern en-suite shower facilities. You will be housed in the newly built The Vale Village – Chamberlain Tower (Chamberlain, 37 Church Road, Birmingham, B15 3AS), which is within a 25-minute walking distance to the main University venue. Further details will be sent closer to the event.

    If you will be arriving on the 18th July and require accommodation, please click here to book directly with the University of Birmingham. If you book the extra night, you will keep the same room for the duration of your stay.

  • Location


    Birmingham University, The Great Hall, Aston Webb Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT

    Arriving by car:

    Please programme your satnav for postcode B15 2TS


    Please drive to the University East Gate on the Edgbaston Park Road to arrive at the Chancellors Court. Complimentary parking permits can be provided on the day.

    Alternatively, the North East Car Park (access via Pritchatts Road) satnav Postcode B15 2SA. 5-8 hours parking is £6.00, During evenings and at weekends, free parking is also available in the car parks and bays around the University, accessible via the University’s East Gate (off Edgbaston Park Road).

    There are plenty of parking bays for disabled visitors. Please contact a member of the team for any other special requirements or for any questions regarding travelling to your event.

    Arriving by train:

    The University is the only UK university to have its own railway station on campus, known as ‘University Station’. University Station is only two stops from Birmingham New Street and the journey between the University and Birmingham New Street takes approximately eight minutes.

    For all timetable information visit National Rail Enquiries.