Engineers' House

The Promenade

Clifton Down




30th September 2020



14th May 2020 -
 Full Speaker line-up  to be announced shortly


Professor Russell Foster

Head, Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology


Russell Foster is the Head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, the founder and Director of the Sleep and Circadian Research Institute and is a Fellow of Brasenose College Oxford. His research addresses how circadian rhythms and sleep are generated and regulated and what happens when these systems fail as a result of societal pressures or disease. A key finding was the discovery and characterization of an unrecognized light-detecting system within the eye that regulates circadian rhythms and sleep, and most recently, the translation of this work to the clinic. For his work, Russell was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in 2008, the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2013, and was honoured with a CBE in 2015 for services to Science. He is a member of the Governing Council of the Royal Society; he established and led for six years the Royal Society Public Engagement Committee, and is a Trustee of the Science Museum. Russell has published over 250 scientific papers and has received multiple national and international awards. He has also written four popular science books.





Professor Nick Rich,

Professor in Operations Management

Swansea University

Nick is  has an interest in how people and technology work together to generate high performance organisations and highly reliable organisations. Nick is a renowned academic, a polymath, and his interests cover healthcare systems reliability and high performance manufacturing and service operations.

His career started at Cardiff and his work was some of the most influential in terms of the development and dissemination of lean systems (Lean Enterprise Research Centre). Luck led Nick to the NHS when an anaesthetist called one day and asked if Nick’s engineering and human factors knowledge could be applied to surgery and theatres for patient flow. World healthcare research now dominates 70% of his research and almost 100% of his PhD students.

Whilst at Warwick Medical School, under Professor Mathew Cooke, Nick developed more of his human factors interests whilst funded by The Health Foundation to research safer clinical systems. This opened up pathways of socio-technical systems to explore. In 2011-12, Nick went to The Royal Mint to be the Chief Engineer of the 2012 Olympic medals.


Areas of Expertise include Patient Safety and Safer Clinical Systems and Lean and Highly Reliable Organisations



Dr John Dean, MD FRCP

Clinical Director for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP)

@j59dd   @RCP_QI


John has extensive experience in service redesign and quality improvement. He is Deputy Medical Director (Transformation) at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, where he works across the health economy leading service improvement. He is clinical lead for the Trust as a Future Hospital development site. He has been Divisional Director and Chief of Medicine at the Trust where he has worked since 2012, initially sharing the role of Associate Medical Director with Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.


As Consultant Physician in Bolton from 1994 he led the development and delivery of integrated diabetes care. He was Clinical Director for Medicine at Bolton Hospitals 1997-2000. In 2005/6 he spent 12 months at Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Harvard University, Boston, USA studying Quality Improvement and Integrated care.


He has worked more widely on Long Term Conditions and Quality Improvement making significant contributions to Year of Care (DoH), Teams without Walls (Royal Colleges), Healthier Horizons and Joined up Care for people with Long Term Conditions (NHS North West), Triple Aim (Institute for Healthcare Improvement) and Safer Clinical Systems (Health Foundation). John is a Health Foundation/ IHI fellow and Q fellow.


Dr Megan Peng

 Quality Improvement lead for The Royal College of Paediatrics (RCPCH) Diabetes Collaborative


Megan is currently Quality Improvement Manager at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. She joined RCPCH in January 2018 as project coordinator for quality improvement and quality assurance in the Research and QI Division.


She has coordinated the dissemination and spread of the Situational Awareness for Everyone (SAFE) programme and been part of the National Children and Young People’s Diabetes Quality Programme team since early feasibility planning with successful delivery of the diabetes QI collaborative, now entering its 8th wave with 58 teams and over 650 healthcare professionals undergoing a 9-month course of formal QI training.


Megan was previously a Paediatric Speciality Trainee in the South London Deanery for 4 years with over 6 years’ experience of working as a junior doctor in the NHS


Dr Tricia Woodhead

Associate Clinical Director for Patient Safety, West of England Academic Health Science Network




Tricia has spent 24 years as a consultant radiologist in the NHS. During 12 of these years she was Medical Director and Director/ Quality and Patient Safety. She is a Health Foundation and IHI Quality Improvement Fellow and Improvement Advisor, having been awarded the Fellowship in 2010.

Tricia is Associate Clinical Director for the West of England AHSN with a major responsibility for continuing the five-year South West Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Programme. She works across the South West, South of England and London on collaborative projects to improve reliability and patient safety in acute, community and mental health services.  She is currently supporting the Royal College of Physicians as they develop their Quality Improvement Hub.

She teaches Leadership for Patient Safety as Associate Clinical Lecturer at Keele University Medical School. She is Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bath, working with The School of Management on systems and networks in Healthcare.



Nicola Davey

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’m really attracted to robust improvement methods that can deliver positive and sustained change, and find their translation into practice really exciting, particularly when I see people using them to deliver better patient services and better care.


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.


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.

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