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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 future Medi-Park.

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 this objective."

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:

Information is also available on the Knowledge Spa website 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).


Editor's notes:

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 site.

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 Plymouth.


Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

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