Objectivity’s Board of Experts
Objectivity’s Healthcare Division supports organisations across the sector by delivering the Quadruple Aim of Healthcare, the elements of which constitute a world-class healthcare service with improved patient and staff experience, better outcomes, and lower cost of care. We continue to develop and enhance our strategy to build meaningful relationships with client and partner organisations to better serve clinicians, patients, and all those who support the system.
A necessary component to the accomplishment of our goals is deep industry knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of the health and social care sector’s needs and challenges. As such, Objectivity decided to establish a Healthcare Advisory Board (HAB) and invited senior experts and leaders from across the sector to collect their varied observations, test our assumptions, and better inform our decision-making.
The HAB was established in October 2021, with members representing patients, clinicians, technicians, and strategic and operational perspectives from across the UK, EU, and beyond. The Board meets quarterly to review and comment on topics of interest as well as offer feedback on Objectivity’s healthcare strategic plans and developments. Members provide valuable insight and exchange views on the sector’s challenges, plans, and technology advancements.
Our Expert Advisors
Healthcare Advisory Board Members
Dr Donal Collins
GP and Director of Barlow Collins
Dr Donal Collins possesses 27 years of NHS GP experience, with the latter half of his career in senior leadership positions. He has set up his own company — Barlow Collins Ltd with the mission to deliver insulin sensitivity to everyone who wishes to improve their metabolic health. He’s also an advisor to Hampshire Hospital Trust, Gosport, and Fareham Academy School and a member of the NAPC clinical faculty.
Director and Consultant of a small international Consultancy
Robyn Davies previously held the role of the Head of Innovation for the Velindre University NHS Trust and was a member of the Cardiff Clinical Innovation Partnership, based in the School of Medicine, Cardiff University. He’s passionate about innovation and the role of advanced digital technology in transforming healthcare. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, a Fellow of the CIPD, and a visiting professor at the University of South Wales.
Managing Director of Innovation at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
Claire Liddy possesses 20 years of experience working in the health sector as an orthoptist, qualified accountant, and NHS Executive. As the Managing Director of Innovation and a member of the Trust Board of Directors, she heads up the award-winning Innovation Centre and Commercial Unit. She’s won various HSJ and other national awards for innovations.
Director, NHS Insights at Wilmington Healthcare
Paul Midgley is an active patient leader who has contributed to numerous committees in local NHS and Social Care organisations, including Digital Nottinghamshire’s Patient Advisory Group, East Midlands Clinical Senate, and others. He writes extensively for the pharmaceutical and med-tech press and contributes to webinars and podcasts on major NHS changes. He has chaired over 150 regional multidisciplinary network conferences including Regional Mental Dermatology, Diabetes, Rheumatology, Neurology and Gastroenterology Networks.
Director of GM Interoperability at Salford Royal Agency
Scott Watson is a senior IT leader with 15 years of healthcare experience specialising in information systems architecture. He has extensive strategic and digital leadership experience across health economies including acute care, primary care, oncology, and genomics. Scott is passionate about improving the lives of health and care practitioners through innovation and positively impacting the health and well-being of citizens.
Dr Pramod Prabhakaran
Dr Pramod Prabhakaran has over 20 years of experience in clinical, educational, and leadership roles in the UK, currently practising as a Consultant Psychiatrist, specialising in adult and elderly psychological, cognitive, and neuropsychiatric conditions. Among other roles, he’s an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London and module lead for market access at the National Institute of Health Research London IVD Cooperative.
Specialist Board Advisor and Healthcare Sector Commentator
Hanif Wazir has over 29 years of experience working in healthcare, including positions in UK Government Departments where he has been a Director in charge of Policy and Strategy on innovative programmes and sat on boards of various large hospitals in the NHS as a Director of Transformation, Strategy and Commercial Divisions. Recently, he worked with the DHSC looking after critical national infrastructure through the test and trace programme and events research project and held the position of Chief Growth Officer for the UK’s largest diagnostics company. Hanif is also a council member of the NSPCC.
Head of Strategy & Service Planning at ARCH
Siôn Charles has worked in a range of complex organisations and environments, taking a particular interest in health service innovation, organisational development, and transformational change. He supports and advocates for emerging sciences and approaches to change, such as prudent healthcare, value-based healthcare, co-producing health services and personal care, behaviour change, complexity, cultural anthropology, and systems working. Currently, he chairs the NHS Innovation Leads Group and is a member of the Innovation Advisory Council for Wales.
Managing Partner at Monticle
Catherine Davies has held senior regulatory positions in the health sector in England for almost a decade, including serving as Executive Director of Cooperation and Competition at Monitor and Trustee at both National Voices and Reform. Most recently, Catherine has been Managing Partner at Monticle, advising digital health companies on how to partner with the NHS at scale as well as advocating for an environment that is conducive to scaling innovation in a publicly funded healthcare system. She also hosts the Women in Healthtech Show podcast.
Activities to date
The HAB Meetings Timeline
The HAB met in Manchester prior to NHS Confed Expo with a focus on the challenges of spreading and scaling innovation within the NHS. Later, some of the HAB members joined Objectivity at the conference on 14-15 June 2023 as the company presented success stories from customers in the Greater Manchester area and learnings and opportunities in scaling projects from regional to national and even global reach.
Once again, the HAB met in London — this time with a focus on remote patient monitoring. The topic was introduced by Objectivity and discussed with the entire group.
The Board members shared their thoughts on how to support remote patient monitoring and identify opportunities for such support. Furthermore, a Strategic Vision for Healthcare Advisory Board (2023- 2028) was presented to the attendees.
As part of the Glasgow meeting, the Board was given a tour of the University of Glasgow Campus, after which they visited the Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE) and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
The Board was introduced to the topic of precision medicine as well as the Living Laboratory concept that facilitates a ‘triple helix’ partnership among academia, industry, and the NHS. The presentations were followed by discussions on personalised care and the application of the IoT in healthcare.
The meeting was hosted by Alder Hey Innovation at the Alder Hey NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool. Before the meeting, the attendees received a tour of Alder Hey’s Children’s Hospital and their Innovation Hub.
Afterwards, the Board engaged in discussions that included topics such as patient experience, education, inequalities, and accessibility. Objectivity’s representatives gave a presentation on the “Little Hearts at Home” project realised with Alder Hey. Lastly, the Board discussed the feedback received on Objectivity’s “Technology and Healthcare” NHS survey.
The HAB’s second meeting in London involved setting up plans for the entire year, with a roundtable discussion on everybody’s objectives for 2022 as well as expectations regarding topics that would dominate in the sector throughout the year.
Objectivity’s representatives gave a presentation on blockchain to introduce the Board to the topic and enable further discussions.
The foundation meeting took place at Objectivity’s London office and included introductions and presentations about the company, our healthcare strategy, sector trends, and Objectivity’s approach to innovation.
The discussions that followed brought interesting conclusions on personalised care, interoperability, cloud, process automation, and AI and anomaly detection. The Board also agreed on next steps and priorities.
May 2022 — Alder Hey Innovation Centre, Liverpool