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Social Prescribing in Practice: A Progress Update

Next steps for social prescribing in England - commissioning, scaling up, supporting community and vulnerable groups, and learning from COVID-19 crisis, 17th September 2020, is the third policy conference on social prescribing, hosted  by the Westminster Health Forum. Read more

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How Food Regulation Might Change in the Future

I recently attended Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum policy conference The future of food regulation - adapting to COVID-19, local regulation and enforcement, food standards, and the future of the regulatory system, 8th July 2020, to hear how regulation and standards are due to change post-Brexit.  Read more

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‘Next steps for developing the UK’s drone sector - innovation, safety and regulation, and latest on commercial and public sector applications’

As they get smaller, cheaper and easier to use, drones provide the potential for growth and innovation across many sectors. From casual flying and aerial videography to farming and remote rescue services the use of drones can not only be used for fun but can also provide solutions that have long been required. A drone is defined as an unmanned aerial system (UAS), predominantly used by the military, but have become readily available at reasonable cost , for leisure and commercial usage. Read more

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Developing artificial intelligence technologies in the UK

After China and The United States, The UK is in the best position to take advantage of the developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) which will benefit the country across numerous sectors.  This is how Sana Khareghani – Head, Office for Artificial Intelligence describes the role of AI: “AI technologies present opportunities for the UK economy not only in productivity gain but also in market value and right now we are really looking at the role of AI technologies in helping us through recovery from the pandemic” Read more

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Healthy Weight Management

I recently attended Westminster Health Forum policy conference, Next steps for healthy weight management in England - the new obesity strategy, primary care interventions, innovation in support and public engagement, and the role of industry and technology, 9th September 2020, to hear plans and debate around the government’s obesity strategy. Read more

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Commissioning Healthcare Post COVID-19

COVID-19 will fundamentally change the way the NHS deliver services, and how they are commissioned.  We have seen this in practice with the use of digital solutions to keep services running during the pandemic.  The NHS is currently undergoing a reorganization, and the deadline for all of England to be part of an Integrated Care System (ICS) by April 2021 remains in place.  Read more

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Developing a new National Food Strategy for England

Our food is cheap, we are spoiled for choice, we often eat too much and we definitely waste a lot. The environment is suffering and so is our health. Food plays an essential part in our lives, culture and  this is the current state of our UK Food system.   “I think we have to accept that food as a percentage of our daily income has probably never been cheaper so there are many challenges…” Read more

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Environmental Sustainability in Healthcare: Post COVID-19 and the “New Normal”

I recently attended the Westminster Health Forum policy conference Environmental sustainability in healthcare - drivers for change, incentives and measurement, and priorities for the NHS, 2nd July 2020.  The NHS has had to undergo a dramatic transformation in order to continue delivering healthcare to the population during COVID-19.  A scale of change, like never before, has been achieved in a very short time, with the potential for a more environmentally sustainable health service going forward. Read more

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Priorities and Challenges for the Online Harms Legislation

I recently attended Westminster eForum policy conference Next steps for online regulation in the UK, 23rd June 2020, where industry experts and representatives from government discussed the key priorities and challenges for the upcoming Online Harms legislation. Read more

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Tackling Health Inequalities for Children and Young People

11th May, 2020, Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum hosted a conference, Children’s food and nutrition in England - next steps for policy and industry practice on obesity prevention, innovation, and tackling inequalities, looking at how the government are performing on their commitment to halve childhood obesity by 2030.  Read more