About this event

  • Date and time Mon 10 Jun 2019 from 8:50am to 4:20pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Digital Health

The right home and neighbourhood environment can maintain health, improve wellbeing and prevent physical and mental illness.

Health, Social Services, Housing and the Voluntary sector (amongst others) all have a role to play in delivering supportive housing and neighbourhoods.

Digital technology can contribute to the basic infrastructure required for a successful delivery.

Speakers will include those working at policy level and on actual applications. Attendees will gain insights which will help them frame their local strategies and implementations.

Generally there needs to be much more emphasis on disease prevention in healthcare and encouragement to maintain good health if we are to avert the growing crisis in our nation’s care provision. This isn’t just the responsibility of Primary Care but lies with other sectors that have an impact on health. 

Topics include:

  • Examples of work going on in Housing Associations, Carers UK, Cities and Boroughs in England
  • Contribution of Healthy New Towns programme
  • Role of Social Prescribing
  • Build on the recent MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) between Health and Housing entitled “Improving Health & Care through the Home” 
  • Future needs and the potential for digital technology

Key speakers

Mr Bill Gillespie

Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), Madeline Starr, Carers UK

Speaker's biography

Mr Gillespie is an experienced health manager who has worked at board level in health organisations in the UK and overseas for the last 18 years.

Bill joined the AHSN in 2016, following a period leading specialised commissioning for NHS England South and two years working on Qatar’s primary healthcare strategy.

Jeremy Porteus

Mr Jeremy Porteus

Director of the Housing Learning and Improvement Network, UK

Speaker's biography

As Director of the Housing Learning and Improvement Network, Jeremy works with policy-makers, commissioners and providers of housing, health and social care nationally to improve housing with care choices for older people.

Before this, Jeremy was the National Programme Lead for Housing at the Department of Health. He is also Chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency's Vulnerable and Older People's Advisory Group, and was Inquiry Secretary to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Mr Clive Flashman, President, Digital Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Healthy living, prevention and the role of Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs)

Bill Gillespie, Wessex Academic Health Science Network

Home environment monitoring and extension to healthcare in Housing Association sector

Mark Lowe, Pinacl Systems

Jointly Care Together: A care co-ordination app for carers

Madeleine Starr, CarersUK

Technology integrated health management (TIHM) for dementia sufferers

Helen Rostill, Surrey and Borders Partnership Trust

Tea and coffee break

Networking and exhibition

Technology to support social prescribing and examples of good practice

Jennifer Neff, Elemental Software

Technology to support cycling for health and examples of good practice

Megan Streb, Sustrans

Give and Take Care – a new model of community self-support

Gabriella Spinelli, Brunel University

Panel discussion

Networking and exhibition

Parallel workshops
Effective use of digital technology in the creation of Ebbsfleet Healthy New Town

Miriam Fagbemi

Using digital technology to engage with patients: Lessons learnt from the TIHM project

Helen Rostill

Challenges and opportunities for social prescribing

Jennifer Neff

CareTeam - help to stay independent

Su Mihelic, Southampton City Council

How digital technologies can help deliver on the memorandum of understanding between health and housing

Jeremy Porteus, Housing Learning and Improvement Network

Panel discussion
Closing remarks

Dr Richard Curry, Council Member, Digital Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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