Prof Joe Harrison
CEO, Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS FT and national director, NHS App
Professor Joe Harrison has been an NHS acute hospital chief executive for almost ten years. He joined Milton Keynes University Hospital in 2013, transforming its record in quality, performance and finances. Under his leadership the trust has gained teaching hospital status and pioneered digital advances that have revolutionised patient care and experience.
Joe has championed innovation and expansion, overseeing significant development across the hospital estate, including the building of an academic centre in partnership with the University of Buckingham and a new cancer centre, along with multiple other developments to improve access and keep up with patient demand in one of the fastest growing places in the country.
Along with an ambitious digital innovation programme, Joe has championed workplace wellbeing to improve the working lives of the team at MKUH. He is also a board member of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, chair of the Clinical Research Network Partnership Board for Thames Valley, vice-chair of the University of Buckingham Council and member of the NHS Confederation Employers Policy Board.
director, Digital Citizen, NHS England
director, Digital Prevention Services, NHS England
Rachel is NHS England’s Director of Digital Prevention Services, which includes screening, vaccinations, and the new NHS Digital Health Check. Until very recently, Rachel had been leading the teams responsible for the NHS App and NHS website, as well as enabling and underpinning capabilities such as NHS login. The NHS App has now recorded more than 34 million sign-ups and the NHS website is the largest source of health information in Europe, with an average of 100 million visits a month. Together these services support people to stay well, get well, and manage their health and care.
Throughout Rachel’s career, she has worked across a range a digital and policy roles in the public sector, including at the Cabinet Office, HM Treasury, Department for Education, and HMRC. She champions truly multidisciplinary teams, which bring digital, policy and clinical expertise into single teams.
product strategy lead, Digital Citizen, NHS England
Liz Clow, Rachel Hope, Tim Clarke