18th May 2022

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Speakers in 2022

 

Dr Rachel Clarke

NHS palliative care doctor and writer who lives in Oxfordshire

 

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, long-listed for the 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize 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. The Costa biography judges described it as: “A beautifully written, powerfully moving book that tackles an emotive and difficult subject with professional compassion and personal insight.” Your Life in My Hands, published in 2017, documents life as a junior doctor on the NHS frontline. Rachel writes for the Guardian, Sunday Times, New York Times, Independent, New Statesman, Telegraph, Prospect, BMJ, NEJM and Lancet. She makes regular television and radio appearances

 

 

Dr Ami Jones

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board


Originally from Shropshire, Dr Ami Jones is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves with 203 Field Hospital and has undertaken two tours of duty in Afghanistan on MERT (the military pre-hospital service).

 

Ami has been a part of the EMRTS Cymru (Welsh Flying Medics) since its inception in 2015, as a consultant on board the aircraft as well as being the South Wales Base Lead. In May 2017, she became the interim National Director of the Service.

 

In June 2017, she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the military and the Wales Air Ambulance.

 

Dr David Grant

Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care

 

David Grant qualified from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, trained in Paediatrics and Paediatric Intensive Care in South Africa, UK and Australia and has been a Consultant in PICU at Bristol Children’s Hospital since 2004 where he began using simulation as an educational tool.

David has been actively involved in simulation delivery and leadership at institutional, regional, national and international level. His focus at all levels is to establish local sustainable simulation infrastructures that enhance patient safety and quality of health care delivery through integration of multi-disciplinary interprofessional simulation initiatives at undergraduate and post graduate levels that focus on optimising the performance of healthcare professionals and the teams and systems they work in.

He is a Clinical Academic at University of Bristol Medical School where he has roles in both Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes. At undergraduate level he leads the curricular integration of Simulation and Interprofessional Education and leads the Patient Safety, Quality Improvement and World of Work Helical Themes. At postgraduate level he is programme director of the MSc Healthcare Management and PG Certificate in Healthcare Improvement programmes.

 

 

 

Dr Claire Blount

Clinical Psychologist

 

Claire qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2004 and has spent most of her career working in complex mental health teams in Bristol and South Wales.

 

Claire moved to work in North Bristol NHS Trust in the staff psychology team in 2020, after an increasing awareness that without supporting staff and teams to be well and connected it is hard for them to support their patients.

 

 

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.

 

Dr Stephanie Hill

Doctor, Leeds University Teaching Hospitals


Stephanie Hill is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academic Clinical Fellow in Palliative Medicine working in Yorkshire. Her area of interest for research is palliative care within the intensive care unit, particularly implementation of interventions.

 

Having been involved with a quality improvement training program during her F1 year, she has used and built on this throughout her career, leading to national and international conference presentations and publications. She attributes some of her success at each stage of progression throughout her career to this and now works to help teach others QI methodology as well as drawing parallels with her own academic work and quality improvement.

 

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.

 

Dr Helen Smith

Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist
 Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Helen is the National Clinical Advisor for the Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme with NHS Improvement/England. This role includes advising on the development of the Mental Health component of the National Patient Safety Strategy and the design and delivery of the improvement programme to support this.

She has led the South of England Mental Health Safety and Quality Improvement Collaborative since its inception in 2009.

She works with the South West Academic Health Science network to support quality improvement and scale and spread within this region and with the West of England Academic Health Science Network as the clinical lead for the South of England MH Safety and Quality Improvement collaborative.

She has trained in quality improvement with the IHI and is currently a Fellow with the Billions Institute (USA), an institute committed to supporting large scale change.

She is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT). She was previously the Medical Director within DPT and is currently the Responsible Officer.   She is committed to working with people who use services, their families and staff to create safe , high quality services for all.

 

Kevin Hunter

Associate Director for Patient Safety

West of England AHSN

With a lengthy military background, and following an injury whilst serving on operations in Afghanistan, Kevin originally joined the NHS on secondment to transfer the Specialised Paediatric Services to University Hospitals Bristol during the closure of Frenchay Hospital.

 

Remaining in the NHS, and after a period as a Divisional Manager at Weston Hospital, Kevin joined the West of England AHSN in March 2015 as the Patient Safety Programme Manager overseeing the work of the award winning Patient Safety Team.  During this period Kevin also directly led and delivered the successful Learning from Deaths and Emergency Laparotomy Collaboratives.  In May 2018 Kevin was appointed Associate Director for Patient Safety & Programme Delivery

Kevin is passionate about improving the quality and safety of care provided in the NHS.  Recognising the tremendous operational pressures in healthcare, he enjoys working with all staff levels and professions to facilitate and enable improvement activities leading to safer care for patients and enhanced staff wellbeing & satisfaction.

 

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Dr Claire Sweeney
Medico-legal adviser
Medical Defence Union (MDU)

 

Clare graduated from Queen's University in Belfast in 1990 and trained as a GP. Before joining the MDU in 2015 she worked as a GP partner for over 20 years. She completed a Masters Degree in Medical Law in 2014. Clare has a special interest in the legal and ethical aspects of end of life care.

 

 

 

Dr Ed Farnan
  Medico-legal adviser
Medical Defence Union (MDU)

 

Dr Farnan graduated from Queen's University, Belfast, in 1995 and completed his GP training in Northern Ireland, practising as a principal in general practice in Armagh for 11 years. He also sat on a research ethics committee, and had a particular interest in clinical governance.

 

Ed joined the MDU as a medico-legal adviser in 2013. In that role he provides medico-legal and ethical advice to MDU members, including assisting with complaints, handling inquests and GMC investigations. He is part of the MDU medical education team and writes for MDU and other publications as well as presenting webinars and giving talks and lectures on medico-legal topics.

 

Dr Kath Higgins

Consultant in Diabetes Medicine at
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

 

Dr Kath Higgins is a Consultant in Diabetes Medicine at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL).   She was Clinical Lead for Inpatient Diabetes Care from 2010 – 2021 and during this period transformed inpatient diabetes care in UHL.  A key aspect of her work was developing and implementing trust-wide education strategy for frontline healthcare workers.  Working with colleagues in the Leicester Diabetes Centre she developed the ITS (Inpatient Diabetes Training and Support) eHandbook, eLearning module and resources www.inpatientdiabetes.org.uk) which won the Rowan Hillson Inpatient Safety award in 2018.  Her current roles include:  Foundation Training Programme Director, Foundation Programme Expansion Lead (HEEM) and SuppoRTT Champion in UHL.  She is an Honorary Associate Professor in Medical Education (University of Leicester) and founder of Leicester Women in Medicine network.  Twitter: @medmum3

 

Vardeep Deogan

 Senior Continuous Improvement Manager at
North Bristol NHS Trust

 

Vardeep is a qualified Radiographer and has worked in the NHS for over 20 years. Seven years ago she transitioned into working in Quality Improvement roles within a healthcare setting.
Vardeep works as a Senior Continuous Improvement Manager at North Bristol NHS Trust and as an Improvement and Innovation Coach at the West of England AHSN QI Academy.

Vardeep says: My work is focused on enabling improvement capabilities in others and using continuous improvement to lead projects that aim to improve patient care, patient safety and patient experiences.

 

I recently completed a MA in Leadership and I am currently studying for a Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching at Henley Business School. Both coaching and leadership are great passions of mine and enhance my continuous improvement role in health and care.

 

Charlotte Burrows

Programme Director Design, South West AHSN

 

Charlotte is passionate about social innovation, service design and system change. She has held roles both leading service innovations and business development. Charlotte started her career working for a rural development charity, before moving  to work in the housing and criminal justice sectors, co-designing services with communities and supporting social entrepreneurs with business planning, market research and income generation.

 

Her more recent work include interim CEO work for a social care charity, Non-Executive Director for Devon CCG and Chair of the Devon Maternity Voices Partnership, where she has focussed particularly on patient and public involvement as well as strategic planning. Charlotte is particularly interested in how to improve people’s involvement in the design, delivery and governance of services

 

 

 

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