This week I wanted to share with you the genuine buzz of excitement there is at MAHSC HQ around the forthcoming conference – “Our Impact on Health” taking place on Monday 15th December 2014. The aim of the free conference is to bring together over 500 researchers and healthcare professionals from across the partnership to showcase the impact that MAHSC research is starting to have on addressing the plethora of health problems within our local population. It will also highlight our plans for how, by working together through the MAHSC domains, we can improve the future health and wealth of our population.
It is clear just by glancing at the agenda; this conference is going to be very different from many other conferences you will have attended. In short, I can guarantee that it will definitely NOT be ‘death by powerpoint!!’ The fact that we’ve attracted the BBC’s Home Editor, Mark Easton to chair the day, and provide his reflections on the health challenges faced by the North, is an indicator of the importance that our research plays in positively addressing the social responsibility agenda of our local communities.
Indeed, we’ve even captured the imagination of our young people who will be coming together from across a number of local schools next Monday to talk about what they perceive as the health issues facing them as the next generation of Greater Manchester inhabitants. The outcomes of their work will then be fed back into our discussions on 15th December. In addition, they will be performing a play highlighting their health concerns and what’s important to them.
And the interactions between those presenting case studies from across our six domains and those attending the event to learn about them will not stop there! We can expect interactive, multi-media presentations plus interactive participation via live Twitter feeds. Following some ‘speed pitches’ from MAHSC researchers on practical solutions to improve health outcomes through research, clinical service and education, you’ll have an opportunity to vote for the best one using online poling software. I’m personally very interested to hear five key experts, from areas as diverse as dementia and e-health, lead the MAHSC £10 million Debate as to where we might invest £10 million to build bridges between research and the community.
As well as the numerous opportunities to network throughout the day, the conference will also connect you to the work that each domain has set out to achieve over the coming year and you can meet the individuals who are going to make that happen. You’ll also hear from Professor Aidan Halligan who will be introducing the exciting programme of work involving local authorities across the North West and MAHSC in launching a Health and Wealth regeneration scheme that will impact those who need it the most. So look out for the Well North session in the afternoon.
If all of that wasn’t enough to keep the neurons firing, there will be both poster presentations and exhibitors from across the partnership and there’s even a brass band to provide musical accompaniment to the proceedings!
Our communications team reliably informs me that there will be a great mix of researchers and healthcare professionals representing a wide range of disciplines and levels, so we should get some lively and vibrant discussions on the day. Places are free but limited, so if you would like to attend, please click here to see the full programme and register your interest in attending. I look forward to seeing you on 15th December.