A festival of makers | doers | leaders | citizens | partners in digital health & care





28 – 29 November

Open Data Institute


Our festival is a creative space for people orientated approaches to digital technologies and online social networks in health and care



Our festival is a takeover of the fifth Yorkshire & Humber Digital Health and Wellbeing Ecosystem, with partners Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network and European Connected Health Alliance, supporting our aim to co-design a blueprint for people driven digital that develops ecosystems around Europe and beyond. We are also supported by the European Health Futures Forum who are shaping citizen powered health innovation across Europe, NHS England and Leeds City Council. We are very grateful for the support of all of our partners.

Our festival creates a space for conversations about patient and citizen orientated approaches to digital technologies and online social networks.We will celebrate frugal and bottom-up approaches to digitally-enabled health and care which we believe holds a blueprint for a new era powered by patients and citizens, mobile technologies and online social networks. Digital technologies are affecting all aspects of our lives from how we access news to how we engage with governments, so it’s not surprising that people are also actively finding new ways to engage with health and care services as well as think about their own health and wellbeing. Be part of the festival and join the conversation!

Our festival is for patients, citizens, aspiring and seasoned digital entrepreneurs, makers, doers, leaders, academics and partners in digital health. We are bringing people together to share learning, collaborate and find out about the latest research and evidence in this emerging field. We warmly welcome healthcare providers, commissioners, policy makers, industry and investors to participate and extend your understanding of how digital driven by patients and  citizens can support the future transformation of health and care.
Our packed programme includes highlights such as a formal debate; peer reviewed PechaKucha style presentations; open space conversations and creations; peer mentoring bartering session and lots and lots of networking. #PDDigital16 facilitators are Victoria Betton, Anne Cooper and Roz Davies.

Day 1 – Monday 28 November

18:00 – 19:30

Early evening reception including a digital debate to get the conversation rolling followed by a curry in a local restaurant.

Debate theme: This house believes frugal innovation has the potential to create better solutions to citizen challenges than traditionally designed digital technologies

Speaking for the motion: Mark Brown, development director at Social Spider and professor Jaideep Prabhu from the Cambridge Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.

Speaking against the motion: Krsto Pandza, professor of strategy and innovation, University of Leeds Business School and Emma Cheshire, CEO and co-founder of Dotforge.

We will retire to Aagrah restaurant at 7.30pm for a curry (please note diners responsible for their own costs and there is a set menu at £15).

Day 2 – Tuesday 29 November

09:15 – 10:00

Arrival, breakfast and networking – come early for a bite of breakfast and start the day with some stimulating conversations

Bring a small gift to share – this can be anything from a cake you’ve baked (or bought) to an annual report or interesting book.

10:00 – 10:15

Welcome and introduction to the day

10:15 – 11:15

PechaKucha style pitches – an opportunity to hear from six presenters whose applications to speak at #PDDigital16 were successfully peer reviewed by a citizen panel. Speakers will share successes, failures and nuggets of learning that we all need to hear. They will not be pitching products or services.

11:15 – 11:30


11:30 – 12:30

Open space – participant-led conversations and opportunities to play with digital technologies from the maker community.

12:30 – 13:15


13:15 – 14:15

Bartering session – an opportunity for participants to barter your knowledge and expertise for some peer-to-peer mentoring. This might be anything from lived experience as a patient through to digital health business models or health practitioner expertise. It might also be something completely different!

14:15 – 14:30


14:30 – 15:30

PechaKucha style pitches – an opportunity to hear from six presenters whose applications to speak at #PDDigital16 were successfully peer reviewed by a citizen panel. Speakers will share successes, failures and nuggets of learning that we all need to hear. They will not be pitching products or services.

15:30 – 16:00

Closing panel – a group of system leaders will respond to the conversations during the day and share how they will take learning back into the health and social care system

Rachel Coldicutt – chief executive at Doteveryone 

Dylan Roberts – chief digital officer at Leeds City Council and member of the National Information Board

Emma Bearmanconsultant at Cultivate Ltd and chief of play at Playful Anywhere CIC

Pippa Hedley-Takhar – head of investment and partnerships at Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network


Short film of the day, evaluation and close

The people behind #PDDgital16 are Anne Cooper, director of clinical safety and chief nurse at NHS Digital who lives with Type 1 diabetes; Roz Davies who is the Managing Director of Recovery Enterprises and We Love Life and is an HSJ Patient Leader; Victoria Betton who is founder and director of mHabitat. We are supported by Pippa Hedley-Takhar from the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network who is our co-conspirator in the ecosystem take-over, as well as Mark Brown who is director of Social Spider and runs digital mental health projects, James Munro who is chief executive of Patient Opinion and Rachel Caldicutt who is director of products and services at Doteveryone. Our fabulous event organiser is Ceri Batchelder from Connect and Create.

Debate Speakers

emma-cheshireEmma Cheshire

Emma is the CEO and co-founder of Dotforge. She has a wealth of experience in tech innovation, Third Sector integration and fund management. Emma was responsible for raising the initial investment funding of £500,000 to launch the first Dotforge accelerator programmes, which she went on to deliver in 2013 and 2014. Since 2015 she has focused on Tech4Good. Dotforge Impact developing in partnership with Key Fund and the RSA has invested in 25 teams using technology to address social and environmental challenges. Health + Data is the most recent accelerator, designed to specifically support digital health startups.

prabhu-jaideep_4Jaideep Prabhu

Jaideep Prabhu is Professor of Marketing and Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

He has published in leading academic journals and his work has been profiled by the BBC, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Economist, The Financial Times, Le Monde, The New York Times, and The Times. He has consulted with or taught executives from Bertelsmann, Barclays, BP, BT, GE, the UK Government, IBM, ING Bank, the NHS, Nokia, Philips, Roche, Shell, Siemens, Unilever, Vodafone and Xerox, among others.

He is the co-author of Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth, described by The Economist as “the most comprehensive book yet” on the subject of frugal innovation. His most recent book, Frugal Innovation, was published in February 2015 and won the CMI’s Management Book of the Year Award 2016.

krsto-pandzaKrsto Pandza
University of Leeds

IG Rep at Large: Strategy Practice

Krsto Pandza is Professor in Strategy and Innovation at Leeds University Business School. His research links the domains of strategic management, technology and innovation management, manufacturing strategy, and R&D policy. He strives to integrate the diversity of the above mentioned research fields in order to achieve a more holistic understanding of the role of engineering and scientific knowledge, technology and operations in creating and sustaining a competitive advantage in technology intensive and manufacturing organisations. He is especially interested in the role of managerial agency within dynamic and evolutionary organisational phenomena. His current research explores development dynamics in a nanotechnology innovation system with an aim to advance the debate on dynamic capabilities by addressing the relevance of managerial agency.

PechaKucha Speakers

hannah-c-pictureHannah Chamberlain Mental Snapp – the power to tell your own story

Hannah Chamberlain is a service user film maker entrepreneur who runs two companies specialising in mental health – Barrage Media, a film production company making stigma busting service user led films, and Mental Snapp, an app to roll out the therapeutic benefits of telling your story on film by creating mental health video diaries. The Mental Snapp prototype has been funded by UnLtd and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and will be trialled in three NHS sites next year and independently evaluated by Southbank University. In addition, Hannah is a service user governor with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and speaks and runs events on mental health for organisations including Southbank University, Dragon Cafe and ReCreate Psychiatry for the Wellcome Foundation.

diana-birdDiana Bird Mother’s Tongue – A free English language learning app that helps mums-to- be communicate with their midwives

Diana Bird is an ESOL specialist, head of English and ESOL, and course leader for teacher training at Shipley College, West Yorkshire. She is also studying for a PhD in Education at the University of Huddersfield. Diana has a particular interest in addressing health inequalities of migrant women across the Bradford district through partnership building, innovative programme and resource design, and high quality community based learning.

nicola-2Nicola Tiffany Co-creating a Class 1 Medical Device software application

Nicola Tiffany is Managing Director at HMA, a digital agency with a strong track record in Health, Science & Technology.  Nicola has over 15 years’ experience of designing and delivering digital solutions as both a service provider, and in collaboration with other organisations, healthcare professionals and patients.  Working with public, private and third sector organisations, example projects from HMA’s portfolio include:

  • Design and development of an app for NHS Blood & Transplant to help clinicians prescribe blood components at a patient’s bedside
  • Web service for third sector organisation Big Life Group to facilitate remote contact and monitoring between behaviour change coaching sessions
  • Creation of a desktop application for pharmacists to record and communicate prescribing errors to junior doctors

HMA also recently won the Yorkshire & Humber Connected Healthcare Design Challenge where designers and developers were paired with the Learning Disability Liaison team from Barnsley Hospital to co-create a solution to improve healthcare services for people with learning disabilities.

Stephen Lock Social Media Marketing in Research, from the North Face to North Yorkshire

Stephen Lock is an improvement expert with 17 years experience in the healthcare and IT industries. Over the last ten years he has developed many innovative and award winning ways of delivering clinical research to patients, including a pioneering use of social media marketing to help enrol patients into studies.

Currently working as a research delivery manager and lead for continuous improvement in the Clinical Research Network: Yorkshire and Humber, Stephen is also seconded to the national Accelerating Digital Programme, which aims to find digital ways to improve clinical research. Previous roles have seen him leading turnaround projects for the NHS and developing user interfaces for HP France. He has also helped to establish a temporary English school on an island in Lake Titicaca, Peru, and served as a national ambassador for Sue Ryder, speaking on their behalf in parliament and at national political conferences.

When he’s not working, Stephen likes to be running across a fell or cycling across a dale.  

j-gladwinJacqui Gladwin RN, RNT, MA, SFHEA Creating Solutions with Patients: Improving Health Outcomes

Principal  Lecturer Department of Nursing, Manchester Metropolitan University

Co Founder of Health Pledge member of Thornley House Medical Centre, Patient Participation Group.

I have a keen interest in the use of technology and have encouraged the development of technology enhanced learning within our curriculum. I am currently undertaking a doctoral study into the benefits and challenges of patients accessing their electronic GP records.

The concept of Health Pledge was developed with Dominic Sexton and Ingrid Brindle  as a vehicle for promoting health change not through health professionals but through the use of social media,  technology and patient power. It is supported and promoted by our Department and we encourage our students to get involved.

Jo Eckersley Co-creating a digital community with citizen insight

I’ve been Sheffield Flourish’s Digital Content and Marketing Manager since June this year. Among other things, my role involves working with volunteers to help create and curate our beautiful community, managing the website, and sharing what we do to with outside world. Although this involves a lot of words, it’s actually more about listening. Five years’ experience in digital communications and journalism – from consultancies to the public sector – has taught me the importance of listening and being responsive. I feel privileged to be involved in Sheffield Flourish because it’s a genuinely people-powered movement, bringing together individuals from all different walks of life.

katjonesheadshot-docxKat Jones ‘There’s an app for that! But which one do I choose?’

Kat is a Trainee Clinical Psychologist with the University of Surrey, currently working in Wandsworth and West Battersea CMHT, London. Kat previously worked as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner in the iCope IAPT Psychological Therapies Service in Islington.

Kat has an interest in digital interventions in the NHS, particularly use of apps in mental health services and the public domain. Kat has experience working with patients using digital interventions such as the computerised CBT programme SilverCloud, and apps for anxiety, insomnia and mindfulness. In her IAPT post, Kat led a within service evaluation of mental health apps and was involved in developing use of social media in iCope. Kat also has interests in: attachment, trauma, resilience, NHS staff wellbeing, and prevention.

rebecca-minton-imageRebecca Minton ‘There’s an app for that! But which one do I choose?’

Rebecca is a Senior Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Manager at the iCope IAPT Psychological Therapies Service in Camden and Islington, London. She sits on the accreditation panel for the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Accreditation Programme for Psychological Therapies Services. Rebecca is also a NHS Clinical Leadership Fellow having completed a national NHS training programme in clinical leadership and service improvement.

Rebecca has a keen interest in digital interventions having led the set up and implementation of video therapy sessions, computerised CBT programmes and social media in iCope. She is part of a committee for digital interventions making decisions on the use of digital within Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. Rebecca has also worked for the digital health service Babylon.

sarah-smizzSarah Smizz The Artist Will See You Now: Using Creativity As A Critical Tool To Enhance Healthcare

Sarah Smizz is an artist, & newly qualified radiotherapist who is currently combining these together in an artistic-practice-led PhD to enhance patient care in oncology at Sheffield Hallam University. 

Smizz loves making things to try and enhance the care pathway such as the worlds 1st Radiotherapy patient information app-RADCARE, www.radiotherapystory.co.uk, A-Z comic book of Radiotherapy and much more. She just won the National 2016 SCoR Student Radiographer of the Year award for her patient care & person-centered creative innovations. Her artistic practice is concerned with making information more accessible, tackling social inequalities and unbalanced power-relations. Smizz loves collaborating  and working with people to take on new challenges to try and make a positive difference, especially through making and especially within Healthcare. 

eshassereElizabeth Shassere  Putting the ‘people’ into People Drive Digital

Elizabeth Shassere worked for 20 years in the public sector before becoming an entrepreneur with the intention of building solutions for the challenges she saw there. A registered public health consultant by background, she has worked in the NHS and in local government. She has won top prize at two tech startup weekend events, and has volunteered and mentored locally and internationally at several tech startup programmes. She completed the Dotforge Social Impact Accelerator with Textocracy, and won a place on the Unltd Big Venture Challenge. She is committed to its purpose of bridging the digital divide and using the simplest technology to benefit the most people.

andre-looking-left-290-150x150André Tomlin You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it think (about research)

André is an Information Scientist and a lifelong advocate of evidence-based healthcare. He is Managing Director of Minervation Ltd (www.minervation.com), which he spun out from Oxford University in 2002 with business partner Douglas Badenoch. Minervation is an evidence-based healthcare consultancy that works with charities, the NHS, companies and universities to improve patient care with better use of the best available evidence.

In 2011 André started the Mental Elf website (http://www.nationalelfservice.net/mental-health/), which helps people who work in mental health keep up to date with the latest reliable research. The Mental Elf blog and social media presence has become popular in the UK and across many English speaking countries, where clear summaries of the latest evidence supported by clinical commentaries are much needed by busy frontline practitioners. The Mental Elf is one of 11 elves in the National Elf Service website, which aims to improve clinical practice by making it easier for professionals to engage with research and link it to their professional development.

2014-10-28-dita-ghoshAnindita Ghosh Thought Sort – a self-guidedCBT tool

I have worked for Shift.ms for over two years and have a background working on digital projects in the charity sector and journalism. 
Shift.ms is an online peer-to-peer network aimed at recently diagnosed MSers. We aim to create a positive, enabling community which empowers MSers to acknowledge their MS, rethink how to achieve their ambitions and get on with their lives.
I manage our grant-funded projects including MS Reporters and Thought Sort making sure our community is involved throughout all our work. Thought Sort is a self-guided CBT tool specific to our community mixing in peer support. MS Reporters looks at challenging traditional doctor patient hierarchies. Shift.ms train MSers as citizen reporters to interview leading Experts, Clinicians and Industry Experts. These MS Reporters conduct interviews as representatives of their community filming their meetings to build a video library of expert knowledge that is accessible to the wider community. 

ze-harris-care-charts-uk-twitterZoe Harris Mycarematters: the case for holistic care, because patients are people

Zoe Harris is the creator of Remember-I’m-Me Care Charts, originally designed to help with her husband’s care and now in use in over 1,000 UK care homes. Zoe works with care homes, community and acute hospitals, developing tools to help staff build relationships with residents / patients, and empowering them to provide empathic and dignified care. Her latest project is Mycarematters, an online platform where people can upload the information healthcare professionals need in order to provide dignified and person-centred care. Mycarematters was selected as one of 15 European projects for the EIB Social Innovation Tournament and Zoe has won a number of other awards, including the Great British Care Award for Innovation in 2013; she was included on Nesta  / Observer’s list of New Radicals 2014 and HSJ’s list of Top Innovators 2014.