The Big Innovation Conversation

is a series of bite-sized learning opportunities via Zoom

for one hour, every month.

Showcasing innovations and discussing topics and challenges across health and care.


Upcoming conversations

Our conversations are held on the second Thursday of every month.

Visit our Events page to see future topics >



Most recent recordings:

If you haven't been able to join us at a Big Innovation Conversation, you can access all our past webinar recordings here by clicking on the date.

The NHS as an anchor institution


Hosted by our Communications and Engagement Director, Caroline Kenyon; Sarah Reed, Health Foundation; and Ian Stention, Head of Sustainability at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.. 

Exploring anchor institutions and how NHS sites are ideally placed to champion the concept. 

October 2019 (password: QvgZYDS4)

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Care Homes


Hosted by our Associate Director Patient Safety, Andrew Cooper; Matthew Inada-Kim, National Clincial Lead - Deterioration, NHS Improvementl; and Jane Mastin, Public Health Nurse, Lancashire County Council. 

Exploring RESTORE2, a physical deterioration and escalation tool for care and nursing homes and NEWS2's implementation in care homes. 

September 2019 (password: wDGqtMq9)

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Care closer to home


Hosted by our Lancashire Commercial Programme Manager, Steve Adams; John Hopkins, MedeTrax; Sam Scott, Rinicare; and Josh Turley, MDI Medical.

Exploring a number of companies who have innovations designed to prevent urgent care demands in community settings.

July 2019 (password: eTt6RPnD)

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All past WebEx recordings:

Digitising the system

Hosted by our Associate Director of Digital Change, Jenni West; John Farenden, Senior Programme Lead, NHS England; Zan Virtnik, Implementation Manager, Wellpress; and Kumar Jacob, Chief Executive Officer, Mindwave.

Exploring Local Health Care Records Exemplars (LHCRE), the background and what they are trying to achieve, and two examples of Person Held Records (PHR) and how they are important to the whole process. 

June 2019 (password: WdMN5RCk)

System Flow

Hosted by our Digital Programme Manager, Adrian Quinn; Michael Hanrahan, Project Manager - Assistive Technology, Wirral Health and Care Commissioning; and Taffy Gatawa, Chief Information and Compliance Officer, everyLIFE Technologies

Exploring products and services that reduce time spent in hospital, help the navigation of the urgent care system, reduce delayed transfers of care and identify bed availability. 

May 2019 (password: HfX63KsQ)

Patient Activation and Self Care

Hosted by our Programme Manager for Transformation, Ed Millensted; Katie Goulding, Organisational Development Facilitator - Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS FT; Dr Campbell Murdoch, Chief Medical Officer, Diabetes Digital Media (click here for his video presentation) and Yvonne Lane - Patient Speaker

Exploring products and services that support people with an existing diagnosis to manage their condition. 

April 2019 (password: eMGGuZj7)

Workforce Resource Optimisation

Hosted by our Director of Transformation, Carole Spencer; Sue Henry - Workforce Programme Manager; WRaPT and Lantum

Exploring the work we are doing to support innovation in workforce development. 

March 2019 (password: pWEcWXA6)

Patient Safety

Hosted by our Patient Safety team; Alison Jones - Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS FT and Anita Williams - Mersey Care NHS FT

Providing an update on the new NHSI national safety workstreams. 

February 2019 (password: BxDZMye8)

Greater support and resource for Primary Care

Hosted by my mhealth, My Health UK and UCLan.

Exploring products and services that release GP capacity and make practices more effective and efficient.

November 2018 (password: ZbcPCi93)

Operational excellence

Hosted by Docobo, Healthcare Communications and Insource

Exploring products and services that improve effectiveness and efficiency of non-clinical systems, reduce running costs and prevent variation and duplication of processes.

October 2018 (password: fE36PVwn)

Social prescribing

Hosted by Jo Ward; Elemental Software and Social Enterprise Solutions

Exploring how social prescribing is helping to improve health and wellbeing, and reducing pressure on services.

September 2018 (password: aDVndct8)

Learning from failure and psychological safety

Hosted by Dr Samuel West, Museum of Failure.

Exploring concepts around failure, how we learn from it and the psychological safety required for safe risk-taking.

July 2018 (password: ZtRVWQQ3)


Hosted by Dr Emmanuel Nsutebu, Consultant Infectious Diseases, who leads on the E-Sepsis programme at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust. 

June 2018 (password: Ne2xfUK7)


Hosted by Professor Mike Hurley, introducing the award-winning, NICE and QIPP endorsed programme which helps people to manage joint pain and delay surgery. 

May 2018 (password: 2Dy92VMf)

Using artificial intelligence in falls prevention

Introducing Kosie's artificial intelligence-based fall detection technology and fall prevention roadmap.

March 2018 (password: uEFsVaG3)


Safety and resource optimisation

Hosted by three organisations focused on safety and resource optimisation.

  • - Track beds to reduce the time it takes to find the right bed for your patient.
  • My Health UK - A GP platform with a patient app for messaging and reminders, ordering prescriptions, making appointments and remote monitoring that is integrated with the patient record.
  • Rinicare - A health tech company bringing their technology and innovation into the NHS.

January 2018 (password: jEVYbcu2)

Introduction to eTCP programme - Andy Shakeshaft, Head of Programmes, Innovation Agency

The case for electronic transfers of care to Community Pharmacy (eTCP) - Hassan Argomandkhah, NHSE and chair of the Merseyside Local Pharmaceutical network

eTCP a case study from the Countess of Chester - Dr Chris Green, Chief Pharmacist

December 2017 (password: JaNxcXx9)

The evolution of the digital practitioner

Veronica Southern, Clinical Lead in Telesolutions and Digital Leader, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS FT

Explaining the landscape of apps in health care

Liz Ashall-Payne, CEO and Founder, ORCHA

November 2017 (password: rAK4M9Am)


Global Digital Exemplar

Paul Charnley, Director of IT and Information, Wirral University Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust Lancashire and South Cumbria's

Digital Health Strategy

Declan Hadley, Digital Lead and Dr Amanda Thornton, Digital Health and Activation Clinical Lead, NHS England North

September 2017 (password: 2XxDdbcw)

Atrial Fibrillation Ambassadors

Debbie Parkinson, Patient & Public Involvement Lead, Innovation Agency

What is a Hackathon?

Juliette Kumar, Associate Director for Education & Improvement, Innovation Agency

August 2017 (password: BvVb7VcX)


NHS Innovation Accelerator and Clinical Entrepreneur Programme

UCL Partners Academic Health Science Partnership

Innovation & Technology Tariff

Rob Chesters, Senior Innovation and Research Manager, NHS England

July 2017 (password: sE4VpRZa)

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