Our team in collaboration with the GM Digital Research Unit (also CAMHS.Digital) regularly hosts events where we discuss research and news about all aspects of digital health.

Digital Health Reading and Research Group (DHRRG)

Our team lead Pauline Whelan runs a weekly reading and research group, for 30 minutes 9:15 to 9:45am most Tuesdays. We discuss papers relevant to digital health, and also invite guest speakers from the field.

All are invited and welcome! Please sign up to our mailing list.

Find news of upcoming meetings at #DHRRG on Twitter

We want to make the DHRRG as inclusive and accessible as possible. If you have additional needs, please let us know and we’ll do what we can to make this group accessible for you.

Upcoming meetings

28th March 2023
Guest: Dr Alan Davies to discuss his work on developing a Digital Healthcare technologies competency framework, to underpin learning needs assessments and curricula design to enable practitioners to work effectively with these technologies in the future. This was a collaboration with Health Education England and other colleagues in the Division of Informatics, Imaging and Data Sciences at the University of Manchester.

Previous meetings


14th March 2023
Guest: Imogen Levy to discuss her Work as Head of Product at NHS England

7th March 2023
Guest: Dr Junaid Hussain, Practicing Primary Care Clinician, Digital Health Advisor/Ranting Specialist and Director of Man Confidence,  to discuss digital health

14th February 2023
Member discuss Episode 25 of the National Health Executive podcast

17th January 2023
Guest: Lex van Velsen to discuss “The Limitations of User-and Human-Centered Design in an eHealth Context and How to Move Beyond Them


Previous years


13th December 2022
Members will share a favourite article, blog, podcast, video, Tweet, project you’ve worked on, conference you enjoyed, or something else related to digital health from 2022 and speak about this briefly

29th November 2022
Guest: Holly Bear to discuss “Determination of Markers of Successful Implementation of Mental Health Apps for Young People: Systematic Review”

15th November 2022 (12:00pm-12:30pm)
Guest: Kristin P. Bennett to discuss “Quantifying representativeness in randomized clinical trials using machine learning fairness metrics”

25th October 2022
Guest: Manjul Rathee, Co-founder & CEO, BFB Labs, to discuss “Lumi Nova”

18th October 2022
Guest: Janak Gunatilleke to discuss his bookArtificial Intelligence in Healthcare: Unlocking its Potential

11th October 2022
Guest: Rochelle Gold, Head of User Research, NHS Digital, to discuss “Usability is a clinical safety issue: User research at NHS Digital”

4th October 2022 (4:30pm)
Guest: Trina Histon to discuss “Real-world implementation of digital mental health- lessons learned”

27th September 2022
Guest: Dr Allison Crawford and Dr Amanda Gambin, University of Toronto and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), to discuss “Health Equity Impact Assessment tool for Digital Health”

6th September 2022
Guest: Janine Aitken, “Digital Citizen Panel”

21st June 2022
Guest: David Drummond, “Challenges of digital medicine for children”

14th June 2022
Guest: David Wong, “An Apple a Day Keeps the AI Away”

26th April 2022
Guest: Kate Loveys, “A digital human for delivering a remote loneliness and stress intervention to younger and older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic: Feasibility and acceptability data”

12th April 2022
Guest: Daryl Kayes, NHS Digital, to discuss “An Overview of the Cyber Security Operations Centre”

5th April 2022
Guest: Toby Lewis, The Kings Fund, to discuss “Integrated care systems in the UK, population health approaches to addressing health inequalities and the role of health data in this process”

29th March 2022
Guest: Victoria Betton to discuss her book “Towards a Digital Ecology: NHS Digital Adoption through the COVID-19 Looking Glass

15th March 2022
Guest: Miranda Mourby to discuss “Data Integration for Personalised Medicine: Data Protection & Control”

8th March 2022
Guest: Emily Griffiths to discuss “Findability of UK e-cohorts”

1st March 2022
Guest: Simon Foster to discuss “The experiences, needs and barriers of people with impairments related to usability and accessibility of digital health solutions, levels of involvement in the design process and strategies for participatory and universal design: a scoping review”

22nd February 2022
Guest: Steven Antrobus. “AFFIRMO: Building a digital intervention across 6 countries”

15th February 2022
Guest: Eleanora Harwich, NHSX, “The role of the NHS AI Lab in adoption of AI in health and care in the UK”

1st February 2022
Guest: Richard Dodd “Co-design eADAPT workshop”

11th January 2022
Guest: Matt Machin “Principles for Developing Innovative HIV Digital Health Interventions“


14th December 2021
Guest: Olga Perski, “Technology-mediated just-in-time adaptive interventions (JITAIs) to reduce harmful substance use: a systematic review

7th December 2021
Guest: Elizabeth Kirkham, “Prioritising people with mental illness in mental health data science”

30th November 2021
University of Toronto, eHealth Innovation Team

16th November 2021
Guest: Mike Dorsch, “Effects of a Novel Contextual Just-In-Time Mobile App Intervention (LowSalt4Life) on Sodium Intake in Adults With Hypertension: Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

9th November 2021
Dose-Response Research in Digital Health Interventions: Concepts, Considerations, and Challenges

26th October 2021
Guest: Felipa Schmidt, “A Literature Review on Online Child Sexual Abuse: Prevalence, Psychological Implications, and Treatment”

19th October 2021
Guest: Matt Machin, “How hard can it be to add a button? Managing customer expectations in research software projects”

12th October 2021
Guest: Lesley Soden, “Apps on Prescription”

5th October 2021
Guest: Claire Little, “And Now For Today’s Pain Forecast”

21st September 2021
Guest: Ruth Norris, who will lead an interactive Team Science session

7th September 2021
Guest: Richard Dodd, Developing User Interfaces

24th August 2021
Guest: Phil Booth, “GPDPR?”

17th August 2021
Guest: Ruth Norris, There is no I in Team

27th July 2021
Guest: Emily Griffiths to discuss “Ethical arguments around data-only health research in the NHS in England”

20th July 2021
Guest: Brett Hatfield, QueerTech

13th July 2021
Guest: Lucy Porte, Reviewing and recommending apps with ORCHA

29th June 2021
Guest: Videha Sharma to discuss “The challenge of complex multi-centre clinical pathways – a case study from kidney transplantation”

22nd June 2021
The challenges and opportunities of mental health data sharing in the UK

8th June 2021
Guest: Ian McNicoll: Interoperability and OpenEHR’

25th May 2021
Guest: Elizabeth Cotton to discuss “Uber Therapy and Digital Occupational Health

18th May 2021
Guided Paper Discussion with Charlotte Stockton-Powdrell: Remote care for mental health: qualitative study with service users, carers and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic

11th May 2021
Guided Paper Discussion with Richard Dodd: “IDEAS (Integrate, Design, Assess, and Share): A Framework and Toolkit of Strategies for the Development of More Effective Digital Interventions to Change Health Behavior

27th April 2021
Guest Speaker: Ruth Watkinson & Stephanie Gillibrand
“Research with a commercial partner: Working with Evergreens Life’s GP Services and Wellbeing App”

20th April 2021
Guest Speaker: Stephanie Gillibrand
“Public and Community Involvement and Engagement for the Greater Manchester Population Research Resource (GMPRR) project”

13th April 2021
Guest Speaker: John Sainsbury, Innovation Lead at Greater Manchester Mental Health
Membership of AKRIVIA: Service user consultation on the use of patient data in Mental Health for research, service improvement and audit purposes

23rd March 2021
Guest Speaker: Charlie Stockton-Powdrell
A new digital health collaboration between the University of Manchester and the University of Toronto – “CANUK Collaboration: An innovation pipeline to advance digital health and therapeutics”

16th March 2021
Guest Speaker: Jess Booth
Creating a digital app for patient and public involvement, and using virtual workshops in the development process

9th March 2021
HDR UK On Synthetic Data: First hour of recorded conference

2nd March 2021

23rd February 2021
Guest Speaker: Pritesh Mistry
Putting Trust, Transparency and Fair Value at the Centre of Digital Health and Care

2nd February 2021

26th January 2021
Guest Speaker: Lamiece Hassan
#Datasaveslives: mixed methods analysis of a social media campaign to promote the benefits of using health data for research purposes

19th January 2021
Guest Speaker: Franziska Günther
“Digital Therapy to Support Recovery from Substance Abuse: Analysing User Data”.


8th December 2020
Members will share 1 Digital Health related piece that they have enjoyed (be it an article, book, podcast, video, poster) and speak about this briefly

1st December 2020
Guest Speaker: Terika McCall to discuss:

24th November 2020

17th November 2020
Keynote from “Mad Covid” at the Royal College of Psychiatrists: ‘Meaningful online psychiatric care in an era of Covid-19’  

10th November 2020
Guest Speaker: Norina Gasteiger
Co-designing robots with and for older adults

3rd November 2020
Guest Speaker: Aislinn Bergin to discuss “Preventive digital mental health interventions for children and young people: a review of the design and reporting of research

27th October 2020

20th October 2020
Guest Speaker: Lydia Pearson on GMMH Digital Mental Health Review

13th October 2020

6th October 2020
Guest Speaker: Samantha Connolly to discuss “Leveraging Implementation Science to Understand Factors Influencing Sustained Use of Mental Health Apps: a Narrative Review

29th September 2020

22nd September 2020

15th September 2020

8th September 2020

11th August 2020
Guest Speaker: Henny Swan on Software Accessibility

28th July 2020

21st July 2020

14th July 2020

7th July 2020

30th June 2020

23rd June 2020

16th June 2020

9th June 2020
Guest Speaker: Sarah Knowles to discuss “PPI and Remote Co-Design

2nd June 2020

26th May 2020

19th May 2020

12th May 2020

5th May 2020

28th April 2020

21st April 2020

7th April 2020

31st March 2020

24th March 2020

17th March 2020

10th March 2020

3rd March 2020

25th February 2020

18th February 2020

10th February 2020

Seminar: Professor Darrell Mann “Why 98% of digital health solutions fail and how to make sure ours is in the 2%”



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