Think big. Act now: A new series of online events


HCI and Centric launch a series of online events to focus on the practical solutions on offer to help tackle the big challenges faced across our health system.

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By bringing together people who are all striving to make a difference, HCI and Centric will showcase some of the immediate actions and simple-to-adopt solutions that can achieve impact, quickly.

Launching on 14th June with a week of daily, 30 minute sessions designed to encourage participants to think big and act now (however big or small the step is), the aim is for all viewers to leave the sessions with a takeaway action that can be put into practice, promptly.

Each session will air at 2pm and then be made available on the 'Think big. Act now' video platform. Following the launch week will be a series of 'Friday Takeaway' sessions following the same format.

Session content will feature:

  • Clinical case studies from NHS digital transformation projects that have made an impact
  • Key thought leaders and subject matter experts from across the health service
  • Digital health innovators that have delivered proven results with their solution or service
  • Patient perspective and input from key patient groups and networks

Series 1: Tackling the Patient Backlog

The COVID-19 pandemic contributed substantially to NHS waiting times for treatment. With many services paused or operating at reduced capacity, more than 111,000 people have now waited over a year for routine hospital treatment. With a growing backlog in planned surgery, non-urgent and non-cancer care, and a pent-up demand due to many patients feeling uncomfortable visiting their GP during lockdown, many challenges still lie ahead on the road to recovery.

This series aims to explore not just the key questions and themes relating to tackling the backlog, but the practical solutions on offer to help do so. What digital tools exist to support clinicians under pressure and patients waiting for treatment? How can established digital health companies help to restore services, prioritise patients, free-up staff time and reduce some of the unnecessary routine outpatient appointments?

Together with Centric we want to discuss these big issues and show that small, simple steps can be taken by thinking big and acting now.