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Webinar: Tech and NHS recovery – what you should know

25 June 2021

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Technology and innovation are the great hopes to speed the recovery of the NHS and sustain high quality care in future.  

The pandemic turbo-charged the speed of innovation in the NHS – ‘from 6 years to 6 weeks’. In its aftermath, what have we learned? What are the NHS's priorities for technological innovation, and can we do better in identifying them? Should there be a more obvious guiding hand? How can promising innovations best be encouraged, trialled and spread across the country more quickly into an industry as complex and deeply human as health care? Can we learn from other industries? And how do we make sure technological innovations can benefit all? 

This webinar explored these key questions facing the NHS as it embarks on the mammoth task of recovery. 

The webinar took place on Friday 25 June at 9.45–11.00am.


Rory Cellan-Jones is the BBC's Technology Correspondent, covering technology for television, radio and the BBC Website. He is also presenter the BBC World Service’s weekly technology programme Tech Tent.

Rory has been a reporter for the BBC for a quarter of a century, covering many of the world’s biggest business and technology stories in that time.

He blogs regularly on dot.Rory, the BBC’s popular technology blog, and is a prolific tweeter

Rory C-J BBC

Dr Indra Joshi is the Director of AI for NHSX, leading on the creation of the NHS AI Lab. Her other responsibilities include overseeing digital health initiatives within the NHS with a focus on data, digital health standards and evidence.

Indra has a unique portfolio with experience stretching across policy, digital health, national project strategy and implementation; whilst remaining true to her professional training as an emergency medic.  

She is a Founding Member of One HealthTech – a network which campaigns for the need and importance of better inclusion of all backgrounds, skillsets and disciplines in health technology. Alongside she is a member of the WHO Digital Health Advisory Group, an associate editor for BMJ Leaders, an international speaker and consultant on digital health (and most importantly a mum to two wonderful little munchkins).

Indra Joshi

Sam Roberts is the Managing Director of Health and Care at Legal and General, focusing on our investment strategy across the health and care sector within L&G’s Capital and Retail Retirement businesses.

Prior to this Sam was Chief Executive of the Accelerated Access Collaborative, the national umbrella organisation for health innovation, hosted in NHS England and NHS Improvement. 

Sam has worked in health care for almost 20 years, originally as a doctor before undertaking an MBA and joining McKinsey and Company, followed by a number of senior roles in the NHS.

She has a research interest in using health economic models to inform health policy and commissioning and completed a DPhil in Evidence Based Medicine at the University of Oxford on this topic.

Sam Roberts L&G

Will is Director of Improvement at the Health Foundation. He is responsible for a number of initiatives supporting the Foundation’s work to improve the quality of health care services.

This includes an ambitious programme of activity and funding, involving partners from academia, the NHS and the wider health and care system, to test, evaluate and share lessons about how to improve care more effectively and efficiently. It also comprises the development of people’s skills in leadership and quality improvement approaches. Central initiatives include the Q community, supported by NHS Improvement, connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK, and a collaboration with Cambridge University to develop a research institute, which will produce practical learning about how to improve care. 

Will was previously Forum Director for the World Innovation Summit for Health, and Operational Director at the Centre for Health Policy in the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London, where he is an honorary research fellow. Prior to this, Will worked in the NHS as Head of Operations for Women’s and Children’s services at St. Mary’s Hospital and Queen Charlotte and Chelsea Hospital, and as a management consultant at KPMG. While working in the NHS, Will undertook the GenerationQ Fellowship, gaining a postgraduate qualification in leadership and quality improvement. 

Will Warburton, Director of Improvement at the Health Foundation


Dr Jennifer Dixon joined the Health Foundation as Chief Executive in October 2013.

Jennifer was Chief Executive of the Nuffield Trust from 2008 to 2013. Prior to this, she was Director of Policy at The King’s Fund and was the policy advisor to the Chief Executive of the National Health Service between 1998 and 2000. Jennifer has undertaken research and written widely on health care reform both in the UK and internationally.

Originally trained in medicine, Jennifer practised mainly paediatric medicine, prior to a career in policy analysis. She has a Master’s in public health and a PhD in health services research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 1990–91, Jennifer was a Harkness Fellow in New York.

Jennifer has served as a Board member on several national regulatory bodies: the Health Care Commission 2004–2009; the Audit Commission 2003–2012; and the Care Quality Commission 2013–2016. She has led two national inquiries for government: on the setting up of published ratings of quality of NHS and social care providers in England (2013); and on the setting up of ratings for general practices (2015). She was also a member of the Parliamentary Review Panel for the Welsh Assembly Government advising on the future strategy for the NHS and social care in Wales (2017–2018).

In 2009, Jennifer was elected a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, and in 2019 was elected as a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. She was awarded a CBE for services to public health in 2013, and a Doctor of Science from Bristol University in 2016. She has held visiting professorships at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the London School of Economics, and Imperial College Business School.

Jennifer Dixon, Chief Executive of the Health Foundation

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