Doing it differently: Championing change in health and social care

Posted on Tuesday 14th March 2017

The School of Health and Human Sciences at the University of Bolton, welcomed healthcare professionals from across the region for an innovative conference.

Hosted in partnership with Healthwatch Bolton and Healthwatch Wigan and Leigh, the conference set out to shape the future of health and social care by bringing the voice and influence of local people to the development and delivery of local health and social care services.

The “Doing it differently: Championing change in health and social care” conference attracted delegates from across the North West including other local Healthwacth organisations, Bolton Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester Fire Service, North West Ambulance Services and Bolton GP Federation.

The event was opened by the Chief Officer of Healthwatch Bolton and Healthwatch Wigan and Leigh, Alice Tligui, who said: ‘The event highlights the exceptional contributions that will be gained from the speakers and invaluable contributions during the workshop sessions from delegates in the audience – especially from members of public.’

The event looked at three core aspects of health and social care practice; changing people and culture, tech enabled care and problem solving approaches.

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The group highlighted investing in culture change and connecting people to transform care delivery as key areas to develop.

Chief Officer of Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership, Jon Rouse shared information on how the service delivery across Greater Manchester will alter in the near future.

‘We are looking to engage more with the public,’ he said. ‘By networking at events such as this, working with people at local level in the community where Greater Manchester Health Devolution will happen”.

He received feedback from delegates on the changes currently taking place in health and social care across the North West.

The University’s relationship with Healthwatch ensures that programmes at the University have direct relevance to all health and social care across the school and will provide more opportunities for collaboration across the School.

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