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TVSCN conference 2017 speakers

Morning plenary speakers
Shahed Ahmad
Helen Bevan
Matt Kearney
Session 1aSession 1bSession 1c
Richard Croft (Chair)Tracey Cox (Chair)Anant Sachdev (Chair)
Amy SmullenViv BennettKathy Pritchard-Jones
Tom NewboundLucy MackillopGeorge Butterworth
Nithya Nanda
Session 2aSession 2bSession 2c
Douglas Findlay (Chair)Adrian Hayter (Chair)Graham Jackson (Chair)
Vinod PatelJackie DavidsonJane Fossey
John RobsonLise LlewellynRaj Thakkar
Michael BakerArdiana Gijini and Harpal Aujla
Session 3aSession 3bSession 3c
Katie Summers (Chair)Will Orr (Chair)Joe McManners (Chair)
Susan JebbGary FordKathryn Pugh
William BirdElizabeth BeechBryony Gibson
Paul Durrands
Afternoon plenary session
Alf Collins


Dr Shahed Ahmad
Medical Director, NHS England South Central
Welcome and Overview

Prior to being appointed Medical Director for NHS England South (South Central) in August 2016, Dr Shahed Ahmad was the Director of Public Health for Enfield. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and completed his clinical studies at University College and Middlesex School of Medicine, London. Shahed did his Public Health Masters at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has done his management training at the London Business School.

Dr Ahmad is an experienced NHS Director and had been the Director of Public Health in Enfield since January 2009. Over this time period, despite high levels of need and a very low public health allocation, Enfield has seen amongst the largest improvements in mortality in London and major improvements in life expectancy in the Edmonton area, leading to a major narrowing of the life expectancy gap.

Shahed was the ADPH national lead on hypertension and had a number of regional public health lead areas including primary care, cancer, healthcare public health, and integration. Shahed has a significant interest in the development of the public health skills in both the specialist and non specialist public health workforce.

Shahed is now the Responsible Officer for South Central’s 3100 General Practitioners and is the lead for the Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network and Thames Valley Clinical Senate and sits on the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West  (BOB) STP operational group.

Dr Helen Bevan
Chief Transformation Officer, NHS Horizons Group
Creating the Environment for Change – Social Movements

Helen Bevan has been a leader of large scale change in the English National Health Service for more than 20 years. Helen has been at the forefront of many NHS improvement initiatives which have made a difference for thousands of patients ever since.

In 2010, Helen’s team launched a call to action, utilising social movement leadership principles, which contributed to a 51% reduction in prescribing of antipsychotic drugs to people with dementia across the country.

Helen initiated NHS Change Day, in partnership with a group of young clinical and managerial leaders in 2012. This has inspired hundreds of thousands of actions to improve services. Helen also conceived ‘The School for Health and Care Radicals’, a free open access online training course, which was included in ‘Britain’s 50 new radicals’ list sponsored by NESTA/The Observer. Helen initiated ‘The Edge’, a regularly updated online curated resource of knowledge, articles and inspiration on transformation, which is available at

Helen Bevan is acknowledged globally for her expertise in large scale change and for her ability to translate it into practical action and deliver tangible outcomes. She provides advice, guidance and training on transformational change to leaders of health and care systems across the world, and has been recognised as one of the 60 most influential people in the history of the NHS. Helen leads a small team of change experts, and is currently setting up the Horizons Community Interest Company to offer cutting edge transformational expertise to the health and care sector, both in the UK and abroad. For more information, see

Dr Matt Kearney
National Clinical Director for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, NHS England; National Clinical Advisor, Public Health England; General Practitioner, Castlefields, Runcorn
National Overview – Atrial Fibrillation, Hypertension, Diabetes

Dr Matt Kearney is a GP in Runcorn and National Clinical Director for CVD Prevention. He has been working for both NHS England and Public Health England since 2013, supporting programmes to improve primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In particular, he has focused on building primary care leadership to champion earlier detection and improved management of conditions such as hypertension, atrial fibrillation, type 2 diabetes and raised cholesterol, and in exploring ways in which the third sector, local authorities and other partners can help the NHS to get serious about prevention.

Previously Matt worked as clinical and public health advisor to the Department of Health respiratory programme, and was a member of the NICE Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2013. He graduated in Medicine from the University of Birmingham and obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Liverpool in 2003. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Dr Richard Croft
Diabetes and Respiratory Lead, Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups; Diabetes Lead, Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network, NHS England

Richard has been a GP in Reading since 1999 which is where he developed an interest in diabetes. Since 2012, he has been leading the diabetes service redesign which took place in Berkshire West and leads the stakeholder network there.

In addition, he is a diabetes lead for the Thames Valley SCN. He is a trainer for care and support planning, and is passionate about it as a means of giving everyone a better day.

In another life, he directed a leprosy control programme in Bangladesh.

Amy Smullen
Senior Policy Officer for Prevention at Diabetes UK
Stopping the Rising Tide of Type 2 Diabetes

Amy Smullen is Senior Policy Officer for Prevention at Diabetes UK where she specialises in food and diet policy in preventing Type 2 diabetes. Previously Amy was Senior Policy Officer working on prevention policy for the British Heart Foundation covering food and diet and air pollution in addition to organ donation policy where she worked on securing a soft opt-out system in Wales.

Amy was also seconded in 2016 to the UK Health Forum to work on behalf of a range of organisations including the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK, the Royal College of Physicians and the British Medical Association to establish the Obesity Health Alliance. The Obesity Health Alliance is a coalition of over 30 organisations who have come together to tackle the complex issue of obesity across the life course through influencing, developing evidence based policy and sharing insight and expertise. Here, Amy authored the Alliance’s founding policy position on the prevention of childhood obesity supported by over 30 organisations.

Tom Newbound
National Implementation Lead for NHS Diabetes Programme, Public Health England
NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme – Progress So Far

As the National Implementation Lead for the NHS Diabetes Programme, working for Public Health England, Tom Newbound leads on delivery of improvements in the treatment and care of those living with diabetes and roll out of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Before this role Tom worked for the NIHR Clinical Research Network with notable achievements delivering workforce development programmes and national recognition for service improvement initiatives. With keen interest and experience in patient and public engagement in health research and care, Tom continues to champion the benefits of user involvement in his current role.

Dr Nithya Nanda
GP Partner; Slough CCG Diabetes and Cardiology Lead; East Berkshire Diabetes Lead
Berkshire Wave 1 NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

Dr Nanda is currently a practising General Practitioner in Farnham Road Practice, Slough, East Berkshire.  He passed out of Undergraduate Medical School in 2000 from Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore, India.  He has undertaken various General medical specialty training in Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS trust during the years 2001-2006 during which he developed particular specialty interest in Cardiology and Diabetes and moved over to General practice .

He has been working as a GP with specialist interest in Cardiology and Diabetes since 2008. He is currently the Clinical Lead for Cardiology and Diabetes in East Berkshire and has been instrumental in bringing about significant changes in service redesign consequent to which there is promising success in Slough and East Berkshire’s Diabetes outcomes.

Tracey Cox
Chief Officer, NHS Bath and North East Somerset CCG

Tracey Cox has been the Accountable Officer for B&NES CCG since 2014 and the Acting Accountable Officer for Wiltshire CCG since October 2016.

Tracey has over 26 years’ experience of working in healthcare, having joined the health service in 1990 as a management trainee. She has worked in both the provider and commissioning sector, working in several London hospitals including Whipps Cross, the Whittington Hospital and the Royal United Hospitals Bath prior to moving into Commissioning in 2001.

Tracey has experience of integrated commissioning and delivery of health and social care which has been a prevailing feature of the system within Bath and North East Somerset for a number of years.  Tracey has recently been part of a joint high profile re-commissioning of community services in B&NES  (your care, your way) to  create a prime provider of community health and social care services spanning over 70 different services . Tracey leads on the Preventative and Proactive Care Work stream of the B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire Sustainability Plan.

Tracey has a particular interest in Organisational Development and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Organisational Development and Leadership at UWE in 2015.

Professor Viv Bennett CBE
Chief Nurse for Public Health England; Government’s Principal Advisor on Public Health Nursing
Protecting and Promoting Health in the first 1001 Days

Viv is Chief Nurse at PHE and is the national lead for nurses, midwives and health visitors in public health.  She is Government’s Principal Advisor on Public Health Nursing and Midwifery and Head of WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Nursing and Midwifery.

She leads the national programme to give all our children the ‘Best Start in Life’ and the national Maternity Transformation Programme prevention and population health work stream.  This builds on her special interest in services for children and young people which has been central to all of her clinical and leadership roles.

Viv trained as a nurse in Oxford in 1976 and worked in children’s nursing before training and working as a health visitor in Oxford in the early 1980s.  She has worked as a Nurse Director in a number of provider and commissioner organizations and was previously Deputy Chief Nursing officer and then Director of Nursing in Department of Health. She has Honorary Doctorates and Fellowships in number of academic and professional bodies and is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London.  She was awarded the CBE in 2016 New Year’s Honours list for services to Nursing and Health Care.

Dr Lucy Mackillop
Consultant Obstetric Physician at Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT; Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Oxford
Early Intervention in Pregnancy

Lucy is a Consultant Obstetric Physician at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Oxford. She is one of only six practising Obstetric Physicians in the UK and specialises in medical conditions unique to pregnancy as well as the management of pre-existent medical disorders occurring during pregnancy.

She has published over 50 articles, national and international guidelines and book chapters on a wide variety of medical conditions in pregnancy. She provides co-ordinated antenatal care, with maternal medicine specialty trained obstetricians, for women with a wide variety of medical conditions.

She also runs a pre-pregnancy counselling clinic to optimise health and medications prior to pregnancy. Her current research interest is in the use of cardiopulmonary exercise testing to predict pregnancy outcome, pattern prediction of vital signs in pregnancy and the role of digital health solutions in the gestational diabetes population.

Dr Anant Sachdev
Lead Cancer GP, East Berkshire

Dr Anant Sachdev is a Full-time GP, Cancer Lead & Specialist in End of Life and Palliative Medicine in Berkshire, and the Clinical Cancer Lead for the Thames Valley Cancer Alliance on Prevention and Early Diagnosis. He is involved with the clinical management in Primary Care of patients working with secondary care and the local Hospice, plus strategy and guidelines locally and within the Cancer Alliance and Federated Clinical Commissioning Groups. He has worked with the Macmillan, CRUK and NHS England on various programmes including Cancer Masterclasses, National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiatives in Cancer, and the current “Be Clear on Cancer” programme.

“I am driven by the firm ethos of “making a difference” and “do things that make the heart sing” as life is too short …. And am constantly learning from patients, colleagues, friends and others alike!”

Dr Kathy Pritchard-Jones
Chief Medical Officer for the University College London Hospitals (UCLH) Cancer Collaborative
London Cancer and the Vanguard

Kathy Pritchard-Jones is chief medical officer for the University College London Hospitals (UCLH) Cancer Collaborative, part of the national cancer vanguard within NHS England’s new care models programme. The UCLH Cancer Collaborative serves a population of 3.5 million in North and East London and West Essex with 8 acute hospitals and 3 specialist hospitals working in partnership as an integrated cancer system. She is also the Cancer Programme Director for UCLPartners Academic Health Science Network. Since 2010, in these various roles, she has led redesign of whole pathways of cancer care in partnership with patients, primary care, public health and the voluntary sector, to improve clinical outcomes, patient experience of care and access to clinical trials and innovation. She works closely with commissioners and academic collaborators to develop the means to evaluate outcomes of whole pathways of care and understand the impact of these changes on local health economies.

She is also Professor of Paediatric Oncology at UCL Institute of Child Health and a consultant oncologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital. She is chief investigator for the national clinical trial in childhood renal tumours and heads the translational research laboratory focussed on biomarker evaluation in this setting.

George Butterworth
Tobacco Policy Manager at Cancer Research UK
Effectiveness of Stop Smoking Services

George Butterworth is currently the Tobacco Policy Manager at Cancer Research UK.

He is responsible for coordinating campaigns and developing policy on Stop Smoking Services, cessation within the NHS, population-level tobacco control measures including tax and price, and the use e-cigarettes in smoking cessation.

Prior to this, he studied medical microbiology at university and worked as a political researcher in the House of Commons for several years before moving to policy and campaigning roles in health charities.

Monique Audifferen
Thames Valley Cancer Network Manager
Challenges in Thames Valley and Improvements Made by the Cancer SCN

Monique joined the NHS in 2008 as a Service Development Manager before taking on the role of Offender Health Commissioning Manager. She has extensive experience in service development, and programme and strategic change management having worked in both the public and private sectors.

In her current role of Cancer Strategic Clinical Network Manager she is responsible for planning, developing and implementing an evidence-based programme of improvements using new approaches to service delivery that are meaningful and more accessible to cancer patients and/or their carers across Thames Valley.

Monique believes an important aspect to her role is ensuring the relationships; clinical engagement and patient participation that have been developed and maintained over many years by the former Cancer Network are sustained and enhanced.

Douglas Findlay
Patient Leader; Thames Valley Clinical Senate Council Lay Member

Douglas began his career teaching Health Education, Nutrition and Food Science. From the late 1980s until 2007 he worked in the medical devices and the pharmaceutical industries after which he moved to work as a Learning and Development specialist for an e-learning company providing web-based and face to face training for anyone needing to understand the changes in the NHS.

Douglas has learnt to be skilled at navigating both the health and social care environments through caring for his parents who suffered a number of illnesses until their deaths in 2014. Still an enthusiastic advocate of the NHS, he became even more involved with a number of NHS organisations in a lay capacity, where he observes, advises and acts as patient/carer advocate.

Douglas is involved with a number of different NHS organisations in Reading, across the Thames Valley Region and also has an interest in research where he is linked with a number of national projects. He runs his own consultancy helping people to navigate the NHS and is a regular contributor at events where NHS policies and programmes are discussed. He has recently participated in the process of enrolling staff for the New Care Models for the English NHS.

Dr Vinod Patel
Associate Professor in Clinical Skills at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick; Honorary Consultant in Endocrinology and Diabetes, Acute Medicine and Medical Obstetrics, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, Warwickshire
Management of Diabetes to Prevent Complications and Costs

Dr Patel trained in Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Hammersmith and the Royal London hospitals.   He obtained a Doctorate on Haemodynamic Factors in the Pathogenesis of Diabetic Retinopathy from the University of London and has multiple papers arising from the work.  Whilst his specialist area of research is prevention of diabetic complications, he has a passion for clinical diabetes care. He is jointly qualified in Hospital Medicine and General Practice and has this has allowed him to work relatively seamlessly across the primary care/secondary care interface and improve effectiveness in delivery of diabetes care for the local Community. His commitment to Clinical Education is to help create world-class healthcare professionals that will be capable of dealing with the clinical, managerial and professional challenges of the future.

His Diabetes Care Team was instrumental in developing the “Alphabet Strategy” for patient-centred, evidence-based, multi-professional diabetes care. This preventative and treatment-orientated strategy has been taught in numerous courses and seminars across UK with multiple international presentations at conferences. The most recent venture is the delivery of two workshops in Bahrain sponsored by the UN Development Programme.

His work is driven by the deep held belief that a patient-centred, outcome-based, team-working approach can lead to a reduction in all premature complications of diabetes and indeed complications of all long-term conditions by at least 50%, thereby significantly improving the quality of life of people in UK.

Dr John Robson
Reader, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Queen Mary University of London; General Practitioner, UCLP and Tower Hamlets CCG CVD Lead; QMUL Clinical Effectiveness Group Lead
Development of the Beginnings of an Effective Learning Health System in East London

Longstanding interest in quality improvement, diagnostic testing and cardiovascular disease

  • Chair NICE guideline 2008 on lipids and CVD risk estimation
  • Co-author of QRisk and QDiabetes scores
  • National and local evaluation of the NHS Health Check programme
  • East London managed practice networks and QI programmes

The Clinical Effectiveness Group and its east London database support a range of research, development and local quality improvement programmes.

Recent work includes reducing unnecessary liver function tests for statin monitoring; reducing inappropriate prescribing (antibiotics, glycaemic self-testing, NSAID) and increasing effective treatments (improving BP reduction and high intensity statins in people at high CVD risk; anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation). The reduction of hypoglycaemia in people with type 2 diabetes is of particular concern.
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Dr Michael Baker
Deputy Director of Healthcare Public Health, Public Health England South East
Epidemiology of Diabetes in South Central

Michael started his career in the financial sector working in retail banking. After 7 years Michael moved into public health which he has been in for over 20 years across the South East.  Michael has worked for a number of NHS organisations and has led on sexual health, substance misuse and health improvement.

He has a MSc and PhD in Health Promotion, a certificate in teaching and a postgraduate qualification in psychotherapy.  In 2013, Michael joined Public Health England where he led on Screening and Immunisation across Wessex.  He is now the Deputy Director of Healthcare Public Health in the South East providing local leadership of the healthcare public health system.

Dr Adrian Hayter
General Practitioner; Clinical Chair of Windsor Ascot and Maidenhead CCG

Dr Hayter has been a GP in the Windsor area for nearly 20 years and a Clinical Commissioning Chair for Windsor Ascot and Maidenhead CCG since its authorisation without condition in April 2013.

He has previously supported the Primary Care Commissioning agenda in roles relating to Older age care and represented health on local Older age partnership boards in both PCGs and PCTs as well as supporting local Falls initiatives in East Berkshire. He continues to provide GP services for patients of his practice and has in the past contributed to the development of a local out of hours GP service as a Medical Director.

He is currently involved as CCG Clinical Chair representing the South Central Region for NHSCC Board and supports the work of the Thames Valley Local Training and Education Board and on the Thames Valley Oversight committee of the Strategic Clinical Network. His overall passion is to effect change by working as a Collaborative Leader building communities with a healthier future.

Dr Jackie Davidson 

Assistant Director of Public Health at Royal Borough of Greenwich
Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Jackie Davidson is an Assistant Director of Public Health at Royal Borough of Greenwich and is the lead for Healthcare Public Health and Commissioning. Prior to the move of Public Health to the Local Authority, she was responsible for overseeing a major programme of work within NHS Greenwich that aimed to develop a more systematic, population sized approach to primary and secondary prevention in Primary and Community Care.

Jackie commenced her career in 1996 undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing and District Nursing degree. She entered into NHS management and undertook an MBA at Henley Management College. She has since held a number of senior posts within Community and Primary care organisations and subsequently Local Authority. She was Director of Elderly & Intermediate Care, then Borough Director in Lambeth, and then worked at Lewisham PCT in a role as Director of Clinical Leadership and Quality/Nurse Executive. After living in New Zealand for 5 years, she returned to the UK and developed her career in Public Health. She undertook a MPH at Liverpool University. Jackie has extensive experience in public health and primary and community care with a particular focus on project and change management approaches to improve public health outcomes.

Dr Lise Llewellyn
Strategic Director of Public Health Berkshire
Efforts in Berkshire to Tackle Hypertension

Lise qualified from University of Wales College of Medicine and then  completed specialist training in both general practice and Public Health medicine. Having worked as a consultant in public health medicine for a number of years, Lise moved into NHS general management setting up one of the first Primary Care Trusts in the 2002 NHS reorganisation, and was the accountable officer in two other PCTs.

Lise has worked in a number of positions and geographical areas in the NHS, private and voluntary sectors and  now following the abolition of PCTs  has returned to her public health roots as the Director of Public Health Berkshire.

Dr Graham Jackson
General Practitioner; Clinical Chair Aylesbury Vale CCG; Co-Chair NHS Clinical Commissioners

A GP Partner in Aylesbury since 1991; he founded AYDDOC (an Out of Hours GP co-operative) in 1993, acting as Medical Manager until 2004.

Spent 10 years as a Hospital Practitioner in Psychiatry and chaired Neurolink (a national board of mental health experts providing educational material).

Dr Jackson has previously been Managing Director of Bucks Urgent Care, and a previous chair of Vale Health (a GP led provider company).

Vice Chair of Buckinghamshire Health and Wellbeing Board; a member of Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network  Oversight group and Oxford Academic Health Science Network Partnership Board. Bucks LMC member since 1995.

Chair of the Primary and Secondary Care Interface National Working Group.

Dr Jane Fossey
Associate Director of Psychological Services at Oxford Health NHS FT; Honorary Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
Improving Wellbeing in Care Homes with Focus on Dementia

Dr Jane Fossey is Associate Director of Psychological Services at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Clinical Research Fellow at Dept. Psychiatry at University of Oxford. She has worked in Older People’s services in the NHS since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist. For several years, she has also led and collaborated in research funded by NIHR, Big Lottery and Alzheimer’s Society evaluating psychological and social approaches to care for people with dementia in care homes and their family and paid carers. She is interested in how this knowledge can be used in routine healthcare and has contributed to national guidance and local service redesign.

Dr Raj Thakkar
General Practitioner; Clinical Commissioning Director for Planned Care, Buckingham CCGs; Cardiac Lead, Thames Valley SCN
Prevention of Falls

Raj’s varied roles include working as a GP partner since 2004, clinical commissioning director for Chiltern and Aylesbury Vale CCG in planned care, cardiac lead for Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network and atrial fibrillation champion for NHS IQ and more recently for Oxford Academic Health Science Network. He has also worked as a presenter on BBC Radio and is a medical writer and adviser. Raj has written and published over 100 articles and several books including the MIMS Consultation Guide which won the BMA book award for medicine 2012.

Dr Ardiana Gijini
Consultant in Public Health Medicine; Screening and Immunisation Lead, Bath, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire
The Importance and Effectiveness of Winter Flu Vaccination

Ardiana is Consultant in Public Health Medicine- Screening and Immunisation Lead for BGSW, leading the team and the programmes ensuring that the NHS screening and immunisation programmes are of high quality and equitable across the patch. Prior to this post she was Consultant in Public Health Medicine with lead on cancer and cancer screening programmes and End of Life Care for the four Avon PCTs (Local Authorities post April 2013). Ardiana started as a Consultant in Public Health in Wiltshire PCT in 2009 as a fixed-term locum appointment, leading on evidence and clinical effectiveness.

She undertook her Public Health Speciality Training in the South West with posts in the Regional Public Health Group, Bristol PCT and University of Bristol. During this time she also completed her PhD in Epidemiology and Clinical Management of Meningitis which she started in 2002 as a clinical research post with the University of Bristol and Opened University having had completed an MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

She has maintained her research interest largely through collaborations with UoB as a Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, participating in research studies and teaching, both under and postgraduate. Ardiana completed her medical training in ex-Yugoslavia, later Kosovo, where her interest in Public Health practice sparked whilst working with NGOs providing field health services to worn-torn areas in the Balkans in the late 90s.

Katie Summers
Director of Operations for NHS Wokingham CCG; Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West STP Lead for Prevention

Katie is currently the Director of Operations at NHS Wokingham CCG.

During her time at Wokingham CCG she’s been nominated as NHS Digital Trust of the Year as well as being able to successfully lead the establishment and integration of a health and social care team which resulted in significant reductions in non-elective admissions and delayed discharges of care.

Katie has an Executive MBA from the Saïd Business School as well as a Masters in Leadership. Since starting her career as a nurse she has covered a variety of roles working as a managing consultant, a nurse specialist for cardiology and a commissioner of health services.

Professor Susan Jebb OBE
Professor of Diet and Population Health, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Heath Science at the University of Oxford; Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College
Weight Management in Primary Care

Susan Jebb is Professor of Diet and Population Health in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College.  Following her initial training as a dietitian, she studied for her PhD at the University of Cambridge. She spent 25 years working with the Medical Research Council in Cambridge before moving to Oxford in September 2013.

Her research centres on how what we eat affects the risk of gaining weight and the interventions that might be effective to help people lose weight or reduce the risk of diet-related diseases. Susan also has a particular interest in how scientific evidence on diet is translated into policy and practice, by government, industry, the public health community and the media. She was the science advisor for the Foresight obesity report and subsequently seconded (0.2FTE) to the Department of Health as a science advisor on obesity and food policy from 2007-2015. She chaired the cross-government Expert Advisory Group on obesity and the Responsibility Deal Food Network.

Susan is now a member of the Public Health England Obesity Programme Board and one of the Chairs of the NICE Public Health Advisory Committees. She is actively involved in a number of events and media projects to engage the public in issues relating to diet and health, including the BBC Horizon series ‘What’s the Right Diet for You?”.   In 2008 she was awarded an OBE for services to public health and in 2015 received the John Maddox Prize for ‘Standing Up for Science’.

Dr William Bird MBE
General Practioner; Founder and CEO of Intelligent Health
Increasing Physical Exercise

Dr William Bird MBE is a family GP and founder and CEO of Intelligent Health. His schemes have got over 2 million people more active and he is passionate in getting the NHS to use physical activity as a treatment.

He founded Intelligent Health to provide ways to integrate physical activity into health and wellbeing, from Green Gyms and GP training to helping develop whole city physical activity strategies engaging both adults and children. Through Intelligent Health, William has helped develop physical activity strategies and inspired communities across the UK, Europe and worldwide to become physically active through expertly delivered, gamified campaigns.

William is a member of PA Strategy Board for PH England and advises WHO and PH Wales. He is co-editor of the Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health and BBC Wildlife magazine recently voted him one of UK’s top 30 influential conservationists.

In 2010 William was awarded the MBE by The Queen for services to promote physical activity and health.

Dr Paul Durrands
Chief Operating Officer of Oxford Academic Health Science Network
Workplace Initiatives for Improving Health

Dr Paul Durrands is the Chief Operating Officer of Oxford Academic Health Science Network and is responsible for ensuring delivery of the Oxford AHSN’s programmes and themes which include 150 collaborative projects across Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire.

Paul has an extensive commercial background, with international experience of licensing, contracting and mergers and acquisitions. He has also led large change programmes in the NHS. He has also been a director of two local life sciences companies and an international food company. He has lived in Oxfordshire with his family for more than 20 years.

Dr Will Orr
Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS FT

Dr Will Orr is a Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Reading.

He was Clinical Lead for the Berkshire Heart Collaborative, then for Thames Valley and for South Central Cardiovascular Network.

Will is Cardiology Training Programme Director for Health Education Thames Valley and sits on the Specialist Advisory Council for Cardiology at the Royal College of Physicians.

Professor Gary Ford CBE
Chief Executive of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network; Visiting Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at Oxford University; Consultant Stroke Physician at Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT
Tackling Atrial Fibrillation – The Health Economics Evidence

Professor Ford is Chief Executive of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, Visiting Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at Oxford University and a Consultant Stroke Physician at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. The mission of the Oxford AHSN is to support collaboration, research and innovation across the NHS, University and business partners in the region, building on their strengths to deliver exemplary care and create the strongest life science cluster in the UK.

He graduated from Cambridge University and held a Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship at Stanford University.  He returned to the UK and established a comprehensive stroke service in Newcastle in 1992. He has been involved in many service innovations in UK stroke care in the last 20 years.  He developed the first thrombolysis protocol for acute stroke in England.

He chaired the Emergency Response working group of the English Stroke Strategy. He developed the Face Arm Speech Test (FAST) now used to increase public and professional awareness of stroke. In 2005 he was appointed Director of the National Institute for Health Research Stroke Research Network and awarded a CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours List for services to research in stroke medicine.

Elizabeth Beech
Prescribing Advisor and National Project Lead, Healthcare Acquired Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance, NHS Improvement, NHS Bath and North East Somerset CCG
Atrial Fibrillation Audit and Role of Practice-Based Pharmacist in Prevention

Elizabeth Beech trained as a pharmacist and has since worked in variety of organisations in the NHS, in many different clinical roles including academic teaching and research – in particular effective implementation of research evidence into clinical practice. She currently works for NHS Bath and North East Somerset CCG as a prescribing advisor, and currently leads infection management & antimicrobial stewardship, acute kidney injury and safer care culture work programmes. Over the last 3 years she has led a programme to improve stroke prevention in people with AF through rapid implementation of new NICE guidance for use of oral anticoagulation.

Elizabeth also works as a national project lead (England) for Healthcare Acquired Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance, based in the Patient Safety team in NHS Improvement. Elizabeth is passionate about safe and effective use of medicines and using quality improvement methodologies to support this – she is delighted to have recently joined the Q community.

Dr Joe McManners
General Practitioner; Clinical Chair of Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Joe has been a GP for 11 years.  For the past 9 years, he has been a partner at a GP practice in Oxford where he has joint responsibility for the running of the practice.  He is also a GP trainer.

He was elected Oxfordshire CCG Clinical Chair in February 2014.  Oxfordshire CCG is one of the biggest CCGs in the country with a population of 650,000 patients and a budget circa £700 million.  Previously he had been the Clinical Director for Oxford City Locality, and a member of the CCG Governing Body.  He previously was also Clinical Lead for older people.

He is Vice Chair of Oxfordshire Health and Wellbeing Board.

His priorities as Chair of Oxfordshire CCG are; integrating health and social care for local population management, tackling health inequalities and building a sustainable primary care led system.

He has a Masters degree in Public Policy in 2005, and is a King’s Fund Associate in Clinical Leadership.

For 7 years he was a Local Councillor in Oxford City, and for 3 of those years had executive responsibility for housing. In whatever spare time not taken up by work or family, he likes to relax by getting out cycling around Oxfordshire.

Kathryn Pugh MBE
Children and Young people’s Mental Health Programme Lead, NHS England
Improving the Mental Wellbeing of Children and Young People

Kathryn leads the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Programme which contributes to NHS England’s implementation of Future in Mind and the Five Year Forward View  for Mental Health.

Past roles include work in primary care, commissioning primary, secondary and specialist care in both acute and mental health, Head of Policy at YoungMinds, the National CAMHS Support Service,  National Mental Health Development Unit and development of the CYP IAPT programme.

Bryony Gibson
Registered Mental health Nurse; Manager for Trust Perinatal Mental health Services; Thames Valley Perinatal Mental Health Project Lead, Thames Valley SCN; Joint Chair of the Thames Valley Regional Perinatal Mental Health Network
Support Hope and Recovery Online Network (SHARON) and Perinatal

Bryony has worked as an RMN for just over thirty years with some 23 years of that working with perinatal mental health to some degree alongside a generic caseload.  She has worked on a small inpatient MBU (now closed) before moving to the community as a Community Psychiatric Nurse providing intervention for 16 years in one locality in Berkshire.  In 2012 an opportunity arose to undertake a secondment looking at perinatal mental health service development across Berkshire – a post that became permanent at the end of the seconded year.

Over the past four years she has chaired a perinatal steering group in Berkshire that has brought together representatives from many professional backgrounds together with a small group of women who have used services, to help influence and inform the decisions made.  She is also joint chair of the Thames Valley Regional Perinatal Mental Health Network Steering Group since it’s inception in June 2015.

Bryony has developed training sessions for many professionals including HV, MWs, GP trainees, Homsestart, Children Centre Staff, Social Care Staff. Passionate about the development of sustainable perinatal mental health services Bryony been working with NHS England since January 2015 as the Thames Valley Perinatal Mental Health Project Lead for the Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network looking at perinatal mental health across the Thames Valley.

Professor Alf Collins
Clinical Advisor for Person Centred Care and Integrated Personal Commissioning, NHS England
Empowering Patients and Communities

Alf Collins is a doctor, commissioner, researcher and national policy advisor in person-centred care. He is a visiting professor at Coventry University and has honorary fellowships from the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of General Practitioners for his work in person centred care.

He has researched and published widely on self management support, shared decision making, care planning, co-production, patient activation and patient engagement.

Dr Collins has worked with others to develop a number of measures of person-centred care, including the ‘clinician support for patient activation measure’.