A series of events hosted by mHabitat as part of Leeds Digital Festival 2020

21st September 2020, 12:00am

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Inclusive Digital Transformation in Health and Care

A webinar on putting inclusion into digital transformation in health and care hosted by mHabitat

Monday 21st September, 2020 | 12:00 - 13:00 BST

A webinar hosted by mHabitat to explore how Covid19 has accelerated digital transformation of health and care, what digital exclusion means and why it is important in this context and what we can do together to make inclusive digital transformation how we do things around here.

Creating an open digital ecosystem for citizen access to health and care

Wednesday 23rd September, 2020 | 12:00 – 13:00 BST

The future of digital health and care is open - find out how we are creating a coherent and trusted digital front door for citizens to access health and care services in Cheshire and Merseyside - open data, open standards and open source.

With an open ecosystem of trusted digital products and services; consented data shared across boundaries, a citizen-facing front door that is friendly and accessible, we believe this is a compelling model for sustainable digital services across a regional geography.


  • Jim Hughes - Strategic advisor - digital programmes at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Liz Ashall-Payne - chief executive of ORCHA
  • Kumar Jacobs - founder of Mindwave
  • Victoria Betton - chief innovation officer at Mindwave (chair)

more speakers to follow.

The Role of Digital in Weight Management

Understanding the role of digital in influencing the healthy behaviour changes required to implement the Governments new obesity strategy.

Thursday 24th September, 2020 | 09:00 - 11:00 BST

The government obesity strategy launched in July this year encourages the whole nation to kick start health, get active and eat better. Important components of the strategy are to: 

1) Empower everyone with the right information to make healthier choices

2) Give everyone a fair deal

3) Shape marketing to our children.

Digital has a clear role to play in supporting this agenda from responsible digital marketing and social influencers to providing inclusive digital weight management support to everyone who needs it.

But are digital weight management resources reaching the people that need them? How can we make sure these resources are as accessible and inclusive as possible? How do we ensure people want to use them? And what is the role and impact of social media, influencers and marketing on supporting healthier lifestyle behaviours.

This knowledge-sharing and action-planning event will explore the barriers and facilitators of digital in weight management, and how we can apply this learning to provide effective and inclusive digital weight management support.

mHabitat and Friends

Wednesday 30th September, 2020 | 09:00 - 10:00 BST

mHabitat Managing Director, Roz Davies will host this session with colleagues reflecting on our work with a range of partners who we have been collaborating with to co-design digitally enabled health and care in Leeds. This will include examples such as our work with the Clinical Commissioning Group and voluntary sector organisation Volition on the MindWell mental health platform. We will also share more on the digital pipework project LOOP (Leeds open online platform). We will be talking about our work within Leeds and York Partnership Foundation NHS Trust and the Propel digital health accelerator programme that we run with the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network.

Creating a picture of digital support for improved health and wellbeing in Leeds

Wednesday 30 September, 2020 | 13:00 – 14:30 BST

Helping the city of Leeds create a picture and plain English expressions of the digital facilities being created to support health, care and wellbeing.

This will be a two-way event. Attendees will be able to understand a bit more about those digital facilities being progressed within the city to support improved health, care and wellbeing and, at the same time, contribute to how those facilities might be described and illustrated to create an easy to understand picture.

Improving the health of the poorest, fastest: digital opportunities for levelling up Leeds

This informal and interactive panel debate will explore the opportunities and challenges presented by digital solutions to tackle health inequalities.

Thursday 1st October, 2020 | 10:00 - 11:00 BST

Leeds has got the drive, ambition and assets to shift population health outcomes – both now and for future generations. How can we maximise our unique digital and healthtech strengths to improve the health of the poorest, the fastest?

In the context of the recent Marmot Review: 10 Years On and the significant impact Covid-19 has had on vulnerable groups, this informal and informative panel event will examine the opportunities for digital innovation to ‘level up’ inequalities in health outcomes for people in Leeds and beyond.

Led by Tony Cooke, Chief Officer Leeds Health Partnerships, 5 expert speakers will pitch their perspectives in under 5 minutes, across a range of opportunities including housing, skills development, empowering people and digital inclusion. Then – over to our audience to debate what they have heard and share their ideas on digitally driving down health inequalities in the city.

Our panellists include:

  • Roz Davies, mHabitat – using digital to ‘power up the people’: helping people who are using services to feel more empowered in the relationship with service providers and in managing their own health.
  • Rachel Benn, 100% Digital – digital access and inclusion for all – Overcoming the barriers to digital inclusion and how in Leeds we’re trialling voice technology for people living with Dementia and their carers and using Alexa’s in Care Homes and Recovery Hubs through the recent pandemic.
  • TBC – digital skills development in the digital sector: aspirations
  • TBC – smart housing for now and future generations
  • TBC – personalised medicine / big data etc.

Making Connections: Facilitating the development of AI tools for the NHS

NHS and industry leaders share their experience and answer your questions about AI for the NHS.

Thursday 1st October, 2020 | 16:00 - 17:00 BST

Hill Dickinson and the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Sciences Network host an interactive session with an expert panel of NHS and industry leaders in the development of health tech including:

  • Professor David Hogg, Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Leeds
  • Barry Singleton, Chief Relationship Officer at Scaled Insights
  • Neville Young, Director of Enterprise and Innovation at the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Sciences Network

We will hear from speakers with frontline experience of forging relationships between the NHS, academia and industry / SMEs, overcoming hurdles around data access and developing successful AI tools on the ground. Attendees will have the opportunity to quiz our panel on their top tips for success.


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