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Healthwatch Lancashire deliver workshop at Rethinking Health Conference

Healthwatch Lancashire attended and delivered a workshop at the ‘Rethinking Health’ conference hosted by Lancaster University last week.

The event, in Grange-over-Sands, was a chance for Lancaster University and local NHS organisations to inspire stronger collaboration in learning and teaching, research and innovation across North Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Representatives from the following organisations attended the event:

  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Group
  • University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lancaster University Faculty of Health and Medicine
  • North West Coast Academic Health Science Network

As part of the event Healthwatch Lancashire delivered a workshop session which focused on the importance of  innovative engagement with communities in Lancashire and how change can be influenced from within health organisations.

The main aim of the workshop, delivered by Neil Greaves – Healthwatch Lancashire Communications Manager, was to discuss how the public voice can influence change and drive innovation in health, where it can have the most impact, and some of the challenges that may occur. The session allowed health professionals and academics to discuss the importance of learning from the  knowledge and experiences of patients and members of the public.

The example of Patient Journeys at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and the impact this has already made as a model for projects across Lancashire was shared with the group.

The event also included sessions by Tony Young, National Clinical Director for Innovation at NHS England, Stephen Allott, the lead for Digital Marketplace Development – Government Digital Service – in the Cabinet Office.