16 FEB 2017

Advice Surgeries

Today, I held two Advice Surgeries at Totnes, where a wide range of issues were discussed. If you wish to meet with me, please either telephone 01803 868378 or email nina.smith@parliament.uk


14 FEB 2017

Joint Debt Surgery with the CAB

                                                            

A big thank you to South Hams CAB, Totnes Credit Union, and Torbay CAB for sharing your expertise today at our joint surgery.


14 FEB 2017

Healthwatch Torbay

Today I met with Kevin & Pat from Healthwatch Torbay to discuss health & social care across the Bay.


11 FEB 2017

Lifeworks Kool Club

Thank you Lifeworks Kool Club for inviting me to Rushbrook Totnes today. It was great talking with everyone, and I loved seeing all the new artwork!


10 FEB 2017

Kingsbridge Advice Surgery

Another surgery, this time at Quay House in Kingsbridge. If you would like an appointment to meet with me to discuss, local, national or personal concerns, please telephone 01803 868378 or email nina.smith@parliament.uk.


10 FEB 2017

Kingsbridge College

Thank you to Kingsbridge College for inviting me to meet with pupils today, where we covered a myriad of topics. It was lovely to catch up Youth Parliament candidate Safiya to discuss politics and current affairs.


09 FEB 2017

Torbay and South Devon NHS

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.


03 FEB 2017

Totnes Advice Surgery

Today another busy constituency surgery in Totnes. In order to make an appointment please call my office on 01803 868 378 or email nina.smith@parliament.uk


27 JAN 2017

DASH

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.


27 JAN 2017

Froward Point

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.


20 JAN 2017

Advice Surgery

Today was another busy advice surgery in Totnes. If you would like to arrange an appointment to meet with me to discuss matters of local, national or personal concern, please do ring 01803 868378 or email nina.smith@parliament.uk


20 JAN 2017

Humpty Dumpty Nursery

Today I visited the Humpty Dumpty Nursery at Dartington where I had an opportunity to taste for myself their brand new lunch menu where they aim to promote healthy eating.


19 JAN 2017

BBC Spotlight NHS

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.


19 JAN 2017

BBC Radio Devon

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.


06 JAN 2017

Devon County Council

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.


06 JAN 2017

Torbay Council

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


09 DEC 2016

Advice Surgery

Today the Advice Surgery was held at my Totnes Office, if you would like an appointment to meet with me to discuss, local, national or personal concerns, please telephone 01803 868378 or email nina.smith@parliament.uk


09 DEC 2016

Congratulations to Paignton Community and Sports Academy

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.


08 DEC 2016

Question Time

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.


03 DEC 2016

Small Business Saturday

Photo Courtesy Chris Slack Photography

Today I was in Brixham and thank you to all who came out to support our small businesses.


02 DEC 2016

Any Questions

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.


01 DEC 2016

Community Healthcare in Paignton

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.


26 NOV 2016

'Man and Boy' Statue Brixham

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.


25 NOV 2016

Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services

This evening I attended the 5th anniversary of Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services.
Thank you to all the fabulous staff members and volunteers at the DRCSAS for years of helping victims of sexual violence.


25 NOV 2016

Bob the Bus

Today I met with Lyn Price and Simon Harrington who help run the Bob the Bus service in Totnes. You can find out more about the amazing work that Bob The Bus does in and around the area on their website


25 NOV 2016

Advice Surgery

Thank you to everyone who came to today's busy surgery. If you would like to arrange an appointment to meet with me to discuss matters of local, national or personal concern, please do ring 01803 868378 or email nina.smith@parliament.uk


18 NOV 2016

South Devon College and Health Education England

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.


18 NOV 2016

RSPB Cirl Bunting

I was delighted to hear about the wonderful conservation success story about the cirl bunting today in Dartington. Thank you to the RSPB and their research and stewardship partners for keeping this beautiful species of bird alive.


18 NOV 2016

Dartington Village Stores

It was great to visit Cy, Angie, and Ray at Dartington Village Stores today. We met to discuss the challenges facing shops and post offices at the heart of our communities, and how we can keep our town centres flourishing.


17 NOV 2016

Dartmouth Town Council

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.


17 NOV 2016

Healthwatch Torbay

I want to say a huge thank you to Healthwatch Torbay for their invitation to their AGM. It was delightful to meet all the staff and volunteers doing so much for the community.


13 NOV 2016

Remembrance Day Dartmouth

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.


11 NOV 2016

Torbay TDA and South Devon College

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


11 NOV 2016

McConaghey lecture

I enjoyed visiting The Royal College of General Practitioners for the McConaghey lecture on politics and medicine at Plymouth Science Park. Thank you to everyone for sharing your views.


10 NOV 2016

South Devon and Torbay CCG Consultation

Thank you to everyone who came to today's consultation on Paignton hospital, submit your views through the following link 

The consultation closes on the 23rd November.


04 NOV 2016

Totnes Advice Surgery

Today I held a constituency surgery at my office in the Totnes Conservative Club. In order to make an appointment please call 01803 868 378 or email nina.smith@parliament.uk


04 NOV 2016

Devon Local Pharmaceutical Committee

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.


04 NOV 2016

Dartington Hall Trust

It was great to catch up with The Dartington Hall Trust Executive Chair, Greg Parston and CEO Rhodri Samuel to discuss their plans for Dartington.


04 NOV 2016

Foxhole Community Hub

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:


28 OCT 2016

Advice Surgery

Another busy Advice Surgery in Totnes today; if you would like to meet with me to discuss any concerns, personal or political, please call 01803 868378 or email nina.smith@parliament.uk.


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