Keynote 1

Everything changed, nothing changed: the technology paradox in health professional education


Prof. Rachel Ellaway

Director of the Office of Health and Medical Education Scholarship, University of Calgary, Canada.


Abstract: Educational technologies are paradoxical; they can be used to fundamentally remediate and reshape the learning environment and yet teaching and learning are not substantially changed by their use. This presentation will explore the paradoxes that arise from the use of technologies in health professional education and will present different models for developing and appraising technology use in the context of preparing tomorrow's health professionals for practice.

Dr. Rachel Ellaway is Professor in Medical Education and Director of the Office of Health and Medical Education Scholarship at the University of Calgary in Canada. A widely published and acclaimed scholar, her work has encompassed many aspects of medical education including admissions, remediation, social accountability, and the role of context. She is however, best known for her work on educational technologies and their impacts on medical education theory and practice.

Keynote 2

The impact of disruptive digital technologies on Education, Medicine, Health and Well-Being


Dr David Wortley


Dr David Wortley is the CEO and Founder of 360in360 Immersive Experiences (, a social enterprise franchise specialising in the use of 360 degree video, images, sounds and storytelling to celebrate extraordinary people, places and experiences. His previous role was the CEO and Founder of GAETSS, a consultancy on the strategic use of Enabling Technologies for the transformation of business and society.

He is also the Founding President of the European Chapter of the International Society of Digital Medicine (ISDM). He is a recognised global authority on the practical application of emerging and enabling technologies in areas such as health, environment, business development and education. He is a serial technology innovator and has been a pioneer of emerging technologies for over 30 years.

He is an expert adviser to the European Union and an accredited business mentor. His specialist expertise is in the commercialisation of disruptive digital technologies. David Wortley is a passionate user of wearable technologies for health and wellness applications and a Founding Council Member of the International Society for Digital Medicine (

Keynote 3

Can we improve the health of a city with immersive technologies? 


Prof. Mark Mon-Williams

University of Leeds


Professor Mark Mon-Williams (MMW) holds a Chair in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Leeds, and is Professor of Psychology at the Bradford Institute of Health Research and Professor of Paediatric Vision at The Norwegian Centre for Vision.

25 years ago, MMW made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the sensorimotor impact of Virtual Reality (work that was headline news around the world). He is now leading the creation of a Centre for Immersive Technologies at the University of Leeds (being launched in November 2018) – with Immersive Technologies being a major research priority for the University.

MMW is also the head of the Centre of Applied Education Research (a partnership between the Universities of Leeds and Bradford together with the Department for Education, the Education Endowment Foundation, and the Bradford Local Authority) – a multidisciplinary Centre based at the Bradford Royal Infirmary.

MMW held post-doctoral fellowships at the Universities of Edinburgh and Queensland before taking up his first faculty position at the University of St Andrews in 1999. In 2002 he moved to the University of Aberdeen where his laboratories received funding from a large number of grant awarding bodies. He was appointed to a personal Chair at the University of Leeds in January 2009 and was Head of the School of Psychology from 2011-2014.

MMW leads a research group that use their fundamental scientific contributions to address applied issues within surgery, rehabilitation and childhood development. MMW has responsibility for ensuring societal impact arises from research conducted within the University of Leeds’ Faculty of Medicine and Health. MMW leads the NHS CLAHRC committee responsible for ‘Identifying and Supporting Children with Difficulties’, and is an executive member of the Born in Bradford project (a longitudinal cohort study following the lifelong development of 13,500+ children). His research is funded by the EPSRC, EEF, MRC and ESRC.

MMW is a Founder Member of the Priestley Academy Trust (a multiple academy trust that includes the world’s first school to provide free meals to children), and sits on the Bradford Opportunity Area partnership board.

Keynote 4

The digital future of the healthcare workforce


Patrick Mitchell

Regional Director – South of England

Patrick provides strategic leadership for the multi-professional workforce agenda through the local education and training board (LETB), and is also responsible for a national portfolio:

  • Lead Director for the Topol Review
  • Oversight of HEE’s workforce transformation agenda
  • NHS Library and Knowledge Services
  • Developments in paramedic and physician associate education and training

Patrick joined HEE in 2013 moving from joint senior roles as Director of Medical and Dental Education at the Department of Health and Director of the Better Training Better Care programme at Medical Education England.