Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Health and Education Conference Week

It's only Wednesday and so far it has been a very busy week. On Monday I attended the tele health conference at University of Surrey in Guildford entitled 'Driving the deployment of teletechnologies in Surrey'.

Various senior consultants, GPs and leaders of industry were gathered to listen to brief speeches on how new technology could change the way that patients are treated. Certainly it seems that there could be a lot of benefits to patients who would be able to be receive treatment and could be closely monitored by doctors and nurses from the comfort of their own home. This would allow patients to keep their independence and it has been argued that their health outcomes would increase from not going in to hospital.

Sarah Mitchell from Surrey County Council said that 'Telecare enables vulnerable people to remain in the community by reducing the risk of daily living... It complements telehealth by monitoring the external environment for alerts' She also went on to say that it could also help the young people with learning disabilities as they get older and is not just suitable for demention and elderly. '

However, I would worry that too much reliance on technology could lead to a lack of the human element with nursing and this would be a great shame. I would also worry that patients could be overlooked if technology failed. Which we all know does happen! There would also have to be compliance from patients as if you were to use a belt to measure certain changes in the body, you would have to rely on the patient not taking it off!

Yesterday I was invited to the EducationInvestor Summit 2012 at The Cumberland Hotel in London. This was an all day event made up of talks and debates from various Government policy makers and industry leaders. I was representing my company, Southern Tutors but I was able to gain some valuable insight on the free school, academies and building plans that could have a huge impact on our local area and be of benefit to all.

I was very interested to hear how in Milton Keynes the council had been building new schools. I was also interested to hear the ideas suggested for dual purpose in schools. Ideas such as sharing resources so that residents could use school libraries, leisure facilities and were also residential flats could be built above schools helping a combination of different problems that we have in Surrey.

There were issues that needed over coming such as public co operation with the private sector, but I did think that a lot of very good ideas were put forward and I look forward to researching them further.

Last night was the second Conservative practice for the inter party football match that I am organising the 15th July. So far we have a venue arranged in principle and lots of ideas for fundraising activities for other non football participants.

If you would like to represent your political party in the football or if you would like to help out at a cake stand or any other fundraising stall please do contact me at the address below!

Remember all the money raised will go to a local charity, so the more people getting involved the better!

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