I met with Liz Davenport at Torbay Hospital today. As Chief Operating Officer, Liz is responsible for the delivery of health and social care through the Torbay and South Devon NHS.
This afternoon at the Grove School Totnes, I met with Matthew Shanks, Chair of DASH (Devon Association of Secondary Heads) to discuss education in the Totnes constituency. We talked about the recent government consultation around the schools national funding formula and about how this will particularly affect schools in the constituency.
It was a pleasure to visit Froward Point today, one of the National Coastwatch stations, to officially open the improved Visitor Centre and see all the other recent developments at the lookout.
As with other NCI stations, Froward Point is manned by unpaid volunteers who maintain a watch for emergencies at sea and act as a contact point for emergencies on shore.
The station is totally dependent on the generosity of individuals, companies, and other organisations for funding.
This evening, I appeared on BBC Spotlight to discuss the pressure facing our NHS in the South West. I spoke alongside Councillor Claire Wright, Chief Exec of Royal Cornwall Hospital Kathy Byrne, and the Chief Executive of the Success Regime, Angela Pedder.
Today I went to Plymouth to take part in a discussion on winter pressures in the NHS on BBC Radio Devon with David Halpin, Cathy Gardner and David Jenner. We discussed a variety of important health issues, including NHS management, Virgin Care, and administration costs in the NHS.
I met with Richard Westlake, Devon County Council's Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee and his team to discuss health and social care in Devon.
I really welcomed the opportunity to catch up with the Mayor of Torbay and the Executive Committee and other councillors to discuss health and social care in Torbay
I was delighted to meet with Jane English, Principal of Paignton Community and Sports Academy this morning. I know that Jane is retiring next March and that she will be sorely missed.
Jane has made an enormous difference to the lives and education of children across Torbay and I am so pleased this was recognised when she was announced as a Silver Teaching Award Winner in the category of The Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Pearson Teaching Awards 2016. Jane was successfully chosen from thousands of nominations and her outstanding work is most certainly a huge factor in the wonderful Ofsted report that the school has recently received, where it now rates Good in all areas.
Many congratulations to all the staff and students on this success. You can view the new Ofsted report when the website is updated.
This evening I took part in a debate with Will Self, Louise Mensch, Nigel Farage, and Richard Burgon MP. We discussed a large variety of issues from the funding of the NHS to what will happen once we leave the European Union.
Photo Courtesy Chris Slack Photography
Today I was in Brixham and thank you to all who came out to support our small businesses.
Ritula Shah presented Any Questions from the Quarry Theatre at Bedford School with Labour MP Lisa Nandy, the SNP MP Tommy Sheppard, the Deputy Leader of UKIP and London assembly member Peter Whittle and myself in my role as Conservative MP and chair of the House of Commons Health Select Committee.
Questions included: The Richmond by-election - should parties on the left form a liberal alliance? Will UKIP win the working class vote from Labour, "Cake and Eat it" plan for brexit? How much would you pay annually for access to the EU single market? animal fat in the new £5 note, Should taxes rise to fund the NHS and social care? (35 minutes into the broadcast) and schools places and immigration.
Kevin Foster MP and I joined a meeting to discuss whether any other proposals could be explored to improve community healthcare in Paignton. The public consultation on the future of community services, including the proposal to close Paignton Community Hospital has now closed and the responses are being analysed by Healthwatch.
No decisions have been made and at the start of the meeting we both repeated our previously stated concerns about the future of services provided by Paignton Hospital. The meeting was held with representatives from across commissioners and providers of healthcare, the League of Friends, local GPs, Torbay Development Agency, Healthwatch and South Devon College to discuss the current and future challenges for primary and community care. The recent Care Quality Commission report and action to place Mears into special measures has highlighted the need to focus on recruiting, training and nurturing our health and care workforce and to make sure that all possible sites and opportunities are explored and considered.
It was wonderful to attend the unveiling of the 'Man and Boy' statue to celebrate our local fisherman and fishing heritage in Brixham.
Man & Boy' was created by local Brixham artist Elisabeth Hadley. Local men, including fellow artist Peter Stride, have modelled for the figures, and the design has been based on an etching called 'The Wheel' by Brixham artist Arthur Briscoe (1873-1943).
After almost a decade of fundraising, it is fantastic to see the project come to fruition.
It was great to be back at South Devon College with NHS Health Education England to discuss new opportunities for care, nursing, and assistant practitioners with students and teachers.
I met this evening with Dartmouth Town Council in an open meeting about the future of our community services and Dartmouth hospital. Thank you to everyone who attended.
I was honoured to join the remembrance parade and service in Dartmouth today. Every name and the scale of their sacrifice for our freedom is to be remembered.
Great to see so many Torbay hi-tech businesses at South Devon College and at Torbay Development Agency inspiring and supporting our future engineers at TechBay 2016
I met with Mark Stone, Devon LPC Project Pharmacist, and Michael Lennox, Chief Executive of Somerset Local Pharmaceutical Committee about community pharmacy and how to provide the best services we can in the area.
Official Community Launch of the Foxhole Community Hub
I was delighted to visit the Foxhole Community Hub today, and tomorrow (Saturday the 5th of November) is the official community launch for the hub. The event starts at 1.00 pm at the following address 103 Foxhole Road, Foxhole, Paignton, TQ1 3SU.
The event will include a free barbecue on the green, a 'Best Guy' competition, face painting, Play Torbay activities for younger guests, apple bobbing, stalls and lots of activities to provide fun for all the family.
Read more about the hub here: