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Workshop facilitators

Dr Cristina Diaz-Navarro

Anaesthetist at the University Hospital of Wales.

Christina has been involved in simulation-based education since 2006. Her academic work has focused on human factors training and simulation faculty development since 2011. She has been the Simulation Education Lead for the Welsh School of Anesthesia since 2013.Cristina is the lead author of the TALK framework for clinical debriefing, which aims to fill an international gap in clinical safety culture. This project received a Marie Curie Grant (European Commission) funding a collaboration between UK, Spain and Norway institutions which Cristina coordinates. She chairs the Board of Trustees of the TALK Foundation, which currently works within 14 countries. She enjoys developing innovative simulation-based projects that encourage new perspectives for reflection on everyday elements of healthcare.

Dr Suman Mitra

Anaesthetist and Prehospital Doctor.

Suman has special interest in patient centred simulation for the delivery of medical education. He has been involved in simulation training and teaching since 2009 when he started medical student project supervision. He integrated that with postgraduate training and pre-hospital paramedic teaching using locations across North Wales and involving doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, first responders, fire & rescue, mountain rescue, cave rescue, coast guard and RNLI staff. As an Honorary Senior Lecturer and Module lead for the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education, he has been involved in organising, teaching and assessing the module 'Teaching and Technology' for the last six years where adult learning theories, hardware and software of simulation technology as well as human factors and team resource management are encouraged amongst students to incorporate in simulation-based education.

Clare Hawker

Senior Lecturer for Adult Nursing/Director of Technology and Simulation, School of Healthcare Sciences.

Clare has a long-standing passion for clinical skills education and simulation based nurse education. She leads on clinical skills education and simulation based education within the School of Healthcare Sciences as a Senior Lecturer for Adult Nursing/Director of Technology and Simulation. Clare led on the development, implementation and evaluation of an innovative, international simulation resource as part of a three-year Erasmus funded Innovative Simulation Pedagogy for Academic Development (ISPAD) project. Clare’s vision for simulation in Wales is to recognise and celebrate the innovative use of simulation and bring the interprofessional sim community together.

Birdie Jones

Associate Dean for Simulation, HEIW.

Bridie Jones is a registered nurse with a background in emergency care who currently works in higher education. She has a particular passion for interprofessional simulation as a means for teaching, learning and assessment. She has been involved with simulation since 2005. Bridie has led on the development, implementation, and evaluation of simulation activities within the University of South Wales. Bridie is pleased and excited to be taking up one of the Associate Dean roles for Simulation with HEIW and is looking forward to meeting and getting involved with the Welsh simulation community, supporting and promoting best practice.

Dr Malcolm Gajraj

Director of Quality Management, HEIW.

Malcolm qualified in 1990 from Southampton before quickly choosing to become a paediatrician. He moved to Wales in 1994 as a registrar in Swansea, becoming a senior registrar in Newport and Cardiff the following year. Intensive care training was achieved in the Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) of Birmingham and Bristol and he became a consultant in Cardiff in 2000. Always interested in education, he undertook the Diploma in Medical Education from Cardiff University. He is currently a member of the Paediatric Speciality Training Committee (STC) as the specialty lead for the Professional Support Unit (PSU). He was Local Faculty Lead at Cardiff and Vale UHB for Trainee Support, before taking up a post as Associate Dean (Quality) at HEIW in January of 2017. In 2018 he became the lead Associate Dean (Quality) before becoming HEIW’s Director of Quality Management.

Dr Lee Wisby

Consultant, Glan Clwyd Hospital.

Lee is an Educational and Clinical Supervisor and acts as local Programme Director for Training in Paediatrics at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB). He is an Associate Dean for the Quality Unit within HEIW and Clinical Director for Medical Education at BCUHB. He spends a good deal of time trying to promote the positive use of trainer and trainee feedback to improve quality in medical education. He is, apparently, congenitally unable to ride a bicycle!

Dr Sam Hibbitts

Dean of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in the Vice Chancellor’s Office, Cardiff University.

Sam has a background in medical education, viral research and genetics. Sam has specialised in work towards Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) leading Athena SWAN University & School level applications, chairing the University Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Awarding Gap Task & Finish Group and coordinating the overarching University Strategic Equality Plan with a focus on an inclusive culture.

Dr Paul Brennan

Chair of the Centre for Medical Education Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee.

Paul has been a strong voice for change in equality and diversity provision within the Centre and more broadly. He has been leading on the delivery of EDI education across the School of Medicine.

Susan Cousins MBACP (Snr.Accred)

Senior Assurance Advisor, Race-Religion and Belief, Cardiff University.

Susan was the first BAME counsellor to be employed by the South Avon Health Authority to work with BAME clients in inner-city Bristol. She has extensive experience in both the NHS and Higher Education settings.

Janet Richardson

EDI Project Manager, Cardiff University’s School of Medicine.

Janet has a background in human resource management and champions all issues to do with equality and diversity. Janet is project lead for the School’s Athena SWAN gender equality charter mark and carries out equality impact assessments on behalf of the School. She is also a restorative approaches practitioner working with staff in preventing and pre-empting conflicts and harm.

Professor Steve Riley

Head of the School of Medicine, Cardiff University.

Steve is working with colleagues within the School of Medicine and the University to ensure that EDI is a key part of the activities of the institution. He has represented the School at the GMC Equality Committee and more recently at HEIW events.

Professor Phil Newton

Director of Learning and Teaching, Swansea University.

Phil is the Director of Learning and Teaching at Swansea University’s Medical School and Programme Director for the Research in Health Professions Education doctoral degree scheme. He is also part of the new MSc in Medical Education at Swansea. Phil’s background is in neuroscience. Having completed postdoctoral work at the University of California in San Francisco, Phil moved to Swansea in 2009 to take up a faculty position in the new medical school. He now teaches and researches evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning, and teaches neuroscience to students on MBBCh, Physician Associate and BSc degrees in the medical school.

Dr Stephen Hailey

GP partner, Gower Medical Practice.

Stephen is a GP Trainer, Royal College of GP (RCGP) Examiner and former GP Training Programme Director for Swansea. He is the Associate Dean for Postgraduate GP Education with responsibility for the Bridgend and Glamorgan Valleys Training schemes and has a MSc in Medical Education.

Dr Mair Hopkin

GP and Associate Dean in Postgraduate GP Education.

Mair has been a GP partner in South Wales for 32 years. She has been involved in GP training as a Trainer and Programme Director. She is currently Associate Dean in Postgraduate GP Education with responsibility for the Gwent and South Powys scheme, training the trainers and supporting less than full time training GP trainees. She is a Welsh learner.

Dr Alistair Bennett

GP, Dyfed Road Practice in Neath.

Alistair is a GP trainer, former GP Programme Director and a GP Associate Dean. He was awarded fellowship by assessment of performance by the RCGP in 2005 and completed the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Improvement Advisor programme in 2020. He is currently completing a Masters in Medical Education.

Dr Ian Collings

Interim Associate Dean for Trainee Development and Wellbeing, HEIW.

Ian qualified from Imperial College School of Medicine in 2000 before completing his training in psychiatry in South Wales and becoming a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2005. He has worked as a Consultant in Swansea since 2012 and has worked in acute inpatient psychiatry, home treatment and rehabilitation and recovery. Ian has always been passionate about the education of all healthcare professionals. Between 2015 and 2017 he was the Wales Deanery Head of School/Associate Dean for Psychiatry. As Head of School, Ian led on the development of a number of innovative educational initiatives including the MRCPsych exam preparation course and advanced communications skills training. In 2017 Ian was appointed as the interim Deputy Postgraduate Dean in HEIW. In this role he had the opportunity to lead in a number of portfolio areas including leadership development in postgraduate trainees, single lead employer arrangements, clinical academic training and workforce development governance. Ian has an interest in the use of technology to deliver education and training and postgraduate trainee wellbeing.

Dr Kate Richards

Speciality trainee in Plastic Surgery, current Welsh Clinical Leadership Training Fellow at HEIW.

Dr Kate Richards is a speciality trainee in Plastic Surgery who is currently working as a Welsh Clinical Leadership Training Fellow at HEIW focusing on the wellbeing and engagement of junior doctors. Kate completed her medical degree at Queens’ College, Cambridge, following which she moved to the Oxford Deanery to complete her foundation training. She then took up Core Surgical Training in Wessex before moving to the West Midlands and then relocating to her home region of the south west to continue her specialty training. During her time in training, Kate has developed an interest in identifying ways in which systems of care can be improved. This has included work around the National ‘7 days a week’ Forum and improving early consultant review of acute patients. Having completed this quality improvement project, she carried the ideas with her during her training, implementing similar work in another Trust. She also expanded her area of interest to include looking at how these acute episodes of patient care were being recorded and coded by the department. Alongside clinical work, Kate has enjoyed working as a junior doctor representative on local negotiating committees.

Leona Walsh

Performance Unit Manager, Professional Support Unit, HEIW.

Leona has a BA (Russian Studies), LLM (Employment Law) and PG Cert (Leadership for the Health Professions). She currently works within the Professional Support Unit at HEIW. She has worked in Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education at HEIW since 2004 managing areas ranging from International Medical Graduates, Specialty Training Recruitment and Professional Support to doctors and dentists in training. She has led on educational activities to faculty and trainees in the area of recognition of support needs, positive work and training environment and maintaining wellbeing. She has expertise in working with individuals and organisations to unlock potential through realising strengths, maximising performance and achieving goals.

Dr Colette McNally, BMedSci, BMBS, DRCOG, DFFP, FRCGP, MSc Medical Education

Deputy Director for GP Education, HEIW.

Colette has worked as a GP partner at Castle Surgery, Neath since 2006. She has also worked in the Medical Deanery at HEIW since 2005, initially as a Training Programme Director, then GP Associate Dean and now Deputy Director for GP Education. She has been the Medical Deanery Senior Responsible Officer for Differential Attainment since 2019.


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Looking forward agenda
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