The 23rd HSRPP conference was hosted by the University of Nottingham and held on April 10th and 11th. The conference theme was:
‘Drivers for change: Policy, practice and education’
Conference Chairs: Dr Matthew Boyd and Dr Helen Boardman
Professor Sue Ziebland
Sue Ziebland is Professor of Medical Sociology and Director of the Health Experiences Research Group (HERG), in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care health Sciences. She is also a senior research fellow at Green Templeton College and in 2013 was appointed as an NIHR Senior Investigator.
Sue’s background is in medical sociology, with increasing focus on qualitative research approaches. She has worked as a researcher in the academic, NHS and voluntary sectors and has published over 150 papers and chapters in social science and health publications. Sue was invited by Ann McPherson to be involved in the DIPEx (now Healthtalk) project in 1999 when it was still at the kitchen table stage. She spent a considerable (and perhaps not surprising) amount of time that year getting the projects through a national research ethics committee. Since then, Sue has worked closely with colleagues in HERG and the DIPEx charity to develop methods used in the projects and raise funding for research.
Healthtalk has been emulated worldwide within the DIPEx International Collaboration, which currently includes Japan, Korea, Australia, Norway, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, Canada, Israel and the USA.
HERG specialises in qualitative methods of understanding health experiences and using the understanding for experience-based health information, clinical education and service improvements.
Sue’s other current research interests include how the internet is changing health care through access to health information, through the opportunity to comment on services, and by changing patients relationships with health professionals, including how they consult with GPs. International work includes a comparative narrative interview study of help-seeking and health system response in Sweden, Denmark and England, and projects with the DIPEx International Collaboration.
Sue tweets as @sueziebland
Professor Justin Waring
Justin Waring is Professor of Organisational Sociology and Associate Dean for Research at Nottingham University Business School. He is also Founding Director of the Centre for Health Innovation, Leadership and Learning. His works examines the changing organisation and governance of healthcare systems, particularly in relation to care quality and safety. Justin has written extensively on patient safety, new service models and the implementation of organisational innovations.
Professor Fiona Patterson
Fiona Patterson is a leading expert in the field of assessment, selection and innovation in organisations. She is the founding Director for Work Psychology Group, a research-led consulting practice based in the UK and Australia, which provides advice to public and private sector organisations internationally. She is a Visiting Researcher affiliated to the University of Cambridge and continues as a Visiting Professor to Cass Business School. In her early career, Fiona was Head of Assessment at The Boots Corporation Plc and held a similar role at Ford Motor Company Limited (Global). Fiona has published over 90 peer reviewed articles and publishes regularly in some of the highest-ranking journals in healthcare, including British Medical Journal, Medical Education.
In recognition of her work she was appointed as honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham Medical School in 2010, and in 2012 Fiona was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practice – the highest award the College can bestow. In 2013, she won the international Association for the Study of Medical Education’s (ASME) Silver Quill award for the highest impact research publication in Medical Education. Also in 2013, she won the annual British Psychological Society’s Occupational Psychology Academic Contribution to Practice award. In 2014, alongside her collaborators, Fiona launched a new international research network for selection, aimed at healthcare professions with contributors from around the globe.
Building on this work, Fiona is currently guest editing a special issue of Advances in Health Science Education focusing on the latest research in selection into healthcare, to be published in 2017.