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Health organisations across East Yorkshire are set to host the biggest showcase of healthcare services and innovation even seen in the region.

The 2016 Health Expo is being organised by Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Humber NHS Foundation Trust, and City Health Care Partnership.

The day-long event will incorporate a healthcare exhibition which is open to the public, along with a special guest appearance from Martin Green, Chief Executive of Hull’s 2017 City of Culture Team.

The event will also feature a recruitment fair for people who are interested in finding out more about healthcare careers, as well as a public ‘Question Time’ event where audience members will be able to put their thoughts and opinions to a panel of local health and social care leaders.

A giant game of ‘Operation’ will be one of the highlights of the Health and Well-being Zone, where people will also be able to make their own smoothies, get a quick consultation using the ‘Street Doctor’ service, and take part in a yoga taster session.

The event is designed to get people thinking not only about how they can keep themselves both mentally and physically well, but to showcase the work which local nurses, doctors, therapists and other healthcare support staff carry out 365 days a year for the benefit of local people.

The Health Expo will culminate in a special awards ceremony on the evening of 7th July, where 14 awards will be up for grabs, including the Innovative Health and Social Care Technology award, Patient Safety award, and Improving Health and Reducing Health Inequalities award. Members of the public are also being invited to nominate a special healthcare worker they know for the 2016 ‘Healthcare Hero’ award, which will recognise the most selfless, supportive and caring individuals from across local health and care services.

Dr Dan Roper, NHS Hull CCG Chair said:

“As a CCG we are enthusiastically supporting Health Expo, which will enable our staff not only to showcase initiatives and innovative work, but also celebrate the achievements of those working in healthcare across the city.”

“The expo will further strengthen the partnership work which has been happening already across the city, with around 300 primary and secondary care clinicians expected to attend, network and share best practice.”

Myles Howell, Director of Communications for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, says:

“The initial idea behind the Health Expo was to share and celebrate the many things which doctors, nurses, and other healthcare staff across Hull and East Yorkshire are doing right now to help improve the care and well-being of local people.

“We all use the NHS in some form or another and we all feel a sense of ownership for it, so it only feels right that we invite people to find out what’s new, see what’s happening, talk to our staff and, as the NHS is one of the region’s biggest employers, find out about current and future job opportunities in this sector.

“As well as showcasing what health and social care teams are doing to make things better, safer, and more efficient for people, we also want the event to have a feel-good factor about it, so we have some exciting things lined up for both the young and young at heart.

“Visitors can get the mind and body working with a game of Giant Jenga, hop on a smoothie bike to make a fresh and healthy drink, get on-the-spot advice from our Street Doctor, take part in a relaxing afternoon yoga session, and then write on our graffiti wall to tell us what they think of the day.

“This is the first time health and care organisations have come together on such a scale to showcase the amazing work which is carried out every day for the benefit of local people. With so much going on this year, we hope people will find some time to visit us and take part in our celebration of local NHS staff and services.”

More information, along with details of how to nominate for the Healthcare Hero award and how to submit questions for/reserve places at the Question Time session, are available at www.healthexpo.co.uk

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