2018 Conference Speakers


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  • Dr Duncan Pentland, D Health Soc Sci, MSc OT
    Dr Duncan Pentland, D Health Soc Sci, MSc OT
    RCOT Research and Development Board Vice-Chair; Lecturer, Division of Occupational and Arts Therapies, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

    Duncan is a Lecturer at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. After retraining as an occupational therapist  Duncan worked in stroke and orthopaedics before completing his  doctorate with the thesis ‘Realising evidence based practice: a systemic investigation of core knowledge processes in mental health.’ He currently teaches across all levels of occupational therapy education with special focuses on critical decision making, and the development and evaluation of occupational therapy practice. His research and practice development work focuses on people living with neurological conditions, primarily developing methods and capacity to improve and evaluate the outcomes of complex interventions. Duncan is also interested in the value of data science for contemporary practice.

  • Paul Burstow
    Paul Burstow
    President of the Telecare Services Association, Former Minister of State for Care Service

    The Telecare Services Association (TSA) is the industry body for technology enabled care (TEC) services, representing over 350 organisations including health and social care commissioners, digital health businesses, telecare and telehealth providers, housing associations, emergency services, academics, charities and government bodies.

  • Chris Pointon
    Chris Pointon
    Co-founder of the #Hellomynameis campaign

    Chris Pointon is a healthcare campaigner and husband of Kate Granger, the geriatrician, author and NHS patient who sadly passed away in July 2016 due to a rare form of incurable cancer. Kate led the “Hello my name is…” campaign, which drew on her own encounters as a patient following the time in August 2013 she was admitted to hospital and she noticed that many of the staff looking after her didn’t introduce themselves before delivering care. Encouraged by Chris to “stop whinging and do something” after discussing it with him, she did exactly this, and ended up becoming the face of a compassionate care campaign that changed the world.

  • Dr Nick Pollard
    Dr Nick Pollard
    Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, Sheffield Hallam University

    Nick Pollard teaches occupational therapy students at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is team leader and research coordinator for occupational therapy, and deputy research theme lead for long term conditions. Most of his teaching concerns social contexts for occupational therapy and community based interventions; he is on the placement team and also teaches research methods and interprofessional modules.

    His MA explored internal migration and mental health; his MSc explored occupations in creative writing groups, and his PhD the political implied in occupational therapy. He has written and presented extensively on community based rehabilitation and on critical explorations of occupational therapy.

  • Dr Brian Hoare
    Dr Brian Hoare
    Occupational Therapist, Director & Principal Teacher, CP Teaching

    Dr Brian Hoare has been a clinical occupational therapist at Monash Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia for over 18 years. He completed a PhD in 2010 at La Trobe University and undertook an invited post-doctoral fellowship at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden in 2011. Dr Hoare continues to work in an occupational therapy clinical leadership role at Monash Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and in private practice. He holds Senior Research Fellowship positions within the Department of Pediatrics, Monash University and the Department of Community and Clinical Allied Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne. In 2017, Dr Hoare was awarded a Career Development Grant by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.


    Dr Hoare’s contribution to the field of cerebral palsy research provides evidence of high quality, translational research. His PhD program included two Cochrane systematic reviews and a randomised controlled trial. His current research focus includes understanding the influence of cognition on bimanual performance, identifying the key ingredients of evidence-based upper limb therapy, and the effect of wrist hand orthoses for children with cerebral palsy. Since 2012, Dr Hoare has provided 50 instructional courses to over 900 clinicians across 8 countries. The aim of these courses, along with development of the CPtoys™ mobile application, is to facilitate implementation of research findings into clinical service provision for children with cerebral palsy.

  • Sam Sly & Nic Crosby
    Sam Sly & Nic Crosby
    Sam Sly, Enough is Enough Time4Change! and Nic Crosby, GatherBuildWork

    The #IAMchallengingbehaviour campaign began with Twitter and Facebook conversations about the ‘challenging behaviour’ label being given to people with learning disabilities unjustly and a desire to stand side by side with people, who through no fault of their own were being prevented from getting a good life like everyone else because they had been labelled.

    Sam Sly, Enough is Enough Time4Change!, and Nic Crosby of GatherBuildWork were going to get ‘I have Challenging Behaviour’ badges made so that people could wear one to show how ridiculous it was to label someone as ‘challenging’ when the behaviours described were those that we all share and demonstrate as anger, fear, anxiety and sadness.

    It was the genius that is Professor Chris Hatton of Lancaster University who, during a Twitter debate, suggested a one word change and emphasis to ‘I AM challenging behaviour’. This gives the badge wearer the quiet power to go out, stand beside those wrongly labelled by others and challenge those whose behaviour is the real ‘challenge’ – the people and professionals whose behaviour stops other people getting the great life they deserve.

    And so the campaign was born in August 2017.