press release
Published: 07 September 2018

Local MP Anne Milton visits University of Surrey as part of prestigious scheme

By Natasha Meredith

The University of Surrey warmly welcomed the Rt Hon Anne Milton MP (Thursday 6 September) to meet with cancer care expert Dr Katriina Whitaker as part of the prestigious Royal Society Pairing Scheme.

Anne Milton visit
University of Surrey

The scheme, which pairs scientists and UK parliamentarians, will see Dr Whitaker and Guildford MP Anne Milton shadow each other to learn about their respective work. This will give both invaluable insight into how research findings can help inform policy making, and enhance understanding of how they can support each other’s work.

Mrs Milton, a former nurse and member of the health select committee, visited the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey to understand more about Dr Whitaker’s work in cancer care. Mrs Milton learned more about innovative new health projects at the University, such as ‘Getting Down to Coping- a self-guided web based programme of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’ designed to help those with cancer.

Dr Katriina Whitaker, Reader in Cancer Care at the University of Surrey, who will spend a week with Mrs Milton in November, said:

“For scientific research to change people’s lives, scientists need to ensure that their work gets the attention of key parliamentarians and policy makers. Through this programme the science community will learn how to do this and gain valuable insight into the workings of Parliament.

“I am delighted that Anne was able to visit and learn more about the work undertaken here at the University of Surrey - especially the groundbreaking research we are doing around cancer care.”

Rt Hon Anne Milton, said: “This brilliant scheme means policymakers, politicians and scientists develop a better understanding of each other’s work.  Building understanding is critical to make sure good and innovative ideas gets cut through in Government.

 “It was fascinating to visit the Cancer Care team to learn more about the fantastic projects they are working on to improve cancer care.  I will do all I can to help make sure these ideas can make an impact with policy makers.

 “My very grateful thanks to the team at University of Surrey for arranging such an insightful visit. The university is leading the way with the use of new technologies.”

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