NHS Digital: Building the Foundations for Transformation

Transformation through Core Infrastructure with Future Connectivity and Cloud Centre of Excellence

Tuesday 1st November 2022, One Great George Street, London


Tuesday 31st January 2023, Royal Armouries, Leeds

Event Information

NHS Digital: Building the Foundations for Transformation (London & Leeds)

NHS Digital will be hosting two official roadshows which will focus on building the foundations for digital transformation within the NHS.  These roadshows will look to demonstrate how digital transformation will ensure that the NHS can adopt and access gigabit capable connectivity, wireless technology, network services, cloud hosting and cloud services for a continually transforming, modern digital health and care system.

These events will have two key focus areas: Future Connectivity and Cloud.

The roadshows will be hosted in London and Leeds, we hope that you can join us.

Tuesday 1st November 2022, One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA


Tuesday 31st January 2023, Royal Armouries, Leeds, LS1 1LT

Note: These are live face-to-face events only, there is no option to attend virtually

Conference Agenda

Subjects, Presentations and case studies include:

The NHS Digital Future Connectivity programme – the core objectives of the programme are to ensure “health and care organisations have the right underlying network infrastructure, broadband connectivity and wireless technology in place to support the growing demand for bandwidth and reliable connectivity”. Covering Gigabit Pathways for Health, the Future Wireless Programme and Care Home Connectivity. Funding routes available to execute your Gigabit Pathway.

The newly launched NHS Digital Cloud Centre of Excellence  – discover how they can provide support and services to help your NHS organisation to adopt and optimise Cloud hosting/services.

DCMS Project Gigabit Programme – Project Gigabit is the £5 billion government infrastructure project that brings together everything the government is doing to enable and deliver fast and reliable digital connectivity for the entire country.

A collaborative approach to tackling new ways of working and living – all underpinned by Connectivity – We’re all experiencing a new working world, not just with hybrid working- but also with the new ICS Health & Social care eco-systems. These changes obviously bring challenges. They also bring a huge opportunity to transform care delivery as we embrace what true digital transformation can bring to global healthcare.

Health systems and local authorities working together to provide improved care pathways to patients. So it’s time to start expecting more from your supplier partnerships to ensure your Systems & Places can truly digitize, connect and transform. Digital solutions can most certainly make healthcare digitally inclusive, sustainable and provide additional social value. But the success of this transformation all hinges on the strength of your core infrastructure. – Is yours ready for the change?

Speakers, agenda and timings may be subject to change


Tuesday 1st November 2022, One Great George Street, London
Tuesday 31st January 2023, Royal Armouries, Leeds

Plenary Speakers

Patrick Clarke

Conference Chair: Patrick Clark, Associate Director, Core infrastructure services, NHS Digital

Dan Parry, Programme Director – NHS Future Connectivity Programme, NHS Digital

Dan has amassed over 13 years’ experience and has a passion for delivering digital services and transformation across the public sector. Moving from local government in 2017 to the health and care sector, Dan joined NHS Digital and led on the delivery of the migration of over 14,000 circuits from legacy N3 to the Health and Social Care Network. Today, Dan is the Programme Director for the NHS’s Future Connectivity Programme, ensuring the NHS has access to gigabit capable connectivity to support and enable its continued digital transformation.

Louise Lancaster, Head of Wireless Infrastructure & Spectrum Policy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Martin McFadyen, Head of Public Sector, Virgin Media O2 Business

Martin McFadyen supports organisations from education to healthcare with their digital strategy to enhance employee experiences and improve people’s lives. He goes above and beyond to understand their challenges and provides consultancy to ensure they are overcome and that they are ready to adapt to an ever-changing future. He has more than 20 years’ experience within the telecoms sector, joining Virgin Media Business in 2007, and progressing from Account Manager, then Regional Director – Scotland, to his current position for the joint venture. Martin lives in Hampshire with his family and is a passionate football fan.

Session Speakers

Tim Arnold, Cloud Centre of Excellence Lead, NHS Digital

John Fergie, Snr Project Manager – Delivering Gigabit Pathways, NHS Digital

Neil Gibbs, Cloud Engagement Lead, Cloud Centre of Excellence, NHS Digital

Neil is a Cloud Engagement Lead within the Infrastructure Services Directorate of NHS Digital.

The Cloud Centre of Excellence (CCoE) has been set up to promote a best practice approach to drive the adoption of Cloud services across the NHS. It provides a centralised enablement function and supports Cloud service consumers across NHS Digital and the wider NHS.

He is currently working on the Cloud Infrastructure and Transformation Programme whose key objective is to support migration to Cloud – https://digital.nhs.uk/services/cloud-centre-of-excellence

Jacquelyn Goddard, Cross Government Partnering Lead, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Prof. Sultan Mahmud, Director of Healthcare, BT Enterprise

Sultan is the newly appointed Director of Healthcare for BT Enterprise and is the leader of the company’s healthcare business. He is an experienced executive with a passion for innovation and has had a distinguished career in the NHS spanning two decades and is a respected figure in Health technology circles in the UK and internationally.

Prior to this role Sultan was Chief of Innovation, Integration and Research at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. He led pioneering work in integration across the care spectrum in primary, community and acute care and developed some of the most impactful live clinical datasets at a placed based level. Sultan is enthusiastic about care providers working collaboratively and using technology enabled methods to manage patient care in an anticipatory way. To this end he has worked closely to develop partnerships with the commercial sector, patient groups and clinical teams to enable evidence-based innovation.

In addition to his day job, he supports clinical teams to lead authentically and break down cultural barriers to enable anticipatory care and digital transformation. Sultan has a high energy, high commitment approach to the NHS and regularly invests time in supporting emerging leaders and in health care achieve their career and service goals.
In 2018 he was chosen as one of the 100 vibrant faces of the UK economy by Grant Thornton and in 2019 Sultan joined the Advisory Board of the Centre for Health and Social Care Leadership at the HSMC, University of Birmingham. He is also a guest lecturer at the University of Keele and is a visiting Professor at Birmingham City University. In 2021 Sultan was joined the Innovation Board at the Centre for the New Midlands think tank.

Jon Parkes, Programme Lead, Future Connectivity, NHS Digital

Jon has spent most of his working life in telecoms, working across small, medium and large organisations in both the public and private sectors. He began his career in marketing, then moving to product management, before finding his niche in digital transformation programmes. He is fairly technical & commercial with interwoven hints of a strategist! (That’s what his CV would say if he swept away the dust!)

Since joining NHS Digital in mid-2020, Jon has run a project to look at connectivity challenges across social care, managed the vaccination programme connectivity with NHS England and now working as a programme manager within the Future Connectivity Programme. The fundamental aim of the programme is to define how the NHS and social care should utilise wireless technologies to help support digital transformation.

His part time job as a taxi driver finished last year when his youngest daughter learned to drive and he is now free to spend more of his ill-gotten gains on his favourite pastimes of sailing, preferably in the Western Isles of Scotland, or skiing anywhere with decent snow. His more regular pursuit finds him on the beach at 5am come rain or shine (or pitch black for most of the winter months) giving his two cocker spaniels their daily bid for freedom.

Mike Richardson, Programme Manager, Regional Engagement and Delivery, NHS Digital

Mike is the Programme Manager for Regional Engagement and Delivery in the Future Connectivity Programme. In this he leads the team that will help guide ICSs and Trusts along their Gigabit Pathways, ensuring the NHS has the connectivity it needs, when it needs it. Mike joined NHS Digital in 2021, initially running the PMO and business support teams for the Future Connectivity and Cloud programmes. Before that he had a career as an engineer officer in the British Army and has experience delivering projects and programmes all over the world in civil engineering, security and training.

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Event Timetable

Tuesday 1st November 2022, One Great George Street, London
Tuesday 31st January 2023, Royal Armouries, Leeds

08:30 – 09:30 Registration and refreshments

09:30 Plenary Session

10.50 Refreshments and Networking break

11.15  Sessions covering ‘Cloud’ topics

12.35  Lunch and Networking

13.25  Sessions covering ‘Connectivity’ topics

14.45 Refreshments and Networking break

15.10 Sessions covering ‘Project Gigabit’ and panel discussion

16.20  Drinks Reception – sponsored by Microsoft

17:15 Conference Close

Please note times, agenda and speakers may be subject to change

Venue & Travel

One Great George Street (Tuesday 1st November 2022)

Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA

The Venue

One Great George Street is a central London conference centre and event venue in Westminster. Set in a magnificent Grade II listed, four-domed, Edwardian building the conference centre is very close to the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and St James’s Park.

Venue website: https://www.onegreatgeorgestreet.com/about-us/location

Royal Armouries (Tuesday 31st January 2023)

Leeds, LS10 1LT

The Venue

The royal armouries and new dock hall is the largest dedicated conference, events and exhibition space in Leeds.

The venue offers world-class facilities for high-profile conferences, conventions, exhibitions, awards dinners and corporate events for up to 2,500 delegates, hosting more than 380 national and international events every year.

Venue website: https://royalarmouriesconferenceandevents.org/about/location-parking/

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