Professor Chris Whitty

Professor Chris Whitty

Professor Chris Whitty

Chief Medical Officer

    Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health and Social Care, London, UK

     

    Professor Chris Whitty is Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England, the UK government’s Chief Medical Adviser and head of the public health profession. He represents the UK on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization.

    Chris is a practising NHS Consultant Physician at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, and Gresham Professor of Physic at Gresham College.

    Chris is an epidemiologist and has undertaken research and worked as a doctor in the UK, Africa and Asia. He was Professor of Public and International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) before becoming CMO.

    Chris was the Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) from January 2016 to August 2021, with overall responsibility for the department’s research and development, including being head of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the government’s major funder of clinical, public health, social care and translational research.

    Chris was the interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser from 2017 to 2018, including during the Novichok poisonings. Before that, he was the Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Development (DFID), which included leading technical work on the West Africa Ebola outbreak and other international emergencies.

    Transitions matter: The theory, research and practice of transitions in medical education

    Transitions matter. They provide opportunities for intense learning but are also challenging. Drawing on the literature and her team-based research on medical education transitions, Charlotte will talk about: (i) What transitions are; (ii) How transitions can be researched; and (iii) How medical students and trainees can be helped to navigate transitions.

    Professor Charlotte Rees
    Head of School of Health Sciences
    University of Newcastle
    NSW, Australia

    Building high performance healthcare teams – culture, relationships and translational simulation

    Improving teamwork and shaping culture in healthcare is easy to say, but hard to do.
    Team training, catchy communication acronyms, and off-site team building might not realise the promise of high performing teams in the complex environment of 21st century healthcare.
    Maybe simulation offers more than we think – if used with agility – to explore work environments and the people in them, to test better systems or practices, and to embed ‘best practice’ once we know what that is.
    And maybe simulation can actually shape culture, and help high performing healthcare teams get better, together.

    Professor Victoria Brazil
    Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation
    Gold Coast Health Service, Queensland, Australia

    The importance of generalist skills for multimorbidity patient care

    The proportion of patients with two or more medical conditions continues to increase. The majority of over 75s now have 3 or more conditions and almost one in five 40-69 year olds have at least 2 conditions. This trend remains a challenge to the entire medical profession. Whilst greater specialisation, particularly in secondary care, has improved clinical outcomes for individual conditions, generalist skills are becoming increasingly important when faced with patients with multiple long-term conditions. Shifting back to maintaining and celebrating generalism in the medical workforce is critical to respond to the changing pattern to health and disease in the population.

    Professor Chris Whitty
    Chief Medical Officer
    Department of Health and Social Care, London, UK

    AoME Calman lecture and awards ceremony

    In its 15th year the Academy of Medical Educators is thrilled that the Calman lecture will be delivered by the man in whose honour it is held. Sir Ken will be discussing his life and career with members of AoME’s Developing Medical Educators Group. This is sure to be a fascinating, edifying and thought provoking discussion. Sir Ken’s insistence on the need for structure and recognition in medical education led directly to the founding of the Academy and the development of the Professional Standards for Medical Educators.

    Professor Sir Kenneth Calman
    KCB DL FRCP FRCS FRSE FRCGP HonFAcadMEd

    Co-chairs: Dr Jamie Fisher and Dr Lewis Hendon-John

    Awards presented by Dr Jamie Read