TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION IN HEALTHCARE Speech at opening of Simulation Centre, University College Hospital SLIDE 1. INTRODUCTION Thank you for that very kind welcome, and for the invite to join you as you officially open this superb simulation centre. It's unusual for me to be delighted to go to hospital, but this is definitely one of those times! I must admit to a little nervousness – I'm looking forward to Catherine Baldock showing me how the simulations work, but as a good engineer, I'm always a little worried about how I'll do in the practical! However I do though, I want to thank Andy Hardy and Dr Maggie Allen for the invitation today and for their sustained commitment to the sort of innovation we're marking today. For the same reason, I'm pleased Neil Johnson and Sudhesh Kumar from the Medical School are joining us, and I'm particularly happy that Professor Liz Hughes is here because as Regional Dean she has done so much to turn the simulation centre into reality – or perhaps should that be virtual reality! You know, with all the doom and gloom about and the cost pressures the NHS is facing, it's wonderful to come to a hospital that is making progress and finding ways to improve care. That is a real achievement. So, on a personal level, can I say to everyone working here: Thank you.