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Plenary speakers

Dr Anton Saayman

Director of Educational Improvement and Governance, HEIW.

Anton is a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. He was previously Lead Clinician for Adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and is a member of the Faculty of Quality Improvement at the Health Board. Anton has held many educational roles including Faculty Lead, Foundation Programme Director and Intercollegiate Board for Training in Intensive Care Medicine (IBTICM) Tutor. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Macy programme and has recently completed an MSc in Medical Education. Anton provides strategic leadership for the postgraduate education support activity of the Quality Unit and develops and manages postgraduate education support activities between postgraduate medical training and healthcare in Wales. His role includes leading on HEIW’s approach to implementing the General Medical Council’s (GMC) requirement for formal recognition of trainers in secondary care. His post also has a key role in the governance of faculty teams and infrastructure for training management and support across NHS Wales. Anton is also leading a programme for embedding Quality Improvement (QI) skills within the training programmes at HEIW.

Alex Howells

Chief Executive, HEIW.

Alex started working in the NHS as a graduate management trainee and has held a number of senior management posts across South Wales over the last 20 years, including nine years as Director of Planning for Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust. Alex was appointed to Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMUHB) - now Swansea Bay University Health Board - when it was first formed in 2009, as Director of Primary, Community and Mental Health Services, and was made Chief Operating Officer in April 2012 with day to day responsibility for delivery of all clinical services within the Health Board. Following a year as Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at ABMUHB, Alex was appointed CEO of Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) in February 2018, which has a leading role in the education, training, development and shaping of the healthcare workforce in Wales, bringing together three key organisations for health; the Wales Deanery, NHS Workforce Education and Development Services (WEDS), and the Wales Centre for Pharmacy Professional Education (WCPPE).

Professor Tom Lawson

Postgraduate Medical Dean, HEIW.

Tom Lawson was appointed to the role of Postgraduate Medical Dean in HEIW from 1 July 2019. Originally from Dolgellau in North Wales, he went to medical school in Cardiff, qualifying in 1991. He continued his postgraduate training in Wales, following an academic pathway in rheumatology and was awarded a PhD in 1999. In 2001, he started as consultant rheumatologist in Bridgend, later moving to Cardiff in 2017. Medical education has always been integral to his career, motivated by a deep sense of satisfaction from teaching others. He has held numerous service and educational leadership roles at local, regional and national levels, underpinned by a desire to improve the lives of NHS staff and patients in Wales. When not working he enjoys walking the coastal paths of Wales with his wife Beth and running across the mountains of Wales with his dog or his now grown up children. At least the dog still waits for him!

Professor Tony Young OBE

National Clinical Lead for Innovation NHS England.

Tony is a practicing frontline NHS surgeon, Associate Medical Director at the Mid and South Essex University Hospitals Group, Director of Medical Innovation at Anglia Ruskin University, and has founded four Med-Tech start-ups. He has also co-founded the £500m Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus. In 2014, he was appointed as National Clinical Director for Innovation at NHS England and in February 2016 became the first National Clinical Lead for Innovation. In this role he provides clinical leadership and support in delivering improved health outcomes in England and drives the uptake of proven innovations across the NHS, promotes economic growth through innovation and helps make the NHS the go to place on the planet for medical innovation. In 2015, he founded the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur programme. This has become the world’s largest entrepreneurial workforce development programme for clinicians and under the NHS Long Term Plan is set for a major expansion to include intrapreneurs. In the 2019 New Year's Honours list Tony was awarded an OBE for services to clinical leadership.

Professor Phil Matthews

Director of Postgraduate GP Education, HEIW.

Phil Matthews qualified at St Mary’s Hospital London in 1984 and has been a GP partner at the Gower Medical Practice since 1988. He worked as a GP Specialty Training course organiser in Swansea from 1991 for 10 years, gaining an MSc in Medical Education in 1997. In 2001, Phil launched a Masters Degree in Primary Care and also became the inaugural Director of the GP Clinical Fellowship Scheme, a salaried, academic and leadership- orientated programme for new GPs in Wales. In 2004, he was appointed Sub Dean and Deputy Director of GP Education at Cardiff University. Phil is currently Director of GP Education for HEIW. In 2017, Phil was awarded an Honorary Chair in Swansea University Medical School.

Dr Hannah Skipp

Dr Tom Cromarty and Dr Bryn Ellis, Trainee Think Tank, HEIW.

The HEIW Trainee Think Tank was formed following the inaugural BEST Trainee awards in February 2017 and is a group of trainees from a range of medical and dental specialties, with a variety of training experience. The Think Tank meets regularly to discuss interesting projects, areas for development and to ensure that high quality training and trainee welfare remain a core focus of HEIW. Their recent projects have included an assessment of the barriers to trainees accessing professional support with a view to identifying areas for improvement, and trainee perceptions and experiences of less than full-time training. They work alongside HEIW to promote trainee views within the Deanery and are working closely with the Associate Dean for trainee wellbeing, development and engagement.

Dr Sara-Catrin Cook

Associate Dean for Simulation and Clinical Skills, HEIW.

Sara-Catrin is an Intensivist and Anaesthetist. She is a keen educator with a particular interest in in-situ simulation. She is also a big believer in the importance of inter-professional training. She is co-editor of the book ‘Key Clinical Topics in Critical Care’ which offers a practical guide for exam revision and clinical practice by providing rapid access to core topics in critical care. She returned to the UK last year after undertaking a Simulation Fellowship in Sydney, Australia. In addition to her clinical role, she was appointed as Associate Dean for Simulation and Clinical Skills at HEIW in 2020.

Dr Gethin Pugh

Associate Dean for Postgraduate Education Support and Improvement, HEIW.

Gethin is a Consultant in Anaesthetics & Intensive Care Medicine at the Welsh Centre for Burns & Plastics, Morriston Hospital. He is a former member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists Trainee Committee (2012-15) and is the past Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AMRC) Trainee Doctors’ Group. He has worked on a number of national educational programmes and is currently working with the (AMRC) on initiatives to enhance assessment and feedback as part of training. Gethin was a member of a working group that led to the introduction of quality improvement skills training for doctors training in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine in Wales, working in partnership with 1000 Lives Improvement & the Welsh School of Anaesthesia. He is now working with HEIW to embed QI skills training as part of postgraduate training in Wales. Gethin was recently awarded the Royal College of Anaesthetists President’s Commendation Award 2016, in recognition of his contribution to education and training in Anaesthetics at national level.

John Boulton

Director of NHS Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, and Director of 1,000 Lives Improvement at Public Health Wales.

Prior to his current roles, John worked as Executive Director of Continuous Improvement at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB). Whilst working as a Rheumatologist, John became interested in improvement science and went on to lead the outpatient transformation program within his Health Board. His work within Rheumatology was shortlisted for a national award and included improved scheduling of biological therapies, delivery of therapies within community settings, and improved patient experience within outpatient clinics. In 2012, he was awarded QI Fellowship at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), sponsored by the Health Foundation. This enabled him to develop a deep understanding of improvement science as well as observing how to achieve improvement at scale. Prior to moving to Wales he worked in the State of Qatar as Clinical Lead for Quality Improvement at Hamad Medical Corporation. He led the corporate flow strategy resulting in the development of a flow collaborative which built organisational capability and ultimately produced marked improvements in flow. In addition, he supported IHI’s patient safety collaborative which resulted in sustainable reductions in patient harm. Dr Boulton has presented extensively on QI and mathematical modelling. He is currently European faculty for the IHI’s Improvement Coach Professional Development programme. In 2018, he became Honorary Professor at the University of Swansea.


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