Transforming healthcare through social media


14:00 - 15:00 GMT


Social media tools are developing at pace and offer many ways to bring about change in health and care. This session provides a snapshot of the global work of innovators, clinicians, patients and digital collaborators who have shared their learning online and explored the possibilities to improve patient care.

Innovation happens through connecting ideas and people. Social media enables connection at scale, pace and by flattening hierarchies. The presenters offer their different narratives of change, how this resonates with their communities and highlight analytics that can be used. This is a whistle stop tour of social media innovation which starts with a simple idea and develops to healthcare change with impact.

We find out more about the successful ‘we community’ and how this has connected the disconnected. Understand how social media can offer opportunities for continuous professional development and free learning for clinicians and patients in partnership. Examples are explored around patients sharing their knowledge with a wider audience which includes other patients, clinicians, tech companies and developing new healthcare equipment for diabetes management.

The session looks at current social media research and data analytics, bringing these two areas into the spotlight and showing why social media is of value to individuals and organisations. Contribute to the session in advance and on the day by sharing your healthcare social media knowledge at #NHSTform1400

A full transcript of the session is available in the resources section.


Carol Read (Leeds) | Transformation Fellow , Horizons Group, Sustainable improvement team, NHS England/Innovation Lead Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust |
Laura Cleverly (Portsmouth) | Student nurse/Patient leader , The University of Southampton - Digital Literacies Champion, Co-founder - Our Diabetes |
Anne Cooper (Leeds) | Nurse/ Informatics/Patient Leader , Professional Lead at The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), Clinical Informatics Advisor (Nursing) NHS England Nurse, Fellow of Queens Nursing Institute |
Nick Chinn (Bristol) | Co-founder We Nurses and Health 2.0 Birmingham , |
Tom Lee (Greater Los Angeles area, USA) | Co - founder , Symplur, LLC |