66th Annual & Scientific Meeting 2018 - Keynote Speakers

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Keynote Speakers

Louise Brent

Louise is the National Audit Coordinator for the Irish Hip Fracture Database and Major Trauma Audit with the National Office of Clinical Audit. She worked in University Hospital Waterford for 12 years as an orthopaedic nurse, clinical nurse manager and arthroplasty nurse coordinator. She reviews for the International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing and has published on falls, hip fracture and clinical audit. Louise is a member of the International Collaboration of Orthopaedic Nursing (ICON) and on the board of the Fragility Fracture Network (FFN). She has recently completed a Diploma in Leadership and Quality in Healthcare in RCPI.

Professor Vanessa Burholt

Professor Burholt (BSc, PhD, FAcSS) is Professor of Gerontology and Director of the Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA) in the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University; and Director of the pan-Wales Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR). The CIA is one of the most prestigious gerontology research centres in the UK. CADR is a world class research centre addressing key internationally important questions in ageing and dementia.  

CADR integrates multi-disciplinary activity and expertise from biological, through psycho-social and environmental, to social policy in ageing and dementia. Vanessa’s research focuses on older people’s attachment to people and places and she has published over 50 papers and book chapters on rurality, loneliness, support networks, intergenerational relationships, ethnicity and migration.  

Professor Burholt has twenty four years’ experience of research on ageing, cutting her teeth on the 20-year Bangor Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Over the last few years, she has worked on and led research projects worth approximately €21M. She was Co-investigator on Grey and Pleasant Land? An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Connectivity of Older People in Rural Civic Society and was co-Editor (with Profs Catherine Hennessey and Robin Means) of Countryside Connections: Older People, Community and Place in Rural Britain. She was Principal Investigator for the South Wales arm of Cognitive Function and Ageing Study (Wales) and recently developed the Older People’s Residential Assessment Tool (OPERAT www.operat.co.uk) which is being used by communities and researchers around the globe to assess the age friendliness of the physical environment.

Outputs from Professor Burholt’s research are used to improve the quality of life and promote the welfare of older people. 

Dr. Andy Clegg

Andy Clegg is a senior lecturer at the Academic Unit of Elderly Care & Rehabilitation, University of Leeds, and honorary consultant geriatrician at Bradford Royal Infirmary, leading a large portfolio of frailty research. Andy is Chief Investigator for the Community Ageing Research 75+ (CARE 75+) national cohort study to investigate the modifiable components of frailty and develop interventions to improve outcomes using a novel trial within cohort design, funded by the NIHR CLAHRC programme. He is also Chief Investigator for the NIHR HTA-funded Home-based Extended Rehabilitation for Older People (HERO) trial, which is a multi-site RCT evaluation of a home-based exercise programme for older people with frailty after discharge from hospital. Andy is also leading an NIHR Programme Grant to optimise and evaluate personalised care planning for older people with frailty in a multi-site cluster RCT.

Andy led the development and validation of an electronic frailty index (eFI) using routine primary care electronic health record data from around 1M UK patients, as part of the NIHR CLAHRC Programme. The eFI has been made freely available to 95% of UK general practices through a national implementation project, is supported in the 2016 NICE multimorbidity guideline and is being used to implement new, evidence-based care pathways for older people with frailty, leading to the eFI team being awarded the prestigious 2017 RCP Excellence in Clinical Care Award for Innovation.

Andy led the authorship of a 2013 Lancet seminar review on frailty in elderly people, which has been cited over 1700 times in the international literature. Andy was previously a member of the 2016 NICE Multimorbidity Guideline Development Group, 2015 British Geriatrics Society & Royal College of General Practitioners Fit for Frailty guideline, and 2010 NICE Delirium Guideline Development Group.

Prof. Sallie Lamb

Prof. Lamb is  the Director for Centre for Statistics in Medicine and Foundation Director, Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit (OCTRU), University of Oxford, Section Head, Statistics and Epidemiology, University of Oxford, Director, Centre for Rehabilitation Research in Oxford, Deputy Director, Oxford Biomedical Research Unit, University of Oxford, Kadoorie Professor of Trauma Rehabilitation, University of Oxford and Professor of Rehabilitation, Warwick Clinical Trials Unit, University of Warwick.

She has a long standing interest in clinical trials, medical statistics and, from a clinical perspective, rehabilitation of musculo-skeletal and chronic conditions. She works with clinicians from a variety of backgrounds to develop pragmatic clinical trial designs to capture the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a variety of health technologies. She is the Chief Investigator for a number of trials of rehabilitation interventions, and Head of the Centre for Rehabilitation Research in the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculo-skeletal Sciences at the University of Oxford. Prior to taking up the post of Co-Director of OCTRU, Prof. Lamb was the Foundation Director of the Warwick Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Warwick. She continues to work collaboratively with the Warwick Unit. 
Prof. Lamb has a particular interest in older people, and has served as a member of the American Geriatric Society/ British Geriatric Society Fall Guideline Panel, and more recently, as a member of the NICE guideline panel of hip fracture management. She collaborates with a range of US and European Investigators interested in frailty, sarcopenia and disability in older people.

Jim Power

Jim Power is owner manager of Jim Power Economics Limited, an economic and financial consultancy.The company carries out consultancy projects, public speaking, and training for a variety of public and private sector entities. In 2017, he completed a report on cost pressures in the nursing home sector. He is Chief Economist to Friends First Group. He was previously Treasury Economist at AIB (1987-1991) and Chief Economist at Bank of Ireland Group Treasury (1992-2000). Jim is the author of the SIMI/DoneDeal Motor Industry Review and Friends First Quarterly Economic Outlook. He is Chairman of Love Irish Food, and investment firm Three Rock Capital, and he is a Board Member of Agri-Aware. He is a graduate of UCD and lectures part-time on the MSc Management at Smurfit School of Business, UCD. In 2009, Jim published his first book, ‘Picking up the Pieces’, and in 2017 he was co-author of “Marketing Multiplied – The Macroeconomic and Microeconomic Impact of Marketing Communications’. Jim is a native of Waterford.

Dr. Mark Roberts

Dr Mark Roberts graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2000 and spent his postgraduate training years in Manchester, Leeds and Northern Ireland.  This included a period in Public Health Medicine, which culminated in completion of the Membership Exam and Masters in Public Health before returning to Clinical Medicine training.  He took up post as a Consultant in Acute and Geriatric Medicine in 2011, and since that time he has additionally been a Training Programme Director for Acute Medicine, Chief Clinical Information Officer for the Southern Trust, elected to Fellowship by the London Royal College of Physicians and completed the Scottish Patient Safety Programme Fellowship.

Dr. Roberts was appointed to the position of Consultant in Elderly Care in the Belfast City Hospital in September 2017, and additionally took up the Clinical Director post for the Regional Safety Forum in November the same year.  His main interests are widening Quality Improvement skills and attitudinal change across the whole workforce and supporting Northern Ireland in realising its aspiration to be internationally recognised in leading high quality and continuously improving health and social care.