A pandemic, an ageing population and a rise in chronic conditions mean that our health and care systems in the UK are facing the biggest challenge of our lifetime.
People in the South West of England are used to be being isolated. The coastal and rural location of this peninsula, combined with a lack of investment in transport and infrastructure, means the overwhelmingly ageing population live in the conditions of a global pandemic lockdown daily.
These communities have been the focus of research of the Centre for Health Technology and its researchers for over 30 years. Together, they work to enable innovative healthcare solutions that reduce the pressure on services, support healthy ageing in our communities and stimulate an economy of wellbeing that benefits all.
Researchers share their views on the current state of health and care in the UK, and what its future could look like.