Workforce Matters: Practising in the Digital Age
Essex Primary Care Conference 2019

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Conference details the digital health kick coming to primary care

1The Essex Primary Care Conference showcased the latest technologies which can improve patient care, as well as workload, and what is now expected of practices locally and nationally

Over 100 healthcare professionals attended the second annual Essex Primary Care Conference, Workforce Matters: Practising in the Digital Age, to discuss the long-term NHS digital plan put in place in January.

The digitally ambitious plan has decreed that by April 2020 practices nationwide must ensure that at least a quarter of appointments are available for online booking and all patients are given the right to an online consultation, with video consultations in place by April 2021.

This is in addition to the rollout of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS), which is predicted to save the NHS £300m over the next three years and will make digital prescription processing the default for all practices from 19th November 2019.

The conference – held on Thursday 7th November 2019 at Hylands House, Chelmsford – invited healthcare professionals to discuss the latest digital developments in primary care and how they can embrace new technologies to deliver care more effectively.Untitled Design (24)

On the day, attendees heard from influential speakers on digital innovation and had the chance to quiz experts on what technology and digitisation could mean for general practice, as well as network with other Essex-based practices on core digital issues.

Jennifer Speller, Primary Care Digital Lead for Mid & South Essex STP, said: “The conference showcased the latest thinking in how emerging technologies are transforming the digital landscape for our practices and how they impact on delivery of care. Patients and staff expectations are a lot higher than ever before and practices must embrace new technologies to provide care more effectively.

Attendees went away with more knowledge of what technology is available and the upcoming digital innovations that can help support positive change in their practices.”

Please see below for presentations and additional resources from the event.

Digital Nurse Network – What’s the offer of support for nurses? by Alison Taylor
The Topol Review by Helen Oliver
Q&A Session 1 featuring Jennifer Speller, Alison Taylor & Helen Oliver

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Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS) free resources for practices:

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Primary Care Digital Transformation – National Vision by Jasbinder Sandhu
Local Digital Leaders’ Update by Jennifer Speller, Jane Marley, Alan Hicks & Laura Cook
Q&A Session 2 featuring Jennifer Speller, Jane Marley, Alan Hicks, Laura Cook & Jasbinder Sandhu

Achieving Change – The Practicalities of Implementing Digital Transformation by Charlotte Williams, Gary Cordery, Professor Tony Young, Sarah Mills & Dr Rhydian Harris
Q&A Session 3 featuring Jennifer Speller, Charlotte Williams, Gary Cordery, Sarah Mills & Dr Rhydian Harris

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Digital HR: Creating a Happier, More Productive Workforce Through Automation by Helen Armstrong
A Peek into The General Practice Nursing Digital Future by Jason Westwood
Population Health Analytics – How to Measure Nothing Happening…! by Martin McShane
Q&A Session 4 featuring Jennifer Speller, Helen Armstrong, Jason Westwood & Martin McShane

Additional Resources:

Digital Health and AI
Dr Indra Joshi, Head of Digital Health & AI, NHSX

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