Mobile phone is the stem cell of medical services: NHS Medical Director
- He spoke about the role of the doctor, the future of the NHS and the impact of technology
- Officially launched the Doubleday Centre for Patient Experience allowing students to work with medical education partners
Sir Bruce Keogh, the Medical Director for NHS England delivered The University of Manchester’s annual Doubleday lecture today (18 November).
During the event he spoke about the role of the doctor, the future of the NHS and the impact technology will have on the way the organisation meets the future needs of the UK population. On technology he said: “The mobile phone in the stem cell of medical regeneration,” while also emphasising the need to maintain a personal touch between clinicians and patients.
Following the lecture an interview was recorded with Sir Bruce in which he covered the devolution of healthcare in Greater Manchester and gave his advice to medical students.
Sir Bruce also officially launched the University’s Doubleday Centre for Patient Experience which will allow students to work with medical education partners (patients, carers and service users) from the first year of study, in order to better understand their needs, feelings and deliver better treatment.
He recorded his thoughts on the Centre and the wider issue of patient involvement in health care.
The Centre will also be supported by a number of very high profile affiliates, including Sylvia Lancaster who campaigns against hate crime following the murder of her daughter; Carol Munt, national patient leader and advocate for the patient voice; Dame Philippa Russell who has worked tirelessly to promote the interests of carers in the UK and internationally; Helene Donnelly, the nurse who was at the centre of whistleblowing around poor practice at Mid Staffs NHS Trust and Sir Robert Francis, the QC who led the subsequent inquiry.
The Doubleday lecture is held in memory of Dr Edwin Doubleday, a St Andrews University and Manchester Medical School student who sadly died before completing his medical training. The Dr Edwin Doubleday Fund was created to promote the development of medical training in the context of patient centred care and funds the Doubleday Centre.
Take a look at the event as it unfolded with our Storify account: