Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016 set to tackle key issues


The Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016 will take place at Manchester Central
The Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016 will take place at Manchester Central

Taking place over 7-8 September, the Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016 is set to return to Manchester Central.

The focus of this year’s event will be on the biggest health and care issues and developments as the NHS Five-Year Forward View continues to be implemented.

Across two main speaker stages, four feature zones, and more than 100 workshops in a ‘pop-up’ university, the Health and Care Innovation Expo will explore the most important aspects of health and care work across England.

Furthermore, the varied exhibition, dedicated learning sessions and satellite events ensure people with particular specialties, experience and interests can gain further detailed insights and practical support.

Oral care needs

The chief dental officer for NHS England, Sara Hurley, will be presenting ‘Putting the mouth back in the body’ as part of an interactive satellite session on Thursday 8 September.

The session will help delegates understand how and why they could be adopting an innovative model of oral healthcare to improve and safeguard the health and wellbeing of elderly patients.

As an integral part of the human body, the mouth has a significant impact on the quality of life in the long term. Sara believes every care pathway must reflect the enduring need for oral care.

‘Expo 2016 provides us with a platform for our evidence to kick start the change in attitude from all those that have a responsibility for designing care pathways and delivering evidence based efficiencies to NHS funded care,’ Sara says.

Smile for Life – a national programme to improve children’s dental health through better coordinated care – will also be launched at the Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016.

The launch will offer practical advice on how to integrate good oral health into care programmes so that all children can benefit from good oral health. The programme will support innovative approaches to ensure children have access to a dental care professional as soon as teeth first appear, continue to visit their dental team regularly for age-appropriate preventive advice and to ensure any problems are identified early.

For all the latest developments and news, visit the Expo 2016 website, and follow @ExpoNHS on Twitter.

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