HLS Plan Ahead, Value Employability Conference 2016

See a full schedule and list of exhibitors on MyGateway.

The conference aims are to

  • motivate you to plan your career
  • increase your sector knowledge especially as many of you will be working in multi-disciplinary environments in the future
  • inspire you to participate in work experience including voluntary, summer, overseas and year long placements in order to develop your confidence and employability skills.

Students who attend will have this recorded in their HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report)


Speaker schedule (Main room)
(Indicative schedule which will be confirmed nearer the date)

11:00 – 11:10   Opening Address Simon Oldroyd, PVC/Dean of Health and Life Sciences


11:15 – 11:55 Keynote speaker – Byron Dixon, Micro-Fresh. From the lab to being an international business director – My story! (The key to unlock your future)

Micro-Fresh® harnesses sustainable technology to be easily incorporated into your product giving you a tangible competitive advantage.

12:00 – 12:25 Prepare yourself for value based recruitment – Claire Agnew – Senior Nurse, Clinical Practice Development and Preceptorship Lead for Non-Medical Staff at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

“Values based recruitment (VBR) is an approach which attracts and recruits students, trainees and employees on the basis that their individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution. This should take place as part of existing recruitment processes which assess aptitude and skills” (HEE 2013)

Is VBR just a buzz word or something more meaningful?

12:30 – 12:55 Advance UK – Awareness of mental health and career options with Faye Zarb

Faye has undertaken a number of roles within Advance and is now an Area Manager within the Midlands. She manages Service Managers who run services for customers with mental health conditions and learning disabilities. A number of the services are registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Advance are a charitable organisation that provides support, housing and employment advice to people with learning disabilities and mental health conditions.

13.00-13.25 University of Leicester- Effective PGCE applications

13:30 – 13:55 Mohammed Hussain – “Being at the Digital Frontier; The future of Health”


Mohammed works at senior level in a portfolio career spanning national regulation, education, national health care technology and service redesign at all levels.

Mohammed is a Council Member on the General Pharmaceutical Council, has a combined strategic and operational portfolio role at NHS Digital, including Pharmacy Code4Health, strategic engagement with Digital Health Enterprise Zone (@DHEZ), delivery of Summary Care Records and is the national Clinical Lead on Integrating Pharmacy across Care Settings Programme.

Mohammed is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and an Honorary Member of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK. He is a member of the External Advisory Board at the University of Bradford and an Employability Mentor at DeMontfort University.

Mohammed is a strong advocate for equality and diversity, with a passion for addressing structural biases and helping redesign systems to achieve equality by design. He is a mentor and sponsor to many and has just completed his Masters with a dissertation on “Leadership for diversity”.

Mohammed is the Chair of the West Yorkshire Local Pharmacy Network (LPN) and is an independent member of the Local Pharmaceutical Committee. He continues to practise at an independent pharmacy he co-founded in 2009 in West Yorkshire.

Mohammed was one of the co-founders of #Pharmacy24, an international twitter event to promote pharmacy that had 20million impressions in a single day on March 24th, 2016.

Finally, Mohammed likes to tweet, you can follow him at @DigitalPhamcist

14:00 – 14:25 GP Federation – 3SixtyCare Ltd

3SixtyCare Ltd was formally established in February2015 as a group of 27 practices to form a GP federation. We have recently formed a joint venture with Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust which is a countywide community and mental health services provider in Northamptonshire, with over 4,000 staff.

We are currently in the process of transitioning into a Multi-Specialty Community Provider (MCP) to deliver future healthcare in a more integrated and streamlined way to the whole population covered by the GP list size, approximately 270,000 patients.

The workshop will cover:

– Background on GP federation

– GP workforce crisis (5YFV)

– Future – new models of care

– Roles for pharmacist in GP Practice

– Pharmacist skills

– Pharmacist development program – ACP course

14.30- 15.00 Giedre Brandao – Abbaltis

“What does it take to establish a biomedical company?”

Giedre will  talk about employment opportunities in start-up vs large pharma.

15:00 – 15:25 Quotient Clinical – (Yr2 Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Science Only)

Presentation: The presentation will be on background information on Quotient Clinical, the benefits of performing a placement, what you can hope to achieve on performing a placement at Quotient, what we are looking for in a placement student, the job application process, career opportunities at Quotient on graduation and also briefly my career highlights as I’m a PCS alumni!

Presentations (Conference room 1)

13.00 – 13.30 How to build your resilience for the workplace by Heidi Marson – Your Time to Talk.

Heidi  Marson is a qualified psychotherapist with extensive experience of working with clients of all ages with a wide range of emotional challenges, including work-related stress, anxiety, depression, life changes, and bereavement and loss.

She has worked across a variety of organisations, both in the public and private sectors including British Gas, Severn Trent Water, The Derbyshire Building Society and the NHS.

The objectives of the workshop:

  • Provide an overview of what is meant by ‘resilience’
  • Explore why resilience is important
  • Discuss examples of resilience in a workplace environment

13.45 – 14.15 NHS Leadership Academy

Presentation:We provide targeted development for all backgrounds and experiences including the NHS Graduate Management Scheme. Come along to hear from a current trainee

By joining the multi-award winning NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme, you will be developing the skills and confidence you need to lead our organisation through its transformation into an ever more efficient, successful and professional health care service.

You can choose from one of 4 specialisms: Finance Management, Health Informatics Management, Human Resources Management, General Management & Policy & Strategy Management.

14.30 – 15.00 Paramount – Social Media/LinkedIn

Paramount Recruitment is a leading recruiter for the Life Science, Pharmaceutical and Medical Communications industries. We bring together ambitious candidates and inspired businesses to help connect the ideas that are advancing the sector throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.


15.00 – 15.30 Jessica Okoro – My #DareToDo Story of starting a business.

Jessica engaged with the Enterprise Team through the following initiatives to help kick start her business idea: BeScience a movement offering creative STEM education to the community http://bescience.org.uk/

  • Accessed one to one business advice at start-up surgery
  • Overall Pitch2Win 2016 winner – won £1000 and business support
  • Hosting Stem Social conference in November 2016
  • Features in the new DMU advert

Workshops (Conference room 2)

14:00 – 15:00 Psychology/Social Science alumni

15.00- 15.30  SLV- Come along to hear more about…

SLV provide students & graduates with hands-on Psychology work experience in the mental-health sector. SLV are a graduate led, volunteer organisation working in Sri Lanka. Our Mental Health Placement is for Psychology students and graduates, who in addition to volunteering abroad, are looking for hands-on work experience in the mental health sector.




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