14-17 September 2021, Excel London                       

Medical Innovation

Medical Innovation

Medical Innovation

The Conference

Medical Innovation 2019 was delivered in partnership with Defence Medical Services on Tuesday 10 September at ExCeL London.

The conference focused on the following topics under the overarching theme of Enhancing Resilience’. 

Organisational Resilience – Lessons learned

Enhancing Wellbeing – Psychological, Physical and Social 

Enhancing Preparedness – Occupational, Clinical guidelines and Training

Enhancing the Workforce Structure – Preparing women for arduous roles

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Medical Innovation Conference DSEI 2019

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DMS Logo DSEI 2019


Medical Innovation 2019 has been accredited with 8 CPD points, awarded by the Defence Deanery, Defence Healthcare Education and Training. Certificates of attendance can be applied for on or after 18 September 2019.


Conference Overview

Conference Overview

Medical Innovation aims to showcase the current research activity and clinical innovation of military and civilian personnel to enhance resilience. As a concept, resilience is complex. It is a relatively abstract term with various definitions that are entirely reliant upon the context to which it is applied; whether that be as a process, a patient outcome or a behavioural trait. However, what is clear is the importance placed upon enhancing resilience in the workplace.

The intent of this conference was to provide healthcare professionals with an opportunity to share novel ideas and a greater understanding of how their engagement with the multidisciplinary construct of resilience is transforming care in a multitude of settings, both in the UK and overseas. The programme aimed to encourage collaboration between military and civilian organisations and appealed to those with an interest in supporting personnel irrespective of their role along the entire patient care pathway.

“DSEI is the world leading Defence and Security event, it offers an unparalleled opportunity to meet with our national and international colleagues as well as interface with the global defence supply chain. The Defence Medical Services proudly sits at the heart of the Medical Hub within the Joint Zone. We will be showcasing a range of innovative developments to how we both prepare our personnel for operations and strive to deliver the very best standards of care to our patients, both at home and when overseas. Novel approaches to training and clinical support will be presented as well as a chance for visitors to engage with the jHubMed, the medical-specific innovation unit that seeks to deliver capability into the hands of users at pace.

The overriding theme of our contribution is that of enhancing resilience. Our strategic conference, Medical Innovation, is being held on Day 1 of DSEI and will frame our activities in this area with a broad range of presentations addressing organisational resilience and developments in enhancing wellbeing, preparedness and the workforce structure. We are pleased to be joined, both in the exhibition and conference, by leaders of the study that underpins the expansion of the female role in Defence.”

Air Vice-Marshal Alastair Reid, Surgeon General, Defence Medical Services

“Resilience is often described as the capacity to recover quickly following exposure to challenging circumstances. Medical Innovation 2019, and the accompanying UK Defence Medical Services (DMS) element within DSEI 2019, will explore how resilience can be enhanced in order to optimise the quality of care afforded to patients and the support available to their care-givers.  Lessons learned from the past, ground-breaking research, and cutting-edge clinical innovations will be presented by nationally and internationally-renowned clinicians, academics and healthcare managers.  Unique perspectives will be shared of: the tenets that underpin psychological, physical and social wellbeing; clinical, training and occupational factors that may enhance preparedness; and initiatives to best support changing workforce structures, including Optimising Physical Performance and the TrainHER campaign regarding Service women’s health.  Through the depth and breadth of its programme, Medical Innovation 2019 will build personal and organisational resilience as the DMS and NHS stand together in the face of contemporary challenges.”

Air Cdre Richard Withnall, Head of Research and Clinical Innovation, Defence Medical Services

Medical Innovation 2019 has been accredited with 8 CPD points, awarded by the Defence Deanery, Defence Healthcare Education and Training.

What to Expect

What to Expect

Medical Innovation 2019:

  • Discussed how an organisation captures and implements lessons learned after its response to sudden, catastrophic and emotional incidents that caused potential or actual loss of life.
  • Identified some of the important aspects of preparedness for caring in austere environments.
  • Explored the specific needs of women undertaking in arduous roles in particular optimising physical performance and their nutritional requirements.
  • Provided an overview of tools being developed to enhance psychological, physical and social wellbeing amongst medical personnel.
  • Established how further collaboration between the Defence Medical Services and external emergency responders will promote a broader understanding of the mutual benefits associated with shared learning.

Medical Innovation 2019 has been accredited with 8 CPD points, awarded by the Defence Deanery, Defence Healthcare Education and Training.

General Information

General Information

Medical Innovation took place in the Platinum Suite at ExCeL London on Tuesday 10 September

Registration 0800 - 0930

Conference 0930 - 1810


Dr Emily Mayhew DSEI 2019
Min Lords DSEI 2019
Surgeon General Keynote DSEI 2019 Medical Innovation
Air Cdre Medical Innovation DSEI 2019
Medical Innovation DSEI 2019
Medical Innovation Audience - DSEI 2019

  • DSEI showcases the best of British defence technology and innovation on the world stage. The UK Government looks forward to engaging with strategic partners, international delegations and pioneering defence companies on the global defence and security agenda.
    Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Minister for Defence Procurement
    UK MOD
  • I very much look forward to continuing my personal support to DSEI. It provides an excellent opportunity to explore the development of airpower capability, through engagement with the widest range of industry and international partners.
    Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier KCB CBE DFC MA RAF Chief of the Air Staff
    Royal Air Force
  • I much look forward to DSEI. We intend to build on the very positive experience as we construct the partnerships we need to deal with the complexity of the future operating environment
    General Sir Nicholas Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen Chief of the Defence Staff
    Ministry of Defence
  • Once again the Royal Navy is proud to be at the vanguard of DSEI 2019 and I look forward to what I know will be a hugely beneficial opportunity for us all to explore maritime warfare development with so many partners from industry and academia, and with our counterparts from overseas.
    Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC, The First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
    Royal Navy
  • DSEI is a highlight within the defence calendar, I use it to find out what the most recent developments are in every technological area affecting for defence. Without DSEI I fear this sort of interaction, information exchange and knowledge of developments across all domains would be lost. DSEI is an invaluable international biannual event .
    Rt Hon Dr Julian Lewis MP, Chairman, House of Commons Defence Select Committee
    UK Parliament
  • DSEI is a fantastic showcase for defence companies where international buyers, sellers, developers, thinkers, educators and the trainers can all get together. The UK defence industry is looking to recruit more engineers, scientists and developers into 200,000 jobs and up to 10,000 apprentices within UK defence companies. DSEI is an excellent tool to highlight the challenges the industry face as well as showcase its capabilities domestically and overseas.
    James Gray MP, House of Commons Defence Committee
    UK Parliament

Platinum Partners


  • General Dynamics

  • BAE Systems

International Partner


  • UAE Pavillion




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  • Ministry of Defence

  • Department for International Trade