Keynote Speakers

Ann Gallagher

PhD (University of Surrey)

Professor of Ethics and Care, Lead for Ethics in Integrated Healthcare, Director of the International Care Ethics (ICE) Observatory

Keynote: Promoting Ethics in Social Care

Anne Marie Rafferty

PhD (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: Nursing skill mix in European hospitals – Association with mortality and quality of care

Damien Contandriopoulos

PhD (University of Montréal)

Damien Contandriopoulos (Ph. D.) is full professor in the Faculty of Nursing, researcher at the Public Health Research Institute at University of Montreal (IRSPUM), co-director of the knowledge translation platform in Quebec's provincial Nursing intervention network. His main areas of research are focused on the analysis of health policy-making processes, the use of evidence in decision-making and the analysis of highly performing models of healthcare delivery. He holds a Canadian Institutes for Health Research chair on health policy and evidence.

Keynote: Influence of politics on health organizations and vice versa – effects on primary health care

René Schwendimann

PhD (Institute of Nursing Science, University of Basel)

René Schwendimann is Chief Patient Safety Officer of the University Hospital Basel, former Director of Education at the Institute of Nursing Science, University of Basel (Switzerland) and Consulting Professor in the Duke University School of Nursing, Durham (USA). His role consisted of managing and developing the study program Master of Science in Nursing as well as conducting various research projects in the area of nurse workforce and outcomes, long-term care and patient safety. He has also worked in clinical and managerial positions in acute and long-term care settings. René Schwendimann studied psychiatric nursing, nursing management and nursing science in Zurich, Aarau, Maastricht (NL) and Basel. After graduating with a MSc and PhD in Nursing Science he carried postdoctoral studies at the Duke University Health System, USA and based on his research in patient safety, he received the Venia Docendi of the University of Basel.

Keynote: Workforce shortage and patient safety in acute setting

Scott Reeves

PhD (Kingston & St George’s, University of London)

Professor of Interprofessional Research, Kingston & St George’s, University of London, UK (since 2013)
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education and Health, University of Limerick, Ireland (since 2016)
Visiting Fellow, Centre for Health and Social Practice, Waikato Institute of Technology, New Zealand (since 2015)
Visiting Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan (since 2013)
Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada (since 2012)
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Interprofessional Care, Taylor & Francis Publishing, USA (since 2009)

Keynote: Interprofessional collaboration in the context of workforce shortage in health care

Ursula Walkenhorst

PhD (University of Osnabrück)

Professor for human services occupations at the University of Osnabrück

Keynote: Academisation / Professionalisation - Fit for the future

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