WHIS 2015 Part 2 – “Together, We Inspire”

Part 1 is here

Part 2 – let’s just say this is where we take off!

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I had the pleasure of meeting Sheena Byrom, Dr Laura Hipple, Deirdre Munroe (Global Village Midwives) , Lesley Page, Jenny Clarke in 2015. It was centred around the Maternity work going on in Cumbria. Director of Nursing Gail Naylor supported by the management team are working hard to improve the services in the County and I’ve been delighted to able to support this work in anyway possible and long may it continue in 2016.

In late September I met a very talented pharmacist doing great engagement work in the Community Hala Jawad and we’ve been collaborating ever since.

Inspirational Teena Gates shared her fitness journey with us #Couch2fitness – running made easy!!!

Dr Ollie Hart invited me and others who have been working together since our meeting in April to speak about WHIS in Sheffield and it was a great day full of energy and passion. There is exciting and innovative work taking place in Sheffield.

We also heard from ICAN – The Irish Children’s Arthritis Charity about the work they are doing to support kids with the condition.

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October saw me present to the Carlisle Ambassadors at the same venue we got married in – Dalston Hall. It was another jam packed event and it was a pleasure sharing the stage with fellow Dubliner and Music industry legend Dave Robinson (Former, Elvise Costello manager and has worked with some greats). Also at that meeting we heard from fellow Ambassador and good friend Matt Bond on his idea to walk to Parliament from Carlisle (Yes I know some crazy people)!.

We had an insight into childcare and healthy eating at the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF). Their doing good work under the guidance of Joan O’Sullivan MBE.

In November we heard from Dr Zsu on Meditation and Matt Smith on his trucking adventure with the Coca-Cola Truck.

We also launched our Autumn Newsletter and heard from our Chair Dr Hannan along with many more who have joined our journey in 2015.

The Cumbria Health Forum Chaired by Prof Alison Marshall hosted an innovation seminar with ourselves in November at the University of Cumbria and we heard from a number of speakers on health innovation. Dr Hannan spoke about patient access to records via smartphones and online and the incredible impact this has on patient care.

December unfortunately brought the floods to Cumbria and the rest of the UK. It’s been devastating for all concerned. However, we will come back stronger and we are here to support each other. Via social media we have seen an unbelievable amount of social good and community spirit shown over the last few weeks. Everyone has come together to help. Volunteers, emergency services, local authorities as a community all working together to support the recovery.


Here are two blogs that give a small insight into spirit shown over the last few weeks – #spiritofCarlisle #spiritofCumbria  A special mention has to go to Ravinder Singh and the Khalsa Aid team that have traveled up numerous times to help us out. Many thank Ravi and Indy. There is more to do and we are determined to get back to normal and show Cumbria is open for business so please do come and support us.

We seen the NHS4XmasNo1 reach the top of charts and it was a great moment and one to look back on proudly. It might even be worth playing it as we welcome in 2016 :).


Following on from the NHS reaching number one  ahead of Justin Bieber we seen Tic Toc UK fund 12 defibs for Carlisle as part of their 12 Defibs of Christmas campaign supported by the Carlisle Ambassadors. An amazing piece of work that will save lives. Excellent work by Helen, Amanda and the team.

In December we agreed to Partner with Peace Revolution as part of the World Peace Initiative and we will be travelling to Hungary in April 2016 to take part in their European event.

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So what next? 2016 will bring us many new adventure but our focus will be locally to support the flood relief. We’ve committed that any funds after costs from our Cumbrian Summit will go to the flood relief appeal.

We’ll be busy in 2016 and we’re looking forward to it. Carlisle 10th & 11th March is our opening summit (Tickets for our evening events at the Halston will go on sale next week).

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After that we have London, Austria and Greece for 2016. Don’t be surprised though if we announce a few more in between as we’re looking at quite a few locations at the moment and will certainly be bringing a summit near you sooner or later. Our vision is to support local communities to inspire, innovate and share knowledge to improve health care. Our platforms are for all and we welcome the opportunity to work with you. We are currently developing and growing and if you wish to get in touch please do. We are currently looking to develop partnerships – contact me garethwhis@gmail.com .

You can join us via social media and contribute and meet some of our team during one of scheduled #Blabs @HIC2016


David Jones and the team at Fusion Go team invited me to speak at their Christmas lunch about WHIS and it was a pleasure to meet young entrepreneurs in Cumbria. They completely understood how health touches us all and how the business community can help support healthcare in the community. I’m looking forward to seeing the Fusion Go team prosper in 2016.

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There are so many people that I would like to thank and wish well for 2016 and I’ll not be able to cover eveyone but here goes – Kate Wilson, Michelle Masters, Carol Milnes, Ravinder Singh, Sheena Byrom, Dr Umesh Prabhu, Dr Amir Hannan, Dr Suresh Rao, Helen Ray, Claire Thompson, John Walsh, John Kinnaird, Paul Jebb, Fred Story, Jason Gooding, Simon Harrison, Anna Blume, Christiana Gardikoti, Glenys Marriot, Martyn Blacklock, Matt Bond, Debbie Kavanagh, Farouq Din, Alan Smith, Olive O’Connor, Claire Fuller, Danny Ibbotson, Paul Rheinbach, Andy Fearon, Bert Ola-Bergstrand, Rehan Allahwala, Dr Zsuzsanna Fajscak, John Quigley, Dr Gerard Crotty, Prof John Bonnar, Dr William Murphy, Sheridan Tatsuno, Nic Stobbs, Kath Evans, Jenny Clarke, Deirdre Munro, John Joyce, Samantha Kelly, Marie Ennis O’Connor, Ken Heard, Dr Farhan Amin, Colette McQueen, Colin Glover, Jordan Hull, Stephen Dunn, Cormac Russell, Soni Cox, Hala Jawad, Ben Priest, Prof Alison Marshall, Andrew Sullivan, Alan Lillie, Tony St Ledger, Liam Chivers, Les Hanley, David Jones, Dr Alan Smith, Tim Delaney, Sandra Booth, Tatiana Fedorova, Amin Ullah, Sapkota Pradeep, Katherine Rutherford, Lisa Drake, Ingrid Brindle, Roy Liley, Chris Hanson, Steve Turner, Karolina Mazetyte, Roz Davies, Dr Ollie Hart, Joan O’Sullivan, Andy Fearon and there are more. I’ll just say THANK YOU.

Summarising 2015 we’ve reached over 80 countries, collaborated with over 50 different business and agencies and touched more than 400,000 people with our World Health Innovation Summit message and we are looking forward to collaborating and supporting our communities in 2016.

I want to take this opportunity to thank my family for their continued support as without them this would not be possible.

2016 – “Together, We Inspire” Gareth PreschIMG_0094

Here is the World Health Innovation Summit presentation – https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1dn3bpAQS8dVoIaX61d2j0-BpL0SNFGHPE46nGuv2cmk/edit?usp=sharing

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