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.

Helen Crisp – Editor in chief of BMJ Open Quality

“How to publish quality improvement work”

Helen Crisp

Helen Crisp is editor in chief of BMJ Open Quality, an online open access journal which publishes reports of quality improvement in action. She also runs her own company, Crisp QI Ltd, supporting quality improvement in healthcare through strategic consultancy, training and research.

Helen has over 20 years’ experience of working in the field of quality improvement in health care, as a practitioner, advisor and evaluator. This has included working on service accreditation programmes – developing the quality standards and peer review visit methodology; service review projects and evaluation. Her previous experience includes eight years as assistant director of research at the Health Foundation, where she managed a £4 million per year grants programme for research into patient safety, quality improvement methods and person-centred care.

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.