We recently exhibited at the Health and Care Innovation Expo 2018. This year Expo took place on the 5th and 6th of September at Manchester Central and welcomed almost 5,000 people from across the NHS and private sector. There was more than 200 hours of speeches, including talks from Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England, and Matt Hancock, the newly-appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

It was a great event for us to showcase the projects we’ve been working on, meet other professionals and speak to people about career opportunities within our organisation.

Our stand, which we shared with The Strategy Unit, was located in the Integrated Care zone. It attracted a large audience of health and care professionals who were intrigued by our work or were seeking a more in-depth first-hand account of our organisation from a member of the team.

“We had a lot of interest in the stall and people seemed to really identify with our values and our aim to keep NHS money within the NHS,” said Audrey Abbott, Graduate Trainee Project Manager. She continued: “It’s always great to attend events like Expo as it gives us the opportunity to hear about different work and innovation occurring throughout the NHS.”

Expo not only offered our organisation the opportunity to promote our hard work, but it also gave members of the team a chance to engage with multiple sessions held throughout the event, offering them an insight into aspects of health and care which they were keen to learn more about.

Rachel Sloman, a Project Manager, said: “This year we had a focus on recruitment and our team spoke to some really interesting potential candidates.

“No other event enables us to meet such a wide range of health and care professionals and have these kinds of discussions. Expo is always a great opportunity to engage with individuals we might not meet otherwise.”

We also launched the first in a new series of TU ‘Hot Topic’ guides which focus on clearly explaining different aspects of the services we provide. This sat alongside our new promotional card and annual review.

Alex Heritage, Chief Executive, concluded: “Expo remains an important opportunity for us to meet with existing and potential clients. This year was an excellent event with a number of high-profile speakers that gave insight to the changes within digital and technology healthcare.

“We continue to provide support to many health and care systems. Following Expo we are exploring a number of new areas to support service transformation.”