We are delighted to have three dedicated Facilitators managing our sessions during the International Congress of Health Workforce Education & Research. Our three facilitators perfectly match the demographic of sessions and delegates by covering university education, continuing professional development and research. The list below outlines the facilitator assigned to each room on a day by day basis:

Tuesday 27th: Sala Braga - Hiten Mitha | Medicoteca - Stephen Wilson

Wednesday 28th: Sala Braga - Maria Portugal | Medicoteca - Stephen Wilson | Sala Villa Real - Hiten Mitha

Thursday 29th: Sala Braga - Hiten Mitha | Medicoteca - Stephen Wilson

Hiten Mitha | CBME Lecturer | University of Manchester

Hiten completed a BSc in Pharmacology (2003) and went on to gain a Masters in Pharmacy (2009).  He is a Superintendent Pharmacist and Lead academic for primary care (community) prescribing at the University of Manchester Medical School. His focus is on interprofessional training utilising technology to engage students and prepare them for a future in a digital healthcare world.  

Hiten is currently also leading a national group that is driving education for undergraduate healthcare professionals to acquire the clinical, social and technical skills to safely prescribe and manage medicines with and along side Electronic Patient Records (EPRs). In his clinical role he leads a pharmacy group to provide forward thinking health services to the community as well as consulting on pharmacy provision for NHS Manchester.

Maria Portugal | Designer and Researcher | Goldsmiths | University of London

Maria began her doctoral studies in the Design Department at Goldsmiths, University of London -  exploring how designers approach collaborative and multidisciplinary projects - and the co-founder of the research platform PhD By Design. She was also the lead designer for the project Knowing disease: Patients first (2008-2016) - carried out at the Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology at the University of Porto (Ipatimup) and funded by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Previous to her studies at Goldsmiths, Maria completed her Masters in Design and worked as a designer/researcher at the School of Arts and Design in Oporto (ESAD - Portugal). Here, she investigated contemporary and political approaches of Design, focusing on experimental and participatory methodologies.

Stephen Wilson | Advanced Pharmacist Practitioner | Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Stephen achieved a masters in Pharmacy at the University of Bradford in 2010 and moved into the specialism of mental health with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust in 2012. Whilst in this post Stephen achieved a post graduate certificate in psychiatric therapeutics and has become a pharmacist independent prescriber. In April 2017 Stephen has moved to the role of Advanced Pharmacist Practitioner with Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

In addition to ward and community based clinical duties, Stephen has also provided training for other pharmacists, nursing and medical staff including student doctors. This has included electronic prescribing, systems and procedures and clinical topics, in particular psychopharmacology.