16th June 2021

 

 

Speakers in 2021

 

Sir Robert Francis QC

 

Sir Robert Francis QC, Retired Barrister (specialising in medical law) and Queen’s Counsel. Before his retirement from full-time practice, Sir Robert sat as a Recorder (part-time Crown Court judge) and as a Deputy High Court Judge.

Sir Robert specialised in medical law, including medical and mental health treatment and capacity issues, clinical negligence and professional discipline. He has chaired several health-related inquiries, including two inquiries into the care provided by Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust and the Freedom to Speak Up Review into the treatment of NHS staff who raise concerns. He is a non-Executive Director of the Care Quality Commission and was appointed Chair of Healthwatch England in 2018.

 

He is the honorary President of the Patients Association, a trustee of the Point of Care Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Research Centre. He has been awarded Honorary Fellowships of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of Surgeons (England) and the Royal College of Pathologists.

 

 

Dr Matt Morgan

 

Dr Matt Morgan is an intensive care doctor and author. He is lead for critical care research for Wales.

His open letter addressed to patients during the 2020 COVID pandemic has been read by over half a million people worldwide and viewed by over two million times after featuring on the Channel 4 news. His first book CRITICAL (2019, Simon & Schuster) has been translated into four languages. He has spoken to large audiences at some of the largest book festivals in the world including Hay and Ubud in 2019. His articles have featured in The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Sunday Mirror and The Huffington Post.

A regular writer for the internationally acclaimed British Medical Journal, his article “A letter from the ICU” is one of their most popular ever opinion article, read by over 130,000 people in 2020. Since narrating the audiobook of CRITICAL, he has spoken on a number of popular podcasts and radio programmes including with the BBC and international talk shows.

He has been nominated for the 2020 Royal Society David Attenborough Prize. He lives in Cardiff with his family, enjoys CrossFit, photography, cold beer and even colder ice cream

 

Professor Russell Foster

 

Russell Foster is Professor of Circadian Neuroscience, Director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi) and Head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology at the University of Oxford.

He is a widely sought speaker and lecturer. In 2015, he was honoured with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to science. He has published nearly 200 scientific publications and authored 4 popular science books. He won The Daylight Award 2020 for Research http://thedaylightaward.com/russell-foster/. See Russell’s TED Talk on why we need sleep here: https://youtu.be/LWULB9Aoopc

 

Russell’s research spans the neurosciences but his research is focused upon two questions: (i) How is environmental light detected and processed by vertebrate photoreceptors for the regulation of circadian rhythms? One of his key findings was the discovery of another class of photoreceptor within the vertebrate eye based upon a small number of photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (pRGCs).  These pRGCs not only regulate circadian rhythms, but also sleep & arousal states, heart-rate and pupil constriction; (ii) How are circadian rhythms generated and what happens when these systems break-down in disease and under abnormal environmental conditions?

 

Dr Esther Murray

 

Dr Esther Murray CPsychol AFBPsS SFHEA has been a health psychologist for 13 years, initially working in cardiac care both in service improvement and psychological interventions for patients, later going on to a career in academia.

 

Her early research was in chronic pain and its effect on doctor-patient communication. Esther has previous experience in psychological intervention in cardiac care and training NHS staff in communication skills.

 

Esther is the first researcher in the UK to explore the concept of moral injury in medicine, and since being invited to present on the topic of Moral Injury at the Institute of Pre-hospital Care Performance Psychology Symposium in June 2017, Esther has been invited to present at national and international conferences for both healthcare professionals, educators and students. Esther also delivers training on the topic to London Ambulance Service’s Advanced Paramedic Practitioners, the Counter Terrorism Specialist Firearms Officers of the Metropolitan Police and is a regular contributor to London HEMS Clinical Governance Days.

Chair

Chair - Richard Annandale

Healthcare Lawyer

 

Richard provided high-level advice to the NHS for almost 30 years. During this time he was involved in the most high-profile patient safety crises that have hit the NHS in the South West.

 

His work developed into the area of governance and patient safety training. He has been recognised with the special status award of Senior Statesman by Chambers, the independent legal directory.

 

Lucy Watson

Chair, The Patient's Association


Lucy is passionate about listening to and learning from patient and carer experience to improve the quality and safety of health and social care. Lucy worked in the NHS latterly as a Director leading on quality, patient safety and governance, prior to retirement. She worked as a nurse commissioner driving improvements in the delivery of high-quality care for patients including improvements in complaints management, learning from complaints and involving patients as active partners in their care. Lucy was delighted to take on the role of Chair of the Patients Association and the opportunity this provides to champion the voice of patients and drive change at a national and local level for better patient experience and continue to focus on involving patients in their healthcare. She is currently working as an independent healthcare advisor for quality and safety and safeguarding.

 

Dr Tricia Woodhead
Improvement Advisor and Associate Clinical Director for Patient Safety the West of England AHSN

 

Tricia is a Health Foundation and IHI Quality Improvement Fellow and Improvement Advisor, having been awarded the Fellowship in 2010. Her Fellowship commenced with a year secondment with The Institute of Healthcare Improvement based in Boston, Massachusetts.

She is currently Associate Clinical Director for Patient Safety the West of England AHSN, Improvement Advisor to Zero Suicide South West (HSJ Patient Safety Winner 2016) and Improvement Advisor and Faculty to Wessex AHSN in their Patient Safety Collaboration Programme.

 

She was Medical Lead for the South West Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Collaborative from 2011-2014. This region-wide programme across acute, community and mental health services used the IHI Breakthrough Collaborative Approach and succeeded in reducing HSMR across the region by 15% in four years through a system wide and systematic approach to implementing quality improvement methods.

 

Nicola Davey
QI practitioner and coach, founder and director of Quality Improvement Clinic

 

Having qualified as a pharmacist I was drawn to quality improvement (QI) over 10 years ago when I had the privilege of learning from national and international healthcare leaders in this field. In 2013 I founded the Quality Improvement Clinic so that with the help of colleagues I could offer this opportunity to even more people. I have a PG Cert in Advanced Improvement in Quality and Safety, and my many years of clinical experience in primary and secondary care helps me appreciate the complexity of our care systems and the conditions under which people learn, practice and provide care.

 

I have contributed to National Patient Safety Campaigns, Patient Safety Collaboratives, and QI initiatives with Royal Colleges. We now work with a wide and expanding range or organisations in health and social a care. Other interests include being a Trustee for the Clinical Human Factors Group and a member of the Health Foundation’s College of Assessors and Q Community.

 

Nicola Davey
QI practitioner and coach, founder and director of Quality Improvement Clinic

 

Having qualified as a pharmacist I was drawn to quality improvement (QI) over 10 years ago when I had the privilege of learning from national and international healthcare leaders in this field. In 2013 I founded the Quality Improvement Clinic so that with the help of colleagues I could offer this opportunity to even more people. I have a PG Cert in Advanced Improvement in Quality and Safety, and my many years of clinical experience in primary and secondary care helps me appreciate the complexity of our care systems and the conditions under which people learn, practice and provide care.

 

I have contributed to National Patient Safety Campaigns, Patient Safety Collaboratives, and QI initiatives with Royal Colleges. We now work with a wide and expanding range or organisations in health and social a care. Other interests include being a Trustee for the Clinical Human Factors Group and a member of the Health Foundation’s College of Assessors and Q Community.

 

Giles Eyre
Barrister, Associate Member of 9 Gough Square Chambers

 

 

Giles has retired from practice at the Bar after 40 years (and is now an unregistered barrister), but remains an Associate Member of 9 Gough Square Chambers. He continues giving training and seminars to and holding workshops for medical and other experts on providing effective expert reports and giving effective evidence in court. He is co-author of Writing Medico-Legal Reports in Civil Claims - an essential guide (2015),  author of Clinical Practice and the Law – a legal primer (2018), and regularly writes articles on the subject.

 

Giles accepts instructions as a mediator. He also continues to sit as a Recorder. During his years in practice Giles had extensive experience in conducting and advising in personal injury and clinical negligence claims of all kinds.

 

Jen Flatman
Clinical Fellow for Medications Safety, Royal College of Physicians (RCP)

 

Jen graduated from Cardiff University with a Master’s degree in pharmacy. Since then, she has worked as a pharmacist in multiple NHS trusts in London, rotating through a range of specialties and most recently working as a specialist medication safety pharmacist. In 2019, she gained a postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy practice from University College London, alongside completing the ‘Leading for change programme’ with the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education.

 

In her new role as clinical fellow for medications safety at the Royal College of Physicians, Jen will be working closely with the RCP’s National Working Group on Medical Safety to develop and drive a work programme with patient-centred care at its heart.

 

Louise George
Senior Project Manager, West of England AHSN

 

Louise joined the West of England AHSN in January 2020, working with the Medicine’s Optimisation team within the Service and System Transformation team.

 

Louise is currently working on projects in a number of areas, including polypharmacy, medicine compliance aids, ReSPECT and care homes.  Louise has worked within the NHS for almost 6 years, including roles in paediatrics and women’s health, and as a research governance manager.

 

Sandra Akintola
Senior Project Manager, West of England AHSN

 

Sandra works as part of the West of England AHSN’s Service and System Transformation team and oversees aspects of project delivery.  Her main area of work is supporting the adoption and spread of new care models. Currently she leads the training of care homes on RESTORE2, a physical deterioration and escalation tool.  Sandra joined the AHSN in Dec 2019.  Prior to this, she was clinical projects lead for another organisation and that role necessitated her involvement with some of AHSN’s patient safety programs.  Her background is in nursing and she has held a variety of clinical and managerial roles across acute and community mental health services.

 

Ann Remmers
Maternal and Neonatal Clinical Lead

 

Ann is a midwife and Clinical Lead for maternal and neonatal care at the West of England AHSN and leads on the national Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme within the Patient Safety Collaborative. Ann is also midwifery lead for the PERIPrem care bundle which aims to optimise care for the pre term infant and is currently being implemented across the South West.  From 2015 to 2018 Ann was Patient Safety Programme Director during which time the team won national awards for adoption and spread of the National Early Warning Score, the ED Safety checklist and Prevention of Cerebral Palsy in Pre Term infants (PReCePT).  Until June 2020 Ann was Clinical Director for the Maternity and Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Clinical Network in the South West of England; working with and supporting maternity and neonatal services and Local Maternity Systems to meet the recommendations of Better Births and the national Maternity Transformation programme.  Ann previously worked for a number of years in Bristol as a Clinical Director and Director of Midwifery in NHS Trusts, providing care to mothers and babies.

 

Ellie Wetz
Senior Project Manager, West of England AHSN

 

Ellie has worked at the West of England AHSN since early 2015, first as a Senior Improvement Lead/Project Manager and now in her role as Programme Manager.  Ellie led the Safer Care Through Early Warning Scores patient safety workstream, which included managing the Emergency Department Collaborative, and supporting sepsis work in the region. After a pause during 2017-18 to have a baby, she launched the region’s Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT) project, and between 2018-2020 managed the national roll-out of the PRevention of Cerebral Palsy in PreTerm Labour (PReCePT) programme.  Ellie now Programme Manages the West of England AHSN’s regional Medicines Safety Programme, Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme as well as the PERIPrem Bundle across both the West of England and South West AHSNs’ regions.

 

Noshin Menzies
Senior Project Manager, West of England AHSN

 

Noshin joined the West of England AHSN in 2014 and is currently responsible for the PERIPrem Care bundle, improving outcomes for preterm babies.  Noshin has been involved in the PReCePT project since the beginning. She was seconded to the PReCePT Study for a year as quality improvement coach, working nationally with 13 units.  She has an MPH (Master of Public Health) and an MSc in Clinical Psychology. Prior to working for the AHSN she was a health improvement specialist for Bristol Public Health and has also worked regionally on teenage pregnancy and sexual health.  Noshin is passionate about reducing inequalities in health and wellbeing and improving outcomes for people who are impacted by socioeconomic or demographic disadvantages.

 

Dr Huw Lloyd Williams
Senior Clinical Lecturer in Emergency Medicine

 

Dr Huw Lloyd Williams is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Emergency Medicine at Cardiff University with a Masters in Medical Education and a practicing Emergency Physician in the Grange University Hospital, Cwmbran. Whilst a student at Cardiff University, Dr Williams established the ‘Cardiff Medics First Responders’ in 2006, which later evolved into a Student Selected Component at Cardiff University, entitled ‘Continuity of Care in the Emergency Setting’, which ran from 2009 to 2016.

 

Dr Williams established the ‘Emergency, Pre-hospital and Immediate Care’ intercalated BSc (EPIC iBSc) degree, which was approved by Cardiff University in 2016, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government since 2017 and for which he has been the programme director since 2018. He also became the Year 3 ‘Hospital Front Door’ Module Lead for the undergraduate MBBCh programme at Cardiff University in 2018. Dr Williams has received several awards for his work in medical education including the BEST Trainee Medical Education Award (2016), MEDIC Star Award in Medical Education (2017), the Cardiff University Surgam Rising Teaching Star Award (2018) and the BMA Cymru Clinical Teacher of the Year Rising Star Award (2018). He has also received two nominations in the Surgam 2020 awards for the educational eLearning and face-to-face programmes he ran during the COVID-19 pandemic. He now runs the Emergency Medicine Academic Centre (EMAC) at Cardiff University. Current projects include “Wales’s Virtual Hospital”; a virtual reality learning environment.

 

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