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Revitalising Rural – Rural Health and Wellbeing Day

The Rural Services Network is delighted to be taking bookings for our online National Rural Conference, Revitalising Rural


Taking place throughout the week from 14-18th September, with each day focusing on a different topic relevant to rural areas.  This week we are concentrating on the fifth conference day, Friday 18th September which is Rural Health and Wellbeing Day!  The day will feature sessions that all members of the Rural Services Network can access for free. Book your place here

Throughout the course of the week, we are providing a range of sessions to make you feel like you are at our normal conference.

Rural Health and Wellbeing Day Plenary

The plenary session will feature one speaker:

Professor Sian Griffiths, will be sharing her extensive expertise with delegates in relation to rural health and wellbeing.

Professor Griffiths has a varied career, a former Regional Director of Public Health and Director of Public Health for Oxfordshire, in 2003 she chaired the Hong Kong SAR government's SARS Inquiry, joining the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) as Director of the School of Public Health and Primary Care in 2005. Since 2013 she is Emeritus Professor at CUHK and was Senior Adviser on International Academic Development to the previous Vice Chancellor until 2018.  In the UK, her current roles include interim Advisory Member of the Board of Public Health England and Chair of the Global Health Committee, Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London and Deputy Chair of the Charity Gambleaware. She has just joined the Board of the National Centre of Rural Health and Care. For more information about Professor Griffiths, please click here to see her full biography.

Rural Health and Wellbeing Seminar Session

The Seminar session will feature two speakers:

Firstly, Dr Debbie Freake, Director of Integration at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. 

Secondly Michelle Howard, Assistant Director of Housing and Wellbeing, at East Lindsey District Council and Boston Borough Council will be talking on The Towns Fund and place based approaches to health and well-being – the Campus for Future Living – our plans for a national exemplar.


Places are only available to organisations that are members of the Rural Services Network and can be booked at this link

If you are not a member and would like to find out more, please contact nadine.trout@sparse.gov.uk

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