Monday, 24 May 2010

Enterprising Healthcare - Liverpool 2010 year of Health and Wellbeing event

Last Friday I attended the Liverpool PCT 2010 Year of Health and Wellbeing event at Blackburne House.
See the programme here

Across the UK third sector organisations are delivering outstanding products and services to the NHS. This free one day conference was an opportunity to bring together North West health and social care commissioners with third sector organisations to explore:
  • the potential of the third sector in improving health
  • how the NHS can help achieve this potential
  • how the third sector can meet NHS needs and win contracts 
Mike Farrar, Chief Executive of NHS North West (with whom I shall share the platform with next week at the NW NHS leadership awards) spoke about his vision for adding Social Value to the NHS.

We then had the pleasure of listening to the inspirational Lord Andrew Mawson from Bomley-by-Bow centre.
He is Founder and President of the renowned Bromley by Bow Centre in east London and Co-founder and President of Community Action Network (CAN), a national charity supporting 850 social entrepreneurs across the UK. He is one of the leading social entrepreneurs in Britain and has created a family of projects, which demonstrate in practice the potential of social entrepreneurs. Andrew's career in the social sector has spanned over 25 years.

His work made me think that the efforts I have put into bringing the NH, church and other agencies together in Leeds to form a postnatal depression group (see previous blogs) could be the first of many!

Olivia Butterworth, Third Sector Delivery Manager from the Department of Health gave us 'hot-off-the -press' insight into her role under the new Government and how the 'sector' is going to be involved in working with the NHS.

Claire Dove, chief executive, social enterprise company Blackburne House Group spoke about delivering outcomes.

Wallen Matthie, Race for Health Thinkng Partner spoke to the delegates about Equality and Diversity.

Louise Penfold, passionately told us about her Third Sector showcase - Bubble Enterprises.

Blackburne House provided an excellent lunch - highly recommend them for a conference venue.

Sadly I could not stay for the afternoon.

Delegates were invited to showcase their area of expertise and were given a handout of those who contributed. I shall invite them to add their details as comments to this blog.

Well done to Liverpool NHS trust, Social Enterprise London and the Department of Health for a good event.

Elaine Hanzak

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