Upcoming Innovation Events

We work to maximise opportunities for companies to interact with researchers and health and care professionals – a conversation can often spark new innovative ideas.

Keep up to date and find out more about the latest innovation events from across Scotland.

Synthetic Data: Guide for SMEs

by BREATHE and PIONEER Health Data Research Hubs

Join us on Thursday, 19th May 2022, 15.00-16.00 BST to hear from our expert speakers, submit questions for the Q&A and interact with live polls.

Location: Online Event

About this event:

Synthetic Data can overcome the challenges associated with using real world data. Whether you are looking to reduce lengthy approval processes, increase privacy and security, or even amplify small sample sizes, synthesised data can be a useful and cost-effective tool for your business.

BREATHE — The Health Data Research Hub for Respiratory Health and PIONEER — The Health Data Research Hub for Acute Care, with funding from Innovate UK have developed a digital resource for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) interested in learning about Synthetic Data.

If you are a health tech or health care innovator, start-up, analyst or medical device developer, Synthetic Data: A Guide for SMEs will give you a comprehensive introduction to Synthetic Data. Learn about its opportunities, challenges and limitations, while visiting case studies, examples and use-cases for Synthetic Data.

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Collaborate to Innovate: School of Business

The University of Dundee

Collaborate to Innovate: School of Business

Wednesday 15 June 2022

10.00 – 11.45

Microsoft Teams Meeting

Collaborate to Innovate events bring a School within the University together with industry and other organisations, to discuss what they do and how they can work more closely together.

This event is to create awareness of the skills, facilities and talent pipeline within School of Business and to establish links and create partnerships for research, consultancy and employability.

Have you ever wondered what our School of Business did or how to get involved with them?  Now is your chance to find out.

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Workshop: Technologies for Brain Health and Dementia Prevention


Technologies for Brain Health and Dementia Prevention Workshop.

Date and time
Mon, 13 Jun 2022, 09:00 – Tue, 14 Jun 2022, 17:00 BST

Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde
99 George Street
G1 1RD

Innovative technologies that support and enhance brain health are growing as fast as the changing needs of those with dementia. Scotland is a hub of technological innovation. We therefore have the knowledge, experience and expertise among us to leverage this wealth of innovation to support those affected by dementia, or are at risk of developing the condition.

For this reason, the SDRC and DHI are organizing the Technologies for Brain Health and Dementia Prevention workshop to bring together the communities involved in such innovation. This workshop will allow communication and ideas exchange among people from different disciplines, perspectives and career stages.

We will discuss ideas of how supportive technologies can best meet the needs of people affected by dementia. We also want to encourage discussions on theories and applications of emerging technologies with an emphasis on brain health.

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Digital Mental Health Innovation Cluster Event

Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre

Our next Digital Mental Health Innovation Cluster Event takes place on Wednesday 22 June, 0900-1200.

Following the successful launch event on 10 March, we are in the process of planning the subsequent session to continue the excellent conversations and discussions which took place during the inaugural launch.

A recording of this session is available on Scotland’s Digital Mental Health Innovation Cluster website.

Programme confirmation and registration details will be made available on this website soon.

In the meantime please ensure you have Joined our network to receive updated information.

Save the date

NHS Scotland Event 2022

21st - 22nd JUNE 2022

Dates have been announced for the annual NHS Scotland Event for 2022! Put a hold in your diary for the 21st and 22nd June 2022! The conference will take place at P&J Live in Aberdeen. For more information and to register your interest visit the below link.


Digital Transformation Event 2022

7th June 2022

The last two years have thrown organisations into the digital realm, with core sectors such as healthcare and education now incorporating digital technologies into their services. Holyrood Connect’s 8th Annual Digital Transformation event will provide
delegates with a day of engaging discussions surrounding the shifting landscape of public sector organisations’ relationships with digital technology.
Don’t miss out – secure your free place at the flagship digital transformation event for the public sector in Scotland.

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Past events

Life Sciences and Healthcare: Innovation, Collaboration and Growth

21st BioDundee International Conference

The BioDundee conference has been running for two decades and is the longest-running and most established event of its kind in Scotland. The Conference will be virtual and delivered in partnership with D C Thomson & Co Ltd. The conference shall be a one-day event with accompanying exhibition and networking opportunities attracting attendees and exhibitors from the UK, and International, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Digital, and associated sectors.

Free Virtual Conference, Exhibition and Networking

Tuesday 17th May 2022

08:30 – 16:30 (BST)

The Conference will be split into five sessions over the day:  

  • Getting ready for global growth sponsored by Henderson Loggie
  • MedTech sponsored Scottish Health Innovations Limited (SHIL)
  • Innovation sponsored by Research and Innovation Services (RIS), University of Dundee Sustainability
  • What the Future Holds? sponsored by Invest in Dundee, and the School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee
View event recording here

Women's and Children's Innovation Workshops

29th and 30th March 2022

Do you work in Women’s and Children’s services, have a problem or challenge you want to solve? Join us at our Virtual Innovation Workshops to identify key innovation challenges and build collaborations. 29 & 30 March, 14:00 to 15:30.

Register here

International Colon Capsule Conference

21st April 2022

Hosted by the Centre for Sustainable Delivery at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, this hybrid event aims to bring the clinical and health management community together to share knowledge on the current and future use of colon
capsule endoscopy (CCE) in gastrointestinal disease.
You can view the full programme and register via the link below. This event will take place on 21st April 2022 and is free to attend.



Innovation Call: Sustainability. Briefing event

09 December 2021

Climate change represents a major risk to health. NHS Scotland must respond to the challenge by reducing environmental impact, placing sustainability at the core of the organisation, and developing greener and more environmentally sustainable models of care.

The behaviours of NHS Scotland’s 160,000-strong workforce will influence how the service mitigates and adapts to climate change impacts; and so, SHIL is seeking sustainable, forward-thinking ideas from health and social care professionals.

This briefing event will provide details on the Sustainability Innovation Call including:

  • Opportunity for sustainable innovation
  • Combining green initiatives with high quality care for patients and communities
  • Examples of sustainable innovation
  • Support available
  • How the innovation call works
  • Q&A
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Digital Health and Care Scotland Conference 2022 now on demand

22 and 23 February 2022

Session recordings are now available on demand for those who would like to catch up with the event which took place in February via the Holyrood Events website linked below.


Inspiring Innovation in Women’s and Children’s Care

30 November & 7 December 2021

Are you interested in innovative, technology-driven solutions to address challenges in Women’s and Children’s care?

Please join us at our virtual events to hear from national and international speakers:

Inspirational examples of technology-driven solutions in NHS Scotland
Support and funding available for innovation in Women’s and Children’s care
Priority areas for innovation, addressing your challenges and needs
Developing innovation collaborations between clinical teams, industry and academia

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The Annual Life Sciences Conference: Realising the Covid Legacy

02 December 2021

Experts from business, government, and academia will come together to discuss key successes of the last 18 months and how we move forward through collaboration to accelerate science and innovation.

The event will be made up of keynote speakers and panel discussions covering:

Accelerating science
Data: The holy grail of health innovation
Digital redesign: It’s win:win isn’t it?
Digital biology: Optimising processes, scaling and manufacturing
Skills: Realising the digital potential with skills and training

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Understanding medical device regulation. An introduction for innovators

25 November 2021

Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (SHIL) have teamed up with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Medical Devices Unit (MDU) to host an informative webinar on Thursday 25 November.

Led by SHIL’s Head of Regulatory Affairs, Elaine Gemmell, and MDU’s Technical Operations Manager, Robin Sayer; it is aimed at Scottish-based SMEs, researchers and NHS employees involved in healthcare device innovation, the session will include:

  • How to prepare to meet existing and future regulations
  • If the UK and EU medical device regulations apply to your device
  • An introduction to quality systems and technical files
  • Regulations and governance for use in the NHS
  • How the NHS and SHIL can support your device development and regulatory compliance
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Practical tips on delivering ROI to the NHS through automation: the do's and don'ts

23 November 2021

Join us for an insightful webinar where we explore Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire & Luton ICT Services (HBLICTS) automation journey as they strive to improve clinical outcomes and patient care.

Our experts from HBLICTS will discuss how they approached:

  • Business reasons for automation
  • Which processes to automate and why
  • The benefits & ROI
  • The vision for automation going forward
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Living Labs in Digital Health and Care

25 November 2021

Living Labs are an exciting method of gaining insights for scaling new services by blending Real World Evaluation (RWE) with practical implementation experience. The Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI) is hosting this session to widely share learning from local and international experts and highlight assets Scotland already has in place to support the further expansion of Twinning Living Labs in collaboration with other countries.

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3rd Digital Health Society Summit

23-24 November 2021

Join the Digital Health Society for a Summit that will showcase pioneering regional initiatives on health data and data sharing and discuss strategies to accelerate investments in ready-to-market data-driven solutions.


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The Cliff Edge Approaches - Delivering Digital Telecare Transformation in Scotland

09 November 2021

The switch-off of analogue telephony is rapidly approaching, with this cliff edge growing ever closer it is more important than ever before that telecare service providers are preparing their services for this transition.

This session will explore the work undertaken by the Digital Telecare Programme to support telecare service providers in Scotland through the digital telecare transformation, celebrating achievements and exploring the challenges services have faced in implementing digital telecare. It will then look forwards to the approaching national stop-sell of analogue telephony in 2023 and the programmes plans for scale up as we advance towards this major milestone and onwards to the ultimate switch-off of analogue telephony in 2025.

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Embedding user voices in accessible digital service design - ALISS

17 November 2021

The potential for user research is increasingly discussed in relation to digital health and care development. The session, hosted by ALISS, will deliver a short presentation around embedding seldom heard user voices and experience in research and why this is essential for digital health and care service delivery. This will be followed by a conversation with people living with sensory loss and dementia about how to ensure their voices are heard and reflected in the design of accessible digital services.



Increasing digital transformation of the healthcare industry

28 October 2021

Our health sector is evolving and National Health Executive want to bring together a community of leaders, innovators and educators to help share best practise.
On 28th October, we want to invite you to NHE365 Digital Healthcare online event and get involved with the lively and engaging panel discussions taking place throughout the day.

Topic of panels throughout the day –

Clinical Communication and Collaboration
Remote Patient Care
Clinical Communication Tools to Reduce Staff Pressures
Technology Enabled Workforce
Transforming Patient Pathways

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Healthy Ageing Innovation Cluster October 2021 Event

20 October 2021

The event will feature a presentation on the latest white paper produced by the Department for International Trade (in collaboration with partners) on the continued ageing of the global population, with the pace of ageing increasing rapidly.

Join the discussion on the global challenge and how we can find innovative solutions working in collaborative partnerships.

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07 September 2021

The theme of DataFest 2021 is #OurData. In previous DataFests, we have celebrated the individuals and teams driving data innovation in Scotland. This year, we are focusing on all of us – a community which can collect, create, and use our data for good.

The virtual events of DataFest21 will be free of charge in keeping with our continuing efforts to democratize data science.


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Accelerating your innovation in MedTech devices

22 September 2021

Are you a Scottish SME, operating within the chemical, biochemical or life science supply chains, looking for support to overcome innovation challenges? If so, the SCOUT project is here to help.

Join our next event and learn about overcoming some of the challenges to growth in the Medical Technology (MedTech) sector and how the SCOUT programme is helping companies accelerate the journey from invention, through innovation to commercialisation.

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Delivering Scotland's Next Generation Smart Hospitals

08 September 2021

What can be done in the short term to kickstart digital transformation across Scotland’s hospital estate, and ensure staff and service users across the country can benefit?

Join Holyrood and Vocera for this free to attend webinar on 8th September, as we look to answer this vital question through a panel discussion featuring experts in Scotland and further afield.


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Data-Driven Innovation for Healthy Ageing

09 September 2021

This seminar will feature thought-provoking speakers from our scientific research community on how we are working together to tackle some of the devilish challenges in ageing, such as:

• Frailty

• Mobility

• Access to Health & Social Care

• Transition to Retirement

Our seminar will feature guest speakers from Innovate UK and our Health & Social Care network.

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Design Thinking for Digital Innovation

26 August 2021

Design thinking can be a game-changer for your business—especially in the context of digital transformation. And it’s not just for designers – it’s a lens to solve problems in human-centred, creative and innovative ways. Join the next Art of Possible to hear practical insights from our inspirational panel of experts – from LEGO to the V&A – on how design-thinking can help start-ups and SMEs leverage the right tech solutions for people, planet and the bottom line.

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Progress innovation in a collaborative ecosystem

31 August 2021

Explore how new medical treatments are progressed from bench to bedside at BioQuarter, and the challenges and opportunities involved in growing a world-class health innovation ecosystem. Discover why it is a leading location for turning innovative ideas into reality and driving medical innovation for Scotland and the world.

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Healthy Ageing Innovation Cluster

30 June 2021

Fourth Healthy Ageing Innovation Cluster event of 2021.

The next HAIC event takes place on Wednesday 30 June 2021, 1000-1200 on Microsoft Teams.

The event registration is managed through Eventbrite. There are only have 70 spaces available to participate in the session so register now to ensure you don’t miss out.

Registration closes on Monday 28 June 2021 at 1200.

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Save the Date for Virtual NHS Scotland Event 2021

22 - 24 June 2021

The NHS Scotland Event returns as a virtual conference on 22 – 24 June 2021 showcasing the work being done to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and providing opportunities to reflect on what we can achieve when we work together to Re-mobilise, Recover and Re-design.

The virtual NHS Scotland Event promises to deliver the same engaging programme content and impactful connections with peers in a dynamic, digital setting that will be accessible from anywhere.

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Post-Covid AI Accelerator Demo Day

24 June 2021

The Demo Day is a free showcase of the 15 exciting high-growth companies who took part in the Post-Covid AI Accelerator in 2021.

Throughout the day there will be three sessions with Scaleup pitches and a Q&A. Grouped by sector – health, tech and climate – each Accelerator company will have the opportunity to pitch for three minutes to a panel of potential investors, who will then quiz them to see how they respond to live questions.

The day will also include networking opportunities, a keynote speech and a panel discussion.

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Advanced Communications and Connected Healthcare Roundtable

27 May 2021

This round table event, co-hosted by the Scotland 5g Centre (www.scotland5gcentre.org) and the Digital Health and Care Innovation Centre (www.dhi-scotland.com) will provide a number of industry insights informing a discussion between health and social care providers, public policy professionals and industry experts. The outcome of this session will support greater awareness of emerging needs and the service delivery innovations under development.

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Environmental Sustainability of Medical Devices: Challenges & Opportunities

10 June

This webinar will be of interest to researchers and manufacturers with experience of developing medical devices, medical device businesses seeking the latest perspectives on environmental sustainability and end users from the healthcare industry.

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Reflect & Connect: Research Before, During and After COVID19

17 - 21 May 2021

Over five days in May this Virtual Event will cover three Streams on each of the days. There are 14 sessions each of 45 minutes duration over the course of the week. The streams are:

Policy & Decision Making (12:00 each day)
Inside COVID19 Research (14:00 each day)
Making Research Happen (17:00 each day)

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Bitesize Intellectual Property Seminars

A series of lunchtime intellectual property (IP) seminars hosted by Edinburgh Innovations aimed at staff, students and alumni at the University.

Upcoming seminars:

Invention Spotting – 1pm, Wednesday 28 April 2021 – Speaker Richard Gibbs, Partner at Marks & Clerk
Trade Secrets – 1pm, Wednesday 26 May 2021 – Speaker Graham McGlashan, Partner at Marks & Clerk

wcase, join us for a virtual ‘drinks reception’ to celebrate our achievements from the past year.

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People and Practice: Celebrating care home skills

19 May 2021

This last year we have seen the best and the worst of times. Where the NHS has done its best work it has mirrored all the cultural norms of high preforming health systems around the world. Professor Malby’s survey of NHS staff during the pandemic demonstrated the significant changes that were liberated, but also how hard it is for new norms to stick.

Becky Malby, Professor of Health Systems Innovation, London South Bank University will share the main findings of the study and what this means for health service leaders and focus on how we do our best work in collaborative networks.

The session will take place on Thursday, 29 April 2021, 3pm – 4pm.

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Networks for Universal Healthcare. QI Connect with Becky Malby

29 April 2021

This last year we have seen the best and the worst of times. Where the NHS has done its best work it has mirrored all the cultural norms of high preforming health systems around the world. Professor Malby’s survey of NHS staff during the pandemic demonstrated the significant changes that were liberated, but also how hard it is for new norms to stick.

Becky Malby, Professor of Health Systems Innovation, London South Bank University will share the main findings of the study and what this means for health service leaders and focus on how we do our best work in collaborative networks.

The session will take place on Thursday, 29 April 2021, 3pm – 4pm.

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Accessing expertise to drive innovation

19 May 2021

Join Edinburgh Innovations and the Edinburgh Futures Institute at the University of Edinburgh to find out how you can drive innovation through a partnership with the University of Edinburgh industry-based Doctoral Programme in Fintech (PhD in Financial Technology).

Collaborative Research Partnerships with academia are an ideal way for your business to access expertise and demonstrate thought leadership and/or inform development of new products or services. Our Fintech Doctoral Programme provides direct access to this talent and academic expertise.

This event will offer the opportunity to hear about the programme, business benefits, and co-funding options. You will also hear about two current projects with Franklin Templeton Investments and DirectID.

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IP for my business

24 March 2021

During the webinar run by Maucher Jenkins in collaboration with the Edinburgh BioQuarter, the organizers will provide an overview of IP and some important considerations such as ownership, freedom to operate and confidentiality. They will also cover some examples relating to IP in the fields of life sciences, med tech and digital health. There will be time for questions and discussion at the end of the webinar.


Webinar: Colon Capsule Endoscopy - An international research partnership

20 April 2021

Since 2019 clinical teams in Denmark and Scotland have worked on establishing strong research units around the use of colon capsule endoscopy (CCE) for diagnosing colorectal cancer. Parallel to local implementation and research projects, the teams at Odense University Hospital, Denmark, and in the NHS Highland region of Scotland have developed a close relationship focused on sharing knowledge and research findings as well as joining forces on international clinical research.

Join the webinar to mark the end of the Twinning project – but the beginning of a long-standing partnership between the leading CCE and clinical AI researchers in Europe – and hear about the work that has been done so far to establish a joint research database and the plans for the future.


Launch of Scotland's AI Strategy

Event Recording from 22 March 2021

To find out more about the strategy, please visit www.scotlandaistrategy.com or follow on Twitter @ScotAIStrategy or on LinkedIn (Scotland AI Strategy)


Digital Health and Care Scotland Annual Conference

Event Recording from 24 - 26 February 2021

This virtual Digital Health & Care conference provided an unmissable opportunity for delegates to access cutting-edge analysis and build a strategic understanding of the role digital technology can play in supporting Scotland’s health and social care sector.


NHSX Innovators' virtual engagement event

16 March 2021

Join us for the seventh in our series of events for digital health tech innovators, developers, start-ups, SMEs and industry. You’ll hear the latest from NHSX and take part in Q&A and interactive discussions.

The main session will run from 4pm to 5.30pm and will explore how we will support innovators in a post-pandemic NHS.

The main session will be followed by three interactive breakout sessions from 5.30pm to 6pm. These sessions will focus on citizen-facing digital products; the Digital Technology Assessment Criteria (DTAC); and a session to gather your feedback and input.


UKRI CDT in Biomedical AI Industry Event

19 March 2021

A half day event designed to share advances in the field of Biomedical AI and how collaborations may support industrial partners.

The aim of this event is to discuss interests, challenges and research developments in Biomedical AI. As part of this we will be sharing the ambitions and plans of a number of industrial partners to design, test and mobilise AI tools in the field and to showcase our students and faculty members whom we anticipate can support partners’ ambitions in the development of Biomedical AI.

Further details of the UKRI Biomedical CDT can be found via the following links:




Drones, 5G and Rural Health Services Workshop

12 March 2021

Workshop and discussion exploring the use of drones in support rural health services.

The use of drones in the support rural health services is an area of growing interest to the research, public and commercial sectors. This workshop will introduce a number of best practice examples across a range of use cases as the basis for a round table discussion. The outcomes of this will inform and influence the development of policy and practice in this field. Delegates will be drawn from the NHS, local authorities, regional growth deals, academic and public policy institutions.


Healthcare Innovation - Maximising the Future of Life Sciences and Healthcare

4 March 2021

On the 4th March, NHS Scotland, Life Sciences Scotland and Innovate UK hosted a meeting for the Industry, NHS and Social Care Innovation Network. The event had a range of fantastic speakers and for those who were unable to join live, you can now view the event recording via the below link. Topics included:

An update from national Industry and Government leaders on recovery and future plans.
An overview from Clinical Leads for Innovation on 2021/22 priorities for NHS and Social Care.
Investment Support – Creating an Investment Ecosystem for Life Sciences companies innovating with NHS and Social Care.
Cancer Moon Shot – Hear from Scotland’s Clinicians, Academics and Industrialists on progress with the Cancer Diagnostics Moon Shot -25 by 25- radical innovation in skin care.

Can Do Innovation Summit

3 February 2021 – The Online Edition

As a focal point for business innovation in Scotland – the national CAN DO Innovation Summit will explore how businesses can build sustainable growth and resilience after the global impact of COVID-19.

SMEs will meet the innovators, entrepreneurs, academics and investors that can help them adopt new technologies, build progressive working cultures and access the right support to enable innovation-led recovery and growth.

800+ delegates | 40+ speakers | 20+ sessions


Reflections on Leading in a Crisis. QI Connect with Jason Leitch

23 March 2021

Healthcare Improvement Scotland are delighted to announce that this month’s session is with Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Scottish Government. In this session, Professor Leitch will be reflecting on the COVID-19 pandemic and his learning from the past 12 months about leading in a crisis situation.

You will hear insights from his role in generating a sense of shared purpose and how this was so vital in helping the people of Scotland navigate the complexity of the pandemic; together with his experience of leading at a national, system and at a team level. Often all at once!

The session on Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 3pm –  4pm (UK time) is definitely one not to be missed!


Medical Device Manufacture Centre Webinar

20 January 2021

Registration is now open for MDMC’s next industry-led webinar. Sign up for practical guidance and case studies on “Route To Market In An Ever-Changing Regulatory World”.

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Webinar: Thriving when work is tough; in Covid and non-Covid times 

22 January 2021

Free to attend and open to BPS (British Psychological Society) members and the general public.

To support frontline staff and their leadership, this free webinar will introduce and describe compassion fatigue and related psychological concepts such as burnout and secondary traumatic stress.

These concepts affect frontline healthcare staff and their capacity to thrive at work. They will be introduced for non-psychologists and psychologists alike: describing signs and symptoms, illustrating with case studies, and exploring individual and organisational factors that can help support health care workers to thrive.

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Better Care - Insight Sharing Day

14 January 2021

This workshop is open to any attendees interested in the Better Care approach. Better Care focusses on the development, implementation and evaluation of learning healthcare systems that integrate clinical practice, large scale data and advanced analytics in a cycle of continuous health and care improvement.

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Using Drone Technology to Innovate in Healthcare

Event Recording from November 26th 2020

Learn about the latest developments in the use of Drones in Healthcare across the United Kingdom.

Short summary sessions from NHS Highland, Skyports Ltd, Apian, University of Southampton/Windracers and Leonardo UK.

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Scotland’s largest annual health and care event

You can access the recordings of all DigiFest2020 sessions and other resources by clicking on the link below

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AI supporting early detection and diagnosis in heart failure management- SBRI

Recording of Briefing Event

This briefing event gives the background information and overall rationale for this Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) challenge (now closed) announced by NHS Scotland and led by NHS Tayside and the University of Dundee.

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Industry, NHS and Social Care Innovation Network


This is a pivotal time for innovation. Whilst the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic persists, this event demonstrates innovation as an integral part of remobilising health and social care and building a strong life science sector, with the dual aim of delivering better outcomes for citizens alongside company growth and new jobs in Scotland.

Themed around Artificial Intelligence (AI), it will provide important national updates across the life science landscape.

The presentations are now available in the HIAP website.

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Virtual HPN Expo

Session Recordings

If you missed any of our breakout sessions or would like to see them again, you can find links to recordings of all 28 sessions in this document, grouped by theme.

If want to be part of one of the most innovative and ambitious CPD-accredited virtual events in healthcare in 2020, register to attend now. Please note you must be an employee of an NHS or public sector organisation to qualify for a free delegate pass

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The Scotsman Annual Life Sciences Conference

Recording Available

Leading experts and senior healthcare leaders from across Scotland and the UK  shared insight into how the sector’s response to Covid19 is accelerating innovation and giving rise to emerging technologies.

If you missed the post conference report, you can view this by clicking the below link.

Post Conference Report 

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Access QI

Webinar 3rd December

We welcome you to attend the fourth national webinar in the series hosted by the ihub’s Access QI programme. This session will continue to share learning and best practice examples of ways to overcome COVID-19 related challenges in an elective care setting.

This session will focus on the four key themes we have identified as being prioritised by elective care:

• Maximising service capacity and capability

• Managing the physical environment

• Maintaining staff safety and wellbeing, and

• Enabling digital access.

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QI Connect with Suzie Bailey

Healthcare Improvement Scotland is currently hosting an exciting line up of monthly WebEx sessions presented by an exceptional global faculty. Simply link in for free from your own desk, to learn from national and international leaders in quality improvement.

We are delighted to announce that this month’s session is with Suzie Bailey, Director of Leadership & Organisational Development, The King’s Fund. The session Thursday, 26 November 2020, on 3pm – 4pm (UK time) is definitely one not to be missed!

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The NICE 4 Health Autumn Virtual Event

The presentation recording is now available to you. Click here to view all the valuable information presented in a collaborative event with NHS Lothian, including:

The Positive Impact of Technology in Healthcare – improving telephone triage and clearing appointment backlog.

During this 60-minute session, hear directly from one NHS Scottish Health Board about their attended journey and how unnecessary hospital episodes have been reduced by 30% resulting in:

Improve Patient Journeys
Faster and Accurate GP Referral Triage
Significant Financial Savings to the Unit and Board

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European Online Week of Active & Healthy Ageing

2nd - 6th November 2020

Adapting to demographic change in Europe in the 2020s

Together, the Active Assisted Living (AAL) Programme, the EIP on AHA (European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing) and the Joint Programming Initiative More Years, Better Lives (JPI MYBL) invite you to the European Week of Active & Healthy Ageing (EWAHA) on 2-6 November, 2020.

All three supporting initiatives, the AAL Programme, EIP on AHA, & JPI MYBL were set up in order to support Europe’s adaptations to an ageing society. The three have collaborated closely in 2019-2020 to unite their efforts. Now, they are putting demographic change more prominently onto Europe’s research and innovation agenda.

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UK-Basque Country Healthy Ageing workshops

October/November 2020

These are a series of workshops which aim to bring together policymakers, researchers and business to discuss the impacts of an ageing society and promote the exchange of best practice in public health, policy, innovation and business.

Participants will showcase capabilities on infrastructures, accelerators and living models identifying synergies with the Basque Country´s emerging initiatives. The objective is to stimulate innovative research, deepen the links between research and industry, promote innovative British and Basque technology and design, as well as strength the bilateral relationship as a means to stimulating mutual growth and innovation.

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Usher Institute - Annual Lecture and Showcase 2020

Webinar- 28th October 2020

Health sciences in a changing world: Where to from here?

Dr Jeannie Shoveller, Vice President, Research and Innovation, IWK Health Centre, Halifax, Canada and Chair of Governing Council, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Health sciences in a changing world: Where to from here?

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What are the alternatives to care homes?

7th October 2020

They have been the crucible of COVID-19 fatalities. Join us 2pm BST on Weds 7th October for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fellowship report on Alternatives to Long Term Institutional Care for Older People.

Last year, Rebecca Jarvis was awarded a Churchill Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to travel to Japan and New Zealand to explore alternatives to long-term institutional care for older people and bring back her findings to the UK. Her presentation will cover three case studies of different models of housing with care which either delay or avoid the need for people to move into a care home.

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Remobilising elective care: Sharing innovations from across Scotland #3

28th October

About this Event

Access QI welcome you to attend the third national webinar in our series. This session will continue to share learning and best practice examples of ways to overcome COVID-19 related challenges in an elective care setting.

This session will look at ways to manage the physical environment and explore service user engagement during remobilisation. Join our session to share your local innovations and continue to help services learn from each other and spread change.

While this is a series of webinars, participants are able to join at any point and/or attend all of the sessions.

Who is this webinar for?

This session may be of particular interest to clinicians and managers who deliver elective care services and for QI practitioners in NHS boards


QI Connect with Professor Andrew Gumley

29th October 2020

We are delighted to announce that this month’s QI Connect session is with  Professor Andrew Gumley (University of Glasgow) . This special session on wellbeing, Thursday, 29th October 2020, 3pm – 4pm (UK time) is definitely one not to be missed!

‘Navigating the mental health impacts of COVID-19 on staff wellbeing and population mental health’

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DIIF: Global Challenges

30th September

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 has brought into sharp focus the global and complex nature of many challenges facing humanity, the impact of which is most often felt by the poorest and most vulnerable.

This event showcases how researchers at University of Dundee, and their partners, are working to tackle some of the most pressing development challenges around the world.

It will provide the opportunity to hear from colleagues supported by the UK Govt-funded, Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), learn more about the evolving development research funding landscape and discover opportunities to contribute.

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Next Generation Home Vision Testing SBRI Briefing Event

Event Recording

Join NHS Forth Valley and West of Scotland Innovation Hub for a 90 minute webinar to hear about the challenge. The challenge is to pioneer next generation home vision testing, so that it can be done at home, in school and in under-served communities, with live remote supervision from healthcare professionals – Dr Iain Livingstone, NHS Forth Valley.

Eye problems will be more easily detected, monitored and managed to prevent sight loss. The project will bring together low-cost digital solutions and sources of relevant information to solve the challenges of:

  • Access to Eye Testing
  • Quicker Diagnostics
  • Enabling Self-Checks

We will also hear short presentations from the CSO and Innovate UK on the innovation landscape in Scotland and from Storm ID an industry partner about their experience with the SBRI process. We welcome questions from attendees and hope that you find the session interesting and informative.

If you missed the event you can access to the recording here. 

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Digital Dermatology Assessments – Storm ID

Thursday 1st October 15:00 to 16:30

Please join us for a live webinar to highlight the benefits of Digital Dermatology Assessments and discuss the potential for rollout.

The Digital Dermatology Assessment Service is a platform supporting e-consultations – including the upload of images – between patients and clinical staff. The system is currently used in NHS Forth Valley, NHS Grampian, and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Scottish Government have agreed a contract with the provider Storm ID for 12 months from October 1st 2020, including the opportunity to rollout to further Health Boards.

An overview of Digital Dermatology Assessment and the benefits for patients and Dermatology services.
Results from Health Boards to date.
Outline the opportunity available for Boards to implement the Digital Dermatology Assessment.
Keynote speaker: Dr Colin Morton, Lead Consultant Dermatologist, NHS Forth Valley, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor

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Diabetes & Endocrine SBRIs Launch Event

If you missed the event you can watch the full video recording and view the speakers’ presentations.

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Meeting of Industry, Academia and NHS and Social Care Innovation Network

If you missed the event you can watch the full video recording, and view the speakers’ presentations.

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The Sustainable Innovation Fund: SBRI Phase 1

Applicant Briefing- The webinar recording for the applicant briefing held on 2nd July 2020 is now available to stream online.

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Use of Digital Technology to Support Psychological Therapies

If you missed the briefing event, you can now access the recording and presentations online.

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