Haelo Hosts ’16 : Daring Greatly – Event Blog


What a week! We’ve had an amazing time. Thank you to all our partners, speakers, participants and Haelo green shirts!



Review the live blog below:

Welcome to the live event blog from Haelo Hosts ’16 – Daring Greatly! Haelo’s annual conference will bring people together to challenge thinking and inspire actions.

This conference will bring together those with a will to positively influence the delivery of public services, restore hope and become an agent for change.

Don’t forget, to take part in the event, you will need to download the Haelo events app (log in and password on your lanyard) and to join the conversation on Twitter using the #HaeloHosts


Watch our Haelo Hosts 16:Daring Greatly introductory film above.

Maxine Power, Chief Executive of Haelo and Mike Farrar, Chief Executive of NHS Confederation open the the long awaited two day conference, welcoming delegates to The Lowry, Salford Quays.

Mike recalls last year’s conference and promises another inspiring and educational conference but to work hard and think about how your work and the work of others around you.

Maxine begins, “We didn’t just think about ‘daring greatly’ overnight, it’s been a long process. We wanted to celebrate people, just like you and I, who go through their everyday lives, going above and beyond, and daring greatly. The next two days will be a unique combination of local, national and international speakers and their stories.”

“I’m confident that by the end of the Haelo Hosts you will feel completely inspired by what you hear – and don’t forget, you will probably get more from the people you’re sitting next to today than many of the presentations you’re going to see hear today.”

Maxine welcomes Sir David Dalton to the stage, CEO of Salford Royal Foundation Trust.

Sir David Dalton, begins by referring to the recent American election “Whoever we relate that to, it makes us stop and think. We’re entering a stage of uncertainty in the world. When those moments come we often make changes – some people will retreat and wait for it to be over, other will see it as an opportunity to step forward and go where others fear to go.”

David introduces Micheal Woodford, to present Inside the Olympus Scandal.

Michael Woodford MBE embodies Daring Greatly. He rose through the ranks at Olympus to become the first non-Japanese CEO of the century-old company. Unfortunately, soon after, his dream job turned into a nightmare. Woodford learned about a series of bizarre mergers and acquisitions deals totalling $1.7 billion—a scandal that threatened to bring down the entire company if exposed.

It is an absolute pleasure to welcome Micheal Woodford, you can read the full review here shortly.

Michael Woodford finishes his unbelievable story with positivity and hope. It has been an absolutely fantastic start to our conference. You can purchase Michaels book from the resource link at the bottom of this blog.

After the break, we return to our next theme, Starting Well. We begin with a film Salford in Numbers.

Charlotte Ramsden, Director of Children’s Services at Salford Council begins by highlighting the importance of understanding young people, create opportunities, provide support to families using the resources we have the best we possibly can.

Charlotte introduces Ruth Ibegbuna, CEO of RECLAIM, an award-winning social action and youth leadership programme with a focus on working class young people being seen, being heard and leading change, alongside Jaiden and Samantha who are participants of the leadership programme. RECLAIM have already worked with 850 young people in Manchester, “We have some fantastic people in the North of England, and  RECLAIM.” Jaiden explains what RECLAIM means to him, “I want to first for social justice. My parents bank balance should not determine my future. I will be rich but morally rich. People will be inspired by me even when my pockets are empty.”

Samantha admits being someone who would hide away before RECLAIM, now she has opened up, even grabbing a megaphone and sharing her views to a packed Market Street in Manchester. They continue by discussing the manifestos they have created, using examples: Salford Girls, 2013 Manifesto and Salford Boys, 2015 Manifesto.

Next to speak in our Starting Well session is DeVone Boggan, a dynamic and unique individual who launched the Office of Neighbourhood Safety (ONS) in 2007. DeVone’s work has helped the murder rate decline to its lowest levels in four decades: 11 deaths per 100,000. Even more impressive is the fact that the reduction in violence is happening faster in Richmond than anywhere else in the country. Advance Peace, of which DeVone is a founder, reduces gun violence in U.S. urban neighbourhoods by providing transformational opportunity to young men involved in lethal firearm offences and placing them in a high-touch, personalised fellowship. “Our theory of change is simple – I want them to desire to live.”

DeVone begins by stating the only current antidote to gun violence is more policing and while he respects good policing, he believes there is a need for reform. “There was gun violence on the news every night, there was gun fire in the streets every other day.”

DeVone was once told that he’ll never stop gun violence, that it was a pipe dream – a death wish. DeVone asks the audience to write down something and remember it,“If you want something you never had before – you must do something you’re never done before.”

“You must dare greatly – you must jump. Our ideas are the substance of our behaviour. If you’re facing a challenge, in whatever situation, you need to be different if you’re going to do different.”

Following the success of it’s first year, DeVone was asked to spread the programme with no extra resources, “Why is it then we find a solution we’re afraid to double down on a solution that works. If it works, double down. Don’t stretch me out.” DeVone closes his session leaving the room with fantastic energy!

Break for lunch

Back and refreshed from lunch, it’s time to think about what daring greatly looks like in our next theme, Living Well.

Delegates are asked to think about what challenges them the most and where do we want to be doing more. Haelo’s work in Salford means we often need think about how the population live well in their neighbourhood, what makes them resilient and what makes them tick. What makes people help themselves?

Lee Sugden, Chief Executive at Salix Homes, a key partner of Haelo Hosts, is welcomed on stage to open the Living Well section. Salix Homes are a community housing agency, who manage/own 1 in 5 doors in Salford.

Lee reflects on the Boxing Day floods in 2015 where over 400 homes were damaged by the flood. 85% of those affected by the floods did not have contents insurance and suffered huge personal items.

Salix Homes have been working in partnership with Haelo to produce Flood, Sweat and Tears film, dedicated to the volunteers who supported the community.

We are delighted to premiere the film here at Haelo Hosts today which celebrates the close knit ‘salt of the earth’ community in Salford that came together in one of the worst incidents many in the community have experienced in their lifetime.

Lee asks Keri Muldoon on stage for a residents perspective of the floods in Salford and who was subsequently at the forefront of the local action in the aftermath of the flood.

We are now into Enduring Life with Ian Jolley: My Story

Ian Jolley takes us on a personal journey from decorated soldier to paramedic. Having completed 22 operational tours in the British army, Ian highlights how life experiences define us and shape our actions.

Joining the army in 1990, Ian Jolley shares his experience of time in Bosnia, within the first six years and a story from 2006 in Iraq, so traumatic and powerful that shaped him to be the man he is today. During that time there was not sufficient mental health support and services for post traumatic stress.

Derrick Cartwright, Chief Executive of North West Ambulance Service thanks Ian for sharing his personal and reminds us of the debt we owe to our service people.

After the break, we open to Dying Inspirationally facilitated by Jim Easton, Managing Director, Care UK

Fiona Murphy, Assistant Director of Nursing at Salford Royal Foundation takes the stage telling us that nursing is more than a job, she loves her vocation. Fiona works in end of life care, that is a topic that will have or eventually affect us all and it’s important we talk openly and comfortably about it.

Fiona said, of “improving end of life care, I’ve broken every rule in the book.”

What Fiona has learnt how to change the culture around death and dying by introducing the swan icon, representing dignity and dying. Simply presented on a canvas bag means care and supported can be provided from the hospital corridors to parking attendees who are all aware of the swan symbol.

Fiona is proud to have the swan in 30 organisations in the UK.

The beautiful nursing film is now premiered to the room. The film recognises the importance, compassion and celebrating end of life nursing with voices from the front line.

The film includes three passionate and incredible nurses who go the extra mile, making people feel important and in control whilst providing families with the support and cherished memories.

Jim returns to stage to round up the lessons of the day and the important professionals we have.

Jim wraps up powerful messages from the day, lessons learn and innovative thinking for the future. The Salford floods, he describes the fantastic community emergency response, being upstream of the problems. He also uses the metaphor of the number of commentators versus players the pitch to demonstrate the imbalance in improving healthcare.

And now, to the launch of Spirit of Salford awards, in partnership with Salford City Council. City Mayor Paul Dennett opens the awards, celebrating the most amazing people in the special city of Salford. The awards celebrates the spirit within our society.

The first award goes to Ruth Ibegbuna and the young people of RECLAIM as they make a stand for the voices of Salford’s youth to be heard!

The second award goes to Fiona Murphy and the nurses of SRFT who dare greatly and for their commitment, passion and bravery when they are caring for the dying and decease that can be often demanding and distressing.

The final award goes to Keri Muldoon and June, who were featured in the Salford Floods Film debuted earlier in the day.

Welcome to Day 2 of Haelo Hosts ’16!

We are back in the Compass Room at The Lowry after the Haelo Film Festival last night. Catch up on all the winners in our Haelo Film Festival blog. You can also follow all the action in real time on Twitter using the #HaeloHosts.

We open with the Do Your Thing choir who gently ease us in to the second day with fantastic renditions of Fields of Gold and Seasons of Love. Check out the videos below!

Mike Farrar, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation and Penny Martin, Chief Operating Officer here at Haelo open up day 2. Penny highlights the importance of Haelo partners with particular reference to Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Anthony Hassall, Chief Accountable Officer at Salford Clinical Commissioning Group now takes the stage and explains all about his role and the wider role of the CCG. Anthony now introduces our first speaker of the day, Martine Wright MBE who talks frankly and openly about her journey from Despair to Determination.

Martine Wright turned tragedy into triumph and is the living embodiment of this year’s theme, Daring Greatly. Martine caught the Circle line on the morning of 7th July and sat just three feet away from one of the four suicide bombers who coordinated a series of attacks on London. Suffering from the most severe injuries, she was consequently the last rescued survivor of the 7/7 bombings. Martine was trapped for over an hour having lost 80% of her blood supply, as well as both legs above the knees. There followed a painful year of rehabilitation including learning to walk again on prosthetics. In 2012, Martine was named Inspirational Woman of the Year by Zest Magazine, the Vitalise Woman of Achievement, and at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards she won the Helen Rollason Award for outstanding achievement in the face of adversity. Post 7/7, Martine has been a public campaigner for the families of the victims of the 7/7 bombings. Martine was awarded an MBE this year in the Queens 90th Birthday Honours for services to sport.

Martine delivers her seven key values – Power of 7

    1. Choices
    2. Maximising every opportunity
    3. Embracing change
    4. Teamwork
    5. Marginal Gains
    6. Team ME
    7. Belief

After a fantastic session, we now head to a break and also observe the Armistice Day two minute silence.

Next up is the Leadership Kaleidoscope which is closed session.

And finally, Penny Martin, Chief Operating Officer at Haelo introduces our final keynote speaker our Chief Executive Professor Maxine Power. Maxine takes a retrospective look at her own career and speaks in a frank and funny way about her journey through life and the difficulties and barriers she has personally faced. “If you are prepared to work as a member of a team, you can achieve anything.”

Maxine now shows a film of bloopers from the Haelo staff and thanks our conference greenshirts and the Haelo senior team.

And that’s it! We’ve had an absolutely amazing time over the last two days! Thank you to all our partners, speakers and delegates. Haelo Hosts ’16 has succeeded in reinvented the health care conference. Please leave any comments or feedback in the comment section below and let us know how you have found the conference using the #HaeloHosts. Thank you and see you next year for Haelo Hosts ’17!


Michael Woodford
Exposure: Inside the Olympus Scandal. How I Went from CEO to Whistleblower.

Ruth Ibegbuna
Find out more about the RECLAIM project.
Reclaim Project website

DeVone Boggan
Radical approach to gun violence, DeVone Boggan Guardian article.
A city that pays criminals to behave, Al Jazeera.

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