BLMK Clinical Conversation – Making Time for Prevention – 17 July 2018

Clinical Conversation – Making Time for Prevention

When: Tuesday 17 July, 2018 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm

Where: Rufus Centre, Lockyer Suite, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, Bedfordshire, MK45 1AH


This dynamic evening will be chaired by Carole Mills, Chief Executive Officer Milton Keynes Council and BLMK Prevention Lead who will share her passion for prevention from a lay person’s perspective.

The evening’s key note speaker is Dr William Bird MBE, a GP in Berkshire, who is a passionate advocator for making a lasting difference to people’s health and wellbeing through effective prevention and early intervention.

Dr William Bird MBE has worked as a GP since 1991 and in 2010 was appointed MBE for services for health and physical activity. William is one of the UK’s leading experts on physical activity and building active communities and has spent more than three decades advocating the benefits of physical activity, and nature on health, and has been instrumental in setting up nationally-recognisable schemes such as Green Gyms, Healthy Walks,  Beat the Street and Social Prescribing that have helped get more than 2 million people active and healthy across the UK and worldwide.

Dr Bird’s knowledge on tackling inactivity has seen him work with the WHO to develop a physical activity strategy for the Middle East and with The MET Office to develop Health Forecasting.  As CEO and Founder of Intelligent Health, Dr Bird has helped build active communities across the world and made a lasting difference to people’s health and wellbeing.

At this event you’ll learn about how to make a measurable difference to a residents life:

  • How prevention is critical to the success of the STP if we want to reduce the impact of the growing burden of ill health on our local health and care system
  • Understanding the physiological relationship between lifestyle behaviours and stress and how our bodies then respond with chronic inflammation which leads to cancer and long-term illness
  • Participate in a dynamic one hour interactive training session to learn key skills on how to deliver a ‘gold standard very brief intervention’ so we can all ‘make time for prevention’ in our busy professional lives and apply this in everyday practice
  • See first-hand how prevention works by meeting a resident who was referred by her GP to her local social prescribing service.

Spaces are available to anyone working within our system. To book your place email –

Healthy food and refreshments will be provided at the event. Places will be reserved on a first come, first served basis. A full agenda will follow in the coming weeks.