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Design for dementia: adapting the built environment

2 November 2018

design for dementia‘Design for Dementia’ is a Design Guide which aims to assist designers and others working in the built environment to tackle the challenge of dementia in society. Dementia is a growing issue associated with the demographic of an ageing population.

The premise of ‘Design for Dementia’ is that 70-80% of people living with dementia continue to live in their own homes rather than in any specialised form of housing.  They continue living in the same neighbourhoods and use the same local facilities and centres. Read more…..

Exiting military officers: natural born NEDs

26 October 2018

Ok, so it’s obvious that the business world is no war. Yet, operating in a fierce business environment requires a combat strategy. Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCOs) who have served in the armed forces know how to make decisions in extreme conditions and cope with stress in high pressured environments.

Often, people in the armed forces gain leadership skills. Some people are born to be natural leaders, from an early age, they are willing to take charge of situations. Yet, we are all born with the potential to become a leader, if nurtured.

Onboarding Officers is a unique development programme specialising in accelerated non-executive director training to help develop and nurture the skills of exiting military officers and senior NCOs to become world class Non-Executive Directors (NEDs).

Can military experience transform into commercial leadership?


If we take a step back, many successful organisations would suggest so, the biggest names in business who have world-class and, in some cases, award-winning skills – have a military background.

So, what lessons can businesses learn from exiting military officers and SNCOs? Very few organisations teach management, logistics and efficiency like the armed forces, so it comes to no surprise that many exiting military officers are now climbing the business ladder to success.


Advanced proton therapy cancer treatment comes to the UK: Is your oncology team ready?

1 October 2018

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Proton therapy cancer treatment: Are UK healthcare professionals ready?

Cancer treatment has moved forward in leaps and bounds since radiotherapy was first introduced at the start of the 19th century after the discovery of “A New Kind of Ray” by German physics professor, Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen.

Proton therapy is the next revelation to follow a long line of advancements that have been made since then and it looks like it’s about to take the UK by storm.

The first proton beam therapy cancer treatment centre of this kind in the UK went into operation in August 2018 at The Christie Manchester. With a second opening planned in London, it is clear to see that involvement in this development is set to grow.

Therefore, it makes sense to update the knowledge and best practices of cancer treatment staff now so that you can prepare treatment options and keep standards high for your patients.

With any advancement in medical technology or treatment, healthcare staff need knowledge and training in order to be able to provide the best care and patient outcomes possible, as well as helping new treatments to work effectively.

For those who are keen to stay ahead, we have some exciting news!


Robotic technology the future of business: Competitors or co-bots?

14 September 2018

What is robotic technology and how will it impact your businesses success?

Robots have been appearing in sci-fi movies and on TV for decades. When we think of robots we think of the Terminator, Transformers, Blade Runner and the list goes on.

Thanks to these movies we’ve been dreading the rise of robots for decades. Robotic technology the future of business: Competitors or co-bots?

Yet we still believe that robots are a fantasy concept.

If I had told you twenty years ago that your favourite robot movie might become the real thing, you would’ve laughed, right?

But guess what?

The future is here, and it’s bringing robots.

94% of businesses in the UK and US said they either embrace robots or felt a robotic future is inevitable”.

The truth is robotic technology is amongst us and finally making their way into the real world. We’ve all been fascinated by the idea of futuristic robots but this type of artificial intelligence also leaves space for some scary speculations!


Digital inclusion: Breaking down the digital barriers

10 September 2018

How many times have you heard the phrase ‘digital inclusion’?

It’s pretty obvious by now there’s a global movement towards digital inclusion, and there’s no denying that the housing sector needs to get to grips with digital inclusion. Digital inclusion Breaking down the digital barriers

Housing associations face new challenges from having to adapt to different tools and technology that can assist in meeting increasing service demands and help them operate more efficiently.

This is why it makes sense for the housing sector to be digitally ready.


Digital innovation: Transform your business and embrace change

6 September 2018

Without a doubt, advancements in digital innovation are revolutionising the way we operate. It is more than just embracing the latest technology, it requires businesses to remodel their strategies and undertake an ongoing culture change.    Digital Innovation

In recent years, digital innovation is causing a storm in the business world, since it is obvious that innovation is the only thing consistent in digital transformation. It is important for you as an organisation to stay ahead of the competition.

With digitalisation leaving a digital disruption on existing business models, this is forcing organisations to move quickly to capture opportunities in this digital era.

In order for organisations to be ready for the next digital revolution, you must understand how to transform digitally and embrace change, this could well be how to survive.

The question is how do we embrace change? Get the tools that you need here. Read more…..

Women in Business – Aspiring Leaders

20 August 2018

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Mind the Gap Ladies!

Did you know that approximately less than 24% of women hold a senior role across the world in 2018?

I’m sure this isn’t news to you… since The Equal Pay Act 1970, we all know it’s illegal to pay women less than men for equal work; “an act to prevent discrimination, as regards terms and conditions of employment, between men and women”.

Clearly, the question isn’t about women being paid less than men. Instead, the question we ask is how many men hold higher paid positions in comparison to women? Read more…..

Assistive Technology: Innovation outpaces availability

18 April 2018

The biggest challenge facing the assistive technology sector is ensuring service users are getting the full benefits of the latest innovations.

Delegates at The Assistive Technology Conference heard how unprecedented developments in everything from prosthetics to artificial intelligence (AI) can help disabled people find new careers, stay in work and live independent lives.

“AT is a strength in this country and there are some great products on show in the exhibition area today,” said conference chair John Lamb, executive director of the British Assistive Technology Association.

“I am amazed at how quickly technologies such as AI are developing.”

Yet despite the increasing affordability and availability of AT, many disabled people and employers remain unaware of the wide variety of support on offer. The rapid pace of technological development in recent years also presents a significant challenge.


Assistive Technology Conference 2018 will highlight solutions to workplace disability challenges

16 April 2018

“Without assistive technology … I would not be able to compete in the job market and therefore would not be in employment.”Tom, software developer

The UK employment rate is at near record levels. But for 4.6 million disabled people, a lack of support is stopping them from participating in the labour market and contributing to the economy. As well as preventing individuals from finding fulfilling work and leading independent lives, these levels of economic inactivity and wasted potential costs the UK an estimated £100bn a year.

What more can be done to fulfil the government’s pledge to get one million more disabled people into work in the next ten years and help everyone to “thrive in the workplace”?

The Assistive Technology Conference 2018 will explore potential solutions to the many workplace challenges faced by disabled people and those with long-term health conditions.

The most authoritative voices in disability access will discuss how new innovations are removing barriers to employment and debate what more can be done to improve access to the latest software and technology.


Blog: FGM destroys lives and communities

11 April 2018

Author and sociologist Hilary Burrage explains how only a zero tolerance approach can bring an end to the damaging practice of FGM.

Some 200 million women and girls alive today are thought to have undergone, or be at significant risk of, female genital mutilation (FGM), a practice that has no benefits and causes physical, psychological and socio-economic harm to victims (survivors), their families and their communities.

There is a global epidemic of FGM, a public health challenge in many parts of the world which demands zero tolerance of this harmful traditional practice stretching back millennia.