Global health experts to descend on Cumbria for networking summit

There are just two weeks to go until top health experts and innovators gather in Cumbria for a pioneering networking event.

The World Health Innovation Summit (WHIS) is a chance for local, national and global professionals to share their success stories.

Set up in Cumbria three years ago, the movement has snowballed and now has a presence in the USA, Asia, Africa, Europe, with China the most recent to get involved.

Founder Gareth Presch, who lives locally, always vowed that Cumbria would host the main annual WHIS summit.

His aim is to put the county at the forefront of global health innovation, helping to tackle long-standing problems in the north and south Cumbrian NHS and attracting future staff.

WHIS Cumbria will take place on March 1 and 2 in Carlisle, featuring speakers from the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Mr Presch, who has built up a huge following of global health professionals on social media, said: “This is our third year in Cumbria and Carlisle. The idea has always been to put our city and region on the map while supporting our local NHS.

“WHIS gives us that opportunity on global scale, for us now and future generations.

“What better way to celebrate the NHS 70th anniversary than to put the spotlight on our area. We hear regularly about the issues our local NHS face with recruitment and retention. This is our opportunity to showcase Carlisle and Cumbria to the world.”

Laura Hipple, a doctor in north Cumbria, described the summit as: “an international exchange of ideas, enthusiasm, best practice and shared values, right on our own doorstep”.

She added: “It will focus the spotlight for health innovation onto Cumbria, bringing people – both real and virtual – to meet, mix and inspire to mutual benefit.”

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