South West health and care teams flock to Exeter conference

The South West Integrated and New Models of Care conference held on 28 January at Exeter Racecourse attracted over 150 participants from the health and care sectors in Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The free event was coordinated and majority funded by the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN).  Delegates gathered together to attend their selection of the 18 workshops on offer and learn about practical projects to bring positive impacts on the provision of quality care to the people of the South West.

Special guest speaker was Eddie Obeng, organisational theorist, educator and author, Professor at the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Henley Business School and the founder and Learning Director of Pentacle (The Virtual Business School).  Obeng has been described variously as “a leading revolutionary” and “an agent provocateur”  by the Financial Times.

Obeng’s entertaining and yet practical session was for many attendees a highlight of the conference; “Thank you for yesterday’s conference.  It was an excellent event which was well-organised and attended.  The workshops that I attended were very useful and relevant to my area of work and the presenters all did a great job I thought that Eddie Obeng was wonderful, very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and he was an inspired choice as a speaker…Thanks again for delivering such a great conference,” Nick Jupp, Programme Manager, Health Education England.

Roy Lilley, well known health policy analyst, writer, broadcaster and commentator on the National Health Service and social issues, facilitated the day including a lively debate and voting session on current issues such as barriers to integrated care.

Rosie Benneyworth, Managing Director of SW AHSN said. “We hear all the time of the shortage of time and resource and the pace of change in health and social care shows no sign of abating.  Thursday’s workshop based conference presented by the innovating organisations themselves helped the sharing of ideas, new approaches and best practice health and care initiatives.  We were delighted to be able to bring an event like this to the South West.”

Some further comments on the conference;

“Your conference yesterday was one of the best events I have attended in a long time! Please pass on my congratulations to your team.  I have found the conference very inspiring and great for networking with colleagues from various sectors and organisations which I would not have normally met.  Key speakers were excellent and so funny!  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a very small part of it, Magdalena Wood, NHS England.

“Just wanted to say a huge well done.  A great conference yesterday, very well organised and executed.” Louise Winfield, Associate Head of School, (Innovation and Internationalisation), Faculty of Health & Human Sciences, Plymouth University.

“Thanks so much for the invitation to present today – we had a great session with lots of interest.  The speakers were superb.  One of the best and most inspirational days I have been to in ages – please pass on thanks to others in your team too!  You and your team at the SW AHSN are such a joy to work with!” Frances Tippett, South West IPC Programme Director, South West Clinical Science Network.

See pictures from the day here

Read the speaker presentations here

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