Digital futures in Health and Wellbeing; can public services survive without them?

Swansea University’s Morgan Academy, supported by the Bevan Commission, will hold a one-day symposium on Thursday, June 29, asking searching questions about the future of our health and social care system in Wales in the digital age.

Title:  Digital futures in Health and Wellbeing; can public services survive without them?

Date:  Thursday, June 29, 2017

Time:  9am until 4pm. An initial symposium programme can be found here, and will be updated regularly as the programme is finalised.

Venue:  School of Management, Bay Campus, Swansea University.

Building on the success of its Brexit-themed debate, with the Welsh Government’s Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales underway, and the recent announcement of the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Region City Deal funding, the Academy has organised the debate to challenge the state of readiness of key public services and sectors, and find solutions to pressing challenges facing them. 

The symposium, with a particular focus on talent, cyber security, and technology, will be held at the University’s School of Management, Bay Campus, and the day’s panel debates will be chaired by Adrian Masters, ITV Cymru Wales’ Political Editor.

Julie James, Welsh Government Minister for Skills and Science, will give a keynote address on the Welsh Government’s digital strategy and progress.

The symposium has also attracted key industry figures who will present at the event, including John Gordon, ‎Regional Head of Digital, Pfizer Innovative Health, Europe, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand; Jon Kingsbury, Head of Digital Economy and Creative Industries at Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and former Head of Digital, NESTA; James Johnston, Head of UK & I Product Business, Fujitsu; and Karen Tyler, Director at Deloitte UK; Centre for Health Solutions.

Participants in the day’s discussion panels will also include senior representatives from companies, organisations, and partnerships such as Fujitsu, Cisco, Pfizer, Renishaw, KTN, Proton Partners International, Cellnovo, DooPoll, NHS Wales, Welsh Ambulance Service Trust, Pinacl Solutions, and A Regional Collaboration for Health (ARCH).

To join the discussion and register your interest in taking part in this symposium, which is free of charge and open to all, please visit

The Morgan Academy, named after the late Rhodri Morgan, former First Minister of Wales and Swansea University Chancellor, is a research-based think tank created to deal with the pressing ‘wicked issues’ of public policy in Wales and the wider World.  Based in Swansea University, it will work across subject disciplines. As well as promoting critical thinking, it will work collaboratively to promote innovative evidence-based policy.