About this event

  • Date and time Wed 13 Sep 2023 from 8:30am to 6:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Digital Health

In the future metaverse, the NHS could have a virtual workforce that is much larger than today’s real workforce, with virtual clinicians that can help to diagnose and treat patients on a routine basis. Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) headsets (collectively termed Extended Reality or XR) have the potential to deliver more effective mental health and physical therapies to more patients and more cost-effectively than conventional methods. Furthermore, immersive technologies can improve engagement, achieve better outcomes, and help patients to overcome anxiety and acute or chronic pain conditions. In addition, XR can be used in place of traditional training to reduce costs and improve practitioners’ procedural and soft skills. 

This conference will explore current applications of immersive technologies to illustrate their potential impact across health and social care. VR and AR headsets will be used, as well as the conventional laptop, mobile devices and other biosensors, to cover the nature of virtual experiences.

We will review and showcase key application areas, including mental health and wellbeing, physiotherapy and rehabilitation, pain management, surgical preparation and planning, clinical skills training and patient education. 

  • The nature and value of immersive experiences delivered using conventional computer equipment, and the potential of gateway technologies such as virtual reality headsets and augmented reality glasses
  • The nature and value of Extended Reality (XR) including Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and the so-called Metaverse
  • The current best practice and the range of validated applications of these technologies to health and social care

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We would like to thank our sponsors ExR Solutions, NeuroVirt, Rescape, Strolll Neurotechnology, SyncVR Medical UK and Vygon UK  for their support of this event. Please note that the main scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsors.



Early bird pricing available until 02 August 2023.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£77.00 £46.00 £46.00 £46.00 £24.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP / SAS Doctors AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee Student
£141.00 £84.00 £84.00 £44.00


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction
Opening keynote: A hitchiker’s guide to the health and care metaverse

Daniel Ballin, Founder and CEOIdeas Crucible 

Session 1: Mental health

Presentation 1

Speaker to be confirmed

Presentation 2

Speaker to be confirmed

Presentation 3

Speaker to be confirmed

Question and answers
Tea and coffee break, and showcase

Session 2: Rehabilitation and therapies

Presentation 4

Speaker to be confirmed

Presentation 5

Speaker to be confirmed

Presentation 6

Speaker to be confirmed

Question and answers
NHS strategy and practical support for immersive technologies

Patricia Howe, Programme Manager and Neil Ralph, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning, Health Education England

Winning student video
Lunch, and showcase

Session 3: Beyond the operating theatre

Cognitive surgery

Dr James Kinross, Senior Lecturer in Colorectal Surgery and a Consultant Surgeon, Imperial College London 

Leveraging expertise inside and outside the hospital

Miss Ekpemi Irune, Consultant Laryngolgy, Head and Neck, and Thyroid Surgeon, Addenbrooke's Hopsital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

To be confirmed

Speaker to be confirmed

Question and answers
Integrating the patient perspective into clinical education

Dr Jordan Tsigarides, NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow and Virtual Reality Lead for Postgraduate Education, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Tea and coffee break, and showcase

Session 4: Elderly and social care

Closing keynote: Clinical VR and the metaverse: A brief review of the future!

Albert ‘Skip’ Rizzo, Clinical Psychologist and Director of Medical Virtual Reality, University of Southern California, USA

Closing remarks
Close of meeting
Drinks reception


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom


Registration for this event will close on 13 September 2023 at 1:00am (BST). Late registrations will not be accepted. 

The agenda is subject to change at any time  

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations. 

We are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. This is at the presenter and the RSM’s discretion. 

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.