Are you a health or social care professional, leader, or commissioner who wants to learn more about leading change in the sector? Do you want to hear from experts and practitioners who have faced the challenges and opportunities of leading change in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, and the cultural diversity of the workforce and service users? Do you want to network with other professionals and join the discussion on how to lead change in a positive, kind, and compassionate way?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should join us for the 2023 Leadership Conference, hosted by the National Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Social Work (NCCDSW) at Bournemouth University.

The 2023 Leadership Conference will take place on Wednesday, 15 December 2023, from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm via Zoom. The theme of the conference is “Times of Change: Leadership Discussion for Health and Social Care”. The conference will feature keynote speeches, presentations, and a panel discussion from experts and practitioners in the field of health and social care leadership, including:

  • Prof Mel Hughes, Director of NCCDSW and Professor of Education and Practice
  • Dr Colin MacPherson, retired Royal Air Force officer and researcher in organisational culture and talent management
  • Tilia Lenz, Senior Lecturer for Social Work and CPD Framework Lead for Social Sciences
  • Dr Lyle Skains, award-winning researcher and creative practitioner in Creative Digital Writing and Science Communication
  • Dr Rejoice Chipuriro, Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Social Work and Social Sciences
  • Ithiel Korkor Zotorvie, Practice Educator for International Nurses at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Orlanda Harvey, Senior Lecturer in Social Work and researcher in image and performance enhancing substance use
  • Sarah Green, resource management and scheduling expert in HEIs
  • Dr Rachel Arnold, Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Midwifery and Women’s Health and former nurse/midwife in international crisis situations
  • Dr Matthew Simpson, Programme Lead for the Post-Graduate Diploma in Advanced Mental Health Practice and researcher in AMHP practice
  • Julia Armstrong, Lecturer in Social Work and researcher in green social work and anti-racism
  • Paul Walshe, Organisational Development practitioner and coach
  • Professor David Croisdale-Appleby, chair of several organisations in the public and charity sectors and author of the Croisdale-Appleby Report on social work education.

You will have the opportunity to learn from their insights and experiences, network with other professionals, and engage in lively and constructive discussions on the topics of leadership, change, resilience, and culture.

The conference is open to all health and social care professionals, leaders, and commissioners who are interested in developing their leadership skills and knowledge. The conference is free of charge, but registration is required by 14 December 2023.

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This is a unique opportunity to be part of the 2023 Leadership Conference and share your views on the future of health and social care leadership. I hope to see you there and hear your thoughts on this important topic.

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Meet the author(s)

Tilia Lenz

Senior Lecturer Social Work and CPD Framework Social Sciences. (She/her)
Tilia is a Senior Lecturer for Social Work and the CPD Framework lead for Social Sciences. She is a qualified Social Pedagogue and registered Social Worker and spent 15 years in front line Children’s Services as a practitioner and manager. She undertook her MA studies in Managing and Developing Services in Health and Social Care at BU with the focus on Organisational Cultures and Staff Performance. She is now undertaking research for her PhD on ‘Relationship Performance Management in Child Protection’. She has a particular interest in practitioner wellbeing and resilience.
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Professor Mel Hughes

Director of the National Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Social Work
Dr Mel Hughes is Associate Professor in Social Work at Bournemouth University (BU). Mel champions lived experience expertise through her roles as Academic Lead for the PIER (Public Involvement in Education and Research) partnership and Deputy Director of the Research Centre for Seldom Heard Voices. Mel is committed to ensuring that those who are most affected by social, economic and health inequalities have a voice in shaping and informing research, education and practice.
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Dr Orlanda Harvey

Senior lecturer in Social Work
Orlanda is a senior lecturer in the Social Work Team, specialising in Developing Professional Relationships and Leadership. She completed her doctoral research in 2020 exploring men's recreational use of Androgenic Anabolic Steroid Use. Her research interests include: Image and Performance Enhancing Substance Use, Domestic Violence and Abuse, leadership, and reflective practice.
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Private: Dr Matthew Simpson

Senior Lecturer
Matthew is the Programme Lead for the Post-Graduate Diploma in Advanced Mental Health Practice, a programme to prepare suitably qualified and experienced practitioners to undertake the role of the Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) under the Mental Health Act 1983. He is an active researcher in the field of AMHP practice. His PhD concerned AMHP decision-making at the point of referral for a Mental Health Act assessment, and this research was conducted collaboratively under the strengths-based methodology of Appreciative Inquiry. This research culminated in changes to one AMHP service to enhance best practice, attracting interest from a range of other Local Authorities.
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Julia Armstrong

Lecturer | Social Worker
I qualified as a social worker in 2011 having graduated from Bournemouth University and went onto work in adult statutory services until 2022. During this time I spent 10 years working in drug and alcohol services and then the latter years as a Best Interests Assessor for the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Team. I now work as an Independent Social Worker under the name Your Nature. This includes independent DoLS assessments, independent Practice Educator roles and working part time at Bournemouth University as a lecturer in social work.
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Dr Colin Macpherson

Panel members
Colin is a retired Royal Air Force officer with a diverse portfolio of command and leadership experience both as a practitioner and in organisational leadership strategy, policy and doctrine development. Colin has just completed a Doctorate in Business Administration (viva pending) from Edinburgh Napier University and has an MSc in Operations Management from UMIST. His primary research interest is in helping organisations understand how their organisational culture influences their talent management philosophies and shapes their training & education strategy.
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Ithiel Korkor Zotorvie

Ithiel is a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) currently a Practice Educator for International Nurses at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. She qualified with a Diploma in Mental Health Nursing from Ankaful Nurses’ Training College in Ghana in 2007. Ithiel also has a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) in Health Sciences (Psychiatry option) from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana and an MSc in Global Mental Health from the University of Glasgow.
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Sarah Green

Sarah has a background working in resource management and scheduling in HEIs for over 15 years, working in both Faculty and Professional Services. Prior experience in customer service and start-up companies gave Sarah a wider appreciation of the challenges often faced outside the educational sector. Gaining an MBA in 2001 allowed her to develop her professional skills, which have been deployed successfully implementing a number of organisational and process changes and adapting to the continually changing HEI environment.
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Dr Rachel Arnold

Rachel Arnold is a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Midwifery and Women’s Health (BU). She is a former nurse/midwife with over 30 years experience working in UK health services, and in international crisis situations including South Sudan, Rwanda and Afghanistan. Her PhD explored barriers and facilitators to quality care for women in an Afghan maternity hospital - particularly from the perspectives of the midwives, doctors, care assistants. Rachel’s particular interest is health care providers – and the complex institutional, cultural, personal and interpersonal factors that affect their wellbeing and ability to provide high quality care. Her recent research explored staff wellbeing in an NHS maternity service using Appreciative Inquiry.
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Professor David Croisdale-Appleby

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David has extensive involvement in health and social care policy and holds a number of ministerial appointments in government departments. David has chaired many organisations in the public and charity sectors, including NHS trusts, the Science Council and the sector skills council Skills for Care and the National Skills Academy.
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Paul Walshe

Panel members
Paul is a curious and psychologically minded Organisational Development practitioner and coach committed to understanding human behaviour in the workplace and creating conditions for people and organisations to achieve their best performance. He has strong consultancy skills with extensive experience of building relationships at all levels and developing talent. Paul is an accomplished facilitator highly skilled in designing and evaluating leadership development programmes and educating senior leaders in effective performance management practices.
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