Leeds Digital Health is a community initiative to bring together healthcare and technical professionals, recognising Leeds as a hub for healthcare and technology innovation.

    There are many exciting companies and organisations operating in this space; so we wanted to create opportunities to share, learn from each other and celebrate the fantastic work that is being done.

    This event, began with an interview style talk with an NHS clinician, followed by a talk from Matthew Stickland, TPP and then our own Dave Black, SPARCK.

    We plan to do this by holding regular meet-ups in a hybrid ‘virtual’ and ‘in-person’ setting. In each meeting we will be showcasing the work that is being done across the community by inviting three speakers to do a ‘TED’ style talk. Speakers will be announced as we get closer to the event but they will be discussing a range of subjects from product creation to the impact of those in the healthcare setting.

    For those who physically attended, the event was followed by an opportunity to network over food and drinks. We hope these events and talks will highlight the brilliant people, technologies and healthcare initiatives that are coming out of Leeds.

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    Matthew Stickland, Director of Strategy, TPP

    Matthew is Director of Strategy at TPP. Working at the heart of one of the biggest IT suppliers in the NHS, Matthew is responsible for ensuring that the company’s solutions align with NHS policy and national digital strategy. His current areas of focus include Personal Health Records, Integrated Care Systems, and intelligent uses of data across the NHS.

    Matthew initially joined TPP as a clinical systems analyst, gaining significant experience in software analysis and deployment in the UK and overseas. He has worked extensively in China and across the Middle East. Matthew has helped TPP grow in new markets in the UK, including the company’s expansion into over a third of Mental Health Trusts in just a five-year period. He is involved in a number of national programmes, working closely with both NHS Digital and NHSX. Matthew also holds an honorary position as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Bradford Institute of Health Research

    Dave Black, Digital Consultant, Sparck

    Dave is one of the UK’s leading digital design consultants, working with London based innovation consultancy Sparck. He began his career when Netscape roamed the earth and has designed big, small, strange and beautiful things for clients all over the world. He’s working at the cutting edge of healthcare design and would love to share what he’s found with you.

    Dr Mona Johnson, Deputy Clinical Director for Patient Safety, NHS Digital

    Mona has been part of the clinical team at NHS Digital for just over 7 years. Bringing her expertise in clinical operations of remote care services and service transformation, Mona has most recently applied her expertise to establishing the Clinical Governance and assurance framework at NHS Digital. This builds on her inhouse experience, with senior clinical responsibility, for content products such as nhs.uk and NHS Pathways, and system enablers, the Apps Library (now Digital Assessment Questionnaire) and Citizen ID (NHS Login). Mona continues to practise as a GP in Derbyshire.




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