10 November | Birmingham
February 2024 | London
Developing better leaders in health and care

The BMJ Leader Live Regional Conference takes place on Friday 10 November at The Studio in Birmingham.
With an overall theme of Diversity and Inclusion.


| 08:30-09:00

| 09:00-09:30


  • Dr. James Mountford, Health Strategy Officer, Galileo Global Education, France
  • Amit Nigam, Deputy Editor in Chief, BMJ Leader, Professor of Management, Bayes Business School

| 09:30 - 10:20

The opening keynote address will explore the themes of equality, diversity, inclusivity and belonging in the workplace. This session will look at how these relate to healthcare leadership and being an authentic leader.

| 10:20 - 10:40

| 10:40 - 11:20

This session looks at the importance of language and how it can effect those we work with. How we use language can create a more positive outcome, not just from a patient perspective, but from a clinical leadership and workplace culture. The focus of this session is about ‘getting it wrong’ and how to correct the situation.

| 11:20 - 12:00

Speaker: Gabrielle Matthews, Children and Young people’s advocate and Academic foundation doctor, University College London

This session will be focused on individual and systems leadership and how we can equip and mobilise all health care professionals to lead with and for kindness

| 12:00 - 13:00

| 13:00 - 13:50

Belonging and identity are integral to a team’s success. By leading a team with a culture of acceptance, inclusion and equality and valuing a team member’s uniqueness and identity we create a more cohesive and higher performing team.

| 13:50 - 14:30

Speaker: Adam Tasker, Foundation Doctor, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire

This session will cover some of the findings from research that Adam conducted at an acute hospital trust and also a personal reflection from a near miss that he was involved in during his flying training. Adam hopes to highlight how a Just Culture can help an organisation learn from adverse events and the individuals involved improve and return to work with confidence. Some of the key traits of the Fleet Air Arm’s safety culture will be identified along with suggestions of how they may be employed in a healthcare setting.


| 14:30 - 14:50

| 14:50 - 15:30

Inclusion has a high importance in the workplace as it allows team members to feel confident and supported in their work and day-to-day lives. By learning to accept and value diversity and uniqueness in your colleagues you will push your team to thrive. Inclusion initiatives require strong leadership skills to take hold.

| 15:30 - 16:25

Speaker: Roger Kline, Research Fellow, Middlsex University

There is now a wealth of evidence that healthcare organisations are more effective, provide safer care, and have more engaged staff if they are diverse and inclusive, creating workplaces that are psychologically safe and enable compassionate care. This session will draw extensively on research to explore some of that evidence, consider why the NHS has struggled to act on it, and discuss what needs to be done to create such a workplace climate.

| 16:25 - 16:30


Dr. James Mountford, Health Strategy Officer, Galileo Global Education, France

Amit Nigam, Deputy Editor in Chief, BMJ Leader, Professor of management, Bayes Business School