Health and Care Speaker Series

In association with other Green Templeton initiatives, the college holds a series of speaker events.

These are aimed at leaders, managers and policy makers in healthcare, and researchers in these areas, as well as clinicians in training and postgraduate students with an interest in leadership and management.

Upcoming events:

The latest events can be found here in the Health and Care Studies Seminar Series section on the website.

Past HEXI / Management in Medicine events:

Please find information below about past HEXI / Management in Medicine events organised by Green Templeton that took place between 2011 and 2016.

New models of general practice

Wednesday 27 January 2016, 17:30


  • Dr Gwyn Harris, Medical Director, Modality Partnership, Birmingham.
  • Dr Ben Riley, Chair of the Board of Directors, OxFed, The Oxford Federation for General Practice and Primary Care.


As Primary Care comes under growing pressure from a combination of increasing demand and funding constraints, and many younger doctors seek a different lifestyle, new ways of delivering general practice are emerging. The appearance in London and Birmingham of ‘super-practices’ and in Oxfordshire of several GP federations are examples of these developments. This seminar was an opportunity to hear about what is happening from the Medical Director of one of Birmingham’s super-practices and the Chair of one of the Oxfordshire federations.

Clinical hybrid leaders – the challenge of leadership in practice in UK and Kenya

Monday 7 December 2015, 17:15


  • Jacinta Nzinga, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (Kenya) and University of Warwick.
  • Gerry McGivern, Professor of Organisational Analysis, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick.

This seminar was jointly run with the Global Health Policy Programme at Green Templeton College and the Crossing Boundaries 2 workshop (which took place the following day on 8 December). The speakers considered how ‘hybrid’ clinicians in management roles are transforming health care organisations and professions in high and low-income contexts by looking at findings from the UK and Kenya.

Optimising health literacy (Ophelia): generating fit-for-purpose, equitable healthcare service improvements

Tuesday 16 June 2015, 17:00


  • Professor Richard Osborne, Professor of Public Health at the School of Health and Social Development, a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, and WHO Consultant based at Deakin University (Melbourne).

Professor Osborne introduced the Ophelia (OPtimising HEalth Literacy and Access) process which is being implemented in both developed and developing countries.

The patient as consumer: why what’s good for healthcare business might be bad medicine

Monday 18 May 2015, 18:00


  • Professor Timothy Hoff, Visiting Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, Professor of Management, Healthcare Systems and Health Policy, Northeastern University.

Drawing from several of Professor Hoff’s research studies, this talk described the recent trends within the U.S. health system towards promoting enhanced consumer engagement among patients, including the adoption of retail approaches used in other industries, the use of big data to segment health care customers, and the embrace of disruptive innovations in sectors like primary care that emphasize transactional over relational elements. After describing some of these trends, which stand to profoundly transform how patients interact with system stakeholders like physicians, Professor Hoff shared some research findings that speak to how the doctor-patient relationship and health care quality may be impacted over time, in ways that will fundamentally transform how the system functions moving forward.

Health policy and patient experience in the US: a big picture overview

Wednesday 18 March 2015, 17:30


  • Dr Rachel Grob, Director of National Initiatives and Associate Clinical Professor at the Center for Patient Partnerships and Senior Scientist in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Dr Mark Schlesinger, Professor of Health Policy and Fellow of the Institution for Social Policy Studies at Yale University.

The collection, analysis and use of patient reported information is central to healthcare policy and yet presents considerable challenges for organisations to put into practice. The speakers presented their recent research and described the ‘state of the nation’ with respect to patient reported information: patient satisfaction, grievances, patient reported outcomes as well as patient experience. They covered how it is used within the US healthcare system currently and how it might be used more effectively in the future. This provided fertile ground for an engaging debate about the nature of patient reported information in general, cross-national comparisons and what we can learn from each other.

Therapeutics in the 21st century 3: personalising therapeutics – personal experiences of treatment and innovation

Wednesday 25 June 2014, 17:00

This was the third in a series of three seminars organised jointly with the Centre for Advancement in Sustainable Medical Innovation (CASMI).


  • Dr Siân Rees, Director of HEXI and Associate Fellow at Green Templeton College.

Speakers and topics:

  • Tal Golesworthy, Chartered Engineer and member of the Energy Institute and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
    • PEARS: an engineer-patient in the medical world
      Tal Golesworthy’s current work is dominated by Exstent Ltd, running the Personalised External Aortic Root Support (PEARS) Project. As a Marfan Syndrome patient with aortic dilation, Tal was unimpressed with the options of a Total Root Replacement (TRR or Bentall) or Valve Sparing Root Replacement (VSRR) so set about engineering an alternative. Nearly 10 years after receiving the first personalised external aortic root support himself, he is now working to extend this surgical option to a wider group of patients with aortic dilation. December 2011 saw the PEARS project win The Engineer’s Medical & Healthcare innovation award at the Royal Society.
  • Dr Rosamund Snow, Research Fellow based in the Oxford Health Experiences Research Group.
    • What it feels like for a patient: spotting the barriers to personalised medicine
      Dr Rosamund Snow has a background in communications and journalism, but recently entered academia as a service-user-researcher, studying the long-term-condition she has lived with for 25 years. Having gained her doctorate at King’s College London, she is now working with the University of Oxford’s medical school to research and develop patient involvement in the education of tomorrow’s doctors.
Therapeutics in the 21st century 2: the challenges of drug discovery – what gets in the way of working together

Wednesday 11 June 2014, 18:00

This was the second seminar in the joint series with the Centre for Advancement in Sustainable Medical Innovation (CASMI).


Speakers and topics: 

  • Chas Bountra, Professor of Translational Medicine, University of Oxford.
    • What is Oxford doing to catalyse and transform drug discovery?
  • Jack Scannell, Associate Fellow, CASMI.
    • How come the drug industry is losing money on R&D? What might you do about it?
Therapeutics in the 21st century 1: personalising therapeutics – getting patients the treatment that best suits them

Wednesday 4 June 2014, 17:00

The first in a series of three seminars organised jointly with the Centre for Advancement in Sustainable Medical Innovation (CASMI).



  • Professor Rob Horne, Professor of Behavioural Medicine, University College London.
  • Dr Ingrid Slade, Director of the Centre for Personalised Medicine, University of Oxford.
EHealth – learning from international experience

Monday 19 May 2014, 17:00

This was a joint event with the Global Health Policy Programme at Green Templeton College.


  • Dr Peteris Zilgalvis (ECommission ehealth Unit), EU Visiting Fellow and Associate of the Political Economy of Financial Markets Programme at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford for 2013-14. He is the Head of Unit for eHealth and Well Being in DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT) in the European Commission.

Speakers and topics:

  • Professor George Crooks OBE, George is the Medical Director for NHS 24 and Director of the Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare.
    • He spoke about the experience of using EHealth in Scotland. He explored the health and care landscape in Scotland, set out the drivers for change and how Scotland is transforming the health and care landscape to secure safe, effective and sustainable services that are fit for the future.
  • Dr Peeter Ross, Associate Professor at the Tallinn University of Technology (TUT). He also serves as an e-health expert at the Estonian E-Health Foundation.
    • He spoke on the Estonian nation-wide health information system which has been functional for more than five years. It encompasses the whole country, registers virtually all residents’ health history from birth to death, and is based on a comprehensive standard based IT infrastructure. Estonian experience shows that users are looking not only for the access to medical data but also for different profiled services.
  • Dr Fred Hersch, Clinical Research Fellow in Essential Healthcare at The George Institute for Global Health, Oxford University.
    •  He addressed how technology is being used in developing countries to overcome health system issues, exploring the opportunities around existing and emerging technologies as well as the importance of human centered design in addressing the ‘implementation challenges’ required to realise the true value of technology in driving health system improvements.
Shared decision making in healthcare

Thursday 7 November 2013, 17:00
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  • Dr Angela Coulter, Nuffield Department of Population Health.

Speakers and topics:

  • Professor Michael Barry. President of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, Boston, Medical Director, John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation, Massachusetts General, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
    • Shared decision making – what it means for patients.
  • Professor Trudy van der Weijden. Professor of General Practice, Maastricht University, Netherlands.
    • Shared decision making and clinical practice guidelines.

Much is written about putting patients at the centre of healthcare decisions, in practice this is not always achieved. Shared decision making is of central importance to achieving patient-centred care. Shared decision making means that decisions about care are made by the clinician and patient together, based on the best available evidence and taking into consideration the patient’s needs, preferences and values. Embedding shared decision making into routine practice requires clinical leadership and a supportive organisational culture. This seminar looked at shared decision making in healthcare from different perspectives with three international speakers. The talks were followed by a panel discussion.

This event received funding from the Wellcome Trust Institutional Support Fund, the Templeton Education and Charity Trust, the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and Green Templeton College.

Can kindness save the NHS?

Tuesday 4 June 2013, 17:00


  • John Ballatt, Director, The Openings Consultancy and author of Intelligent Kindness.

The Francis report has provoked calls for significant cultural changes in the NHS to ensure compassionate care. What does that mean? Can ‘intelligent kindness’ guide our work, as we practice healthcare and reform its organisation? The seminar started with examples of the impact of kindness, or its absence, on individual experiences of care, whether receiving care, providing care or witnessing it and from the perspectives of patient, practitioner, manager, carer or family member.

Healthcare reform – the role of clinical leadership

Tuesday 30 April 2013, 17:30


  • Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham PC, KBE, FMedSci HonFREng, Imperial College London.

Around the world, health systems need to be reformed fundamentally to achieve universal coverage, keep up with the rise of chronic diseases and public expectations, and do so without making unsustainable demands on the public purse. Moving to new models of care that are simultaneously better quality and more productive cannot be achieved by politicians, policymakers or managers alone: clinicians need to move off the side-lines and onto the pitch. In his talk, Lord Darzi explored these challenges and discussed how health systems can better encourage and embrace clinical leadership.

Professor Darzi is the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London, Chair of the Imperial College Health Partnership, Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation, and Professor of Surgery at the Institute of Cancer Research. Lord Darzi was introduced to the United Kingdom’s House of Lords in 2007 as Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham and appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health. Upon standing down in 2009 he was appointed the United Kingdom’s Global Ambassador for Health and Life Sciences, an appointment re-confirmed in 2010 by Prime Minister David Cameron. He was knighted for his services in medicine and surgery in 2002 and is a member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

Can stories change the world? Promises and challenges of web-based patient feedback for improving care

Monday 12 November 2012, 17:00
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  • James Munro, Director of Research Patient Opinion.
  • Malte Ziewitz, New York University.


  • Louise Locock, Deputy Research Director, Health Experiences Research Group.

Patient experience has become an important currency and resource in contemporary health care management. User satisfaction surveys, focus groups, Patient Experience Trackers (PET), Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS)—a whole range of technologies have been developed to turn sensations, thoughts and feelings into “evidence” and useful knowledge. In this seminar, we took a closer look at one of these technologies: web-based patient feedback. Combining insights from research and practice, we will ask: what does it take to mobilise experience? Can patient stories improve the quality of care? What are the implications? And what issues does this raise for NHS leaders and policy makers?

The leaders we need for healthcare

Monday 9 July 2012, 18:00
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  • Dr Michael Maccoby, Associate Fellow of the Saïd Business School, President of the Macoby Group in Washington.

A consensus is growing about why healthcare organizations need to change: uncontrolled costs, avoidable mistakes that harm patients, variability of diagnosis and treatment. There is also a growing consensus about solutions: increasing collaboration among clinicians; focus on patient needs and giving them information essential to sharing decision making; adopting evidence based treatment; driving out waste. However, these solutions bump up against walls of medical and organizational resistance. These are due to medical and managerial practices and beliefs that served in the past but no longer do so in a changing context of new knowledge, technology and patient attitudes. These outdated beliefs and practices are best understood as symptoms of a healthcare mode of production that is maladapted to our time. Using examples from the research and consulting of Dr Maccoby and his associates, he described leaders who have been able to produce improved healthcare, controlled costs, and better health for communities. These leaders have developed theories and qualities different from what served in the past.

Moral leadership in healthcare

Monday 30 April 2012, 17:00
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  • Dr Suzanne Shale, senior researcher in the Health Experiences Research Group and Fellow of Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford. Senior ethics tutor at Kings College London; consultant in clinical and organisational ethics.


  • Murray Anderson-Wallace. Strategic Communications Advisor, Executive Producer PATIENTSTORIES.ORG.UK and Associate at the Centre for Innovation in Health Management, University of Leeds.


Medicine needs moral leaders. Healthcare organisations cannot keep patients safe, supply good cost-effective care, or meet the core health needs of their communities, without moral leadership by healthcare professionals. But to date there has been rather little research into what moral leadership is and ought to be. The medical leadership bandwagon is rolling forward on the fragile foundation of the medical leadership competencies framework, while the medical ethics enterprise relies heavily on models of morality that treat the main task as making moral choices.

In this presentation Paul Brankin argued:

  • that medical leaders have, and need, a richer appreciation of the moral demands of their work than the competencies framework implies;
  • that the pressing challenge is to implement effective moral action not just to make good choices;
  • that we need to turn our attention to understanding and developing the capacity for moral action.

Along the way he described the moral work that medical directors in NHS Trusts do, and invited the audience to test their own moral perceptions.

Patient experience in a cold climate

Monday 5 March 2012, 17:00
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  • Joanna Foster, CBE, Associate Fellow of the Said Business School, Director of the NHS Chairs’ Forum.

Speakers and topics:

  • Bruce Laurie (Chairman) and Nerissa Vaughan (Chief Executive), Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Swindon.
    • Experiences from a local hospital.
  • Dr Karen Luxford, Director of Patient Based Care, Clinical Excellence Commission, New South Wales, Australia.
    • Rising to the Global Challenge: Patient experience, Leadership and Moving Beyond the Rhetoric.

The importance of delivering high quality care and improved patient experience is recognized by healthcare systems around the world. But how can they meet this challenge at a time of major cuts in public spending? This seminar looked at national and international practice.

The Brigham Leadership Program

Monday 24 October 2011, 17:30
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  • Allen Smith, MD, MS, President of the Brigham & Women’s Physicians Organization (BWPO).

The first lecture in the Speaker Series was given by Dr Allen Smith, whose doctors staff the Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston. Operating within the wider Partners HealthCare, Inc. provider system, Dr. Smith’s chief responsibilities include leadership of overall BWPO strategy and core functions as well as BWH/BWPO network development. He is also an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

In this talk Dr. Smith outlined how his organization has responded to the perceived need to provide stronger medical leadership in the Brigham & Women’s Hospital and described the training programme they have jointly developed with Professors at Harvard Business School. By sharing an overview of their customized curriculum, tailored to local strategic issues, as well as engagement in applied, teambased projects among other components, Dr. Smith discussed how enhanced clinical leadership could affect patient outcomes. He presented specific examples of how physician leadership has led to real process and system change and overall improved patient experiences.