Innovation, jobs, games, debate, activities, learning, prizes and fun: Health Expo has it all!

Health organisations across East Yorkshire will host the biggest showcase of healthcare services and innovation even seen in the region next week.

The 2016 Health Expo will be held on Thursday 7 July at the KCOM Stadium, and 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.

Sponsored by Siemens Healthineers, the event is designed to showcase excellence and improvements in local health and social care services, but there will also be plenty for people to do, see, learn, hear, and take part in, including:

  • A Recruitment Fair for those interested in local health vacancies and NHS careers
  • Expert speakers, including a keynote speech from Martin Green, Hull 2017 City of Culture Chief Executive
  • ‘Try a Mile’ and Buggy Sessions led by the fantastic Fitmums running group
  • On-the-spot health advice from our Street Doctor, Health Trainer, and in the Physio Zone
  • Games to get people moving including giant games of Operation, Jenga, and Batak Pro
  • Advice on coping with dementia in our 50s style kitchen
  • Sampling healthy snacks and healthy meals/nutritional advice
  • A Question Time debate, chaired by the BBC’s Amanda White, putting topical questions to local health and social care leaders
  • Free yoga, meditation and stress relief taster sessions
  • Meet and greet with BBC Look North’s Peter Levy
  • Advice on living with and beyond cancer from the Macmillan Survivorship Team

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 local teams and individuals will compete for titles including the Innovative Health and Social Care Technology Award, Success in Partnership Working Award, and Healthcare Hero of the Year.

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

“Our local teams are involved in some really cutting-edge projects and improvements, so one of the main aims of the Health Expo is to showcase these amongst members of the public and celebrate the fantastic work carried out by health workers across the region.

“At the same time, we want the event to be fun and engaging, so we’ve plenty to keep people occupied throughout the day. Those simply wanting to listen and learn could join the audience of the Question Time debate or see how state-of-the-art simulation mannequins are used to train our doctors and nurses. Those seeking something a bit more hands-on, however, could experience VERT, the 3D radiotherapy treatment simulator, or ‘Try a Mile’ with the Fitmums running group as they lead a friendly exercise session around West Park.

“This is the first time health and care organisations have come together on such a scale to showcase the amazing work of our local NHS and to encourage people to think about their health and well-being in such a way. With so much going on this year, we hope people will find some time to visit us and enjoy a fun, free, and informative day out.”

Kate Smith from Fitmums and Friends says:

“Fitmums and Friends are excited to be part of Health Expo – it gives us a great opportunity to spread the word about our new ‘In the Pink’ project which offers free one-to-one support to adults in Hull and East Yorkshire who’d like some help to get into regular exercise.  The project is available at any of our running clubs in Hull and East Yorkshire, as well as at our fitness walking and buggy sessions.

“There’ll be a chance to experience the friendly and welcoming Fitmums experience with our “try a mile” and buggy sessions too, so don’t forget your trainers!”

The 2016 Health Expo will take place at the KCOM Stadium on Thursday 7th July from 9:30am to 4pm. Members  of the public will receive a warm welcome, and are invited to stay for as much of the day as they are able. There is no need to book, however guests are encouraged to register if they wish to participate in the Question Time event specifically, by calling the Hull CCG Engagement Team on 01482 344700 or via https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2016healthexpo

More details, including a full programme for the day, are now available at Health Expo