Digital Delivery Director takes a Firebreak at Innovation Summit

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Rachel Murphy of NHS Digital will take the stage for Horizon. Picture by Matt Gore iconphotomedia

Digital Delivery Director Rachel Murphy is one of a growing number of transformational business technology leaders using hackathon type models to create a bottom up culture of innovation in large organisations.

Murphy will be interviewed on stage at the second Innovation Leadership Summit on September 13 in London on how she and her team used the Firebreak method to create minimum viable products as varied as the use of Amazon Alexa through to upgrades to business processes at NHS Digital.

Murphy joined NHS Digital in July 2016 from an interim CTO role at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to be the organisation’s first Digital Delivery Director. NHS Digital was formed in 2016 and is responsible for NHS content as well as the delivery of Wifi across the NHS amongst many other responsibilities. A key role of the organisation has been the modernisation of NHS Choices, first launched in 2007, the service receives over 48 million visits.

During Murphy’s career at NHS Digital the Digital Delivery Director has introduced the Firebreak innovation model to the Leeds and London based organisation. At the Innovation Leadership Summit Murphy will discuss with CIO advisor Mike Altendorf how hackathons and Firebreaks give all members of the organisation time to step away from the day-to-day activities and engage in creative thinking that will benefit the organisation and the team.

Firebreak is a method first used in the UK by the Government Digital Service (GDS); Firebreak steals its name, and a degree of thinking, from the world of emergency services. A firebreak accepts that the fire is burning and will continue to do so, but can be contained. There is a line in the sand if you will and beyond the firebreak is a free space of safety that is secure from the conflagration allowing another form of ignition to take place – creativity.

In real terms today, a firebreak enables a business technology leader and their organisation to say to teams: you have our full backing to not do your day to day job, but to instead spark up some new ideas, to experiment with new methods.

The Innovation Leadership Summit is in its second year and is curated and hosted by CIO community editor Mark Chillingworth who says the event is a forum for bringing innovation leaders together that helps CIOs move into a position of innovation enablement in their organisations. In its first year  the Innovation Leadership Summit became the largest gathering of CIOs in the UK.

The 2017 Innovation Leadership Summit will take place on September 13, 2017 at Kings Place, Kings Cross, London.  The venue, facing Google’s new UK home, will host CIOs from financial and professional services, the NHS, industry, charity, media and energy. The event is a full day conference in half a day, giving CIOs their afternoon back to keep on top of their demanding roles.

To attend the 2017 Innovation Leadership Summit, register for a ticket here. Attendance is strictly for CIOs, CTOs, CDOs, IT Directors and innovation leaders.

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