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Nigel Crisp - Workshop Speaker
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Synopsis

Health leadership in the digital age - building a health-creating society

This keynote speech looks at the changing world of health and health care and discusses how leaders can understand and use the new environment and dynamics to improve the health and well-being of citizens and communities.

 

Globalisation has brought an interconnected world into being. Infectious diseases travel freely without the need for visas or passports; while the so-called non-communicable diseases spread more slowly - but just as certainly - as environments and economies change. These developments bring with them the need to understand the wider determinants of health, to see health in its full bio-psycho-social context and to engage people from all walks of life - educators, employers, architects and patients themselves - in protecting and improving health. Informatics, communication, technology and telehealth are key to success.

 

The internet has become the organising principle of this age - from commerce and evacuation to the organisation of our social lives, entertainment and politics. Health is fast catching up with radical developments under way in poorer countries as well as richer ones. In India small numbers of highly skilled professionals provide services to thousands of mental health patients with the support of lay workers, good data flow and technology.  In Africa smart phones and the cloud are essential tools in the elimination of neglected tropical diseases in the most remote villages. Meanwhile, in Europe, America, New Zealand and the rest of the richer world informatics and technology improve the quality of diagnosis and treatment and enable citizens to take more control of their health and their care.


 

Biography

Lord Crisp is an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords where he co-chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health .

 

He was Chief Executive of the NHS in England and Permanent Secretary of the UK Department of Health between 2000 and 2006. Previously he was Chief Executive of the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust.

 

Lord Crisp chairs Kings Partners Global Health Advisory Board, the Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance and the Uganda UK Health Alliance. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Medicine. He was formerly a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and Regent’s Lecturer at Berkeley.

 

He has written extensively on health. His book Turning the world upside down - the search for global health in the 21st Century describes what high income countries can learn from middle and low income countries and takes further the ideas about partnership and mutual learning that he developed in his report for the Prime Minister, Global Health Partnerships. He described his time as Chief Executive of the NHS in 24 Hours to Save the NHS – the Chief Executive’s account of reform 2000 – 2006.

 

His most recent book, edited with Francis Omaswa, is African Health leaders – making change and claiming the future. Most accounts of health in Africa are written by outsiders. This redresses the balance and contains accounts written by leading Africans of work they have undertaken in their own countries ranging from tackling HIV/Aids and maternal mortality to developing the largest public health programme in the world in Neglected Tropical Diseases.

 

More information at nigelcrisp.com

 

 

 

Lord Nigel Crisp, Co-chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health

 

 

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