MOVED TO DIGITAL FORMAT An annual event for the medical device industry has taken place in the form of a digital festival, this October.

Completing the Picture is a much-respected, well-loved event that has provided best practice and educational insight for the medical device industry for the past 18 years. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the symposium has not been able to physically go ahead this year. In its place, organisers Hillrom replaced the symposium with the first Completing the Picture Digital Festival.

By moving the Completing the Picture online to a digital festival format, delegates could be offered even more opportunities to learn with a range of educational and informative webinars as well as live sessions, all of which have been available to watch on demand throughout October. The Completing the Picture Digital Festival is completely free to join and features a range of influential speakers with years of industry experience and insight.

Dr Patricia Oakley, a Strategic Service and Workforce Policy Analyst, returned with two sessions this year; an update from last year’s Completing the Picture, covering the comprehensive spending review understanding how post- coronavirus and Brexit has the potential to impact NHS strategic decision-making. Dr Oakley also spearheaded a session on NHS Digital Strategy, outlining how parameters of an integrated care system’s clinical informatic strategy can underpin NHS policy.

On Wednesday 14th October, Nursing Times & Hillrom hosted a webinar on Patient Deterioration. The earlier detection of deterioration is a widely-discussed subject among healthcare professionals across the UK and is an incredibly important topic for nurses as it has the potential to improve patient outcomes and save lives. Dr Ron Daniels, Executive Director of UK Sepsis Trust & NHS Consultant; Karen Nagalingam, Senior Nurse Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and Acute

Kidney Injury Nurse Specialist; Siân Annakin a Sepsis Nurse Practitioner at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, together with sepsis survivor Laura Williams, come together to discuss the importance of vital signs monitoring to better detect deterioration in sepsis patients.

Dr Daniels delivered another session on Monday 19th October, based on Covid, Long Covid & Sepsis. Being an NHS Consultant in Intensive Care, based in Birmingham, as well as Chief Executive of the UK Sepsis Trust, Dr Daniels is able to provide some first-hand expert commentary across this subject, where he has operationally transformed the delivery of reliable sepsis care in the UK and beyond.

Eric Brill, Director of Clinical Solutions at Hillrom, and Dana Peco, Senior Manager of Clinical Development, for Hillrom discussed the transition to smartphone-based communications in their ‘Pagers Are Passé: It’s Time to Transition to a Smartphone-Based Communications Platform’. This was followed by a live question-and-answer session, exploring real-life solutions for connecting care teams, improving care coordination, streamlining clinical workflows and accelerating patient treatment.

There will be further webinars covering subjects from ‘Advancing Connected Care Through Smart Bed Technology’ to a ‘Connectivity Masterclass with IMS Maxims’, as well as professional development topics throughout the entire month of October. The full programme can be downloaded at: www.

The Festival recognises that procuring, maintaining and managing medical equipment goes beyond the workshop, making it crucial that the understanding of clinical and policy issues are incorporated into professional development plans. It aims to offer the opportunity to inspire, educate and share medical device technology and the future of connected care. To gain access to the CTP educational content, please ensure you have registered your details on the website.

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