Posts Tagged ‘healthcare’

Horizon scanning: why and how to launch it in Lithuania?

February 22, 2018 Leave a comment


The Healthcare Innovation Forum in Vilnius (Lithuania) provides an excellent opportunity to share how VTT‘s Lighthouses research and innovation activities can help to promote ‘Good Life’ in Finland and the World through ‘citizen-centric care’ solutions. In the panel discussion and short keynote I showcased good practices, as well as recent experiences and lessons learned from the UK Horizon Scanning on Healthcare. To download the slides please click here  


The first panel debate at the LAWG’s Healthcare Innovation Forum 2018 on “Horizon scanning: why & how to launch it in Lithuania?” featured the following speakers:

  • Dr. Alvydas Česas, Chief of Oncology & Chemotherapy Clinic at Klaipeda University Hospital. Dr. Česas is a certified physician and medical oncologist with over 20 yrs of experience in the field of oncology. He is also the President of Lithuanian Society for Medical Oncology.
  • Per Troein from VP Strategic Partners, IQVIA, UK. Mr. Troein has been with QI for 19 years and is responsible for the relationship with suppliers and associations. He has deep insight around pharmaceutical pricing and how this issue is handled in different markets.
  • Prof. Dr. Rafael Popper from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Finland/Venezuela/UK. His main areas of work include: ‘foresight’ as an instrument of innovation policy, the development of foresight and horizon scanning methodology, the design of forward-looking activities and their evaluation with a focus on technological and social innovation policies, and the assessment and management of sustainable innovations.


To see the full programme, please click here.

PS. In case you don’t know where Vilnius is, you may find the following controvertial and cheeky, yet impactful, campaign/news interesting 😉


The best 2014 Christmas present a proud husband in love could receive!

December 18, 2014 Leave a comment

Dear colleagues and friends,

This self-explanatory picture shows what I’m happily and proudly celebrating today!

Monika Popper's MBS Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement

Monika Popper’s MBS Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement

As a result, for the rest of 2014 this blog will be renamed to match my feelings. This may not sound very “professional” but we live only once and I hope readers and followers will understand and share this joy 🙂

Best wishes,

Monika Popper’s husband

CfWI Future Workforce Matters – Issue 5

March 6, 2014 Leave a comment
Future Workforce Matters (Issue 5)

Future Workforce Matters
(Issue 5)

The Fifth issue of Future workforce matters is devoted to how the international landscape is approaching workforce planning to meet shifting population demands and ageing personnel.

Articles include:

  • A new era for human resources for health? A reflection on workforce planning challenges being considered internationally by CfWI professional advisors Professor James Buchan of Queen Margaret University Edinburgh and Jim Campbell,  director of the Instituto de Cooperación Social Integrare, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Future thinking from a global perspective. A look at how six countries are responding to shared challenges in health and social care and the potential workforce implications.

The technology horizon

November 14, 2013 Leave a comment
The technology horizon report

The technology horizon report

The purpose of our research is not to predict technological developments, but to identify possible areas of change, and to consider the implications for the workforce. The aim of this report is to stimulate thinking around the impact of future technologies on the health and social care workforce. It provides a starting point to consider factors that may influence the requirements, numbers and proportions of the future workforce, which may in turn stimulate changes in education and training, multidisciplinary working or priorities and practices. Further research will include greater analysis of the trends and drivers identified in this report, and we will work with expert stakeholders to examine the workforce implications in more detail.

Authors: Zaichen Lu, Katherine Booth, Matt Edwards, Rafael Popper, Alan Boyd, Barbara Jones, Ian Miles, Monika Popper, Guillermo Velasco

Methodology: The research to date has been produced from an initial web-scanning exercise and documentary analysis to identify the key trends and technology areas in health and social care. This included a literature scan across 28 selected initiatives or agencies from the International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment. From this research, five common themes emerged. Each theme and some related technologies are discussed in greater detail in the following sections of this report:

  • Therapeutic technology– technologies used in the treatment of disease and injury, including pharmacological, surgical and psychological therapies. This section discusses regenerative medicine and minimally invasive procedures.
  • Diagnostic technology – technologies for identifying diseases and other conditions. This section discusses nanotechnology and point-ofcare diagnostics.
  • Enabling technology – technologies that mitigate the impact of disease or disability. This section discusses mobile technology, wearable health monitors, and assistive technologies.
  • Preventive technology – technologies that reduce the risk or severity of illness and injury. This section discusses genomics and gaming and education.
  • Organisational technology – technologies supporting alternative health and social care delivery configurations and organisational design. This section discusses integrated big data.

New Horizon Scanning Hub iPad App and Community launched!

October 10, 2013 Leave a comment
CfWI Horizon Scanning Hub iPad App

Horizon Scanning Hub iPad App.
Powered by Futures Diamond.

At the 2013 CfWI’s Annual Conference, we have proudly announced the launch of the Horizon Scanning Hub iPad App and the Hub Community.

This is the first (and so far only!) Horizon Scanning Hub iPad App in the world. The Hub is a unique source of future-thinking information about the healthcare, social care and public health workforce in the United Kingdom. It aims to inform better long-term decisions to improve workforce planning and people’s life. It gives users easy access to the ideas bank and projects area of the Hub offline and on-the-go.  The App has been developed by the CfWI in partnership with the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) at the University of Manchester and Futures Diamond. We are now working on adding further features to the App, including the ability to read articles and check out the latest news.

The H­ub Community allows users to interact with the site and with other registered users.  It provides a forum for sharing of ideas and information, allowing users to work collaboratively with the CfWI and with colleagues from across the sector, to improve workforce planning at national and local levels.  In the community area, you can hold discussions with colleagues, read and respond to thought-pieces, or post your own articles.  You can also update your profile and review your contributed items.

For further information about the CfWI Horizon Scanning Hub, please visit:

Take a quick tour of the CfWI Horizon Scanning System

June 17, 2013 Leave a comment

The Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI), Futures Diamond and the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) have successfully implemented another phase of the continuously evolving CfWI Horizon Scanning Hub. The Hub is a unique source of future-thinking information about the healthcare, social care and public health workforce in the United Kingdom. It aims to inform better long-term decisions to improve workforce planning and  people’s life. The new version of the Hub allows you to access the latest research from the CfWI Horizon Scanning team, contribute to ongoing projects, explore our comprehensive ideas bank, our big picture challenges, our publications, and much more…

You can visit the video tour of the CfWI Horizon Scanning Hub here.

The Hub was jointly developed by the CfWIThe University of Manchester and Futures Diamond. The following film explains the main demographic and financial challenges facing health and social care, before outlining why the CfWI has adopted horizon scanning as a means of helping organisations address these challenges. It explains:

  • the CfWI horizon scanning methodology
  • the projects where the CfWI has used horizon scanning
  • the organisations with whom the CfWI works.

The video concludes by illustrating what people think of the CfWI approach, before explaining the future work of the CfWI, including the CfWI’s new online information hub, which is designed to assist organisations in their workforce planning.

Research Job at Mouchel-CfWI and MPhil Opportunity at MBS

January 18, 2013 Leave a comment
Horizon Scanning Opportunity

Horizon Scanning Opportunity

Mouchel and the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) are looking to recruit a Masters student to be employed by CfWI and based at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) of The University of Manchester to provide focused research for specific horizon scanning projects. The student will need to submit a research proposal and register for a part-time MPhil programme at the Manchester Business School (MBS) before Thursday 24 January 2013.

The student will be supervised by Professor Ian Miles and Dr Rafael Popper at MIoIR/MBS and will also be part of the CfWI horizon scanning team. The duration of the contract with Mouchel-CfWI will be 3 years with a salary of £ 13,000 per year (plus MPhil tuition fees).

Interested candidates eligible to work in the UK should contact ASAP!

MPhil Qualification requirements

To be registered in the MPhil programme at MBS we normally require:

  • Bachelors degree with first or upper second class honours or the overseas equivalent.
  • Strong motivation and interest in the course.
  • Proof of English language competence (if applicable).
  • Ability to complete the MPhil dissertation in 2 years.

General requirements

The general skills and activities that we look to the research student to bring include:

  • Knowledge of the health and social care system and associated literature, with a mature understanding and interpretation.
  • Rigour in analysing and synthesising evidence.
  • Ability to apply and (if necessary) develop methodological approaches, and explain them in a way that is accessible to others.
  • Ability to provide insightful commentary and feedback on others’ work.

Expected CfWI work-related outputs

  • First deliverable – Work needs to start in January 2013 into the top-ten technology issues across health and social care, that is those that are the highest impact and highest uncertainty. The CfWI will work with UoM to define appropriate issues to investigate. An early scope and outline of this deliverable is required by end of January, and the draft document completed by end of March 2013.
  • Commissioning further research activities – Further research will be commissioned by the CfWI after the first deliverable is completed and accepted. The area is to be agreed and confirmed before the work starts, and will include a description of the research required, timescale and outline deliverable structure.

Expected MPhil studies-related output

  • MPhil Thesis – To be completed in 2 years.