NHS Long Term Plan Webinar Series

The NHS recovery
How digital technology is helping to battle the growing waiting list backlog 
5 October 2021
13:00 - 14:00 BST

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A Representative

To be Confirmed



Dr Harpreet Sood

Global Digital Health and AI Advisor & Board Member

Health Education England


Mario Petrou

Co-Lead Cardiac Surgery

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust


Viki Jenkins


Betsi Quthing International Health Partnership

NHS waiting lists have hit record levels across the UK as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the numbers are continuing to rise month on month as more people come forward for treatment.  There are warnings the number waiting for treatment could rise to 14 million by the end of 2022.  

Heart patients needing life-saving procedures are particularly vulnerable. A recent publication from a leading heart charity analyses the severe impact of Covid –19 on the care of patients with cardiovascular disease. The report estimates cardiology and heart surgery waiting lists could double over the next few years.

New NHS  funding has been targeted at digital tools and innovations to help support patients on waiting lists and enable clinicians to detect deterioration and prioritise patients for treatment.  

We have brought together an expert panel to share evidence-based examples of how digital technologies are supporting the NHS waiting list challenge and helping to shape the future of healthcare.  

The webinar will explore – 

  • How digital technology is helping to reduce surgical waiting lists surgery

  • How heart patients in a digital pilot are responding to remote patient monitoring

  • How digital innovation embraced during the pandemic is shaping the future of care