Act as One Festival celebrates Bradford’s health and care partnership

A MONTH-LONG virtual festival begins tomorrow (27 April) celebrating health and care partnership projects across Bradford District and Craven.

The inaugural Act as One Festival runs until 20 May and features a mix of local speakers as well as key national experts joining events throughout the month. Dr Habib Naqvi, Director of the NHS Race and Health Observatory will kick off proceedings as he joins the first event focusing on career progression for diverse communities.

With over 50 speakers and over 20 events taking place over four weeks, there will be plenty on offer for people to pick from. Sessions will cover topics ranging from data science that changes lives, the work of six apprentices who developed a kindness campaign and an opportunity for people to shape the future health and care strategy for the district.

The festival will end with a recognition day to showcase projects and teams that are living the values of Act as One. Key note speakers for the recognition day will be Prerana Issar, Chief People Officer for the NHS and Chris Hopson, Chief Executive for NHS Providers.

Professor Mel Pickup, Chief Executive of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our Act as One Festival will be a real mix of events that demonstrate to people locally, regionally and nationally how we are really moving at pace to make integrated working a reality.

Virtual events

“With such a broad range of events we can really highlight the great work all our partners do from the NHS, local authority to independent care providers, community organisations and through to the world class research institutions. We look forward to welcoming people to our virtual events.”

Dr Habib Naqvi, Director of the NHS Race and Health Observatory added: “I’m delighted to be able to join the first event of the inaugural Act as One Festival and really look forward to listening to diverse local leaders sharing their career journeys. I will outline how the work we are doing at NHS Race and Health Observatory is demonstrably contributing to levelling the playing field for people working in health and care as well as those accessing services.”

Act as One is the health and care partnership for the district, with a vision of helping people live ‘happy, healthy at home’.

People can find out more and book on to the session by visiting the Act as One Festival Eventbrite link with updates also being shared on Twitter @ActAsOneBDC and @BTHFT.