We will be holding four MES Declare user groups this year, in two batches and at different locations around the country. Our first batch will be held this May in London and Leeds, with our second batch taking place in the autumn in Bristol and Birmingham. We will be making use of the offices of our new parent company, Civica, as we look to broaden our geographic presence.
As previously mentioned, our annual ‘Challenge 2020: engagement and experience’ conference returns on Tuesday 21st May, and we are delighted to announce our main speakers. They are Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, Dr Neil Churchill and Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards.
On the 6th and 7th March, MES Research & Communities team (Elouise, Joanna, Elizabeth and Demetri) are running events on behalf of NHS Camden CCG. The events form part of the U’n’I Health and Wellbeing campaign which is led by NHS Camden CCG.
Our first event of this year’s Partner Programme will be MES Live – Manchester in March, where we’ll be focusing on engaging with the seldom heard.
On January 30th we hosted an event in Leeds with our friends from the Patient Experience Network (PEN). The event was called ‘Better Patient Experience: A Problem Shared’, where we sought to discuss how we could overcome two of the main barriers to better patient experience, namely:
Two years ago, on 9th February 2017, NHS England issued new guidance on managing conflicts of interest in the NHS. Initially known as the sunshine rule, this followed an investigation in 2015 that found cases and serious risks of corruption in the NHS with regard to the receipt of gifts, hospitality and sponsorship that could unduly influence decisions and awards of contracts.
When attending Inclusivity: the new sustainability? I didn’t really know what to expect. As a designer, I was interested in the idea that the varied needs of those with disabilities can drive better design.
Happy New Year to all our customers and visitors to our website. I thought I would start the year with some reflection on how great our team did last year by getting together and contributing to causes we care about.
A quick note from all of us here at MES before the Christmas break…
On 1st November I attended the annual conference of the Traveller Movement, a registered charity who aim through their work to campaign against discrimination, promote inclusion and assist community engagement and participation for Gypsy, Roma and Irish Traveller communities.