Guest Speakers

The evening will consist of talks from three guest speakers covering the key conference themes of quality improvement, medical education and junior doctor wellbeing.

Dr Louise Freeman – Co chair of Doctors Support Network

“#AndMe – anti-stigma campaign to publish quality improvement work”

Dr Louise Freeman


Dr Louise Freeman is the co-chair of DSN and was diagnosed with depression in 2009 as a result of the way in which her return to work (as a consultant in emergency medicine) was handled after absence following a bereavement. Louise currently does tribunal work as well as a volunteering as a medico-legal report writer for the charity Freedom from Torture.

The Doctors’ Support Network (DSN) is a peer support group for doctors and medical students with mental health concerns. As a registered charity, DSN aims to raise awareness, reduce stigma and influence the agenda regarding physician health.  Current projects include the &me anti stigma campaign with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Professor Steve Jones – Dean of Newcastle Medical School

“What makes good doctors into good teachers?”

Professor Steve Jones Professor Steve Jones’ association with Newcastle University began in 1984 when he started the MBBS course as a first year medical student. He graduated in 1990 with first class honours and has practiced medicine ever since. He was a clinical research associate in the university, investigating kidney complications of diabetes completing an MD in 2000. He also spent a year as a senior research fellow at The Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney in 1999. Steve continues to work clinically as an honorary consultant physician at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough where he also has had a role as a teacher on MBBS course since 2001. Clinically his sub-specialty interest is in diabetes and endocrinology.

As a teacher on the MBBS programme Steve has held a number of leadership positions including clinical assessment lead, course director for medicine and undergraduate lead for South Tees Hospitals. In 2011 he became the first dean of clinical affairs at the branch campus in Malaysia. From 2015 he was the director of medical studies with overall responsibility for the MBBS programme. During this time a major review of the curriculum was launched with implementation beginning in 2017.

Sarah Morgan – Director of Organisational Development, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust – Women Speakers in Healthcare

“How to enable long lasting change”


Photo of Sarah Morgan, the speaker described in the biography below

Sarah joined the NHS in 2002 as a graduate General Management Trainee in the North West. In 2007, Sarah joined KPMG and spent over five years supporting predominantly NHS clients with their challenges, ranging from CIP and strategy development and latterly led KPMGs whole health economy redesign work. Sarah rejoined the NHS in early 2013 as a Board member of a mental health and community trust and as the Executive Director of Development led a portfolio comprising of HR & OD; business development (including commercial opportunities); and the cost improvement programme.

Sarah joined Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in January 2015 as the Director of Organisational Development. Sarah led the organisation’s approach to Staff Wellbeing during COVID-19, supporting the 18,500 staff within Guy’s and St Thomas’ and is now leading on the strategic workforce, including health and wellbeing for all staff across the 6 Boroughs of the South East London Integrated Care System covering c100,000 staff and 1.9m population.

Sarah’s talk was kindly facilitated by Women Speakers in Healthcare, who are a group dedicated to ensuring balanced gender representation at healthcare events and conferences.