On behalf of the Social Dimensions of Health Institute of the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews, the NHS Tayside, the Alliance for Self Care Research and the School of Nursing & Midwifery at the University of Dundee we like to welcome to Dundee on this sunny morning!
In close proximity to the Scott’s Antarctic expedition ship, the Discovery, we get a sense that this place has always been a centre of adventure, inquisitiveness and scientific exploration. It is home to medical breakthroughs such as keyhole surgery or the development of the beta blockers to treat CVD. Today, Dundee university is worldwide renowned for its research in the life sciences.
Dundee’s manufacturing past is represented by the three J’s: Jute, jam and journalism. Today remnants of this industrial past are still present. You will find some examples in your conference bag.
We are viewing the conference as a unique opportunity to share knowledge, experience, review the evidence base for rehabilitation and participation, discuss the challenges ahead and how we may tackle them. We have a potpourri of expertise, views and skills present at this conference that includes practitioners in the health service, researchers from health and social science disciplines, people with disabilities and/or long-term conditions, we have designers and artists. Connecting people from different parts of the world Out of this mix unique opportunities arise for two days of learning, networking, and enjoying this beautiful setting. Without further delay, I like to introduce Sandy Watson, the chairman of NHS Tayside to deliver a brief welcome address