This year’s conference speakers


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You can learn more about each speaker by visiting their bio pages:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.