Digital Health and Care Scotland 2023

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We are delighted to announce that Holyrood Connect’s 12th annual Digital Health and Care conference will return to Edinburgh on 21 and 22 February 2023.     

The event will bring together health and social care professionals from across the country to explore how digital solutions can help in the recovery and remobilisation of the NHS and social care system as we learn to live with COVID-19.    

As always, the event promises to explore the most exciting developments taking place across the digital health and social care landscape – including the new Data Strategy for Health and Social Care. We’ll also be celebrating the next generation of Digital Health & Care Innovators with the presentation of the 2022 Scottish #DigiInventors Challenge winners! 

Delegates will have the chance to: 

  • Network with stakeholders working across health, social care and housing, including policymakers and industry partners 
  • Engage with experts during panel discussions, breakouts and demo zones  
  • Expand their understanding of digital solutions and develop professionally with the potential for accredited CPD certification   

We are pleased to be developing the agenda with input from our advisory group:   

  • Dr Margaret Whoriskey, Head of Technology Enabled Care and Digital Healthcare Innovation at the Scottish Government 
  • Professor George Crooks, Chief Executive of the Digital Health and Care Innovation Centre 
  • Alyson Scurfield, Chief Executive of TSA 
  • Dr Donald Macaskill, Chief Executive of Scottish Care   

The event is free-to-attend for those working in the public or third sectors. Register now to secure your place. If you work in the private sector, please email us to be added to our waiting list.   


If you are interested in watching any of the on-demand content from last year’s event, you can do so here.   

Holyrood Connect    

Holyrood Connect publishes leading Public Sector ICT news in Scotland and hosts renowned Public Sector Tech events and conferences. You can view all of Holyrood Connect’s upcoming events here. 

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Tracey Baxter
NES Digital
Maureen Holmes
Adam Thilthorpe
Chartered Institute of IT
Ben Wood
Klinik Healthcare Solutions UK Ltd
Dr Ravi Tomar
Portland Medical / Lineln
Dr Emma Broughton
Priory Medical Group
Prof. Lorna McGregor
University of Essex
Caroline Deane
Scottish Care
Dr Lynne Douglas
Bield Housing and Care
Claudia Pagliari
Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh
Ruth Meyer
Scottish Government
Colin Birchenall
Digital Office for Scottish Local Government
Stephanie Elliot
Scottish Federation of Housing Associaions
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Michelle Duffy
NHS Highland
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Jim McNair
Lenus Health
Stephen Gallagher
Scottish Government
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Jason White
Centre for Sustainable Delivery
Anna Armstrong
NHS Education for Scotland
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Tracey Ashworth-Davies
NHS Education for Scotland
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Louise Coupland
Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland
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Prof. David Lowe
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital / West of Scotland Innovation Hub
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Sally Dyson
Chris Mackie
Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland
Dr Margaret Whoriskey
Scottish Government
Dr John Thomson
National Centre for Sustainable Delivery
Prof George Crooks Headshot
Prof. George Crooks OBE
Digital Health and Care Innovation Centre
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Dr Donald Macaskill
Scottish Care
Alyson Scurfield Headshot
Alyson Scurfield
Humza Yousaf MSP
The Scottish Government
Pennie Taylor
Jonathan Cameron
Scottish Government
Eilidh McLaughlin
Eilidh McLaughlin
Scottish Government

Breakout A - Future Proofing Primary Care Through Innovative System and Process Design

Join us to hear from two experienced GPs as they share perspectives on reducing the burden and transforming primary care.

Dr Emma Broughton and Dr Ravi Tomar will explore some of the solutions and considerations for decision-makers when looking to simplify workload, unlock capacity and help people to feel seen.

Insights from YHEC's health economic evaluation will also explain the potential impact of intelligent technologies in the creation of collaborative and equitable models of care that improve triage and manage patient flow, without overwhelming primary care teams.

It is estimated that around 2 million people in Scotland have at least one long-term health condition, many of which result in regular hospital visits or other forms of care.

In this session, we will consider how technology can be used to support people to self-manage and co-manage their long-term conditions, in order to reduce emergency admissions through proactive interventions and improved care coordination. Delegates will also hear how virtual wards are being used across the UK to support early discharge while optimising long-term condition management.

In 2020, approximately one million people in Scotland were aged sixty-five or older. By 2040, this figure is expected to rise to 1.4 million. With these figures in mind, it is vital that we take steps now to encourage and support healthy ageing, and to prevent and manage frailty. 

Panel B will focus on the role that digital solutions can play here and consider the importance of co-design and co-production. 

From motivation and trust to confidence and cost, there are many reasons why some groups and communities in Scotland are - or are at greater risk of becoming - digitally excluded. Although great strides were made to address such barriers during the pandemic, a digital divide remains, and there is a risk that the current cost of living crisis may exacerbate it.

In this session, our panellists will discuss how we can tackle digital exclusion and share examples of programmes already making a difference in the care, housing and health sectors. 

In our final panel of the day, we'll be discussing how we can better equip our health and social care workforce with the digital skills that will allow for the successful uptake and use of digital technologies. At a time of great pressure, we will consider how we can improve access to digital skills initiatives and learning, what cultural changes may be required, and the roles of leaders, individuals, and organisations respectively.

With the Scottish Government shortly due to publish its Health and Social Care Data Strategy, now is the ideal time to think about how we are - and should be - gathering, storing and using peoples’ health and care data. 

Join our panel as we discuss: how to embed ethical and human rights approaches to such practices; and reduce risks associated with data and digital technology, particularly in relation to privacy and autonomy.

Improving interoperability and standards is key if we are to truly unlock the potential of data and respond appropriately to individual and population health needs.

In partnership with InterSystems, Panel B will explore how we can drive forward these improvements whilst increasing efficiency and quality, and ensuring patient safety. 

Join the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre as they celebrate the next generation of Digital Health & Care Innovators.

We are delighted to host the presentation of the 2022 Scottish #DigiInventors Challenge trophy and prizes to the winning team: The T1D Trailblazers from Robert Burns Academy in East Ayrshire. It will be a great chance to celebrate the next generation of digital innovators, learn more about their winning idea and hear what their next steps will be.

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