2019 HSRPP Conference: University of Birmingham

The booking deadline for HSRPP 2019 is 18/03/2019

 Medical School

The 25th HSRPP conference will be hosted by the University of Birmingham and will be held on April 8th and 9th. The conference theme is:

‘Crossing Cultural Boundaries: Optimising Communications for Future Care’

“Effective communication is essential in delivering high quality healthcare to patients and in improving public health. Facilitating communication between professionals, patients, and wider society, optimises the benefits evidence based methods can deliver to society. In this 25th HSRPP Conference, we welcome research which addresses the multiple ways in which healthcare professionals need to be able to adapt and excel in less delineated roles to the needs of patients.”

Conference Chairs: Anthony Cox and Zahraa Jalal

N.B. The HSRPP programme schedule will be  provided nearer to the time of the conference.

For further information on the abstract submission process, or to book your place on the conference, please visit https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/mds-cpd/conferences/hsrpp-2019/index.aspx.


Ticket sales will go live from 3rd September.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed

Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed is currently David Weatherall Chair in Medicine at the University of Liverpool, and a Consultant Physician at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. He is also the Associate Executive Pro Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research and Head of Department of Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology. He also holds the only NHS Chair of Pharmacogenetics in the UK, and is Director of the M.R.C. Centre for Drug Safety Sciences, and Director of the Wolfson Centre for Personalised Medicine. He is also an inaugural NIHR Senior Investigator, and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in the UK. He has authored over 350 peer-reviewed publications.

Professor Pirmohamed’s research focuses on individual variability in drug response (including anti-cancer drugs), both safety and efficacy, with a view to evaluating the mechanisms, and identifying strategies to personalise healthcare in order to optimise drug efficacy and minimise toxicity. The work spans the whole spectrum from discovery to implementation with laboratory based studies being linked translationally to patient studies, with the aim being to develop the evidence base that can move discoveries from the lab to the clinic, and from clinic to application. Professor Pirmohamed has received a number of honours including most recently, the William Withering Medal from the Royal College of Physicians.



Professor John Skelton

John Skelton is Professor of Clinical Communication, and co-Director of the Interactive Studies Unit (ISU).

He is also Associate Director of Education (Quality) in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, and has responsibility for the educational quality of all College Programmes.

Other responsibilities include Director of the College Professional Support Unit, and Head of Learning and Teaching for the School of Health and Population Sciences.

He is the author of Language and Clinical Communication: this bright Babylon, which draws on his background in Applied Linguistics, and puts forward an alternative to mainstream views of teaching and research into communication for the healthcare professions. He has published in excess of 100 academic papers on aspects of clinical communication, medical education, medical humanities, and applied linguistics, with research appearing in journals as diverse as The Lancet and Applied Linguistics.

In addition,  John has a particular interest in international education, and has undertaken many short consultancies or courses around the world, mainly to evaluate language teaching programmes at overseas universities in eg Language for Medical Purposes, or to deliver direct teaching or teacher-training on language-related areas.


Professor David Taylor

Professor Taylor’s responsibilities include:

  • Departmental co-ordinator, DPP third year research projects
  • Vice Chair, UCL Research Ethics Committee
  • Organiser, UCL School of Pharmacy/Pfizer annual lecture

Research interests include:

  • The role of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy in global demographic and epidemiological transition and (universal) health care policy developments, with special reference to Europe and BRIC nations such as India and China
  • National and international research based pharmaceutical industry policy, with special reference to medicines affordability and intellectual property integrity
  • UK pharmacy and public health policy, with special reference to community pharmacy development



Professor Elizabeth Anderson

Liz completed a graduate nursing course at St Bartholomew’s Hospital London with City University. She then worked on a cardio-thoracic ward at Bart’s before moving to Leicester to train and work as a Midwife and Health Visitor.  Her early research on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome led into exploration of service design for marginalised groups, such as travellers and inner city disadvantaged populations. Liz moved into academic medicine as a Senior Lecturer where she she designed innovative educational interventions relating to her early research work on poverty and disadvantage and team working. Her scholarly work led to a National Teaching Fellowship in 2007. She continues to ensure learning is underpinned with theoretical insights. She served on the Board for the Disability Partnership: The Prince of Wales Advisory Group on Disability while supporting education on disability awareness and latterly worked on the Board of the UK Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE). From 2001 she led a regional interprofessional education strategy to align three universities in the design of Interprofessional Education. Liz was appointed to a Chair in Interprofessional Education in 2013. She has international and national research collaborations on IPE and is currently Patient Safety Lead for the Medical School.