Since the UK healthcare system was founded in 1948 much has changed, with shifts in staffing, population lifespans and disease burden creating significant pressure on the system. Innovation and technological breakthroughs have been the golden thread that have driven the healthcare system forward – from the discovery of the double-helix structure of the DNA strand by Francis Crick and James Watson in 1953, through to the first CT scanners in the 1970s, which revolutionised diagnostic imaging, and the implementation of AI tools that are predicting disease trends and supporting decision making.

Our programme, Advancing Healthcare, hosted by presenter and journalist Alice Beer, will explore the organisations who are reshaping healthcare delivery, helping to improve patient outcomes, improving healthcare inequalities and enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system.

Launching at the NHS ConfedExpo in Manchester, June 2024, the programme will feature editorial interviews with key opinion leaders from the NHS Confederation, NHS Supply Chain and the ABPI. Our programme will show how technology will continue to be essential in overcoming the challenges being faced to deliver high quality care sustainably.

At the same time, reliance on the healthcare system continues to grow, with more than 1.2 million people attending a GP appointment every day, over 37,000 people calling 999 on an average day and around 25% of the 44,000 people who attend a major A&E department daily being admitted into hospital for treatment.*

*Source: The King’s Fund