Conference speakers

Thinking Differently for MSK Health

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Andrew BennettAndrew Bennett

National Clinical Director MSK, NHS England

Andrew is National Clinical Director for Musculoskeletal Conditions for NHS England and Improvement, and a Consultant Physiotherapist at Sutton Health and Care Alliance, Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust. He qualified in 2000 in Leeds, completing specialty training across London as well as a PGcert, PGdip and MSc. He led the successful re design of MSK local services presented nationally and internationally, is a lead for MSK transformation within the South West London Health and Care Partnership and acted an expert specialist for a variety of projects including the recent NIHR Moving Forward themed review.

Ollie Coburn

Registrar – British Association of Sport Rehabilitators (BASRaT)

Ollie Coburn is the Registrar and policy lead for the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators (BASRaT), overseeing the organisation’s function in registering and regulating Sport Rehabilitators. He is the secretary for the Accredited Registers Collaborative, the group of PSA Accredited Registers representing over 85,000 healthcare professionals in the UK, many of whom work in the independent sector. He also sits on a committee for the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy working to promote the profession of Sport Rehabilitation / Athletic Training internationally. Previously, he has held various roles as a musculoskeletal clinician in sport and the private sector and has worked as a case manager in PMI, most recently this included being the founder and director of a successful multidisciplinary private practice in Manchester. Ollie is a passionate advocate for his profession and the role that MSK clinicians of all backgrounds in the independent sector can play in contributing to population health.

Jane FerreiraJane Ferreira

Head of MSK Together, Mid Notts Integrated Care Partnership

Jane graduated as a physiotherapist in 2004 and worked in the NHS for three years before joining the British Army. She served as physiotherapy officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps between 2007 and 2019. Roles included overseeing rehabilitation services at local base level including phase 1 RAF training establishment, as well as Regional roles co-ordinating primary care and secondary rehabilitation services for military personnel. During her career she served as the Officer Commanding for the Centre for Spinal rehabilitation at DMRC Headley court, and led the defence wide working group to deliver an outcome based best practice guideline for the management of low back in the military population. She was in charge of the spinal team when DMRC Headley Court relocated to Stanford Hall in 2018 and set up the spinal service at the new facility.

She deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 providing MSK rehabilitation within Camp Bastion’s field hospital to maximise operational capacity, provide assessment and triage at a forward operational base and deliver hospital based acute care to British, American and Danish military personnel as well as Afghan nationals.

She left the Army at the end of 2019 to re-join the NHS as Head of MSK Together, working to create the conditions in which continuous value improvement can occur, so that resources can be moved from lower value to higher value interventions and to adopt a personalised care approach optimising self-care and shared decision making.

Craig NikolicClaire Langley

Clinical lead for the Long Covid service,
Dacorum Community Adult Health Services

Claire Langley is an Occupational Therapist by background. Claire is currently working in CLCH as a clinical Lead for the West Hertfordshire Long Covid Service.

Previous experience includes working as a therapy lead during the pandemic and working as a Practice development AHP. Having recently completed her Msc, with primary research on resilience for staff during the pandemic, Claire has a passion for both education and development of services in this area.

Craig NikolicCraig Nikolic

Chief Operating Officer,
Together First CIC, Barking & Dagenham GP Federation

Craig is Chief Operating Officer at a GP Federation in East London, most often seen these days around vaccination centres. Craig joined the NHS in 2014 following a career in the legal industry doing international mergers and demergers for 15 years.. Beyond that, Craig is an ex-serviceman who was medically discharged following significant musculoskeletal injuries, he is also a Chartered professional and qualified engineer.

Stephen PowisStephen Powis

National Medical Director of NHS England
and NHS Improvement
and Professor of Renal Medicine at University College London

Professor Stephen H. Powis BSc (Hons) BM BCh PhD MBA FRCP was previously Medical Director (and latterly Group Chief Medical Officer) of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust from 2006 to 2018. Professor Powis was also a member of the governing body of Merton Clinical Commissioning Group for five years and a Director of Healthcare Services Laboratories LLP. He is a past Chairman of the Association of UK Universities (AUKUH) Medical Directors Group and has been a member of numerous national committees and working groups, including the Department of Health Strategic Education Funding Expert Group. He is a past non-executive director of the North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, including a period of eight months as acting chairman.

Gareth PreschGareth Presch

Founder and CEO World Health Innovation Summit

Gareth is a global healthcare thought leader and the Founder and CEO of the World Health Innovation Summit. He is the Expert Lead on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3/4 for the UNGSII (UN Sustainability Index Institute) Foundation, Founder of the Global Social Prescribing Alliance, and a Member of Pope Francis’s Vatican COVID19 Commission Group 2 Looking to the Future.