World Health Innovation Summit – #WHIS connects people and communities to improve their health and wellbeing (Salutogenesis approach) while creating opportunities and sharing them.

The World Health Organisation’s determinants of health are:

– the social and economic environment

– the physical environment, and

– the person’s individual characteristics and behaviours

Technology is an enabler and now we have the means to share knowledge worldwide in an instant. We can use these means to support people’s health and wellbeing while generating value.

This brings opportunities and the WHIS platform can not only improve people’s health and wellbeing but deliver new meaningful jobs.


3 years ago I started a social enterprise World Health Innovation Summit in Carlisle, Cumbria – the initial idea was to support local NHS and social care services with recruitment and retention.

The World Health Innovation Summit is not just a conference or a meeting. It is about people coming together to support eachother through a salutogenic approach to health and wellbeing, to network on a continuous basis. By supporting our communities, sharing knowledge, inspiring and innovating we as individuals and as a community benefit.


By bringing patients, clinicians, managers, voluntary sector, education and businesses together to exchange knowledge, inspire and innovate together we all learn and our health service will benefit.

Health touches every sector:

Education, Transport, Food and Agriculture, Housing, Waste, Energy, Industry, Urbanisation, Water, Radiation, Nutrition (WHO)

In order to find solutions we need inspiration and innovation. WHIS is about each and every one of us helping to support our health services. In order to do that we need a platform for people to contribute and meet to share their knowledge and the World Health Innovation Summit (Federation) provides that platform to do this in a consolidated structured process and innovate solutions.

5 Pillars – WHISKids, WHISatwork, WHISSeniors, WHISGreen, WHISTech

We have supporting programmes running alongside the summits such as WHISKids (Health & Wellness for the next generation) and WHISatwork (Stress management within the workplace), WHISSeniors (Elderly care to improve quality of life), WHISGreen (Energy, Waste, Water) and WHISTech (WHISInspire). All programmes support our communities while looking for solutions to ease pressure from our health and social care services (Prevention).

5 Goals – Deliver the SDGs, Restore the balance to the Environment, Create equal opportunities, Improve people’s health and wellbeing, Support the most vulnerable

Outcomes for WHISKids activities:

  • OUTPUTS = 2000 young people + parents/staff reached so far across Cumbria
  • KEY OUTCOMES = Improved emotional wellbeing & resilience in young people
  • Indicative Social Return on Investment*

Cautious calculation = £1 : £7.50

  • KEY OUTCOMES from Summits = Decreased isolation and improved motivation amongst healthcare, social care and community-based professionals
  • 67% said “I have improved my professional network.”
  • 63% said “I have better access to new and innovative ideas through WHIS”
  • 53% said “I have a more positive professional outlook”
  • 52% said “I have improved my general professional knowledge base”
  • 48% said “I feel less isolated professionally”
  • Indicative Social Return on Investment*

Cautious calculation = £1 : £36

Our prototyping is complete – we now have opportunities to scale WHIS right across the world. We’re speaking to local authorities and have started to train facilitators to deliver our WHIS programmes around the world. We’re generating value and sharing it so we all benefit.

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS! Knowledge transfer across all sectors to improve our health and wellbeing.

  • We can improve our population’s health and wellbeing – WHISKids, Atwork, Seniors etc
  • Restore the balance to the Environment – WHISGreen (Energy, Waste, Water)
  • Develop a network of communities to support solution focused innovation for health and social care worldwide
  • Bring Social Capital and Intellectual Capital together to tackle challenges we face and support solutions
  • Access to all market sectors worldwide
  • Deliver new purposeful jobs that are flexible and agile in line with the future of work through the WHIS platform
  • Support governments and local authorities improve our populations health and wellbeing while creating new opportunities for meaningful and regenerative growth
  • Support the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals

The World Health Innovation Summit team are committed to collaborating so our communities benefit.

Our business model ensures our events and activities are accessible while providing opportunities through the WHIS Federation (local community networks with central support that have independence with internal affairs #togetherweinspire) .

We bring in revenue from community support, partnerships, sponsorships, digital sales, advisory services and a number of other commercial activities which means we can return money back into our local communities. Excess funding after our costs will go to community projects.

We have held successful events in Carlisle, Manchester, Nottingham, Fylde Coast, Birmingham, Liverpool (UK) and around the world (Greece, Thailand, Philippines) to share knowledge and improve healthcare for all.

We have community ambassadors and we are delighted to be working with such inspiring individuals who work diligently within their communities.

Our motto is “Together, We Inspire” and by working together we will inspire and deliver better healthcare. Our goals and vision support the 17 sustainable development goals as set by the United Nations.

Founder, Gareth Presch

WHIS 4 Page Brochure

Social Return on Investment Summary SROI report July 2018 conducted by LynchPin Support

#WHIS Values

  • We value each and every person we work with and come into contact with
  • We value patient safety and high quality care
  • We value all our partners and team’s belief systems; their way of life and their decision making processes
  • When making decisions about new projects, solutions, services, strategies or models, we always ask “Is it in the best interest of society as a whole?”
  • We are collaborators and we look for solutions so we can help society as a whole
  • We work with honesty and integrity – we practice open disclosure in our workplaces and lives
  • We are compassionate, caring, empathetic and kind – to all we come in contact with
  • We work together as a team and share our knowledge and experiences with one another to create a culture of learning
  • We are committed to our communities
  • We value our partners and societies hard earned money and always ensure that they are getting value for the solutions we provide – we do this true continual evaluation
  • We are open-minded – no idea will be discarded
  • We are accountable for our actions – we take ownership for any actions that we may do that are proven to be unethical and when mistakes are made we will admit them.
  • We are informed – we stay up to date in relation to current affairs which are related to the work we do and constantly strive to upskill to ensure we do the best job we can.
  • We trust each other and those who share the same ethics and goals.
  • We are tolerant of one another’s differences of opinions, beliefs and decisions.
  • We value positivity – we are proactive in our approaches
  • We value our sharing of knowledge ethos and expect that knowledge to be valued
  • We value people’s data given to us and protect this data as if it were our own
  • We value balanced lives – we work at a pace that’s realistic and practical
  • We work with one another to achieve our communities goals

And in everything we do, we have fun doing it – we smile and we laugh –

because this is good for the heart, the soul, and good for our health.