Confirmed Keynote Speakers 2018


The Sustainability of the Critical Care Workforce

Dr Julie Highfield, Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Critical Care (Adult and Paediatric), University Hospital of Wales


Dr Julie Highfield is the Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Critical Care for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. She works clinically with patients and visitors in critical care and has special interests in rehabilitation and the psychological impact of delirium.  In addition to this, Julie is the lead for staff wellbeing, and  is involved in ongoing research into staff wellbeing in critical care. She is part of the Intensive Care Society Burnout Working Group, and has recently been involved in advising the wellbeing aspects of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine annual survey.

In addition, Julie is the secretary for the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology, Wales, and through this work has delivered a number of national sustainable workforce events.

Julie has a long experience of working as a psychologist in medical and health settings, and works closely with staff in their experience of working in healthcare, as well as advising managers on matters of workforce wellbeing. 


Advancing Critical Care: Safe staffing, workforce planning and new roles - ACP/ANP credentialing

Professor Mark RadfordChief Nursing Officer at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) and Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University


Mark Radford is Director of Nursing (Improvement) for NHS Improvement with a portfolio that covers workforce, quality improvement and Governance. 

Mark has worked in Perioperative, Emergency and Intensive care in the UK and Europe.  He was previously been a Chief Nurse of a University Teaching Hospital and Consultant Nurse in Emergency & Trauma care.  Mark is Professor of Nursing at Birmingham City and Coventry Universities, and has published research on staffing, advanced practice, perioperative and trauma care.



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