Digital Health: How do we avoid 'Digital Exclusion' in health & social care?
6.45pm - Dominic Stenning, Patient Leader @Patient_Leader
7.15pm - Helen Milner, CEO, Tinder Foundation @helenmilner
8.00pm - Networking break
8.30pm - Shirley Ayres, Co-Founder, Connected Care Network @shirleyayres
Dominic Stenning After experiencing Mental Health issues over my lifetime, I've been involved with my local trust as a volunteer and Independent Consultant (Non Profit) with a seat on Recovery College East Steering Group.
I've been labeled an "Expert By Experience" and latterly a "Patient Leader" as I was nominated by my Trust CPFT. A "Patient Leader" for me, basically boils down to being an Independent Consultant with a passion for Adult Social Care. As a Patient Leader I work to gain experience and enjoy meeting new people and learning new skills, especially in communication. As a Patient Leader I hope to build new relationships and put patients at the heart of the strategic decision making process.
Helen Milner is the Chief Executive of Tinder Foundation, a social enterprise and staff owned mutual. She is passionate about the benefits to individuals that digital technologies bring. Her priorities are to build capacity in local communities and to ensure that people get the capability they need to reap the opportunities of the web and 'digital by default' service delivery, and in the three years 2010 - 2013 her organisation and their hyper-local partners have helped 1.2 million people to do just that using the Foundation’s learning platform www.learnmyway.com. She’s now working on a range of new products such as ww.communityhowto.com and http://digitalhousinghub.ning.com/ - to drive the use of digital by millions more people and thousands of organisations in the UK and elsewhere. Helen has over 25 years experience of working on the internet, starting in 1985 in the private sector with TTNS, developing online education services for schools. Then working in online services for schools and students in Australia and Japan in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Helen ran the ippr and University of Sunderland 'university for industry' pilot in 1997 that informed the creation of learndirect. She joined the newly formed Ufi in 1999 and helped to create and lead the learndirect learning network. Working closely with Government Ministers and officials since the 1990s Helen’s ambition is to ensure that the UK doesn’t leave anyone behind as the nation becomes more and more digital. In 2012 she was included in the the Digital Hall of Fame for the 20 influential Britons in digital. Helen is a Commissioner for Social Mobility for Brent Council, and is a member of The House of Commons Speaker’s Commission for Digital Democracy.
Shirley Ayres is the Co-Founder of the Connected Care Network redefining care and support for the digital age. She is Co-Presenter and Producer of the Disruptive Social Care podcast series. She is a respected commentator on digital technology and the power of social media to build and support community engagement and inclusion. Her Provocation Paper " Can online innovations enhance social care?" published by the Nominet Trust in 2013 has been widely cited as an invaluable contribution to understanding the power of digital to transform more person centred care.
Shirley works with innovative organisations who wish to understand the power of digital engagement to build connected communities.
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