How often is the most unexpected conversation also the best?
This year Becks is one of the National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellows and is based at the Health Foundation. Usually though she’s a doctor, a job in which she gets to have some amazing conversations, many of which are unexpected. Although she has written a few blogs before most of them are stored safely on her computer, never for public consumption. She cares a lot about social justice, bonfires and bikes.
Melissa is an occupational therapist (OT) working in community paediatrics. Prior to this, Melissa spent some time working in a café/bar, after finding that the acute hospital environment did not fulfil her idea of what an occupational therapist was. The search for her ideal OT job also took her to a farm charity (Jamie's Farm) in Wiltshire!
Melissa was inspired to be an OT after working as an OT assistant for two years in St Catherine's School on the Isle of Wight. She is passionate about sustainable living, community and social change. She saw Unexpected Conversations as a way of opening up a conversation with other health care professionals and an opportunity for inspiring change in health and care.
Melissa's unexpected conversations journey took some, quite fittingly, unexpected turns, especially when conversing with the younger generation. For example, when asked what made him happy, her godson Phoenix promptly replied, "Sticks. And my sister Penny."
Mah Muneer Khan
Professor Mah Muneer Khan graduated from Khyber Medical College, Peshawar, Pakistan in 1992. A proud mother of three, she is one of the first few women in the region to pursue a career in general surgery and the first to become a Professor of Surgery. She is currently working at Khyber Teaching Hospital and Khyber Medical College, Peshawar, Pakistan where, besides clinical work, she teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Prof Khan is the Director of Medical Education, Khyber Medical College, and works on a number of other committees, including the Research and Ethics Committee of Khyber Medical University. She is the Executive Editor of the college journal, Journal of Medical Sciences, and has been published in national and international journals. She is an undergraduate examiner and examiner for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan. She is a member of the Breast Cancer Research Group of Khyber Medical University and is involved in supervising research work for surgical trainees and PhD students.
Prof Khan’s field of interest is breast and thyroid disease. In addition, she is interested in evidence based medicine, audit and ethics. She is passionate about inculcating professionalism in her trainees. She is proud of the fact that her trainees have published in national and international journals, and have presented at conferences both within and outside the country. She strongly advocates making the best use of available resources, maintaining standards already achieved and taking these standards to a higher level. On a personal front, her interests include cooking, reading and travelling.
Charlotte is the Chief of Staff for UCLPartners Academic Health Science Partnership, working across discovery science, clinical research, innovation into practice, and population health improvement. In this role, she helps adoption of new ideas and good practice for improved population health. She is currently working with NHS England’s Strategy Group part-time on system transformation support.
She was previously Director of Business Development at UCLPartners and the founding Executive Director of the London Cancer Integrated Cancer System (now part of the national cancer vanguard).
Charlotte has a passion for patient and public involvement, and led the establishment of UCLPartners’ flagship partnerships with cancer charities, as well its far-reaching Patient Insight Involvement programme. She is also a Governor at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
As well as being a coach and mentor for those from diverse backgrounds, she is part of the London Women’s Leadership Network Action Group, the London Steering Group for the Graduate Management Training Schemes, and is a learning set facilitator for the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.
Kath Parson is a qualified nurse, lecturer and trainer. Kath has held a number of professional roles including nurse, youth and community worker, college lecturer, trainer, training director, community director and chief executive.
Kath’s experience in advocacy spans 40 years in which she has developed a special interest in leadership and strategic partnership development. Kath sits on a variety of national bodies advising on research projects, policy development and older people’s advocacy.
Kath is an avid volunteering champion and has held a number of volunteer roles including being a school governor for 20 years. As Chief Executive of the Older Peoples Advocacy Alliance (OPAAL), she is extremely proud of what she and the team have achieved to improve advocacy services for older people during this time.
Angela Broadbridge is the Deputy Chief Executive of OPAAL. Ang has many years' experience supporting charities with information, policy and research management, working in the advocacy sector since 2009 at the local, regional and national level. She enjoys using social media to make new connections and is currently the voice of OPAAL’s @opaaluk twitter handle.