About this event

  • Date and time Wed 25 Jan 2023 from 8:00am to 12:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Medicine and Society, Digital Health

The purpose of this event is to explore how digital means can enable people to have a more satisfactory end of life experience. Join us for this virtual meeting to learn how this technology is being used, to see what future plans are in this area and to discuss how this can be used successfully to enable more people to die in the location of their choice and with the care around them that they need.

The meeting will be divided into two parts with the first session giving an overview of care and how trusts and commissioners are adapting care to the digital world. The second session will be from a user perspective and how the individual can exert more control of this process through Apps and other means during the end of life period and afterwards. 

This session will focus on end of life care in a digital world, where care can be enhanced through digital applications. The aim of the meeting is to provide examples of good practice in this area and to enable health staff to consider how they can apply this in their local work settings. This may be of particular interest to commissioners of services and clinicians working with older adults. 


Benefits of attending: 

  • Understand how end of life care can be delivered in a digital world  
  • Hear about examples of digital care across the UK and beyond and see what learning has been gleaned from this  
  • Consider some cultural aspects of end-of-life care and how digital means can address this


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Key speakers

Mr Ivor Williams

Mr Ivor Williams

Lead for End-of-Life Care at Helix Centre, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London

Speaker's biography

Ivor Williams is a Scottish designer dedicated to transforming our relationship to life, death and loss. He is Lead for End-of-Life Care at the Institute of Global Health Innovation and Helix Centre at Imperial College London, leading cross-functional teams of designers, developers, academics, clinicians and policy analysts. He previously co-founded the mental health start-up Humane Engineering and created the NHS-approved music therapy app, Cove. He is an advisor to start-ups and venture groups including Zinc VC and other organisations such as End Well and The Collective Psychology Project, and is a visiting lecturer at Imperial College London. In 2018, he was named a New Radical by innovation foundation Nesta and the Observer newspaper for "pioneering a human-centric approach to the experience of dying, bereavement and grief". 

Dr Andrew Stewart Appleton

CCIO, Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestetershire ICB GP, Courtside Surgery, Yate, Bristol 

Speaker's biography

Andrew has been a GP in South Gloucestershire since 1996, and has always had a keen interest in how information technology can enhance patient care, improve outcomes and increase efficiency. He was appointed as GP IT lead for South Gloucestershire in 1999, and in 2012 took on the role of Digital Clinical Lead for S.Glos CCG. With the merger of 3 CCGs in 2018, he became CCIO for BNSSG CCG. He completed the Diploma in Digital Health Leadership with the NHS Digital Academy in 2021 and is a member of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics. 

Projects he has recently been involved in related to end-of-life care:  

  • Primary Care Lead for the role out of the national ReSPECT form across BNSSG in 2019, developing integration into the GP EMIS system,  
  • Developed an electronic anticipatory drugs chart and an accompanying EMIS protocol to simplify and improve the quality of completion of anticipatory drugs charts, and to allow them to be shared more easily between organisations.  
  • Clinical lead for the BNSSG ReSPECT Plus shared care plan project since it commenced in 2020 

Mr Andrew Moran

Senior Health Network Strategy Executive, Council Member Open Section RSM 

Speaker's biography

Andrew Moran is a senior executive at Oracle Health, leading population health strategy with a passion for tackling inequalities and delivering for the wider determinants of health.  

He has wide experience across health and care strategy and IT, leading work on Flu, CVD, COVID-19 and delivering population health management and connected systems to deliver improved outcomes at scale.  

Andrew has a background in healthcare strategy working at Oracle, Cerner, Public Health England and the NHS. Providing leadership on population health, public health, health and justice, intelligence, CVD and diabetes prevention.

Ms Katherine J Barbour

Honorary Secretary, Digital Health Section 


Speaker's biography

Katherine had a career in health and social care in Hampshire and Buckinghamshire.  She was a social worker, team manager, senior NHS manager and finished her career with the University of Southampton and the Wessex Academic Health Science Network working in the area of digital health.  She promoted the use of digital health in Wessex and worked with NHS Trusts and local authorities to adopt systems to support integration of care services.  She is passionate about people only having to tell their story once.  She is a governor at University Hospital Southampton and sits on the sustainability board working with the Trust to reduce its carbon footprint. 


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Welcome and introduction

Mr Jonathan McKee, President, Medicine and Society Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Mrs Julia Manning, President Elect, Digital Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Implementing RESPECT across the Bristol and North Somerset health system

Dr Andrew Appleton, Digital Clinical Lead and Chief Clinical Information Officer, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

Whzan- using digital tools to manage patient wishes around end of life care and addressing cultural and data sharing issues

Mr Keith Chessell Whzan, Chief Executive Officer, Solcom Limited

Using public health data to support end of life care planning in populations

Mr Andy Moran, Senior Health Network Strategy Executive, Oracle

Question and answer session

Chair: Dr Ruby Wang, Council Member, Digital Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Comfort break

Introduction to part 2

Ms Katherine Barbour, Honorary Secretary, Digital Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine

How Hospice UK has developed a web based tool to support end of life conversations

Dr Alexis Paton, Director, Centre for Health and Society, Aston University

Palliate – supporting carers to support people at end of life in pain management

Mr Ivor Williams, Lead for End of Life, Institute of Global Health Innovation

Making end of life plans using web based tools

Ms Liz Eddy, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Lantern

Question and answer session

Ms Katherine Barbour

Closing remarks
Close of meeting



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