Coventry University hosts healthy debate on the NHS

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Wednesday 18 March 2015

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Leading figures from health organisations, charities and patient groups met at Coventry University last week for a lively discussion about the future of the NHS.
The debate, which was attended by almost 70 people, coincided with NHS Change Day 2015, a nationwide movement bringing together health professionals, volunteers, campaigners and patients all pledging to make positive contributions to the country’s health service. 

As a highly commended centre for healthcare education and training - courses on offer at Coventry include nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and paramedic sciences – and work already underway on a new £60m Science and Health Building scheduled to open in 2017, the university was an apt setting for the debate. 

With healthcare a priority for the political parties in the run up to this year’s general election, the debate in Coventry focussed on the keys issues affecting provision at both local and national level as well as other topics including patient-centred approaches to healthcare, funding, research, and training needs for the future generation of health professionals. 

Professor Guy Daly, executive dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences chaired the debate and led the panel of speakers which included representatives from the British Dietetic Association, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, NHS Alliance and Age UK

Professor Daly said: 

We were delighted to welcome delegates from both professional bodies and patient groups to our debate. Their input, along with that of health education providers like us, will be crucial in helping to shape the future direction of the NHS. 

With plans firmly in place for the development of our new science and health building and with aspirations to become a world-leading research centre in this field, we are fully committed to healthcare education. We are also keen to play our part in ensuring that health remains at the top of the political agenda.


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