In Casebook this time a brief summary of what we’ve been up to over the last month:
Recent Activity by the Executive Chair
Professor Richard Parish has been actively involved in a number of key aspects of the work of the centre since the last meeting details are set out below:
1. He attended the Parliamentary sensory loss impact in rural areas on 23 November and made some useful connections for the work of the National Centre
2. Professor Parish attended the Campus for Future Living Steering Group, Guest Lecture and Rural Health and Care round table meeting, all connected to the Lincoln Institute of Rural Health on 30th November.
We have been considering how best to re-start interest in the recommendations which are still both current and valid after the February launch of the report. A number of good ideas have emerged to date including the development of an audience segmentation plan looking at the specific recommendations and the convening of some potential “champions” to support the next stage of the roll out of the recommendations, including an examination of the potential to get a number of key informants together as a reference group to consider how best to leverage their connections within their sectors.
Rural Proofing Toolkit
The Northern Ireland version of the toolkit is now complete. It was launched on 10 October at a virtual event with two both Edwin Poots (DEARA Minister) and Robin Swann (Health Minister). This is a fantastic development and will provide some very good transnational profile for the National Centre.
Partners in Northern Ireland have confirmed their interest in participating in the Action Learning set we have mooted in England. After a promotion of the toolkit at an ACRE Network meeting we now have 5 expressions of interest alongside the Northern Ireland expression. The areas are:
Campus for Future Living
The Campus for Future Living in which the National Centre is a supportive partner has now achieved planning permission and the contract for the £8.6 million build in Mablethorpe is due to be let before the end of the year. An advisory board is being formed by East Lindsey District Council to support the identification of an operator and our Chair Professor Richard Parish has been asked to join that group.
Professor Roger Strasser Visit to Lincoln 30 November
Professor Roger Strasser attended provided a guest lecture and hosted a health and care round table meeting at the University of Lincoln on 30 November 2022. A number of key issues which are highly pertinent to the mission and work of the centre were raised. A copy of his lecture is available here: Prof Roger Strasser- Grow Your Own Workforce through Immersive Community Engaged Education.mp4