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The Northern Powerhouse in 2016

17 December 2015

The Northern Powerhouse is a phrase which is frequently used amongst northern business leaders and political parties. However a recent study found that nearly half of people in the North of England are unaware of the Northern Powerhouse. The Manchester Evening News reported the most unusual hotel requests in the city during 2015, one of which was ‘Where would I find the Northern Powerhouse?’. Yet the importance of the Northern Powerhouse on the Northern Economy, infrastructure and industry is unprecedented. Our recent Conference explored key themes around the Powerhouse. Read more…..

Future of Hospitals: 2020health Q&A

16 November 2015
  1. We are very pleased to have 2020health speaking and hosting at the Future of Hospitals conference. Could you please introduce yourself to our readers, and explain the great work 2020health do?


2020health was formed in 2006 in response to the gaps in both front-line involvement in policy thinking and development, and consideration of how healthcare could benefit from developing digital technologies. We are a social enterprise, independent organisation funded mostly through unrestricted educational grants. Our research has covered themes as diverse as the pricing of medicines, Health IT, the future of nursing, depression and genetics and we know that our work is highly regarded by those at all levels looking for solutions!

Campaigns that have emanated from 2020health’s research include a Head of Wellbeing for schools; the right to have a Personal Health Budget and Personal Health Record for those with long-term conditions; for a cross-departmental government task force on obesity as well as the ‘Health Tech and You’ Awards, a personal digital health awards partnership with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. The name 2020health references Julia’s background as an optometrist and the need for clear vision for policy, it’s not our sell-by date!



Healthy Living: The Sugar Problem

23 October 2015

Yesterday Public Health England released its report on Healthy living titled ‘Sugar Reduction the evidence for action’ the 45 page report details the need for immediate action to tackle the crisis. The latest document precedes ‘responding to the challenge’ released last year, the report sets out the areas around sugar which need addressing. The latest study identifies evidence to support issues raised, alongside actionable suggestions. This work has been requested by the Department of Health, to support and shape future government initiatives.


FGM Training “The UK still needs to wake up to the true scale of this hugely harmful violation”

13 October 2015

“The UK still needs to wake up to the true scale of this hugely harmful violation of the rights of girls and women to ensure that every single girl at risk is protected and that FGM survivors get the support they urgently need”

Mary Wandia, Equality Now


Future of Health and Social Care Conference: Speaker Insight

24 September 2015

On the eve of the Future of Health and Social Care Conference, we talk to keynote speaker Ian Williamson.

Q1) Hi Ian please tell me about yourself, and your involvement in the Future of Health and Social Care conference?

I’ve led NHS organisations in the North West of England for over ten years, and took up the post of Interim Chief Officer for Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Devolution earlier this year. I played a role in securing the devolution agreement between Greater Manchester and national partners, and am also responsible for the Healthier Together Improvement Programme. Most recently, I was Chief Officer for NHS Central Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group, before which I spent six years as a PCT Chief Executive in Merseyside and Cheshire.


Welfare Cuts: The Bedroom Tax

14 September 2015

The Basics

An under occupancy charge was brought in as part of the Welfare Reform Act 2012, by the then coalition government. The Act is set out to improve work incentives and cut unnecessary administrative duties. It was hoped simplifying the benefits system would contribute to the deficit reduction, as well as freeing up properties to help families in overcrowded council homes. Shelter report 1 in 4 properties would be deemed as over occupied.


Google Moves into Digital Health

9 September 2015

For the first time since its inception in 1998 Google has gone through a major company overhaul and changed its name. Google has entered various markets including digital health, and continues to innovate and expand. The recent company restructure is designed to simplify the company framework as it develops its diverse range of businesses.


Human Rights and Dementia International Conference 2015

8 September 2015

Cognisco introducing Dementia* Care assessment at ‘Human Rights and Dementia International Conference 2015’ Salford University, Manchester – 10th to 11th September 2015

Cognisco, a specialist in people risk and employee behaviour, is attending the ‘Human Rights and Dementia International Conference 2015 in September, to present its unique Dementia* Care assessment, launched in November 2014 in partnership with care home provider, Belong.


FGM:Voicing the Unspoken

3 September 2015

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a growing problem in the UK, as well as internationally. FGM is a procedure that intentionally alters or causes injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. Procedures can cause severe bleeding, difficulties urinating, cysts, infections, infertility, as well as complications in childbirth, including increased risk of new born deaths.