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Innovation, Productivity and Health Inequalities: Developing a Road Map for Leicestershire

February 6 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm



Delighted and honoured to announce that we will be joined by The Rt Hon Andrew Stephenson CBE MP, Minister for State, Department of Health and Social Care for opening remarks, to discuss this important topic for Leicestershire.

Event Introduction
Health disparities and health inequalities impact on the physical and mental wellbeing, and the life chances of the individuals and groups most affected.

Alongside the individual human costs, disparities and inequalities impact on society as a whole. Health inequalities result in a 19-year gap in health life expectancy and an estimated to cost society around £31 billion in lost productivity.

With the average living age in Leicestershire up to six years lower in some areas compared to others, and other health factors influenced by education, employment, housing and air quality, it is essential that we improve our health equity to ensure the health and wealth of our region.

The day will consist of a morning plenary and panel session featuring the NHS, Industry and the third sector followed by an afternoon session focusing on innovation and productivity and a panel session that feed into the effect that health inequalities have on the socio-economic landscape in our region.

The event will feature exemplars where innovation has helped close the gap or improved care, we will look at ways to improve productivity for those working in the life sciences and ultimately develop a roadmap for the region through ongoing work.


09.30 – 10.00 Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition.

10.00 – 10.05 Event Welcome and Introductions.

Gosia Khrais, Commercial and Marketing Director, Charnwood Campus and Prof Phil Baker, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, University of Leicester.

10.05 – 10.15 Charnwood Campus Science, Innovation and Technology Park Overview.

Dr Lucy Alexander, Head of Business Development, Charnwood Campus.

10.15 – 10.25 Minister’s Opening Remarks.

The Rt Hon Andrew Stephenson CBE MP, Minister for State, Department of Health and Social Care

10.25 – 10.35 Developing an Innovative, Productive and Healthy Work Community for the Midlands.

Prof, Dean Fathers, Chair of the Midlands Engine Health, Care and Life Science Board and Event Chair.

10.35 – 10.55 Health Inequalities Keynote

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Strategy for improving Health Equity.

Caroline Trevithick CEO, LLR Integrated Care Board.

10.55 – 11.05 TBC

Prof Manish Pareek, Clinical Professor of Infectious Diseases, University of Leicester.

11.05 – 11.15

Seán Meehan, Health & Wellbeing Programme Lead, Department of Health and Social Care,

Office of Health Improvement and Disparities (Midlands).

 11.15 – 11.30 Panel Session – focus on Health Inequalities.

(Chair Dean Fathers, including first session speakers and James Fry, Mills & Reeve)


11.30 – 11.45 Refreshments and Exhibition.


11.55 – 11.55 The Importance of Innovation and how it relates to Productivity.

Dr Kate Broadhurst, Senior Lecturer in Innovation and Strategy at Loughborough Business School, Loughborough University.

11.55 – 12.40 Matching Innovation to System Need.

Tracey Jackman, Head of Innovation Programme Delivery, Health Innovation East Midlands and Sandra Jennings, Innovation Lead, LLR ICB.

12.40 – 12.55 Innovation in Wound Care.

Laura Jeffery and Pamela Penn, NHS Executive Partnership Manager, 3M Healthcare.

12.55 – 13.05 Innovation Process and NHS Partnership and Business to Business Support. Rebeca Dennett, Head of Innovation, NHS Arden & GEM.

13.05 – 13.45 Lunch and Exhibition.

13.45 – 13.55 Environmental Sustainability at Themo Fisher.

Jim Bratherton, Environmental Sustainability Program Manager, Fisher Scientific, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific.

13.55 – 14.05 The Challenge of Innovation.

Sam Stephens, Director, TBAT Innovation Ltd.

14.05 – 14.15 Green Supply Chain 

James Fry, Partner and Head of Life Science Practice, Mills & Reeve.

14.15 – 14.25 VUIT – Population Health and Healthcare, Digital Tools to understand Healthcare needs.

Adam Townsend, Co-Founder & COO, VUIT.

14.25 – 14.45 Panel Session – focus on improving Innovation and Productivity.

(Chair Jo Bekis, Medilink Midlands, including above speakers)

14.45- 15.00 Closing Remarks.

Dean Fathers, Midlands Engine.




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February 6
9:30 am - 3:30 pm