Introducing our Speakers

Prof. Raymond Agius

Prof. Raymond Agius is Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Director of the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Manchester School of Medicine. He is also an honorary consultant in the Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s Hospitals NHS Trust and at South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust. His previous appointments have included being Senior Lecturer in Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Edinburgh and before that Director of Medical Services at the Institute of Occupational Medicine. His research interests have ranged widely from occupational to environmental ill health including respiratory and cardiovascular disease, stress and back pain, and audit and quality in the delivery of occupational health services.

He has particular research interests in the incidence of occupational disease and work related ill health, in air pollution epdiemiology and in methods of predicting new hazards – with a view to appropriate preventive measures. He has a special interest in education in occupational medicine especially utilising the internet and other innovative approaches. He is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of London and an Honorary a Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

Dr Helen Banks

Dr Helen Banks, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, The Walton Centre Foundation Trust. Helen studied medicine in Newcastle, she completed specialist training in Rehabilitation Medicine in Oxford before moving back to the North West to take up first a research post and then a Consultant post with the Walton Centre. She works with the Cheshire and Mersey Rehabilitation Network and leads the Level 2 Specialist Rehabilitation Unit in St Helens Hospital where she works alongside a comprehensive multidisciplinary team to support patients recovering from major trauma, acquired brain injury, neurological conditions and critical illness.

Dr Richard Barraclough

Dr Richard Barraclough (MRCP, MD, AFOM) is a local respiratory physician with many years experience of dealing with a wide-range of acute and chronic respiratory conditions, including asthma, COPD, bronchiectasis, interstitial lung disease, lung cancer and unexplained chronic cough. Richard is the lead physician for COPD at the Wythenshawe hospital where he runs the specialist COPD service. In addition, he is the lead physician for acute respiratory medicine and has extensive experience assessing and treating all presentations of respiratory illness. His main sub-specialist interest is the diagnosis and management of occupational lung diseases, particularly occupational asthma and asbestos related lung disease. He undertakes a weekly occupational lung disease clinic and is a founder member of the North West Occupational Lung Disease MDT. He regularly provides teaching to other healthcare workers and has published a number of peer reviewed articles in this area. Richard has also helped to write the national standards of care for occupational asthma.

Dr Ganesh Bavikatte

Dr Ganesh Bavikatte is clinical lead, rehabilitation medicine, The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust; and clinical lead, North West Assistive Technology. He leads the Cheshire and Mersey rehabilitation network, where he runs the neurorehabilitation/polytrauma rehabilitation/ Spasticity clinic.

Dr Bavikatte specializes in traumatic brain injury, polytrauma rehabilitation, and acute neurorehabilitation, and is an international expert in the use of botulinum toxin for the treatment of spasticity. He leads research projects in his field. A clinical lecturer at Liverpool University, Dr Bavikatte teaches in numerous local, regional, national, and international meetings to raise the profile of specialist rehabilitation. He is the author of peer-reviewed publications, and participates in professional societies such as the British Society of Rehabilitation.

Dr Cliff Chen

Dr Cliff Chen completed a Psychology BSc at the University of Edinburgh, where he won the British Psychological Society’s Undergraduate award. He completed his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford. He has worked in a variety of settings, including the John Radcliffe Hospital (Oxford), Frenchay Hospital (Bristol), and the Oxford Centre for Enablement. He works with a range of client groups and has clinical specialties in primary brain tumours, differential diagnostic assessments and deep-brain stimulation. Past research projects include studies on verbal and spatial memory, and the cognitive correlates of eating disorders in men.

Dr Steve Forman

Dr Steve Forman is a Consultant Occupational Physician and is HSE’s Principal Medical Adviser. He leads on regulatory issues within HSE’s medical resource and his portfolios of work include diving, ionising radiation and construction. Steve is also an Honorary Lecturer in Occupational Medicine at Manchester University.

Prof. Neil Greenberg

Prof. Neil Greenberg is an academic psychiatrist based at King’s College London UK and is a consultant occupational and forensic psychiatrist. Neil served in the United Kingdom Armed Forces for more than 23 years and has deployed, as a psychiatrist and researcher, to a number of hostile environments including Afghanistan and Iraq. Neil has published more than 190 scientific papers and book chapters many of which are on occupational and traumatic stress management within organisations. He is the current President of the UK Psychological Trauma Society, the Royal College of Psychiatrists Presidential Lead for Military and Veterans’ Health and a trustee for two military charities in the UK. Neil is also the clinical and managing director of March on Stress ( which is a psychological health consultancy which aims to promote better mental health within organisations.

Phil Kirk

Phil Kirk is the Director of Marketing & Communications, at Health Management Ltd and is currently working on the Fit for Work service alongside the DWP. He has held senior marketing and communications roles in education, the service sector and the emergency services. He also helped coordinate the delivery of media security communications from New Scotland Yard, during the 2012 Olympics. He has been involved in research into media channels, developed thought leadership programmes on behalf of the postal service and has sat on a range of committees for both professional and education bodies, such as the DMA, Marketing & Sales Standards Setting Board, IDM and the CIM, as well as teaching on both Masters and CIM postgraduate courses. He has held Board positions in the Charity and Private sector and his major area of academic interest is in developing Marketing Metrics models.

Prof. Diana Kloss

Prof. Diana Kloss MBE needs no introduction. She is one of the country’s leading authorities on occupational health and held in the highest regard by ALAMA. Her frequent presence at these conferences is always considered a highlight and greatly appreciated by members and delegates alike. We would like to welcome her again. For the few who may not know Diana she is the author of Occupational Health Law, known as the Bible for anyone involved in occupational health. Now in its fifth edition there is a sixth in preparation. She has been a part-time judge of employment tribunals for 17 years. At the same time she has continued to teach part-time, while her growing expertise and influence has led to increasing demand for her services as an adviser at the highest level.

She has been a member of a number of government committees, including the Expert Advisory Group on AIDS and the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council, and was appointed MBE for services to occupational health. In 2011 Diana became visiting professor at London South Bank University. She is currently Chair of the UK Council for Work and Health representing all the professions involved in the provision of occupational health services. Diana is also in demand for training occupational health professionals, safety advisers and human resources professionals in employment law

Dr Claire Maguire

Dr Claire Maguire is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychodynamic Psychotherapist. She is the Clinical and professional lead for Psychological Therapies at Pennine care NHS Foundation Trust. For the past 10 years Claire has also been employed as a Health Commissioner and has acted as the Vice Chair of NHS Bury’s Commissioning Board. She has recently become a member of the Clinical Cabinet for the newly established Bury CCG. Claire has been involved in the National development of IAPT services for Children and young people since 2007 when Bury established the first Pathfinder site. She has also led the development of a specialised IAPT service for Military Veterans and their families that covers the North West of England. She currently represents the British Psychological Society on the Joint Commissioning Panel of the Royal Colleges of Psychiatry and General Practice.

Anthony Moriarty

Anthony Moriarty MA FRCS FRCOphth trained in medicine at Cambridge University and the London Hospital. Subsequently he trained in Ophthalmology in Liverpool, London and Australia. He became a Consultant Ophthalmologist in Stockport in 1997. He has always enjoyed teaching and training having been a College Examiner, and Visiting Senior Lecturer at UMIST in the past. Currently he works with a variety of Ophthalmic charities including Vision 2020, The Macula Society and RNIB.

Dr Jon Poole

Dr Jon Poole is Consultant Occupational Physician Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT and at HSL, Buxton where I run a national Tier 5 HAVS service, teach and research into HAVS. previously, Consultant Occupational Physician Dudley & Walsall NHS Trust

Dinah Robertson

Dinah Robertson MA, OBE, Fellow of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Dinah worked until recently as HR Business Partner in Cheshire East Council. Her 36 year career included periods overseas in France and the Yemen, working as Deputy Director of HR in the British Council in London and Manchester and working with managers of social care services in local government in the North West. She worked on a wide range of areas including teaching, the business management of English teaching centres overseas and support to managers during periods of change. Her particular interests are recruitment, employment relations, managing change and wellbeing at work. Dinah had treatment for breast cancer in 2010 and then returned to work for five years before her retirement in December 2015. With this experience she was keen to work closely with Occupational Health colleagues and increase managers’ awareness of how cancer affects staff and how they can help to support people during and after treatment.

Dr Ian Michael Rogerson

Dr Ian Michael Rogerson is a consultant psychiatrist of 15 years standing. He has worked within the NHS in a number of specialties, including adult mental health, liaison psychiatry, psycho-oncology, eating disorders, adult community mental health team, Adult ADHD and in ccupational health teams, within the NHS and Independently. He has held a number of educational and management roles, including Undergraduate Tutor, College Tutor, Programme Director , Director of Medical Education, Associate Medical Director, Regional Representative (RCPsych) is an Honorary Lecturer at Liverpool University Medical School and Visiting Professor at Chester University.

Since 2008, he has developed occupational psychiatry services in partnership with a number of organisations, including Airbus UK, Greater Manchester Police, Cheshire Police, Cheshire West & Chester, NHS providers and independent occupational health providers. He has also developed a successful independent medico-legal practice and specialises in cases relating to personal injury, occupational stress and medical negligence.

Prof. Kevin Sykes

Prof. Kevin Sykes is Emeritus Professor of Occupational Health and Workplace Fitness. University of Chester. Professor Sykes retired in August 2011 from his full-time position as the University’s Dean of International Development. He was previously Director of a Postgraduate Health Sciences Centre at the University where he inaugurated MSc courses in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, Weight Management and Exercise & Nutrition Science – delivered in Chester, Hong Kong, Singapore, India and Dublin. Professor Sykes has been a member of several Home Office Committees and Working Parties for the UK Police (ACPO), Fire (CFOA), Ambulance and Prison Services and has worked for many years with international fire brigades, police authorities and other corporate organisations to promote occupational health and wellbeing.

He is author of the Chester Step Test and Chester Treadmill Tests – used worldwide in clinical and workplace settings for medico-aerobic fitness assessments.

Dr Jacques Tamin

Dr Jacques Tamin is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in occupational medicine, University of Manchester. He has wide OM experience in most industry sectors. He was previously chief examiner and director of CPD, FOM. He is now retired from clinical practice. For the last 6 years, he has been doing a part-time PhD in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence. He also serves on several research ethics committees.

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