INSIGHT 2021

4th-15th October 2021

The Midlands Decision Support Network in association with The Strategy Unit recently hosted INSIGHT 2021 our annual festival of learning and sharing events for the NHS, local government and other partners across health and care.

The Midlands Decision Support Network in association with The Strategy Unit hosted INSIGHT 2021 our annual festival of learning and sharing events for the NHS, local government and other partners across health and care (4th – 15th October).

See below for full Programme of events and links to recordings:

This year’s festival was another huge success! It included a mixture of talks, workshops and panel discussions. The theme, ‘Insight to action‘, brought together inspirational regional and national speakers to explore how insights from high quality analysis can drive change in health and care systems.

Thank you for coming!

Thank you to everyone, our speakers, our event leads and especially everyone who came to the festival, for making INSIGHT 2021 so amazing!  We had well over 2,000 of you attend the festival and we’ve had some wonderful feedback and a suggestion to do a compilation of the festival so we’ll enjoy putting that together for you.  Do take some time to see the recordings if you missed any of the events or if you want to revisit any of the sessions and look out for the feedback form we’ll be sending out soon.

Our speakers included:

Nigel Edwards (Chief Executive, The Nuffield Trust)
Jennifer Dixon (Chief Executive, The Health Foundation)
Richard Murray (Chief Executive, The Kings Fund)
Andi Orlowski (Director, The Health Economics Unit)
Professor John Wright (Director, Bradford Institute for Health Research)
Dr Kathryn Mannix (Clinician and author)
Professor Sir Michael Marmot (Director, UCL Institute of Health Equity)

…and there were many more!

See the full Programme of events and links to recordings, below

 

If you have any questions regarding the festival, please contact Rachel Caswell or Gareth Wrench

 

Insight 2021 Programme of events

Monday, 4th October, 10:00-11.15 - WELCOME TO INSIGHT 2021 and to our opening event! A Brave new world: Should health and care systems trust algorithms?

Summary: Peter Spilsbury, Director, Strategy Unit  welcomes you to INSIGHT 2021 and introduces our opening event

In our first session, we will be discussing ‘how health and care systems should respond to the rise of patient-facing Artificial Intelligence tools?’  Join our diverse panel who will discuss this fascinating and important subject to start our festival on ‘Insight to Action’

Speakers:

Farzana Hussain GP at The Project surgery, and Clinical Director of Newham central 1 PCN

Reena Sangar, Global Health of Digital and Connected Health, Ipsos MORI

Mike Emery, Director of Digital Health, Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG

Andi Orlowski, Director of the Health Economics Unit

 

For more information and video of this session, please click here

Tuesday, 5th October, 10:00-11:00 - What can we learn from the pandemic to reduce health inequalities?

Summary: Professor John Wright from the Bradford Institute for Health Research talks to us about what can be learnt from the pandemic to reduce health inequalities.  John will reflect on some of the learning from the NHS frontline in Bradford and how data, science and community engagement was harnessed to protect a city.

Speaker:

Professor John Wright  Director, Bradford Institute for Health Research 

For more information and video of this session, please click here

Wednesday, 6th October, 12:30-13:30 - Insight into action for adult social care, how? IMPACT Centre

Summary: This session begins with Professor Jon Glasby describing IMPACT – a new £15 million UK centre that he leads for implementing evidence in adult social care, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Health Foundation.

Jon will then be joined by Pete Jackson (WM ADASS) and an individual with lived experience of care services for a panel discussion. The panel will discuss how we can best use evidence to improve adult social care – including knowledge from research, the lived experience of people using services and their carers and the practice wisdom of social care staff. It will explore some of the barriers currently faced in moving insight to action and panel members’ reflections on what is needed to overcome these.

Speakers:

Professor Jon Glasby Professor of Health and Social Care, University of Birmingham

Pete Jackson Improvement Director, West Midlands ADASS

For more information and video of this session, please click here

Wednesday, 6th October, 14:00-15:30 - Insight to Action - What works?

Summary: It has been estimated that it can take up to 17 years to translate evidence into practice – how can we change that?  Join us to hear from a diverse panel of speakers including Jonathan Breckon and Jamie Hobday who will share their experiences of research and practice across a range of sectors. Learn about what works (and what doesn’t!) in different contexts and what happens when well-conceived plans meet reality.

Speakers:

Jonathan Breckon, Director at Breckon Consulting Ltd and Senior Policy Advisor, Open Innovation Team 

Jamie Hobday, Partnership Teams Manager, Walsall, West Midlands Police 

For more information and video of this session, please click here

Thursday, 7th October, 11:00-12:00 - Midlands Analyst Network Huddle - Special Edition – a new perspective on outpatient attendances

Summary: In this session, Andrew Jones and Steven Wyatt (Strategy Unit) will introduce a new classification system designed to enrich our understanding of outpatient attendances. 

Speakers:

Andrew Jones, Healthcare Analyst, Strategy Unit 

Steven Wyatt, Head of Strategic Analytics, Strategy Unit 

For more information and video of this session, please click here

Monday, 11th October, 10:00-11:30 - The most valuable value - a health and care resourcing dilemma

Summary: A chance for Insight 2021 attendees to hear a discussion between experts from the NHS, NICE and academia (Andi Orlowski, Gwyn Bevan, Deborah O’Callaghan, Peter Spilsbury) on the challenge of finding value through efficiency and allocating resources appropriately and how these insights can be translated into tangible actions.

Speakers:

Andi Orlowski, Director, the Health Economics Unit @andrzeio @economics_unit

Deborah O’Callaghan, Associate Director at National Institute of Health and Care Excellence

Gwyn Bevan​​​​​​​, Emeritus Professor of Policy Analysis, London School of Economics & Political Science

Peter Spilsbury, Director, Strategy Unit

For more information and video of this session, please click here

Monday, 11th October, 14:00-15:00 - Sharing your awesomeness!

Summary: The session will look at how we can put insight into action through remarkable stories, working with communication teams, spreading your ideas and standing out from the crowd. Join Tom Parnell and Matthew Grek on their mission to help you maximise action from your insights!

Speakers:

Tom Parnell, Communications expert and former journalist
Matthew Grek, Communications lead, the Health Economics Unit

For more information and video of this session, please click here

Tuesday, 12th October, 09:00-10:00 - Reducing health inequalities: the practical & ethical challenges

Summary: We have an exceptional panel who are going to be discussing the practical and ethical challenges associated with reducing health inequalities.  We anticipate an inspiring session with lively debate around this important topic.

Speakers:

Professor Sir Michael Marmot Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London. He is currently the Director of The UCL Institute of Health Equity

Dr. Julian Huppert,​​​​​​​ Director of the Intellectual Forum, Jesus College, Cambridge and NHS Non-Execute Director

Professor Swaran P Singh​​​​​​​, Director, Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research, University of Warwick and ex equality and human rights commissioner and psychiatrist

Kelly Beaver​​​​​​​, Managing Director at Ipsos MORI Public Affairs (Social Research & Corporate Reputation)

For more information and video of this session, please click here

Tuesday, 12th October, 13:00-14:00 - Data for the head, stories for the heart

Summary: Death is certain, yet our planning doesn’t reflect this. Come and watch what is sure to be an engaging and thought-provoking session as Kathryn Mannix (clinician, writer and thinker) , Justine Wiltshire (Senior Healthcare Analyst) and Ollie Minton (clinician, educator and academic) discuss the power of combining stories with data in the hope of inspiring change.

Speakers:

Kathryn Mannix, writer, thinker and Palliative Care Physician, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust

Justine Wiltshire, Senior Healthcare Analyst, Strategy Unit

Ollie Minton, Macmillan consultant and honorary senior lecturer in palliative medicine based at St George’s University Hospital Foundation NHS trust

For more information and video of this session, please click here

Wednesday, 13th October, 10:00-11:00 - Insight to action: How can we change behaviour?

Summary:

So we’ve gathered all the data and evidence, we understand the problem and we know what we think the best solution is…so how do we actually make a change?

We all know that change is hard, things might improve for a while but then people just drift back into old habits, others just never seem to get on board!

For this session we are joined by Dr. Judith Dyson, to talk about her work on behaviour change and how we can implement evidence-based interventions.

Speaker: Dr Judith Dyson, Improvement Academy and Birmingham City University

For more information and video of this session, please click here

Thursday, 14th October, 10:00-11:00 - Misinformation and how do we tackle it?

Summary: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s director-general, famously said in the early days of the COVID pandemic: “We’re not just fighting a pandemic; we’re fighting an infodemic”. Misinformation and conspiracy theories have become endemic and teams within health and care systems have seen the impact on local communities.  So, how do we tackle misinformation?

Join our session to hear from a range of speakers who will share experiences and reflections on the challenges of addressing misinformation and building health literacy.

Speakers:

Prof Stephan Lewandowsky, University of Bristol

Dr Ruth Carlyle, Health Education England

Trish Lacey, Public Health England

For more information and video of this session, please click here

Friday, 15th October, 10:00-11:00 - FINAL EVENT of INSIGHT 2021: Insight to Action - Hear from the directors of the UK’s leading health think tanks

To round up INSIGHT 2021, our final event offers a rare, opportunity to hear from the Chief Executives of the UK’s leading health think tanks, The King’s Fund, The Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation, together with the Directors of the Strategy Unit and the newly formed IMPACT Centre. Moving from insight to action is challenging, but who better to discuss taking high quality analysis and evaluation into better, evidence-based strategy than this highly experienced panel?

We are delighted to introduce our exceptional panel who will be talking about the lessons they have learned and more so please do join us for what will be an interesting and thought-provoking session, and our final Insight 2021 event!

Speakers:

Dr Jennifer Dixon – Chief Executive, the Health Foundation

Richard Murray – Chief Executive, The King’s Fund

Nigel Edwards – Chief Executive, the Nuffield Trust

Professor Jon Glasby Professor of Health and Social Care, University of Birmingham

Peter Spilsbury – Director, the Strategy Unit

For more information and video of this session, please click here