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European Symposium #efpckent18

Integrating Primary and Community Care: An international perspective

Friday 2nd March
(Registration 09:00 - Close 17:00)

With contributions from world leading experts on primary care, this symposium will debate how integration between primary and community care in Europe can strengthen and improve health across different populations including refugees, older people and those with mental health difficulties. It will also consider how new models of care can contribute and the wider implications for global health.

The symposium will be held at The Cathedral Lodge in Canterbury, Kent, and the delegate day rate of £95 includes a buffet lunch and refreshments throughout the day. The agenda, along with speaker titles and topics, can be found in the event programme which is accessible via the above link or by clicking here.

Hosted by Professor Sally Kendall PhD, RN, RHV, FQNI
Chair of the European Forum for Primary Care.

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
Canterbury, Kent, CT1 7EH

Further enquiries regarding this event can be made to Helen Wooldridge at h.l.wooldridge@kent.ac.uk.

Event speakers

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Professor Sally Kendall, Chair of EFPC, PhD, RN, RHV, FQNI

Sally Kendall is Professor of Community Nursing and Public Health at the University of Kent and the Chair of the European Forum for Primary Care. (http://www.euprimarycare.org/)
She became a health visitor and family planning nurse in 1982 and worked in SW London until taking up a research post at Kings College London and completing her PhD on the health visitor-client interaction. She was a lecturer in nursing from 1988 to 1996 in Buckinghamshire and had two children during that time.
She was previously Professor of Nursing and Director of the Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care, University of Hertfordshire from 2000-2016. Since
Her main research interest is in community health, especially in client/patient experience and in family and child public health research, having developed the TOPSE tool for measuring parenting self-efficacy (www.topse.org). This has led to her research with Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.
She also currently leads the NIHR/HEE Mentorship Programme for Academic Clinical Careers.
She is the co-editor of Primary Health Care Research and Development and the co-chair of the International Collaboration of Community Health Nursing Research, a UK charity that supports global community nursing research (www.icchnr.org) and a founding trustee of the Institute of Health Visiting.

Professor Pavlos Theodorakis, WHO Primary Care Centre, Almaty

Biography to come - Please check back soon.

Professor Jenny Billings, Applied Health Research, Health & Social Care

With a background in nursing and health visiting, Jenny is a Professor in Applied Health Research and an experienced researcher and lecturer in health and social care. Her special interests lie in vulnerable groups with complex needs, integrated care and mixed methodology and her skills lie in managing and co-ordinating methodologically challenging projects that focus on providing evidence for practice. Jenny’s research has led to sustainable service developments, particularly in the field of integrated care for older people.

Jenny has been a successful recipient of funding awards from PRP, NIHR, The Big Lottery and health and social care agencies over a number of years both solo and in collaboration with partners. She has been involved in European research for over a decade and has achieved funding through programmes such as DG Sanco, Horizon 2020 and the EU Framework Programmes, focusing largely on integrated care and long term care of older people. Jenny is a methodological reviewer for a number of research funding bodies and reviews for several journals. She is author and co-author of two books on integrated care for older people and has several publications.

Jenny is Director of the Integrated Care Research Unit at the University of Kent. This is a local, national and international provider for applied integrated health and social care research, and develops and leads strong collaborations within health and social care economies, increasing research capacity and activity.

Professor Henk Parmentier, Visiting Professor, General Practitioner

Dr Henk Parmentier originates from the Netherlands and has been trained both in The Netherlands and in the UK where he finalised his GP training. He is a practising London General Practitioner with a special interest in Mental Health, facilitating and conducting Primary Care research. Other interests are child and adult Safeguarding and Urgent and Out of Hour Care.

He is a visiting Professor at the Medical School, Nova University, Lisbon, Portugal.

He is a member of the WONCA (World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians) Working Party on Mental Health, a Board Member and Vice President for Europe of the WFMH (World Federation for Mental Health), He is also a founding member of the World Dignity Project, a charity that aims to reduce Mental Health stigma and discrimination, and an advisory board member of the EFPC (European Forum of Primary Care).

Professor Jan de Maeseneer, Emeritus Professor of Family Medicine

Short English biography. Jan De Maeseneer MD, PhD, (Hon) FRCGP, born 1952, worked during 40 years as a family doctor in the interdisciplinary team of the Community Health Center Botermarkt in Ledeberg (Gent), taking care of over 6.000 people, from 95 different countries.

From 1991 until 2017 he was the head of Department of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care at Ghent University (Belgium). He has been the Secretary General of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (www.thenetworktufh.org) from 2007 until 2015 and the chairman of the European Forum for Primary Care from 2005 until 2017. He actually chairs the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health, advising the European Commission. He is the director of the International Center for Family Medicine and Primary Health Care – Ghent University, a WHO Collaborating Center on PHC (2010-today). He serves as a member of the Primary Health Care Advisory Group in WHO-Europe. He is a member of The Lancet Commission on Primary Care in China.

Professor Kate O'Donnell, General Practice & Primary Care

Kate is a primary health care scientist, with over 20 years experience of primary care research. Her research focuses on the organisation and delivery of primary care services, particularly for marginalised populations, and the evaluation and routinisation of primary care policy into practice. She has a particular interest in the application of theory to research, especially Normalisation Process Theory and candidacy, and in the integration of mixed methods in community-based research.

A key area of work focuses on migrant health, in particular the role of language and communication in cross-cultural consultation in primary care and understanding the experience of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants when accessing and using primary care services. Other work has focused on primary prevention, in particular in relation to the development of dementia in later life and in the prevention of cardiovascular disease in socioeconomically deprived communities, on the use and implementation of digital health interventions and on the organisation of out-of-hours primary care.

She has supervised many PhD, MD and Masters students in the above areas. She is currently on the Advisory Board of the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (http://www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/gramnet/about/) and part of the Evidence Group informing the Scottish Government's New Scots 2 Integration Strategy. 

Kate is a passionate advocate for academic primary care. She is the current Chair of the Society for Academic Primary Care (https://sapc.ac.uk/), where she champions the role of academic primary care and supports both clinical and non-clinical early career researchers. She is on the Advisory Board of the European Forum for Primary Care and a member of the NAPCRG International Committee. In recognition of this, Kate was recently awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners, the highest honour the College can bestow on someone who is not a GP. 

Professor Stephen Peckham, Director of the Centre for Health Services Studies

Stephen Peckham is Professor of Health Policy and has a joint appointment as Director of the Centre for Health Services Studies at the University of Kent and as Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Health Services Research and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is Director of the Department of Health and Social Care funded Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System - a joint research unit based at LSHTM, the University of Manchester and CHSS. He is an experienced qualitative researcher and policy analyst.  His main research interests are in health policy analysis, organisational and service delivery, primary care and public health. Current research includes the evaluation of clinical commissioning groups, evaluating the English NHS new models of care programme, examining the relationship between scale and quality in primary care and evaluating the implementation process of the Care Act 2014.


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