NHS Leadership Conference 2016

NHS Leadership Conference 2016

20th September 2016 - The Met Hotel, Leeds

The future success of the NHS requires a new age of leadership qualities and behaviours if it is to rise to the challenges of delivering high quality, safe and compassionate care.

To achieve this, leadership development is crucial to create a future generation of “strong and inspiring leaders deeply connected to their patients, their teams and their communities to build a culture of purpose, innovation and compassion at every level of the NHS”
(NHS Leadership Academy).

This free one day leadership event has been designed as a highly participatory and engaging opportunity and is a must for existing, aspiring and future leaders to better understand the links between effective leadership, organisational culture and high quality care.

Confirmed speakers:

The NHS Leadership Conference 2016 has the following confirmed speakers:

Dr Peter Aitken

Dr Peter Aitken is chair of the Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Peter graduated in medicine from the University of Glasgow in 1987. Following vocational training in general practice in Southwest London he trained in psychiatry at St George’s Hospital, London. A founding member of the higher education academy in 1999 he was appointed to the posts of senior lecturer in medical education at St George’s Hospital Medical School, and Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist. He joined Eli Lilly UK as clinical research physician in neuroscience in 2001 with an honorary contract as Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist to the Wessex Neurology Epilepsy Surgery Team. From 2003 Peter has been Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital and Director of Research & Development at Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

Now honorary associate Professor in the University of Exeter Medical School, he has published in liaison psychiatry, primary care mental health research, suicide prevention and medical education.

Peter is an executive coach working with senior leaders across several industries and in his spare time is Lifeboat Medical Advisor and Crew at RNLI Exmouth.

Clare Smyth
MSc BSc (Hons) Dip

Clare Smyth worked in a teaching hospital in Belfast from 1971 through to 1988 where she trained as a State Registered Nurse, those years saw the worst atrocities of “the troubles” in Northern Ireland, and as a young student she was on the frontline in what effectively was a warzone.

After qualifying, she remained in the hospital and followed a career into management as Assistant Director of Nursing. These were very challenging times, where demands on services were unpredictable, resources were limited and personal safety was a very real issue for those living and working in Belfast. The act of getting to and from work safely, in itself, sometimes was a real achievement.

Management of clinical areas required resourcefulness and a high level of commitment from everyone. Motivation and retention of staff had its own peculiar challenges, with a workforce made up mostly of young female workers, whose advanced levels of clinical skills were recognised worldwide and in great demand everywhere.

Following this period in management Clare pursued an academic career while working in the University of Ulster. She later moved into a career in management with an international clinical research company, finally becoming Senior Director for Business Development with responsibility for Europe.

Bronnach Pemberton
Service User

Mother of three boys, suffered multiple heart attacks after third son was born but went undiagnosed, heart attacks due to rare heart condition, required multi vessel cardiac bypass surgery, now have heart failure.

Bronnach Pemberton is the winner of the regional British heart foundation award for innovation this year.

Jill Fraser
Co-founder Kissing it Better healthcare charity

Kissing it Better is an award-winning charity dedicated to sharing simple healthcare ideas. To help us achieve this, they harness the energy of the most dynamic groups in a local community and invite them to use their specialist skills to make a difference to the care of patients and their carers within hospitals and care homes. The charity's first project was in Walsall and, massively supported by fantastic students from Walsall College, in 2012 Walsall Healthcare Trust won the Care of Older people award for its work with Kissing It Better.

Jill Fraser trained at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing at St Thomas' Hospital in London. During her training, she was awarded a scholarship by The Kings Fund to work in America. The experience gave her an interest in medical journalism and over the last 20 years she has presented health features for many programmes on television and radio including Woman’s Hour, Newsround and Breakfast Time for the BBC.

Her novel, More Tea, Less Vicar is a comic tale with a serious message about village communities in the 21st century.'

As well as meeting our invited speakers, delegates will also have the opportunity to participate in a range of themed of interactive master classes and ask questions and exchange ideas through a stimulating Q&A session, please see the agenda (link below) for full details.

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For more information on NHS Leadership 2016

For more information on how the NHS Leadership 2016 please contact Guy Whiffen at Ascent Events.


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