64th Annual And Scientific Meeting 2016 - Keynote Speakers

Prof. David Oliver is the President of the British Geriatrics Society until the end of 2016. He qualified in 1989 from Oxford/Cambridge and has been a doctor ever since. He is a Consultant in Geriatrics and Acute Medicine at the Royal Berkshire Hospital where he has been since 2004. He was also a Senior Lecturer at Reading University until 2009 before becoming Professor Medicine for Older People at City University. He led the Department in Reading for several years. From 1998 he was a consultant and clinical director in South London.


Prof. Anne MacFarlane Ph.D  is Professor of Primary Healthcare Research at the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS), University of Limerick.  She is the first social scientist to hold a Chair in academic primary care in Ireland.  Anne has 20 years' experience of using qualitative research methods with a portfolio of completed health services research projects and educational research projects. 

At University of Limerick, Anne has established an inter-disciplinary research group, with members from general practice, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, sociology, psychology and biostatistics. The group are leaders in Public and Patient Involvement, specifically participatory health research with socially excluded communities.  Anne has specialist expertise in migrant health working with key academic, community and policy stakeholders in Ireland and abroad.  She has been successful in securing research income of over €7 million for primary healthcare research and development projects since 2002.

Anne graduated with a B.A. (psychology and sociology) from University College Cork in 1992. She completed her M.A. (1995) and PhD (1998) in the Department of Health Promotion, NUI Galway.  She worked as a Research Fellow in University College London (2000-2002) before returning to NUI Galway where she held positions as a HRB Health Services Research Fellow and Lecturer in Primary Care in the Department of General Practice (2002-2011).


Prof. Bruce Guthrie is currently Professor of Primary Care Medicine at the University of Dundee Medical School where he leads the Quality, Safety and Informatics Research Group, which conducts applied research to translate basic and clinical research into effective and reliable clinical practice. He was previously a Medical Research Council Health Services Research Fellow at University of Edinburgh, an National Institute for Health Research post-doctoral research fellow at University of Dundee, and a 2006/7 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy at University of California San Francisco where he was also a Visiting Professor in 2010. His main research interests are the quality and safety of healthcare, particularly in primary care and currently focused on prescribing and the organisation of healthcare. Professor Guthrie is a mixed methods researcher and collaborate with researchers from a wide range of disciplines and institutions. He regularly reviews for various grant-making bodies and journals, contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate medical teaching, and supervise and examine MSc and PhD students in Dundee and other universities.

As well as conducting research, Professor Guthrie practices clinically in a general practice in Cardenden in NHS Fife, and is a member of a number of National Health Service advisory bodies, including the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Quality and Outcomes Framework Indicators Advisory Committee (which recommends which quality indicators should be included in the UK primary care pay for performance programme) where he chairs the Methods, Retirement, Thresholds and Review Sub-committee. In 2014, he was appointed the Scottish Primary Care Research Champion by Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office, and was appointed by NICE to chair the guideline development group for the NICE Clinical Guideline on Multimorbidity.


Chair of the National Advisory Council, Sage Support & Advocacy Service, Patricia Rickard-Clarke is a solicitor.  In 2012 she retired as a Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission and was the lead Commissioner with regard to the Commission’s work on Vulnerable Adults and the Law (which includes the reform of the law on Capacity).  She is Chair of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Capacity Task Force.  She is a member of:  the Council of the Hospice Foundation and a member of its Think Ahead Project Advisory Group of the Forum on End of Life, the HSE’s National Financial Abuse of Older People Working Group and the User Group of National Centre for the Protection of Older People (NCPOP) at University College Dublin. Patricia is a member of Council of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.