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19-20 June 2019, Manchester Central

19-20 June 2019 . Manchester Central

Dr Eric Topol

Professor Topol speaks about the number one NHS challenge: workforce

Thursday 28th March 2019

Professor Eric Topol was commissioned in 2018 by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to review how the NHS workforce would need to change to deliver a digital future.

He found that within 20 years, 90 per cent of all jobs in the NHS will require some element of digital skills, with the next decade presenting an opportunity to redress data governance and cyber security concerns, agree ethical frameworks for as-yet undefined technologies and support staff to drive these technologies forward.

His report suggested that within 10 years, most patients would be managing their own long-term conditions with wearable devices and sensors.

More nursing and physician associates would be required, enabling doctors to focus on the most difficult cases.

Professor Topol is an American cardiologist, geneticist and digital medicine researcher. He is the Founder and Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in California.

In 2013, he appeared on the US TV show The Colbert Report examining the host using devices featured in his book.

Professor Topol will speak in a Main stage session chaired by NHS Employers chief executive Danny Mortimer between 4.45 and 5.25pm on Wednesday 19 June.

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