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WELL-Med Conference

4th International Meeting on Well-Being
and Performance in Clinical Practice.

During WELLMED 4, in addition to standard topics concerning patient safety and HP wellbeing we will focus on issues related to health professional well being, during and after the pandemic. Abstracts concerning the impact of the pandemic on psychosomatic health, quality of life, work life balance, work relations, as well as abstracts concerning attempts to address this impact will be presented.

Master class: “Emotional Resilience During/Post-Covid: The Images we Left behind…”

During the master class we will discuss the specific emotional challenges Health Professionals had to deal with during the pandemic crisis. We will discuss preliminary evidence showing no difference between HPs working in COVID units and HPs working in other areas of healthcare. Coping strategies will be analysed and their effectiveness will be compared. Special emphasis will be put on emotional residual of experiences that were not processed and how this impacts upon physical and psychological health. Finally, we will discuss how coaching and mentoring can:

  • · connect healthcare worker well-being and performance in a meaningful way
  • · help people through transition and change
  • · support healthcare professionals in times of personal challenge and resilience
  • · contribute to a positive, proactive and open working culture

Convenor: Efharis Panagopoulou, PhD.

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Preliminary Program PDF

Keynote Speakers

Tessa Richards, BMJ Senior Editor Patient Partnership

Dr Tessa Richards is a Senior Editor at The BMJ and took the leading role in developing the Patient and Public Partnership Strategy for The BMJ. Tessa is a passionate advocate for patient empowerment, shared decision making and co-design of health policy, practice, and research. She writes and speaks regularly on the importance and potential of patient partnership. Tessa is currently responsible for commissioning the Partnership in Practice series for The BMJ which draws attention to international examples of innovative co-produced initiatives. Tessa worked as a general physician, rheumatologist and a general practitioner before joining The BMJ where she has overseen the General Practice, Education, and Analysis sections, and established various series including Medicine in Europe, Overdiagnosis/Too Much Medicine, High Integrity Health, and Person Centred Care. She lives with stage III adrenal cancer, and other long term conditions, and is a carer for close family members with rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, dementia and blindness.

Aneez Esmail, University of Manchester, UK.

Aneez Esmail is Professor Emeritus of General Practice at the University of Manchester. He was Director of the NIHR Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre http://www.population-health.manchester.ac.uk/primary-care-patient-safety, between 2012-2017. Between 2005-2014 he was the Associate Vice President for Social Responsibility and Equality & Diversity and oversaw the development of the equality and social responsibility strategy for the University of Manchester. As a health services researcher, he has published work in several areas of public health (prevention of cot deaths, epidemiology of solvent abuse, preventing paediatric admissions, the evaluation of telemedicine and patient safety). He worked as the only Medical Advisor to Dame Janet Smith, the Appeal Court judge who chaired the Shipman Inquiry between 2001-2005. This work was recognised internationally with the award of a Harkness Fellowship and Visiting Professorship at Harvard University in 1997. He was offered but declined an OBE for his contribution to primary care and race relations in 2002. He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Ricky Munday, Everest summiter and founder of Inspire Alpine.

Title:“Balancing risk and safety when reaching for the top”

Ricky Munday,is an inspirational speaker, international expedition leader, Red Cross delegate. Watching his twin uncles, Patrick at age 58 and Michael at 69 taken by cancer set Ricky on a path that would change his life. Through climbing, he has found a way to give back. He has climbed four of the seven summits, and attempted some of the world’s most iconic peaks, including Khan Tengri, Mont Blanc, Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, Matterhorn, Aconcagua, Elbrus and Damavand.With a decade of expedition experience behind him, he reached the highest point on earth - the summit of Mount Everest - on 18th May 2018. A qualified Mountain Leader and Polar Ambassador who grew up on a council estate, Ricky founded Inspire Alpine as a social enterprise to help close the attainment gap that exists between disadvantaged young people and their peers.

Please visit our website regularly, for updates on our invited speakers!

Μaster Class: Emotional Resilience during/Post-Covid: The images we left behind…



  • Members of our WELLMED network include:

    Individual experts will challenge existing views and audience beliefs, in a topic of their choice, in a non-conventional format.

    Tessa Richards, BMJ Senior Editor - Patient Partneship

    Aneez Esmail, University of Manchester, UK

    Charles Vincent, University of Oxford, UK

    Jane Lemaire, University of Calgary, Canada

    David Bates, Editor Journal of Patient Safety, USA

    Bryan Sexton, Duke University Health System, USA

    Hardeep Singh, Houston VA Health Services, USA

    Ronald M. Epstein,University of Rochester Medical Center, USA

    Kevin Eva,University of British Columbia, Canada, Editor in Chief, Journal of Medical Education

Please visit our website regularly, for updates on our invited speakers!