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Championing Public Engagement at TEDx Totnes

Posted on November 6th 2015

PenCLAHRC researcher, Dr Kath Maguire, has given a talk at the recent TEDx event in Totnes.

TEDx are a series of independently organised, community-focused events which bring speakers from across the local area to talk about topics that provoke and inspire. This event was part of the global TEDx series, based on the popular TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference series in the USA.

This year’s theme for TEDx Totnes was “In Our Hands?” and explored the topic of whether the future is really in our hands and what we can do to create and sculpt our future.  Kath, who is a member of our Patient and Public Involvement team, was invited by the TEDx Totnes team to come and give a talk entitled, “Pushing Open Doors”. Kath’s talk provided a moving account of her experiences of being a carer for a chronically ill child and her struggles to navigate health and social care provision. These struggles, and those of other families, inspired her to pursue an academic career researching the role of patients and families in healthcare decision-making and to become a champion for public engagement.

You can watch Kath’s talk, below, or on the TEDx YouTube page.

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