Keynote Speakers

At the International Congress of Health Workforce Education and Research, the keynote speakers will inform and inspire delegates about how to employ the most effective teaching methods, identify the right skill combinations for future professionals, and make effective changes to national and international planning and legislation. For the 2017 edition, the International Network for Health Workforce Education has invited leading voices in the areas of teaching, training, and national and international research to share their expertise and lessons learned from working at the cutting edge of their fields.

Prof. Rebecca Malby

Rebecca "Becky" Malby is Professor in Health Systems Innovation at London South Bank University, where she leads the Health Systems Innovation Lab, providing change management support to systems change work; leadership programmes for emerging leaders, network leaders and patient leaders; and catalysing spread through our international network. She has a track record in systems innovation, organisational change and leadership development in the UK and Internationally, and in leading networks across health and social care. Her experience is an unusual combination of leader, manager, researcher, change agent and entrepreneur. She is known to be an energetic and enthusiastic leader of change and a forward thinker.

She is currently an advisor to the Kings Fund/ Health Foundation Readiness for Change Programme, and on the Advisory Board of The Bromley By Bow Unleashing Health Communities Programme, the Scaling up Shared Lives in Healthcare Programme Implementation Group, and the Health Foundation Shared Haemodialysis Care Programme. Becky is a nominator for the Ashoka network and a Member of the European Cancer Concord.

Most recently Becky was the Director of the Centre for Innovation in Health Management at the University of Leeds where she also took a leadership role in the Leeds Institute for Quality Healthcare (a health and local authority partnership). Whilst in Leeds Becky was a founding member of the Leaders for Leeds Network with Tom Riordan, Chief Executive, Leeds City Council. She has recently been an advisor to the Cabinet Office on the Choice Agenda, a Board Member of the European Health Management Association, an Advisor to the NHSIQ Network Leaders Programme, and a critical friend of the New Economics Foundation Coproduction Network.

Becky is a Visiting Fellow at Stellenbosch University School of Public Leadership (South Africa) where she supports the Innovation Hub. Her book on Networks in Health is due for publication in November 2016.

Prof. Lesley Diack

Prof. Diack has been lecturing within higher education for over twenty-five years and has been developing e-learning for the past 15 years. She is based at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland and her research interests lie in the area of e-learning in education, interprofessional education, public health and prescribing. She has extensive experience of mixed methods research including consensus techniques and her current research interests include the development of pharmacy education, transdisciplinary learning, inter-professional practice and innovative learning strategies for students' clinical experience. Prof. Diack is supervisor and co-supervisor to a number of PhD students, funded research projects and also teaches on a number of academic modules covering research methods, technology enhanced learning and interprofessional education.

In addition to her role at Robert Gordon University, Prof. Diack is also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), a Certified Member of the Association of Learning Technology and an Honorary Fellow of the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (UK). Additionally, Prof. Diack has led a number of education projects for the Scottish Government, NHS Education for Scotland, Police Scotland and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. She has recently completed her role as the Principal Investigator on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership funded by the Technology Strategy Board to develop an online learning platform for community pharmacy training. She has published widely on these topics and has worked internationally developing health care education solutions.

Prof. Mario Dal Poz

Professor Mário Roberto Dal Poz is a Brazilian physician and researcher who has a distinguished career in the health workforce field. Prof. Dal Poz obtained a medical degree in 1975 from Rio de Janeiro State University and completed his doctorate in public health in 1996 from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation. Between 2000 and 2012, Prof. Dal Poz worked with the World Health Organisation in health systems development, co-authoring (among others) the World Health Report 2006, which brought worldwide attention to the global health workforce crisis.

Between 2002 and 2012, Prof. Dal Poz was based in Switzerland and worked as coordinator of the "Health Workforce Information and Governance" program at the World Health Organization. Additionally, he holds the position of Professor at the Social Medicine Institute of the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro and is also currently editor-in-chief of the Human Resources for Health Journal. 

Prof. Dal Poz was invited to deliver a Regency Lecture on the "Global Response to the Health Workforce Crisis" at the Global Center for Health Economics and Policy Research of the University of California in 2008 and has since given a number of Keynote Speeches on Health Workforce issues.  In 2009, he was awarded the Oswald Cruz Gold Merit Medal from the Brazilian President for contributions to public health and has continued to publish numerous books, as well as articles and commentaries in leading medical journals such as The Lancet.

The title of Prof. Dal Poz’s keynote address is: “The trend of the privatization of medical education in Brazil” and he will also lead a panel session on “Privatization of medical education: trends and challenges” during the Congress. 

Dr. Alistair Phillips & Mr. Russell Metcalfe-Smith

Dr. Alistair Phillips is a thoracic and cardiac surgeon in Los Angeles, California. Trained in general and cardiothoracic surgery at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, he completed fellowships in pacemakers/defibrillators and paediatric cardiac surgery at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, being board-certified in Surgery, Thoracic Surgery and Congenital Heart Surgery. His undergraduate degree was from The Johns Hopkins University and medical degree was from Columbia University.

After training, Dr. Alistair Phillips worked at Nationwide Children's Hospital being the Quality Improvement Officer for the Heart Center. He received advanced training in quality improvement, thesis was on pre-operative team huddles with the goal of improving communication in the Operating Room to reduce blood utilization and improve outcomes, by using a translational research team with emphasis on improving the quality of care. He was then at Cincinnati Children's Hospital as Surgical Director, Heart Transplantation and Adult Congenital Heart Disease. Recently, he was appointed as the Co-Director, Congenital Heart Program and Chief, Congenital Heart Surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Phillips' clinical interests are in congenital heart disease, including adult congenital heart disease, heart and lung transplantation, electrophysiology, and congenital thoracic disorders. Also, he is interested in developing novel approaches to treating congenital heart disease, mainly through a Hybrid approach and team based health care delivery.

Mr. Russell Metcalfe-Smith is the Health Systems Manager for Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Russell who has know-how of working both in the United Kingdom and the United States has extensive experience of developing and operationalizing simulation centers. The most recent venue is in Los Angeles, California opening October 2013. The Cedars Sinai Medical Center is a world class venue featuring real operating rooms, intensive care unit, trauma, obstetrics and gynecology environments. The center additionally houses a virtual surgery environment, a neonatal intensive care unit and various patient care rooms. Mr. Metcalfe-Smith has a real passion about reducing adverse events, improving patient safety and providing an optimal learning environment to achieve excellence in healthcare delivery. Working and learning as part of team is a key strategy to support achieving this success.

At the International Congress of Health Workforce Education and Research, Mr. Russell Metcalfe-Smith and Dr. Alistair Phillips will deliver a keynote address titled: "There is no 'I' in teamwork" focusing on the impact of simulation in health care delivery and team performance.