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NHS Expo 2018: CAR-T therapy and a tech-driven NHS

NHS Expo 2018: CAR-T therapy and a tech-driven NHS

10th September 2018

At last week’s NHS Expo 2018, several big announcements were made by senior NHS and healthcare leaders.

Among them, NHS England Chief Exec's Simon Stevens' announcement that the first in a ‘game-changing’ class of drugs: CAR-T therapy is to be offered by the NHS after a deal was struck with Novartis.

Also at the NHS Expo was Matt Hancock who gave his second big speech describing his vision for a more tech-driven NHS, saying that it is ‘the world’s biggest opportunity for saving lives through modern technology, and the world’s most frustrating place to work for its IT’. Mr Hancock continued by elaborating on six points to fix this; 1) talk to each other, 2) buy the right stuff, 3) HealthTech and the cutting edge, 5) backing the NHS to succeed, 5) a new skillset, 6) culture change. As part of these he announced that the NHS app will be available nationally from the end of this year, allocated £200 million for the next round of Global Digital Exemplars, and announced the creation of a HealthTech Advisory Board chaired by Dr Ben Goldacre consisting of tech experts, clinicians and academics. Read the Secretary of State’s full speech here.

And for those who missed it, read here Matt Hancock's Saturday interview with the Times.

But going back to today in Parliament, on this World Suicide Prevention Day, several of our APHG officers are on Twitter supporting Luciana Berger MP and journalist Bryony Gordon to urge the media to report responsibly on suicide. Read here APHG Co-Chair Helen Whately MPs tweet.

Later today, at 4.20pm, Conservative peer Lord Prior will be heard by the Health and Social Care committee during his Pre-Appointment hearing as new Chair of NHS England. This autumn he will take over from Sir Malcolm Grant.

Tomorrow, the Health and Social Care committee will hold its second Oral Evidence session on Antimicrobial Resistance and will hear from Steve Brine MP, Prof Mike Sharland, Dr Susan Hopkins and Prof Peter Borriello – see the last weeks’ full session here. Health will also be a topic of discussion in tomorrow morning's Defence committee inquiry on Mental Health and the Armed Forces, Part Two: The Provision of Mental Health Care.

Please scroll down to our Parliamentary Monitoring service to get a full overview of what health-related debates will happen in Parliament in the week ahead.

In the meantime we will keep you updated on our Autumn/Winter programme once dates are confirmed. Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to discuss more. 

Have a great week,

Best regards,

Emelie de WagtAPHG and Health Manager, Policy Connect