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Thu 19Sep
Fri 20Sep

Re-imagining Health today

Facilitators: Sarah Cowley - Master Systemic Team Coach, with Expert Speakers from across the NHS

Join a group of cross-sector experts to re-imagine healthcare and what we need to develop the best health and health care system in the world. Come away with new thinking and ways forward.

Just Imagine If… will consist of an evening of conversation with an interactive panel of experts, followed by an all-day workshop. Many of these experts will continue to work with us to explore the future together. For the full list of contributors, please see below.

Using imagination and creative thinking to work together to understand the system and create new futures and radical change. Drawing on the latest thinking to create the possibilities.

Develop greater capability as changemakers and leaders to go back into the system and make impactful change. New ideas, ways forward and prototypes, and what is needed to take them to the next stage.

“Imagine being able to operate in times of unpredictability and volatility from a place of confidence and sure momentum.” Otto Scharmer


Event time: Thu 19th Sep 2024 at 6:00pm - Fri 20th Sep 2024 at 4:00pm

Just imagine if people in England have the best health in the world, enabled by the best healthcare system.

At a Glance

  • An interactive expert panel and conversations followed by the all day workshop, creating a courageous space for people to come together to re-imagine healthcare.
  • Inspiring and equipping individuals and teams as change makers and leaders, so they go back into the system and make impactful change.
  • Fresh conversations capitalising on collective expertise and commitment to better health outcomes, supported by diverse speakers and expert facilitation.
  • Leave with a map of a possible different future delivering better health outcomes and improved inequalities.

The Speakers and Facilitators

Sarah Cowley, Master Systemic Team Coach, Co-Founder of Uncommon Ground
Professor Penny Hay
, Professor of Imagination, Bath Spa University
Rob Hopkins, Author of From What is to What if? and Transition Movement founder
Charlie McGibney, Director of Urgent and Emergency Care, Northern Care Alliance
Dr Allison Streetly, Deputy National Lead, Healthcare Public Health, NHSE
Steve Taylor, Chief Officer, Rochdale Care Organisation, HSJ award winner

Professor Penny Hay
Professor of Imagination, Bath Spa University

Dr. Penny Hay is an artist, educator and researcher, Professor of Imagination Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries, Reader in Creative Teaching and Learning, Bath Spa University and Founding Director House of Imagination. Signature projects include School Without Walls and Forest of Imagination. Penny is the strand leader for Creative Pedagogy in the Policy, Pedagogy and Practice Research Centre, Associate Director of TRACE at Bath Spa University, Chair of Imagination Research Space, and co-chair of the eARTh research group focusing on education, arts and the environment. She was recently the co-investigator on an Erasmus+ project Interstice in Europe researching the space between art, children and educators, and artist researcher on the AHRC funded Rethinking Waste Compound13 Project in Mumbai.

Penny was awarded an Honorary Fellowship at Arts University Plymouth and a Fellowship in Imagination at the Centre for Future Thinking; she is a National Teaching Fellow and Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, with awards from Action for Children’s Arts, Thornton Education Trust, Landscape Institute and Creative Bath.

Rob Hopkins
Author of From What is to What if? and Transition Movement founder

Rob Hopkins is the co-founder of Transition Network and of Transition Town Totnes, and author of several books including ‘The Transition Handbook‘ and most recently, ‘From What Is to What If: unleashing the power of imagination to create the future we want’. He is an Ashoka Fellow, has spoken at TED Global and at several TEDx events, and appeared in the French film phenomenon ‘Demain‘. He holds a PhD from the University of Plymouth as well as 2 Honoris Causas, and is a Director of Totnes Community Development Society. He hosts the podcast ‘From What If to What Next‘. In November 2022 he was made an Honorary Citizen of Liège in Belgium by the Mayor of the city.

Dr Allison Streetly MBE
Deputy National Lead, Healthcare Public Health, NHSE

Allison Streetly is a senior Public Health consultant & recently Head of the National Public Health team. She is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer Kings College London Division of Life course and Population Health sciences. Most recently Allison has been supporting work in development of policy to address the huge burden that Musculoskeletal conditions place on society and supporting raising the profile of the importance of physical activity for healthy life expectancy.

Allison has had a wide range of roles. During the pandemic working in Public Health England as a senior public health advisor and lead for Long COVID. Other roles whilst in Public Health England include membership of the NICE indicators committee (and previous QOF committee), members of the Clinical Priorities Advisory group (CPAG) and work with NICE and NHS England on advice and guidance on the approach to Familial hypercholesterolaemia testing and more cardiovascular disease prevention. Prior to this she set up from scratch and lead the NHS Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia newborn and antenatal screening programme and advocated a specialist clinical network.

She is passionate about developing teams and staff to their full potential and values different approaches to solving problems and is herself a dyslexic thinker. She supports an imaginative and creative approach to use of the limited healthcare resources to enable a forward-thinking approach to prevention of ill health and care. Allison is a trustee of Lewisham Local a voluntary sector infrastructure organisation.

Steve Taylor
Chief Officer, Rochdale Care Organisation, HSJ award winner

Steve has successfully worked at clinical and managerial levels within the NHS for over 40 years. He trained as a registered general nurse in 1987 and went on to work in A&E departments in Oxford and Manchester. He’s also a trained mental health nurse and has worked in several acute/ community mental health settings.

In 1998, Steve gained a degree in nursing and went on to obtain an MSc in strategic leadership in 2002. He has a long-standing interest in healthcare leadership and has lectured and presented on this topic in the UK, Europe, and USA.

He has led on the successful integration of health, social and voluntary services within North Manchester and Rochdale communities.

Appointed as the Chief Officer of the Rochdale Borough integrated care organisation six years ago he believes strongly that working in partnership across health, care, and the wider determinants of health, provides better outcomes for people and communities and demonstrable benefits for the health and care system itself.

Sarah Cowley
Master Systemic Team Coach, Co-Founder of Uncommon Ground

Sarah Cowley is a master systemic team coach and organisation development consultant. She is an experienced Director and Senior Manager.

She creates environments where change becomes possible and individuals and teams have the courage to explore and develop, making a positive impact in their worlds. Sarah cares deeply about people, helping leaders and leadership teams to be of their best. Her perspective has been enriched by her work in equality, diversity and inclusion to which she is deeply committed.

Sarah works with entrepreneurs and high growth business in addition to the household names of today. She also works with the leadership teams within both the health and higher education sectors.

She has an MBA from London Business School and is Visiting Fellow at London South Bank University Business School.

For Individuals and Teams

Just Imagine if ______is designed to inspire and strengthen individuals and teams with new thinking and ways forward so you can make impactful change.  It is for everyone who is interested in accelerating towards better outcomes.

Working Across Structural Boundaries

Just Imagine if ________ every individual and community is as healthy as can be.  We will focus on your challenges and place based health – how do we provide seamless healthcare from minor to acute, emergency, long term illness and mental health? How do we work across structural boundaries?  What could ‘best’ look like?

The Process

Just Imagine if draws on the latest knowledge of systems change, behaviours, learning and imagination to accelerate towards a better future. Conversations will cut across boundaries and explore what could be different, the future and how we might get there.  And the concrete action and ways forward to make this a reality.

The Thursday evening will consist of dinner, followed by panel discussion. Friday will consist of an all-day workshop exploring and re-imagining possibilities. This will be Facilitated by Sarah Cowley, Master Systemic Team Coach.

The Schedule

Thursday 19th September

Dinner followed by evening panel and conversation

Just Imagine If panel of experts as the catalyst for debate, conversation and challenge.

Opportunities for people to share their stories and start creating the future from across the room. The questions and themes which emerge will form the basis for the workshop on the following day.

Friday 20th September

A ‘laboratory’ session using creative, open space approaches including 3D modelling and storytelling.

Drawing on the key themes which emerged from the panel conversation and individuals most pressing questions. Create scenarios and build the prototypes of the future. Shape the journey and find the opportunities today which will contribute to actionable change.

Connect through individual stories and create collective stories. We anticipate there will be a strong place-based element.

This Conference is a Collaboration Between Hawkwood and Uncommon Ground

Uncommon Ground
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Your Stay

Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts. Our programme of courses is led by experienced tutors and leaders in their fields.

What Is Included

Both residential and non-residential rates are available. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Additional Activities

Mindful walking through our woodland trails
Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
Discover surrounding charming market towns

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Practical Information

Ticket options will be as follows:
Thursday evening dinner and panel discussion (6pm - 9:30pm)
Friday workshop (9:30am - 4pm)
Thursday evening and Friday workshop.