Keynote Speakers

This year we had some inspiring keynote talks from Professor Catherine Pope and Derek Stewart OBE.

Professor Catherine Pope BA (Hons), PhD, Professor of Medical Sociology, University of Southampton

Catherine Pope is Professor of Medical Sociology in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton where she leads the Emergency and Urgent Care (EmU) research group. Her research examines health care work and the organisation and delivery of health services and this has entailed recent work on NHS 111 urgent care services, the role of evidence in GP commissioning and studies of ambulance services. She has contributed to major national evaluations of NHS treatment centres, Walk-in Centres and Access to General Practice, and was an invited methodological expert to the Chantler independent review of plain paper packaging of tobacco. Catherine has played a leading role in developing qualitative methods and evidence synthesis in health services research and is co-author of significant books and journal papers on these methods.

Catherine discusses what real partnership working looks like when working with patients and their families.

Derek Stewart OBE


Born in Scotland, Derek Stewart was treated successfully for cancer of the larynx in 1995. A former teacher working with challenging pupils, Derek became involved in numerous aspects of patient involvement at a local,
network and national levels. A blog of his views can be found at Making a Difference.

As former Chair of the National Cancer Research Institute Consumer Liaison Group, Derek assisted with the increase in patient participation in the establishment and work of the National Cancer Research Institute.

Derek still works as a freelance consultant with his own company providing training on patient and public involvement across charity and public sector. This contribution to health services in particular cancer led to being awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2006. Derek is Associate Director for patient and public involvement for the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Networks Coordinating Centre and Director for Patient Involvement at Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre.

Derek shares what he considers to be the key elements of successful partnership working from a patient’s perspective.