‘Revolutionary’ revealed as speaker at health and social care event

AN EDUCATOR and author described as ‘a leading revolutionary’ by the Financial Times will be the keynote speaker at a free event in Dumfries at the end of the month.

Eddie Obeng has been announced as the speaker at Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership’s ‘Looking Back – Leaping Forward’ event on October 31, which will also include the Integration Joint Board Annual Review.

An invitation is being extended to the public and all health and social care staff able to attend to come along to the event and hear the talk by the inspirational Mr Obeng.

Vicky Freeman is Head of Strategic Planning and Performance, and she said: “We’re really thrilled to have Eddie Obeng as our keynote speaker at ‘Looking Back – Leaping Forward’.

“Eddie truly is an inspirational speaker, and as someone so focused on innovation and planning for the future he couldn’t be a more appropriate choice for an event looking at the challenges which lie ahead for health and social care in Dumfries and Galloway.”

Mr Obeng is an organisational theorist, educator, and author, who serves as a professor at Henley Business School and Hult International Business School’s Ashridge Executive Education.

His learning material is designed to help address questions about delivering for the future, about organising talent and around ensuring results, and he has been described as ‘a leading revolutionary’ and ‘an agent provocateur’ by the Financial Times.

‘Looking Back – Leaping Forward’ will include a marketplace showcasing some of the innovations which it is hoped will support efforts to meet health and social care needs in coming years.

And views are being sought from patients, service users and staff throughout the day, including at afternoon workshops which will help inform the imminent creation of a new three-year strategic plan.

Members of the public will have the chance to contribute to the Integration Joint Board (IJB) Annual Review, which sees the organisation responsible for the strategic vision for the region’s health and social care scrutinised by the council, NHS and attendees.

Anyone who is keen to contribute but is unable to attend can do so by contributing a 60-second video of their thoughts on priorities, successes and failings, emailing it to dg.hscpcomms@nhs.net

The ‘Looking Back – Leaping Forward’ event takes place at The Cairndale Hotel from 10.30 am on October 31. Coffee, tea and lunch is provided. An afternoon session of workshops concludes at 4 pm.

Although a limited number of spaces will be provided on the day, attendees are invited to register in advance by emailing 01387 241346 or emailing amber.murray@nhs.net – ideally before October 31.

Vicky Freeman said: “It’s going to be a really interesting day, and hopefully there’ll be some lively, creative discussion as we start to make plans for the immediate future of health and social care.

“Whether you’re a member of the public with an interest in health and social care or some views you want to get across, or you work in the field and have a clear insight into what needs to change – we’d very much welcome you to come along on October 31, to have lunch, hear Eddie speak and contribute to the future shape of health and social care in Dumfries and Galloway.”

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