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Future Health: Changing Approaches to Health and Social Care’ will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 18 and 19, at the University’s Riverside Campus.

It will explore how traditional approaches to higher education provision will need to adapt in order to meet the need in these complex areas of work and service delivery.

There will be a range of keynote speakers, student and staff presentations, workshops, performances, and debates. Topics will include:

  • Digital Health and the use of Virtual Reality
  • Workforce Planning
  • Health Humanities.

Among the keynote speakers are: Hilary Garratt, CBE, Director of Nursing for NHS England, and Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England; Catherine Randall, Deputy Head of Safeguarding in NHS England’s Nursing Directorate – Nursing and Midwifery Team; and Professor Martin Vernon, National Clinical Director for Older People and Person Centred Integrated Care at NHS England, and a Visiting Professor at the University. The University’s Professor Nigel John, Senior Research Professor in the Department of Computer Science, will give a presentation on the impact of Virtual Reality on assisting the activities of daily living; and Dr Kat Taylor, Senior Clinical Psychologist (CAMHS) and Programme Manager of the Greater Manchester iThrive programme, will talk about arts and mental health innovation in Children’s Services.

On the evening of Tuesday, June 18, in the Riverside Lecture Theatre at 6pm, there will also be the opportunity to see a performance by two-woman theatre company, Haylo. ‘A Struggle of Times’ features a high-energy, topical yet comical, inter-generational conversation between a baby boomer and a millennial. The performance will culminate in questions for the audience, a panel discussion, a vote, and a continued debate afterwards, with food and refreshments.  Places are free of charge, however, a separate ticket is required for this event. Please book via Eventbrite.

The conference will close on the Wednesday with a performance by the Cheshire Fire Choir, with tea and cake afterwards. All are welcome.

Dr Louise Taylor, Senior Postgraduate Tutor, who is organising the conference, said: “The purpose of this conference is to reflect on how we can challenge the more traditional and established approaches to health and social care education and encourage the integration of digital health, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and population demographics, to enhance the student experience and what is on offer on the higher education curriculum. This promises to be an inspiring and highly enjoyable event, and will also provide the opportunity to showcase the research being undertaken in this field at the University – both in the Faculty of Health and Social Care and beyond. We believe that this conference will be of interest to people who work in health and social care or education settings.”

Those wishing to attend can either book via Eventbrite, or email

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