Rethinking Remote 2024

Our Speakers from RR22 (archive)

Humza Yousaf

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Scottish Government.

Prof. David Lowe

Clinical Director for Health Innovation for Scot Gov.
Academic Emergency Medicine Consultant in the QEUH.  

Established EmQuire research group focusing on data, device and decisions. As WoS innovation lead have delivered against a range of projects building capability and infrastructure within the test beds. Work focusing on enhancing clinical pathways by embedding data driven approach and patient co-management and leading on range of projects across trauma for the STN (, Dynamic COPD ( and OPERA (early diagnostic heart failure utilising AI). In partnership with DHI, NES Digital and NHS GGC to deliver asynchronous care solutions aligned to life science and Scot Gov remobilisation strategy. He is leading both the development and validation of AI solutions with industry and academic partners across a range of clinical use cases including unscheduled care admission, radiology and long term condition management.

Trish Greenhalgh

Trish Greenhalgh is Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences and Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford. She studied Medical, Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge and Clinical Medicine at Oxford before training first as a diabetologist and later as an academic general practitioner. She has a doctorate in diabetes care and an MBA in Higher Education Management. She leads a programme of research at the interface between the social sciences and medicine, working across primary and secondary care.

Her work seeks to celebrate and retain the traditional and the humanistic aspects of medicine and healthcare while also embracing the unparalleled opportunities of contemporary science and technology to improve health outcomes and relieve suffering. Three particular interests are the health needs and illness narratives of minority and disadvantaged groups; the introduction of technology-based innovations in healthcare; and the complex links (philosophical and empirical) between research, policy and practice.  She has brought this interdisciplinary perspective to bear on the research response to the Covid-19 pandemic, looking at diverse themes including clinical assessment of the deteriorating patient by phone and video, the science and anthropology of face coverings, and policy decision-making in conditions of uncertainty.

Trish is the author of over 400 peer-reviewed publications and 16 textbooks.  She was awarded the OBE for Services to Medicine by Her Majesty the Queen in 2001 and made a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences in 2014. She is also a Fellow of the UK Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of General Practitioners, Faculty of Clinical Informatics and Faculty of Public Health.

Dr. Rikard Moen

Dr Rikard Moen is Chairman of the Faculty of Remote, Rural & Humanitarian Healthcare, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh with a focus on leading clinical excellence across remote healthcare around the globe. Dr Moen is a Consultant Occupational Health Physician with 20 years of extensive global experience in corporate occupational health and wellbeing, both in the UK and overseas. He holds an MSc in Occupational Health, as well as MFOM, FRCP, FACOEM and FFOM (UK and Ireland) awards.

Rikard joined Optima Health September 2019 as Chief Medical Officer from his role as the Head of Health for Transport for London – supporting over 27,500 staff across multiple services. He has also worked in senior leadership positions for other blue-chip organisations in a global setting, such as Exxon Mobil, ADNOC and Qatar Petroleum as Head of Health. Additionally, has been Global CMO for Iqarus and also RMSI Solutions, delivering Corporate Health and remote/humanitarian healthcare in many challenging and hostile locations around the world, including war zones.

Rikard was recently appointed Vice President & Registrar at the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, and recognised as a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians for his services to health around the globe.

Dr. Steve F. Bain

Steve F. Bain, D.Min., LPC-S, NBCC is the Dean and Professor in the College of Education and Human Performance at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Dr. Bain is a Texas Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and Board Certified Counselor by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). His research interests include rural mental health counseling, graduate student success, and self-injurers.

Adrian Smith

Head of Digital Transformation 
NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit

Adrian describes his twin passions as transforming Education and Healthcare and is happiest when the two come together. Inside the NHS he has a digital transformation role but is also leading a major 5G healthcare transformation programme. He is convinced that reliable, ubiquitous connectivity is the key enabler on the journey to shift care from the clinic into the community and home – and he has spent the past six years developing a number of initiatives that demonstrate this. AI and innovative data analytic approaches are also in the mix.

Dr. Sarah Chalmers

 President, Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine. (ACRRM)             Practice in the era of generalist medicine: inspiring the future.

 Dr Sarah Chalmers worked in East Arnhem Land for 15 years, before moving to   North Queensland in 2019. She has worked in private general practice, hospitals   and remote Aboriginal communities and homelands throughout the Northern   Territory and is now working as a locum Rural Generalist in Western Queensland   She has always been interested in medical education, teaching medical students   at Flinders University in the NT and now at James Cook University. She also   enjoys  teaching and supervising GP and RG registrars. Her clinical interests   include remote practice, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, occupational   and sports medicine.

Pam Dudek

CEO NHS Highland.

Pam is currently the Chief Executive at NHS Highland having taken up this post on the 5 October 2020.  Pam has worked in the NHS mainly in Scotland since 1982.

Pam has a psychiatric nursing background with a post graduate degree in Nursing and a Masters in Leadership and Organisation Development from Dundee University.   She has held many roles in the health and social care sector starting her career in a pre-nursing scheme in the North of Scotland as a hospital cadet.  She has worked clinically through her career in the areas of mental health and substance misuse moving into management in the early 2000.  She has held a variety of senior roles since then, her most recent role as one of the first Chief Officers in Scotland under the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014, driving forward health and social care integration.

Pam is passionate about prevention and improving outcomes for the population.  She has had the privilege of working across many sectors in a collaborative way for the majority of her career and prides herself on the learning she has gained in the integration space, in working with difference and the art of the possible.

Prof. Kate Cochrane

Professor in Practice (Community Recovery) After Disasters Network, Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resiliance, Durham University and Head of Resilience , NHS Highland.

Kate is Head of Resilience within NHS Highland and leads on the development and implementation of response and continuity plans across the Board’s health and social care services. Before moving to the Highlands Kate was the Emergency Planning Manager for the Falkland Islands Government where she lead the development of the islands Covid response plans and the subsequent Community Impact Assessment.  She has wide ranging expertise in planning for, and leading recovery, following major incidents and has worked on incidents that range from flooding, to modern day slavery, via culvert collapses and the Grenfell Tower Fire.

Kate lead the development of a multi-agency Concept of Operations to support the immediate rescue and longer term response available to adults and children who have been trafficked into and around the UK and this approach was identified as Outstanding Practice by the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.  She was also recognised by Cabinet Office for her work in supporting communities to develop their internal resilience.

Before Kate moved to the Falklands she developed plans, policies and processes for Newcastle City Council for both anticipated and unanticipated events and represented the council on the local, regional and national groups. These groups included; Local and National Recovery Advisory Boards (Cabinet Office), Community welfare after emergencies (Core Cities), Communities Prepared National Steering Group (Cabinet Office) and the National Steering Committee for Warning and Informing the Public (standalone body).

Prof. Neil Denton

Professor in Practice (communities and conflict transformation), After Disasters Network, Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, Durham University.

Neil believes there is an energy within disagreement and conflict that can be a powerful force for positive change. He helps communities in conflict to find ways to reduce violence, increase justice, solve real life problems and strengthen human relationships. He is an Independent Community Mediator, a Professor in Practice with the After Disasters Network, and an Associate with the Relationships Project. He works to find ways that place communities at the heart of our thinking and doing, and to explore and demonstrate how the principles and practices of conflict transformation can be beneficial to disaster prevention, response and recovery. He also spends time swimming and attempting to create the perfect roast potato.

Dr. Margaret Currie

“Mags is a senior health and wellbeing researcher in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences department within the People and Places group at the James Hutton Institute, where she leads a programme of research on rural communities. Earlier in her career Mags also worked at UHI and the University of Aberdeen.

Mags brings a geographical perspective to the place-based challenges and spatial injustices faced by rural communities and explores innovative ways in which these challenges can be met to promote communities’ resilience, health and wellbeing. She is particularly motivated by investigating processes of engagement, empowerment and resilience and how they change over time in different rural spaces and places. Recent work has included the impacts of Covid-19 on rural and island communities, the long-term impacts of flooding in communities (Scottish Government funded), and DESIRA (Digitalisation for Economic and Social Innovation in Rural Areas) and RELOCAL (considering how spatial injustices can be addressed through place-based approaches) funded by the EU. Mags is driven by working with others, including policy makers, public bodies, the third sector and communities themselves, to create beneficial impacts that enable rural communities to thrive.”

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