Keynote Speakers


James Buchan Queen Margaret University

Professor James Buchan 

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Adjunct Professor at the WHO Collaborating Centre, University of Technology, (UTS), Sydney, Australia; Professor at Queen Margaret University, Scotland; Professor Catedrático Convidado, IHMT,  Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal (WHO Collaborating Centre); and Policy Associate at the WHO European Observatory on Health Systems. 
Professor Buchan has thirty years’ experience of policy research on health sector human resources, specializing in international and national level strategy, policy and planning, health workers pay, incentives and reward strategy and labour market analysis. Recent organisations for which he has worked include the EU, OECD, WHO (Europe, Western Pacific, and HQ), ILO and the World Bank. His background includes periods as: a senior HR manager in the National Health Service in Scotland; Senior Policy Analyst at the Royal College of Nursing, (RCN), UK; HRH specialist at the World Health Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland; and most recently, as a specialist adviser to Health Workforce Australia, a federal government agency. He was lead editor on the recently published book on health professional mobility in the EU, published by the WHO European Observatory in 2014. In 2013 he was a special adviser to the Health Committee of the UK Parliament. His other current commitments include being Associate Editor of the peer review journal 'Human Resources for Health'. 


John Gilbert

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CM, PhD, FCAHS. Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia; Senior Scholar, WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning & Research, Dalhousie University.
Dr. John Gilbert has been a seminal leader in the education of health professionals in British Columbia, Canada and internationally. In the latter part of his career, it was his vision and leadership that led to the concept of interprofessional education being developed as a central tenet of team-based collaborative patient-centred practice and care. These concepts are now part of university, college, and institute health sciences training in many places across Canada. He was elected a Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, in 2008. He was named a Senior Scholar of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Human Resource Planning Dalhousie University in 2009.  He was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in April 2012, and in October 2013 received the Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to International Allied Health development Award from the International Chief Health Professions Officers Organization. John was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada (Canada’s highest civilian honour), in July 2011 for his leadership in the development of interprofessional education and collaborative care. At the Convocation of Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia in May 2016 John will receive the honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa in recognition of his work. 


Plenary Panel Speakers


Christine Braithwaite

Director of Standards and Policy at the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care
At the Professional Standards Authority, Christine's responsibilities include providing advice to the Secretary of State about the regulation of health and care professionals. The Professional Standards Authority oversees the nine UK health and care professional regulators. 
Christine was previously Head of Investigation and Enforcement at the Care Quality Commission, led the Healthcare Commission’s national healthcare associated infection inspection programme and was a Review Manager at the Commission for Healthcare Improvement. She also worked for the Health Service Ombudsman.   


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European Health Systems & Health Workforce, European Commission, Brussels
Caroline Hager has more than 25 years' experience working on a wide range of EU policy issues – internal market, employment, environment and health -  for European and British business organisations as well a UK government agency as its EU and international relations manager. Mrs. Hager  joined the European Commission in 2001 and since 2011 has been working in the field of health policy in the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety.  Caroline is responsible for the taking forward the Action Plan for the EU health workforce which fosters European cooperation in the areas of health workforce planning and forecasting, skills and continuous professional development  as well as recruitment and retention of health professionals.


Patient Advocate
Following the death of her son as a result of medical error, Margaret Murphy has been actively involved as a patient safety advocate.   Margaret is the External Lead Advisor, WHO Patients for Patient Safety (a network of 400 patient safety champions from 52 countries with 19 collaborating organisations).  The focus of her work relates to seeing adverse events as having the potential to be catalysts for change as well as being opportunities for learning, identifying areas for improvement and preventing recurrence.
She promotes this viewpoint at local, national and international levels as an invited presenter to conferences, hospital staff and students.  Her area of particular interest is education as a vehicle to achieve sustainable culture change. Viewed as a resource for including the patient perspective in a variety of initiatives and a range of fora, Margaret has been invited to partner and collaborate in a range of research and policy development initiatives over the last number of years.


Dr Siobhán Ní Mhaolrúnaigh

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PhD, MA (by research), RN, Director of Research in Nursing at IT Tralee 
Siobhán is dedicated to building interprofessional capacity through education, practice and research. She has hosted conferences on IPE, published on IPE, and reviews for the Journal for Interprofessional Care. She launched CAIPE IRL as a branch of the UK organisation. Her PhD was a primary contribution to interprofessional education and she supervised the first PhD with an interprofessional focus within her current role. Her professional life is rooted in nursing, specialising in emergency and renal care, leading to research and academia. Siobhán has presented papers and established scholastic networks internationally in Canada, USA, & Europe. She represented Ireland in a European Interprofessional Education Network (EIPEN) research project with partners from UK, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, Sweden, and Italy. Her significant roles include researcher and advisor for statutory bodies within the UK, consultant for organisations in Ireland, including the HSE and primary care, on research, education and interprofessional development.