About this event

  • Date and time Mon 18 Dec 2023 from 12:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Partner Symposium

As temperatures drop across the country, the pressure on NHS frontline staff is often unrelenting. The demand for services during the winter period increases significantly, though in recent years this pressure has not been exclusive to winter but felt throughout the year. While it can seem that the NHS is in perpetual crisis, there is another story at play.

This is the story of survival, of technological transformation and of organisational innovation.

The aim of the meeting is to showcase how the NHS is adapting and evolving to meet the winter challenges for our patients. Attendees will see a suite of tech and data solutions in use and the difference high-quality data makes to decision-making, treatment and care.

By attending this meeting, you will:

  • Learn how the benefits for patients are already being realised through better use of data. 

  • Have the opportunity to see how better data presents for clinicians and their teams to find new ways to deliver patient care

  • Gain insight into how one trust has improved patient flow by transforming its discharge processes and leveraging digital technology

  • Understand some of the challenges and benefits of implementing an integrated digital discharge solution

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Key speakers

Ming Tang

Ming Tang

Chief Data and Analytics Officer, NHS England 

Speaker's biography

Ming has over 20 years’ experience in managing and delivering large scale change involving implementation of new operating models in complex and challenging environments.  


She joined the NHS in October 2009, initially leading commissioning support services in the West Midlands as the Managing Director for Healthcare Commissioning Services and then as the Managing Director for South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Commissioning Support Unit.   


Ming is currently the Chief Data and Analytics Officer for NHS England responsible for strategic development of data and analytics capability across NHS.  

Tom McArdle

Tom McArdle

UK Health Lead, Palantir 

Speaker's biography

Tom McArdle leads Palantir’s work with the NHS. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he oversaw the deployment of Palantir’s Foundry platform in support of ventilator allocation and the vaccination programme. He has more recently overseen Foundry deployments related to the elective care recovery. Prior to leading the company’s NHS work, Tom led Palantir deployments in healthcare and energy, with a particular focus on Palantir’s digital twin offering. Tom has a Masters of Engineering degree from Imperial College London.

Jo Fernihough

Jo Fernihough

Director of Demand, Improving Elective Care Coordination for Patients (IECCP)

Speaker's biography

Jo Fernihough has been leading the Demand function for the pilot use case for FDP for the last 2 years. She has been responsible for identifying trusts to join the programme and in their preparation and onboarding and deployment of each trust’s tenant. Before joining the NHS, Jo worked for IBM as an Executive Partner in healthcare where she led the delivery of a large IT outsource contract for one of the larger trusts in England.

Victoria Cardona

Victoria Cardona

Continuous Improvement Lead, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

Speaker's biography

Victoria Cardona is an experienced NHS Operational Manager and Leader who originally trained in Occupational Therapy and has vast experience of working in a variety of clinical settings including a Military Hospital and Learning Disability Services before moving to an acute Trust to transform therapy services in A&E. Victoria is adept at quality improvement and service development, particularly relating to patient flow and discharge pathways.

Jonathan Maloney

Jonathan Maloney

Programme Director and Head of Digital Solutions, North of England Care System Support

Speaker's biography

Jonathan Maloney has 30 years’ experience in senior NHS leadership roles delivering transformational change in complex systems. Passionate about innovation and finding solutions to challenging problems, Jonathan has been Programme Director for several successful national transformation programmes spanning health and social care and currently leads the Digital Solutions function in an NHS Care System Support Organisation.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Shana Vijayan, Strategy and Policy Lead, Federated Data Platform (FDP)

A Data Driven NHS

Ming Tang, Chief Data and Analytics Officer

The Federated Data Platform in practice

Tom McArdle, UK Health Lead, Palantir 

Transforming patient care with innovative technology

Joanne Fernihough, Director of Demand, Improving Elective Care Coordination for Patients (IECCP)

Comfort break
Optimising patient discharges to better cope with demand

Victoria Cardona, Continuous Improvement Lead, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and Jonathan Maloney, Programme Director and Head of Digital Solutions, North of England Care System Support and Jonathan Maloney, Programme Director & Head of Digital Solutions 

Closing remarks

Ming Tang

Close of meeting


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


Registration for this event will close on 18 December 2023 at 1:00am (GMT). 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. 

Hosted by the Royal Society of Medicine in partnership with NHS England. The content covered at this event has been developed and curated by NHS England.

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