HTN Now in Focus is a new series of focused online sessions, concentrating on specific and detailed topics throughout the year. 

From October to February HTN are hosting a number of online sessions to a targeted audience, where we’ll be discussing various subjects around health technology.

If you’d like to be involved with HTN Focus, and share your work with our audience, please email for more information.


9th December 2021 

14th December 2021 

Electronic Patient Records

Digital Strategy, Transformation and Change

Electronic Patient Records


Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Graham King, CIO, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


EPR implementations, five critical paths and a cutover

Andi Taylor, EPR Programme Director and Implementation Consultant, will present “Five critical paths and a cutover – an EPR implementation story”, detailing this EPR delivery model and the challenges faced.


EPR Business Cases for ICS Strategies

This session will explore the approaches to preparing business cases for EPRs for emerging ICS digital strategies. It will be based on current OBC and FBC business cases being prepared for approval by local Trust Boards and central UTF funding approval. The risk appetite for conventional (established EPR package) versus developmental EPR solutions (open platform and newer EPR entrants) will be discussed. Should EPRs continue to be specific to care settings (GP, acute, MH, etc.) or should they be integrated across care settings? 


Empowering the patient to help with the growing NHS backlog

All NHS services are affected by the growing backlog of care, with primary care, hospital care and mental health services seeing the demand for care rise as the immediate threat of Covid-19 recedes. The expected CV-19 resurgence will simply add to the problem! Polling consistently shows that waiting times matter to the public and are one of the most common reasons for dissatisfaction with the NHS.

How can digital technologies help to reduce face-to-face contact to protect patients and staff, and minimise the risk of infection. For example, a physical medical record is usually handled 12-18 times before, during and after a consultation, so how can we protect staff, and minimise chances for infection within a care delivery organisation against a growing backlog of care? Digital health records do help to reduce face-to-face contact to protect patients and staff, minimise the risk of infection, and provide practioners the ability to access patient information anywhere without compromising the integrity of care provided. Digital technologies can help to:

  1. Minimise handling of physical notes and records and ensure that patient information is available at the point of need;
  2. Support remote consultations and Virtual Clinics – seen as crucial for reducing unnecessary outpatient visits, saving time and money for patients and the health service;
  3. Ensure that delivery of care to non-Covid patients can continue, to help avoid issues in the future and minimise revenue losses;
  4. Improve a patient’s engagement in the delivery of their care – Patient Initiated Follow Up (PIFU)

Digital Strategy, Transformation and Change


North East and North Cumbria ICS Digital Strategy 

In this session we will explore the digital strategy for NENC ICS and how it’s developing inline with the What Good Looks Like programme, ICS Design framework, NHS Long Term Plan and NHS People Plan. 

Professor Graham Evans, Chief Digital Officer NENC ICS and CIO at North Tees & Hartlepool NHS FT


The challenges of implementing community diagnostic centres and delivering an end-to-end patient pathway  

Increasing diagnostic capacity across the NHS is a key initiative for the government, with £2.3bn pledged for improving diagnostic testing and, more recently, £248 million to modernise diagnostics. The creation of 100+ ‘one-stop-shop’ community diagnostic centres (CDCs) is part of this initiative to help relieve the elective care backlog.   

This interactive session will aim to capture the challenges for local NHS services and providers in setting up CDCs, connecting care providers and ensuring that healthcare professionals have the right patient information at the right time. The discussion follows a successful roundtable chaired by Feedback as part of its CDC learning programme in collaboration with DigitalHealth.London. Sharing feedback from contacts in the centre, regional and local NHS services, as well as supply chain partners, this webinar will discuss concerns around digital connectivity, accountability, data management, funding flows and more.  

To kick off the session the Feedback team will give a brief overview of a pilot scheme that is currently underway with the Sussex Integrated Care System to put in place the digital infrastructure creating a connected workflow that cuts across provider settings. As one of the UK’s first CDC sites, the aim is that the Sussex pilot will act as a blueprint for how CDCs can save time and ensure a smoother patient journey. 

The outcome of the discussion will help to feed into ongoing learning both centrally and locally for the CDC programme. We welcome your thoughts, observations and full participation. 

Professor Rory Shaw – Former NHS medical director and Chair of Feedback PLC 

Nick Mayhew – Commercial Director, Feedback Medical Limited

Stephen McAteer, Chief Operating Officer, Feedback Medical Limited


National and local approaches to transforming care services; acute, community and social care across Dorset and Somerset; a panel discussion. 


Dr Shera Chok, GP, Tower Hamlets, Co-founder and Chair, The Shuri Network and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, NHS Digital


  • Memory Kamwemba, Care Home Digital Outreach Team Communicator, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Patricia Miller, Chief Executive, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Allison Nation, Associate Director – Digital Strategy, Directorate of Finance, Performance, Contracting and Digital, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Mark Nicholas, Chief Social Worker and Social Care Lead, NHS Digital

Through an engaging and passionate panel, this session will highlight workstreams taking place on a national perspective for digital transformation in social care and care in the community.

The session will also explore local, practical approaches and programmes for acute, social care and community services. Here we will discuss programmes across Dorset and Somerset which include addressing integrated care, patient flow and digital skills.

The session aims to share best practice, challenges, and how to unblock those challenges, drawing on national and local practical approaches. You will also have the opportunity for a Question and Answers session with the panel.


The importance of communication in creating and delivering successful digital transformation

Consistent targeted and engaging communications are vital to enabling change. If people don’t understand why change is happening and embrace it they are unlikely to alter their behaviour and adopt new ways of working.

Gaelle Fertil, Change Practice Director

Andrea Wilson, Change and Communications Consultant


We’re currently developing the agenda for this event and would love to work with you!

At HTN we like to mix up our events with a combination of live sessions, pre-recorded interviews and Q&A sessions, to be able to give our audience the most relevant and engaging content.

If you would like to share your work and participate in HTN Focus, please send an email to for more information.