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How is COVID-19 impacting the NHS? – weekly update webinars from Mtech Access

Each week, we bring together experts from across the NHS to share their experiences and insights with the industry in a free of charge webinar: ‘How is COVID-19 impacting the NHS?’. Our NHS Insights & Interaction team are joined by NHS experts working in ICP, CCG and PCN setting, who briefly present what is going on in their part of the NHS, to offer real-world, first-hand insight, and give a unique perspective on the NHS’ challenges and response.

This webinar series is for all market access, patient access, field-based and other HCP-facing teams in pharma and medtech companies. Webinars are streamed live each Friday at 2.00pm (or Thursday’s at 2.00 pm on bank holidays).

For our first webinar on 9th April we were joined by Hilary Snowdon (Management lead for West Northumberland PCN) and Mike Proctor (Former Chief Executive of NHS Foundation Trust) who shared their insights into how the NHS is responding to COVID-19 and where changes are likely to stay to transform the health service in the future.

Next, on the 17th April, we focused in on primary care and community settings with insights from Liz Cross (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) and Dr Su McCole (GP & Area Clinical Director)

On Friday 24th April we discussed finance and commissioning, with the help of Patrick McGinley (Head of Costings and SLR) and Patricia Whelan-Moss (Head of Organisational Development – Brent CCG).

Pharmacy and medicines management was our topic on Friday 1st May, where our NHS speakers were Samantha O’Connell (GP Clinical Pharmacist) and Johnathan Laird (Prescribing Pharmacist & Founder of Pharmacy in Practice).

On Thursday 7th May (we switched our usual Friday slot due to the VE Day bank holiday), we were joined by Phil Webb (Head of Value Based Healthcare, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board) and Tony Cambridge (Lead Biomedical Scientist, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust) to explore innovation and rapid change.

We then explored strategic procurement and medicines management with Keith Pearson (Head of Medicines Optimisation, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CCG) and Simon Wootton (Non Exec Director, Rossendale West PCN) on Friday 15th May.

On Friday 22nd May, we held the first of two sessions looking at the changing face of care delivery. For this first session, we were joined by Berenice Groves (Director of Operations, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS FT) and Tina Teague (COVID Resilience Manager for Devon) to explore the system and hospital view.

The following week, on 29th May, we revisited the changing face of care delivery, this time from the viewpoint of primary care and the community.  Steve Reed (Head of Community Services, York Teaching Hospitals NHS FT) and Dr John Ribchester (PCN Clinical Director, GP and Chair of Encompass GP Partnership, Whitstable, Kent) spoke, giving us their perspectives on out of hospital care and how it has been transformed during the pandemic.

These webinars are now available to watch on demand:

Next week (Friday 5th June)  we will be hosting an extended 1-hour ‘Questions Time’ special, where we will put your questions to a panel of experts from across the NHS. If you have a question on the changes in the NHS, the impact of the pandemic and what the future of the health service may look like for our panel, please email

HCPs participate out of professional and intellectual curiosity, fitting this around their work commitments to ensure no impact on NHS services.

Audience numbers for participation in the live webinar are limited, but all registrants will be able to access our recorded webinars.

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