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MSc in Medical Leadership - guest speaker biographies

Biographies of guest speakers who are delivering a talk on the MSc in Medical Leadership in the next academic year. Students on the course benefit from hearing about the guest speakers experience as a leader and how their career as a leader has developed.

Professor David Oliver

David is the clinical vice president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) – the senior elected officer leading work on clinical quality – and is a consultant geriatrician and acute general physician at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. He is also a senior visiting fellow at the King’s Fund, visiting professor at City University, London and writes a weekly freelance column for the BMJ. 

Previously, David has held the position of president at the British Geriatrics Society, and is a former Department of Health national clinical director for older people.

Professor Jane Dacre MD, PRCP

Professor Dacre is president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), an honorary consultant rheumatologist, and Professor of Medical Education. She is a vice chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, was a GMC council member, chaired the GMC education and training committee, and leads a research programme in medical education focussing on assessment.

Professor Dacre has garnered a number of accolades in her field, which includes winning the medicine and healthcare category for the 2012 Women in the City Woman of Achievement Award; being named to the Health service journal’s inaugural list of 50 inspirational women in healthcare in 2013; named in the science and medicine category for people of influence Debrett’s 500 in 2015, 2016 and 2017; and was named on the Health service journal’s top 100 list in both 2014 and 2015.

Dr Ian Bullock, chief executive officer, RCP

Ian is an experienced clinician and leader, with expertise in quality improvement, evidence based healthcare, critical care clinical practice, clinical and higher education. He leads strategic and operational development at a national and international level with the Royal College of Physicians, with over 32,500 members and 440 staff.

He is a quality improvement and leadership fellow of the Health Foundation, has academic fellowships at Warwick and Keele University, and was recently awarded a fellowship by the European Resuscitation Council. Ian has enjoyed senior positions within the National Health Service, at a number of Academic Institutions and Professional Bodies and more latterly has played a leading role in delivering the Royal College of Physicians ‘Future Hospital Programme’ and in enabling the RCP to deliver its ambitious 5 year strategy.

Professor Dame Sally Davies FRS FMedSci

Dame Sally was appointed chief medical officer (CMO) for England and chief medical advisor to the UK Government in March 2011, having held the post on an interim basis since June 2010. She is an independent advisor to the UK Government on medical matters, with particular responsibilities regarding public health. 

Dame Sally was a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) executive board (2014-2016) and has led delegations to WHO summits and forums since 2004. She advises many governments and organisations on health and policy, and advocates globally on AMR having spoken on the subject at numerous events including at World Health Assembly side events, a G8 Science Ministers’ meeting, the Global Health Security Initiative, and a UN General Assembly side event. She was chair of the 2013 AMR forum at the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) and is chair of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on AMR.  

Dame Sally received her DBE in 2009, was elected fellow of the Royal Society in 2014 and a member of the National Academy of Medicine, USA in 2015.

Dr Emma Vaux 

Dr Emma Vaux is a consultant nephrologist and general physician at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, and is senior censor and vice president (education and  training) at the Royal College Physicians (RCP) London. She is also on the editorial board for the Future Healthcare Journal and QI4U, 

As well as being a Generation Q Fellow with The Health Foundation, Emma is a specialty advisor with the Care Quality Commission, NCAS case investigator, NCAS lead assessor and clinical lead for the Oxford AHSN Patient Safety Collaborative Acute Kidney Injury workstream. She lead the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges' Quality Improvement: Training for better outcomes work on embedding QI training into medical training as a clinical associate and holds a research doctorate from Oxford University.

Dr Liz Spencer

Dr Liz Spencer graduated in medicine from Southampton University and undertook a career in anaesthetics (as well as intensive care medicine training) in Bath, Derby, Nottingham, Bristol and Plymouth. She was awarded a doctorate following a 3 year research placement in the ITU at Bristol, and obtained her diploma in medical education from the University of Bristol in 2005. Liz is a consultant in anaesthesia and ITU at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, and has developed and directed the Gloucestershire ALERT, APLS and CCrISP courses.  

As a trainer, Dr Spencer has run Leadership in Medical Education Courses nationally for NACT UK, presented nationally and internationally on Managing Doctors in Difficulty, and has worked with several deaneries on designing and delivering Faculty Development programmes. She has recently worked with the GMC and Revalidation Support Team on Revalidation and is an accredited appraiser trainer.

Over the last 3 years she has led on the 'Train the Trainer' programme locally, and has written a suite of modules for SpRs on a wide range of professional skills which has now been adopted by the Severn deanery. She has recently qualified as an Executive Coach with the ILM.