Cornwall's first health and business
conference proves popular
Places for delegates are rapidly being taken up for Cornwall's
first health and business conference.
The conference, called Building Bridges, will be held at
the Knowledge Spa at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, on
the morning of May 11th. Hosted by Cornwall Medi-Park Ltd
it is designed to work with businesses to make the most of
opportunities available to expand, by working with health
and higher education services, as well as publicise the area's
Ros Stollard, conference organiser, said: "The response
so far is really encouraging. It is clear that many different
types of business want to take this unique development opportunity."
Professor Colin Roberts, Chairman of Cornwall Medi-Park and
non executive director of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust
said: "The idea is to have an open forum with health,
higher education and business to consider the advantages that
we can create together to generate a stronger local economy
using the best knowledge available. One of the most important
aspects of the conference will be the planning of a programme
of meetings or seminars that reflects the needs of local business."
One company which has had phenomenal success through working
with health services and has just expanded by taking up a
business incubation office at the Knowledge Spa is MJ Medical.
Started 18 years ago as a small company in Coverack, MJ Medical
now employs 36 staff and has multi million pound contracts
both in the UK and abroad.
MJ Medical specialises in planning hospitals and has worked
on numerous projects in the third world countries, including
Africa. Now 80 per cent of its contracts are within the UK,
largely through PFIs (Private Finance Initiatives). MJ Medical's
services include the planning of activities within a hospital
and its configuration, through to identifying what equipment
is required and where it should be located and its relative
procurement, installation and maintenance of that equipment.
Cassie Coleman, MJ Medical Director explained that the company's
expansion to the Knowledge Spa would work perfectly because
new staff could be trained using the Spa and hospital facilities.
She said: "We aim to develop the strong links that
we already have with the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust. Our
main interests there will be the access to hospital departments
and staff to facilitate an information exchange with MJ Medical
to help improve our services. We hope to do this through the
use of new training facilities. It is our aim to give our
staff an in depth understanding of the NHS, the functions
of the different departments within hospitals and related
clinical procedures and medical technology. Equally we hope
to share our knowledge of emerging technology and equipment,
as well as developments in hospital design within the UK and
abroad. The conference facilities will help us to achieve
Anyone wanting more information about the conference or to
book a place can contact Ros Stollard at the Knowledge Spa
on 01872 255133, e mail: email@example.com.
Information is also available on the Knowledge Spa website www.knowledgespa.co.uk click the 'business conference' link on the homepage.
For further information contact Sue Wolstenholme at the Royal
Cornwall Hospitals Trust on 01872 252934.
The Objective One programme for Cornwall and the Isles
of Scilly has invested in The Knowledge Spa through the European
Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Cornwall Medi-Park Ltd has been established jointly by the Royal Cornwall Hospitals
Trust and the University of Plymouth to maximise the economic
benefits to Cornwall from a close collaboration between health
and business experts. The company will manage its business
incubation units in the Knowledge Spa and lead the development
of the new Medi-Park to be built adjacent to the existing
The Knowledge Spa offers
modern, innovative and high quality facilities. It houses
the Cornish component of the Peninsula Medical School and
the faculty of Health and Social Work of the University of
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