Our Keynote Speakers:


Professor Tim Draycott

Tim Draycott, MD, BSc, MBBS, FRCOG, is a Consultant at Southmead Hospital and the University of Bristol.

Professor Draycott trained in London and the south west of England with valuable time spent working in France, Sweden and South Africa. He has been a Consultant Obstetrician at Southmead Hospital since 2002 and a Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellow since 2012. 

Over the last 14 years Tim has led the development of a completely new academic department in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at North Bristol that is now recognised as a world leading intrapartum and safety research centre. He leads and manages a multi-professional research group with 49 staff; including 2 senior lecturers, 3 Clinical Lecturers, 5 PhD students, 5 Academic Clinical Fellows with a parallel, matching midwifery research infrastructure and University of Bristol non-clinical research fellow.

Tim jointly developed the obstetric training programme: PRactical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training (PROMPT) course which prepares unit level staff to improve their management of intrapartum emergencies and has been associated with significant improvements in clinical outcomes to some of the lowest rates in the global literature, particularly hypoxia and brachial plexus injuries.

Tim is an expert in intrapartum research having acted as the Chief Investigator on randomised controlled trials of Kiwi vs standard vacuum, Carbetocin v Oxytocin following caesarean section and Carbetocin v Oxytocin v Syntometrine following vaginal birth.

Tim’s programme of work has been recognised by prizes from NHS Innovations, NICE, and the BMJ. Tim was also awarded Hospital Doctor of the Year for his intrapartum emergencies work. He has been recognised as a NHS Hero, and in 2014 he and the PROMPT team were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Excellence, followed by the International Prize for Resilience in Healthcare in 2016.

Tim is the senior clinical advisor to 2 national bodies: NHS Resolution and the Care Quality Commission in the UK.

Tim is an elected member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Council representing members from America, Australasia and the Pacific Rim.

Kimberley Stone

Kimberly P. Stone

Kimberly (Kim) Stone, MD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington and Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at Seattle Children’s Hospital.  She is Co-Director of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Simulation Program and Head of Systems Integration and Patient Safety for the Seattle Children’s Simulation Program. Dr. Stone is President-Elect for the International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS) and serves on the Board of Directors for the International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research and Education (INSPIRE).

Dr. Stone has been using simulation for interprofessional education, team training, environmental testing and design, and process improvement to improve patient safety for the past 12 years.  She has co-led more than 30 systems-improvement projects using simulation and co-authored over 25 peer-reviewed articles and simulation-based curricula.  In 2017, Dr. Stone received the Seattle Children’s Hospital David Fisher Award for Excellence in Patient Safety. 

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Professor Nick Sevdalis

An experimental psychologist by training, Nick is a Professor of Implementation Science and Patient Safety, Director of the Centre for Implementation Science at King’s College London, Chief Editor of BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning and Associate Editor of Implementation Science. Prior to this appointment, Nick was a Reader in Patient Safety in the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London, UK, and Deputy Director of the Imperial Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. 

Nick’s research vision is to achieve population health and high quality healthcare delivery through application of psychological and behavioural sciences, including psychometrics, and partnership development between stakeholders in academia, health services, charitable organisations and industry. Nick’s research is situated within the multidisciplinary space of implementation science, improvement science, and applied psychology.

Nick has been investigating team-based care delivery – mainly in surgical and cancer pathways, amongst other clinical services. Nick is interested in the application of team science principles to improve safety and quality of care through improved team effectiveness. His research further focuses on systematically analysing implementation gaps in the delivery of improvement interventions (including checklists, team skills development, and clinical pathway redesign) and developing practical methods to address them.  

Nick’s research has been disseminated in over 250 peer-reviewed publications and over 90 invited lectures worldwide, and has won over 25 national and international awards. He serves as an expert advisor to the UK’s Royal College of Anaesthetists Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group (since 2011). He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the US-based Association for Surgical Education (2013-16) and on numerous trials and study steering groups.  


Paul Gowens

Paul is currently lead consultant paramedic, leading the team of consultant paramedics at the Scottish Ambulance Service and the Trustee Official for Professional Practice at the College of Paramedics.

A Fellow of the College of Paramedics and founder member of the faculty of pre-hospital care at the RCSEd he has undertaken both the Scottish Patient Safety Programme and the Health Foundation, Generation Q Fellowship, and is passionate about professional leadership and improving pre-hospital care of the critically ill and deteriorating patients. He has experience of emergency medical services systems across the world.

As a National Clinical Advisor at the Scottish Government, Healthcare Quality and Strategy Directorate and a member of the Resuscitation Research Group, Edinburgh, he has worked extensively on Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest, Major Trauma Systems and Sepsis. An associate senior lecturer at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, and has published in a number of peer-reviewed journals. 


Dr Neil Ralph

Dr Neil Ralph is the National Programme Lead for Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) at Health Education England; where he also leads on a range of other national programmes. The TEL programme focuses on how we can make use of existing and emerging technologies and techniques to enhance education and training in health and care. This includes the successful ‘e-Learning for Healthcare’ programme, developing other enhanced digital platforms and the use of simulation based education. Neil has always had an interest in technology and its impact in healthcare and education. He is also a clinical psychologist with experience of working clinically and in academia. 

Robert Stone

Professor Robert Stone


Bob Stone, a Chartered Psychologist and Human Factors specialist and a 30-year veteran of the international Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality community, is Professor of Interactive Multimedia Systems at the University of Birmingham, where he is also Director of the Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team.  Bob established the world’s first industrial VR team at the UK’s National Advanced Robotics Centre, following an appearance on the BBC’s 9 O’Clock News in January, 1993, and for many years was the Scientific Director of a small British VR company.  His early medical Human Factors research led to the development of a world-first keyhole surgical skills VR trainer (MIST), marketed and developed further by Mentice of Sweden.  As a result of this work, Bob became a co-director of the North of England Wolfson Centre for Human-Centred Medical Technologies (1994 to 2005) and sat on a working party on behalf of the Royal College of Surgeons’ Joint Committee on Higher Surgical Training (JCHST) investigating the assessment of surgical training and competence (1999-2002) and, in January 2000, passed the Royal College of Surgeons of England Basic Surgical Skills course.  Between 2005 and 2007, Bob was a Human Factors consultant to the US Office of Naval Research-funded Pulse!! Virtual Healthcare Project (collaborating with Texas A&M University Corpus Christi).  In 2003, decided to become an academic with the goal of introducing real-world lessons learned, stakeholder experiences and the importance of “impact” into VR research and teaching.  Today, he works closely with the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, researching the use of VR for healthcare restoration and rehabilitation programmes and for the training of future Medical Emergency Response Teams.  Throughout his three decades of involvement, Bob has pioneered the use of VR techniques in many areas of healthcare, from keyhole surgery training to post-operative rehabilitation.  Amongst his many awards, in 2011, Bob was awarded the MoD Chief Scientific Advisor’s Commendation for his contributions to Defence Science & Technology, the highest award given to an individual by that Governmental Department.  In July 2017, Bob and his University team were awarded the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network Innovative Team of the Year Award, in recognition of their achievements in the Virtual healthcare arena.  In March 2018, Bob was awarded the Medical LiveWire Global Award for "Excellence in VR Healthcare Technology”.


Professor Bryn Baxendale

Bryn was appointed as a consultant anaesthetist at NUH in 1998 and currently has clinical responsibilities related primarily to vascular and emergency surgical services at QMC. In 2009 he was appointed as an honorary professor by the School of Psychology at the University of Nottingham. He has been President of the Association of Simulated Practice in Healthcare since 2009, which is the national learned body in relation to the use of simulation and related innovative learning technologies to professional education and training, workforce development, and quality and patient safety improvement.

In 2012 Bryn joined the national strategy board for Technology Enhanced Learning led by Health Education England and the Higher Education Academy. 

His interests relate to leading the widespread adoption of simulation-based methodologies across the healthcare system in order to enhance patient safety and quality of care. Specifically, this involves exploration of how best to enhance the development of expertise in individual professionals and multi-professional teams, and how to support organisational learning and attainment of high reliability amidst complexity and constrained resources.