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Knowledge Transfer Network 11 September 2017

Faculty of Management & Law



11 September 2017, Knowledge Transfer Network, Tackling Issues to Improve Health and Wellbeing

Arthur Francis Lecture Theatre, University of Bradford, Faculty of Management and Law, School of Management, Emm Lane, Heaton, Bradford, BD9 4JL


5.30-6.00pm: Registration
6.00-7.30pm: Evening speakers
7.30pm: Coffee and Cake – Networking in the Atrium

Guest Speakers

Ian Sharp, CEO, Digitial Health Enterprise Zone

Dr Sue Richardson, Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour, University of Bradford, Faculty of Management and Law

Dr Jannine Williams, Lecturer in Human Resource Management, University of Bradford, Faculty of Management and Law


Detailed Description

Ian Sharp, will talk about the role DHEZ has to play in tackling the anticipated NHS funding gap and improving people’s lives.  He will highlight the Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire partnership.  The Digital Health Enterprise Zone programme is a £13 million partnership led by the University of Bradford and backed by investment from BT, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

DHEZ are enabling the development of digital health innovations that help prevent and manage long-term health conditions, and improve the quality of life for people, carers and families by enabling quick and easy access to the right care and information. DHEZ do this by developing a community of health and care professionals, businesses, researchers, and learners.  These people work together to develop innovative solutions for the health and care sector, that can be properly trialled in the right environment, and proven to work on a larger scale and commercially.


DHEZ is home to Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire, one of 3 local Digital Catapult centres, with head quarters in London.  They are helping businesses to use the power of data to unlock new value from the data value chain and the Internet of Things for digital innovation developments.  DHEZ work closely with them by providing complementary business services.


Dr Sue Richardson Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour, University of Bradford and  Dr Jannine Williams Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour, University of Bradford. 'Employees living with dementia: beating the path to truly inclusive workplaces?'


Creating dementia friendly workplaces for employees is a recent addition to the dementia friendly communities initiative in the United Kingdom (UK). The Alzheimer’s Society (2015) suggests there are many benefits for organisations that become dementia friendly, including; helping people with dementia to stay in work, and contributing to building a culture of respect and inclusion for all employees.  However, research in the Human Resource Management field has yet to engage with dementia and employment as an important and meaningful agenda. This could inform work organisation’s employment policies or practices to enable people with dementia to remain in employment post diagnosis for as long as they wish to do so, and they remain able to do so, with reasonable adjustments.  This is despite the ageing UK workforce and The Alzheimer’s Society (2014) estimates of 40,000 people under 65 diagnosed with dementia in the UK. The UK Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (2016) has proposed a shift from best to good practice, and towards ‘better work and working lives’ through a new agenda based upon professional principles, values and an ethics led approach to human resource management. 

We will report on a research project with two employers to explore the potential of this new principle and ethics informed perspective in meeting the needs of people with dementia in the workplace, and the potential to inform a broader human resource management research agenda which contributes to extending the dementia friendly community initiative into the workplace.

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