Keynote Speakers

Ann Gallagher

University of Surrey

Ann Gallagher, PhD RN is Professor of Ethics and Care, International Care Ethics Observatory, University of Surrey, UK. Ann trained as a general nurse at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast during 'the Troubles'. She moved to England to take a post-registration qualification in mental health nursing. Following practice experience in elder care and adolescent psychiatry, Ann completed a degree in philosophy and health studies in London and went on to complete post-graduate qualifications in applied ethics in Wales. Her PhD study on the theme of 'Professional education and virtue ethics' was supervised by Professor Ruth Chadwick. Ann has published on, and researched, a wide range of topics relating to ethics and care, for example, on dignity in care, compassion in the NHS, professional regulation, professionalism in paramedic practice, love in professional life, slow ethics and ethics education ( She is Editor of the international journal Nursing Ethics ( and a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. Ann is co-chair of a hospice ethics committee and chair of her university's Animal Ethics and Welfare Board. She was recently on sabbatical from the University of Surrey exploring cross-cultural perspectives on ethics and elder care. She was Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, at the National Bioethics Center, Tuskegee University, USA in 2017. Ann is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing.

Keynote: Promoting Ethics in Care: Conundrums and Opportunities

This talk will consider contemporary challenges and questions relating to the promotion of ethics in care: What should we aim towards? How do we achieve our goals? And what strategies should we adopt? It will be argued that a more sustainable approach to ethics in care is the adoption of a three-level ‘slow’ approach. Ann will elaborate on an approach to ‘slow ethics’ she has developed with a view to illuminate how ethics can be embedded in care cultures and to counter a craving for quick fixes and short-term solutions.

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Anne Marie Rafferty

King’s College London

Anne Marie Rafferty is Professor of Nursing Policy, former Dean of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London and Visiting Professor at Imperial College’s Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. She graduated (BSc) SocSci Nursing Studies (Edinburgh University), MPhil (Surgery) (Nottingham University) and DPhil Modern History from Oxford University. She won a Harkness Fellowship in Health Policy to the University of Pennsylvania and was seconded to the Department of Health to work with Lord Ara Darzi on the Next Stage Review of the NHS. She was awarded a CBE in 2008 and appointed to the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery 2009-10 and been recipient of various awards; Nursing Times Leadership Award in 2014 and Health Services Journal Top 100 Clinical Leaders Award in 2015; Sigma Theta Tau International Hall of Fame 2016. She holds fellowships from the Royal College of Nursing, American Academy of Nursing and is a member of the Parliamentary Review of the Welsh Health and Social Care Service.

Keynote: From skill mix to skill match: moving from evidence to policy and practice-based action

Recent evidence demonstrates an association between a richer skill and grade mix and better outcomes for patients. Yet despite this policies are being implemented which ignore or contradict the available evidence. Generating the evidence base is the first step in a broader policy process. This paper considers how do we challenge and impact the system? How do we influence policy makers to bring about change? 

Mélanie Lavoie-Tremblay

University Mc Gill

Mélanie Lavoie-Tremblay is associate professor at the Ingram School of Nursing, University Mc Gill. Her programme of research focuses on the nursing workforce and on work environments in health care. Various organizations in Canada and other countries identified this area of research as the top priority for the last decade and for the future. Her programme is unique for its research into the new generation of nurses (Generation Y) and strategies to foster their retention at the beginning of their career, as well as innovative strategies to improve nursing work environments. Through her research projects and publications, she has set up international collaborations in in Australia, England, United States and Switzerland.

Keynote: Collaborative group mentorship program to support transition from student to clinical nurse

Collaborative efforts between academic and clinical settings are an important avenue for improving the quality of nursing practice and the retention of new nurses. The present conference aims to describe a group mentorship program developed by the McGill Nursing Collaborative, a collaborative partnership between the Ingram School of Nursing at McGill University and the nursing departments of the McGill University Health Centre and the Jewish General Hospital, all located in Montreal, Canada. This group mentoring program for graduating nursing students has been developed so that clinical nurse mentors can meet with student mentees both before and shortly after graduation, in order to address relevant challenges related to starting their nursing practice. Results suggest high satisfaction with the program from both mentees and mentors, as well as a positive impact on mentees’ transition into the workplace and levels of stress and self-confidence.

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Michael Simon

Institute of Nursing Science, University of Basel

Michael Simon is Professor at the Institute of Nursing Science of the University of Basel and Head of the Nursing Research Unit at the Inselspital in Bern and the Patient Safety and Quality of Care (PSQ) research group. He held positions at the IQWiG in Germany, the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators at the University of Kansas and the University of Southampton. The aim of the PSQ group is to develop innovations for safe, effective, patient-centered, timely and efficient care delivery. With a broad range of observational and interventional studies in long-term care, acute care hospitals, psychiatry and the home care setting, the PSQ group takes a systems perspective to support clinicians and healthcare management. The PSQ group current projects are funded by grants from the EU, Swiss National Science Foundation, the Federal Office of Public Health and several private foundations.

Keynote: Nurse staffing variability and adverse events

Few studies have investigated variability of nurse staffing within organisations and explored the impact on adverse events with defined or undefined onset. Based on three different empirical studies the need for time variant staffing studies is discussed to inform healthcare management and policy.

Ursula Walkenhorst

University of Osnabrück

Ursula Walkenhorst is Professor of Didactic for Health professionals and human services at the Institute for health research and education and dean of the school of human sciences at the University of Osnabrück. Her main areas of research are interprofessional education and the academisation and professionalization of health professionals. Currently she leads a PhD Program for ‘Interprofessional education – teaching, proving and evaluating’ in cooperation with the LMU-Munich and promoted by the Robert-Bosch-Foundation.

Keynote: Academisation / (Inter-)Professionalization – Together fit for the future

The discussion between health professions about the necessity of interprofessional teaching and working-processes in order to improve a better health care quality grows visible over the last years and enforces the development of many practical projects. This subject matter is most of the time discussed either from an educational or from the health care perspective. In the last years publications show the connection and dependency of both areas. Not only is interprofessionality or interdisciplinarity a central condition for Teaching and working-processes, but it also a relevant basic for the process of the academisation of health professions.

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