Professor Val Wass retired after five years as Head of the School of Medicine at Keele University, to take up a consultancy role as Emeritus Professor of Medical Education in the Faculty of Health at Keele.
Originally she worked in Paediatric and Adult Nephrology for ten years before developing a strong interest in holistic generalist patient care and moving to train in General Practice. After eleven years as a GP in Kent she joined Academic Medicine at Guyís, Kings and St Thomasís Medical school as a senior lecturer (1995-2003), and then became Professor of Community Based Medical, University of Manchester (2003-2009) before moving to Keele (2009-2015).
She studied the International Masters in Health Profession Education (MHPE) at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. This led to a PhD in Maastricht on assessment methodology and increasing international consultancies; both undergraduate and postgraduate. She has worked extensively across the UK and in more than 25 countries. Awards include the RCGP William Pickles and Presidentís International Medals and the ASME Gold Medal for an outstanding contribution to medical education. In the 2015 New Yearís Honours she received an OBE. She is author of the Health Education England report : By choice not by chance: supporting GP careers in general practice for medical students.
Sandra Eldridge is Professor of Biostatistics at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. She has been joint lead of the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health since 2007. The Centre has grown considerably since 2007.
Sandra has a degree in mathematics and spent time teaching mathematics in schools in Nigeria and the UK, conducting demographic research, and teaching undergraduate statistics before leaving work to spend time with her young children in the late 1980s.
She joined Barts and The London as a medical statistician in 1994, and almost immediately began working in primary care, moving to be part of the then Department of General Practice and Primary Care in 1996. Primary care has been the focus of her work since. She completed a doctorate focused on cluster randomised trials in primary care (rather late in her career) in 2005, and was promoted to a personal chair in 2007 at about the same time as becoming joint lead of the Centre.
Sandraís major research interests are in cluster randomised trials and complex interventions, although her collaborative research is wide-ranging and she has an extensive portfolio of National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) funded research. She sits on several NIHR funding panels, directs a UK clinical research collaboration registered and NIHR funded trials unit, and is joint lead of the east London arm of Research Design Service London. She currently leads an international collaborative group developing reporting guidance for pilot studies and a sub-group of the initiative to extend the Cochrane Risk of Bias Tool to non-randomised studies and trials with non-standard design. She supervises a number of research students and mentors female academics at Barts and The London, under a scheme precipitated by the institutionís Athena Swan initiative.Sandra has always been concerned to support those trying to maintain a balance between their core discipline and working in primary care. In 2002, she was instrumental in setting up the Primary Health Care Study Group of the Royal Statistical Society, a group that aims to bring statisticians working in primary care together for mutual encouragement, support and collaboration. Sandra was secretary of this group between 2002 and 2006 and chair between 2009 and 2012. In 2012 she stepped down from the committee to make way for younger members for whom the group was intended.
Prof Liam Glynn is the Professor of General Practice at the Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick and a member of the Health Research Institute. He was awarded his M.Sc. degree in 2003 and his M.D. in 2007, both from National University of Ireland, Galway. He was appointed a HRB Cochrane fellow in 2007 and is lead author of Cochrane systematic reviews in hypertension as well as adherence to cardiovascular medication for BMJ Clinical Evidence. He was the first successful Irish applicant to the Brisbane Initiative, a two year International Primary Care Research Leadership programme based at Oxford University. Working on EU and HRB funded projects on connected health and a HRB funded research programme in resistant hypertension, he has built up and continues to lead multi-disciplinary research teams involving general practitioners, nurses, psychologists and engineers. His primary research interests are in preventive medicine with a focus on physical activity, knee arthritis, chronic kidney disease and diabetes and on bringing technological solutions to healthcare through connected health and particularly mhealth solutions.
Dr Glynn is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. He has over 150 publications and 4 book chapters and over two thousand citations. He is a referee for several international medical and medical education journals and a member of the Editorial Boards of Forum, the Journal of the Irish College of General Practitioners and the Journal of Comorbidity.