Health, data and the public good: Practical examples and planning for the future

Date: 22 February 2016
Time: 3pm - 9pm
Cost: Free

These afternoon and evening sessions will bring people together to learn and discuss how health and data interrelate, and how they can be harnessed for the public good. The sessions include a conversation cafe, lightning talks and networking opportunities, and are jointly run by the RSA West (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and Bristol Health Partners.

The event will bring together people and information about local and national initiatives, raise questions and invite participants’ opinions on important issues. You can attend either the 3pm or 6pm session, or both sessions.

The event will include an interactive installation, 'An apple a day: exploring your health in everyday data stories’ hosted at the Engine Shed from 18 January.

Bristol Health Partners is a strategic collaboration between the city's three NHS trusts, three clinical commissioning groups, two universities and its local authority. Bristol Health Partners recognises the opportunity to use data better across the health and care system and the city – unlocking the use of data for the people, patients, health care professionals and citizens of Bristol.

The RSA, a powerful network of people who are dedicated to enriching society and shaping the future through ideas and action, believes that effective use of data can aid greater collaboration and social productivity. The RSA wants to unlock the opportunities that effective use of data in public services can offer, in terms of individual and social outcomes, better lives and citizens’ rights and creative engagement.

David Relph, Director of Bristol Health Partners, and Ted Fowler, Regional Chair of RSA Fellowship West of England said:

"We see this as an exceptional opportunity to open up dialogue between civil partners to improve public health and personal outcomes."


The sessions will be introduced by David Relph, Bristol Health Partners and Ted Fowler, RSA Fellowship West of England.

  • Keith Harrison (RSA) - Town Digital Hub
    The town Digital Hub allows citizens to rate and review community services and resources.
  • Tom Harrison (RSA) - Mental health and mortality
    With Mind and Healthwatch England, RSA have developed a report and website demonstrating that GPs and community care providers are not paying adequate attention to the physical health of mental health service users and under-testing for a range of indicators, including cholesterol, cervical cancer screening and blood pressure tests.
  • Nick Smith (Bristol City Council) - public health
  • David Miller - Open Source in healthcare
  • Danny Kushlick - Transform Drug Policy Foundation
  • Teresa and Nick Chinn - WeNurses / WeCommunities
    WeCommunities has enabled role-based professional communities on Twitter to deliver peer support, best practice sharing and improve care quality for nurses, allied health professionals, midwives, doctors, pharmacists, health visitors and many more. This session explores how one disconnected nurse now supports over 120,000 peers to deliver the best quality services they can and what can be learned from the WeCommunities.
  • Kevin Kirkland - Open standards
  • Sam Downie - A personal story: Epilepsy and me
    Sam lives with epilepsy after being diagnosed in 2003, and here tells his personal story. He is part of the Bristol Epilepsy Support Group, and is involved with Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland in California.
  • Lorraine Hudson - Smart Cities: engaging people in using city data
    The opportunities and challenges of engaging people in using city data, drawing on Lorraine’s experiences of managing smart cities projects. She is the lead educator for the Smart Cities MOOC, which teaches people how to co-create a smart cities project, and previously managed Smart City Bristol, a collaboration between the public sector, business and community, to meet the city’s sustainability challenges through a citizen-centred approach.
  • Katherine Rooney - Bristol City Futures, open data and the Open Data Institute node
    With a focus on supporting and developing the open data ecosystem in Bristol, Katherine works within the council, managing the platform and working with data owners to increase the number of datasets on the platform. Katherine also represents the Bristol node of the Open Data Institute.

Running order

Afternoon arrivals from 3pm

  • 3.30-6pm Information stands, short presentations and discussion in the conversation cafe
    • 3.30-4.15pm short presentations
    • 4.15-4.45pm facilitated group conversations identifying themes for further consideration
    • 4.45-6pm conversation cafe and exploring the data installation
    • 5.15pm feedback from conversations

Between 5.30-6pm refreshments will be provided

Evening arrivals from 6pm

  • 6-6.30pm participants arrive, meet, greet and get a snack
  • 6.30-7.30pm presentations
  • 7.30-9pm networking and drinks

There will be a number of tickets reserved for RSA fellows, people working with Bristol Health Partners organisations and those working with Sphere, BRL, PHWE, CLARHC West, NIHR, APCRC, WEAHSN, Bristol City Futures Team, ODI, KWMC and the WELEP Health and Life Science and High Tech Groups. There will also be a number of tickets reserved for patients and members of the public.

Please contact John Kellas on or 07800 606 974 to find out more.
Event address: Engine Shed
Station Approach
Contact information: Name: John Kellas
Telephone: 07800 606 974
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