Our 2023 programme is currently being developed.
Poster competition 2023 is open for entries.

Opening Plenary 2022 - Dr Rachel Clarke
We are delighted that Dr Rachel Clarke, an NHS palliative care doctor and writer who lives in Oxfordshire, has accepted our invitation to give the opening plenary.


Rachel is the author of three Sunday Times bestselling non-fiction books. Breathtaking, published in January 2021, reveals what life was really like working on NHS COVID-19 wards during the first wave of the pandemic. Dear Life, shortlisted for the 2020 Costa Biography Award and chosen as a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, is based on her work in a hospice. It explores love, loss, grief, dying and what really matters at the end of life. Your Life in My Hands, published in 2017, documents life as a junior doctor on the NHS frontline.


Rachel writes for a wide variety of publications including the Guardian, New York Times, BMJ and Lancet. She makes regular television and radio appearances on, for example, BBC Question Time, BBC Radio 4 Today, among others.

Plenary speakers 2022 - watch recordings of plenary talks below

Dr Ami Jones Consultant in Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine, Aneurin Bevan UHB, Lt Col Army Reserves, Clinical Lead Consultant for EMRTS Cymru (Welsh Flying Medics

Dr David Grant Simulation and Inter-professional Learning Lead for Medicine, Bristol Medical School, Consultant Paediatric Intensivist, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Dr Stephanie Hill Junior Doctor, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

Dr Claire Blount, Clinical Psychologist, Staff Wellbeing Psychology Team, North Bristol Trust

Workshop leaders

Dr Helen Smith Consultant Psychiatrist and National Clinical Director Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme

Kevin Hunter
Assoc Director for Patient Safety
West of England AHSN

Dr Tricia Woodhead Associate Clinical Director for Patient Safety at West of England AHSN and Visiting Senior Research Fellow University of Bath

Nicola Davey
Quality Improvement Practitioner

Dr Clare Sweeney
Medico-legal adviser
Medical Defence Union

Vardeep Deogan Quality Improvement Practitioner, North Bristol NHS Trust

Dr Ed Farnan
Medico-legal adviser
Medical Defence Union

Dr Kath Higgins Consultant in Diabetes Care and Clinical Lead for Inpatient Diabetes Care at University Hospitals of Leicester

Charlotte Burrows, Programme Director Design, South West AHSN


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