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See ideas at Expo, says Howe

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Health minister Earl Howe has urged nurses to join NHS managers and other clinicians at the Healthcare Innovation Expo next month.

The two-day exhibition at London’s Docklands will showcase every work stream of the quality, innovation, productivity and prevention programme. The Department of Health hopes the QIPP will help the NHS save £20bn over the next four years.

In a joint interview with NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson, the minister - who leads on quality for the DH - said the Expo would showcase ideas that could save billions.

Both highlighted the potential for technology, particularly telehealthcare. They cited the Innovative Technology Adoption Procurement Programme and a telephone service for people with long-term conditions piloted by NHS Birmingham East and North as examples.

Earl Howe told Nursing Times: “There’s no shortage of good ideas in the NHS - the challenge is to diffuse them as rapidly as possible to as many people as possible.

“They aren’t airy fairy ideas for the future - they can be implemented without any delay at all.”

Hear more from Sir David Nicholson and Earl Howe at the Healthcare Innovation Expo on 9-10 March at ExCel London.

It will be the largest event of its type in Europe, with over 250 exhibitors, 100 speakers and 180 seminars.

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