Meet the Speakers - ASM 2022

We have great pleasure in introducing our speakers for the Annual Scientific Meeting for 2022. Please find out about them below. 

Dr Rebecca Viney

Rebecca believes that the NHS’ most valuable asset is its workforce.

She founded, crafted and lead the award winning Coaching and Mentoring Service for doctors and dentists across London that had over 3000 applications to be coached or mentored. Rebecca and Professor Tim Swanwick together received national recognition in 2011, winning the National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Health Care Excellence in Human Resources award. In addition, over 650 medical educationalists were trained substantively over 3-5 days in coaching and mentoring.

Rebecca also pioneered the introduction of health coaching training for the medical profession in the UK. Since that time the concept has gone viral.

During the pandemic she started the UK wide ‘Doctors’ Mess’, a compassionate virtual safe place to meet up and share with other doctors.  Volunteer medical educationalists facilitated small groups using the principles of positive psychology and coaching. It celebrates diversity, inclusivity, kindness and self-compassion. It is now a registered charity, ‘caring for carers’ (CFC). Visiting speakers have included Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Dame Clare Gerada and Dr Michael Farquhar.

Rebecca has published and spoken extensively on coaching, mentoring and careers, both in the UK and abroad. She has had excellent external evaluation of the work of the two coaching organisations that she has set up; the Deanery being evaluated by Oxford Brookes and Bob Garvey and RVA by NHS England.

Rebecca has held a variety of other senior positions in the health sector and was chairman of Sessional GPs at the General Practitioner Committee of the BMA for four years, was a Primary Care Advisor to Health Education England and Deputy Head of Education and Quality for Primary and Community Care, Health Education East of England.  Rebecca continues with her passion to roll out a coaching and mentoring culture through RVA to many NHS organisations including Royal Colleges, STPs, CCGs, Trusts and Federations.

Coaching and mentoring skills: necessities for today’s doctors. Beryl De Souza and Rebecca Viney in BMJ Viney says these skills are now “a key part of the armamentarium of today’s doctor.”


Matt Driver

Matt believes that growth and development are fundamental to human well-being as well as to success for individuals, teams and organisations. He has worked in Mentoring, Coaching and Leadership Development for 25 years, focussing on the area where the workplace and psychology meet. He works particularly well with individuals, teams and organisations facing major challenges or who need to think and behave differently.  An expert on Positive Psychology at work, Matt’s book ‘Coaching Positively – Lessons for Coaches from Positive Psychology’ (McGraw Hill/Open University Press, 2011) focuses on how this research-based but very practical field can inform and transform relationships and performance. 

Matt coaches and mentors people at all levels in the public, private and not-for profit sectors.  He provides mentoring and coaching skills training for HEE, RCGP, RCPCH, GP’s, International manufacturing and beverage companies, the English Institute of Sport and international charities.  Matt lectures on Positive Psychology at Strathclyde University.

Recent and current work includes: Coaching and mentoring senior figures in the private, public and 3rd sectors.  Qualification supervision of coaches in public and private sectors including health, sport, manufacturing and law.Mentoring skills training for GP’s, two Universities, two international technology   companies. In addition: Matt values the positive in every culture and has a real skill in working with a wide range of people, particularly those who work through English but whose first language is not English. Fluent in French and Italian, Matt holds an MBA, an MSc in Organisational Psychology and Diplomas in Executive Mentoring and Coaching and Organisational Consulting.


Dr Mark Stacey FRCA, MSc Med Ed

Consultant anaesthetist and Associate Dean New Initiatives (Wales)

Dr Stacey is an obstetric anaesthetist with extensive clinical and teaching experience on the practical management of the ‘difficult airway’ - both time critical skills. For the last 17 years Mark has investigated skills, training and performance under pressure. He has attempted to enhance both our day to day performance,  while also learning and teaching better methods of training to manage situations such as the ‘can’t intubate, can’t oxygenate’ scenario.


Mark integrates much of the research on the performance of elite athletes, military, business and human factors. Mark works with Andy McCann, a Professor of Sports Psychology and Steve Eaton a retired special forces captain, developing a system encompassing information delivery, maximising learning practical skills, resilience and cognitive workload management to maximise our global performance.


Additionally Andy and Mark have spent the last 10 years looking at a strategy to improve well being. They have designed and delivered a high quality wellbeing  skills workshop called Medtrim (now available on line) that can and does deliver an enhanced toolbox of skills for you to enhance your own performance.


Dr Sujesh Bansal

Consultant Anaesthetist

Director - Manchester International Fellowship Programme, Associate Director of Medical Education, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Dr. Sujesh Bansal is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and has a specialist clinical interest in anaesthesia for oncology, transplant and inpatient pain management. Dr Bansal is the Director of Manchester International Fellowship Scheme, a multi-speciality scheme. He is also Associate Director of Medical Education for the Trust with a remit of about 800 Locally Employed Doctors in the organisation.

Dr Bansal has a specific interest in induction, supervision, support and career progression of international doctors. He conceptualised and developed national online Induction for International Doctors, which is hosted at eLearning for Healthcare ( that won multiple national awards for its UK-wide usefulness and effectiveness.


Professor Sailesh Sankar

Professor Sankar is a Consultant Endocrinologist at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and Professor of Practice at University of Warwick.  He completed his Doctor of Medicine at University of Warwick and post graduate training in the West Midlands and is currently the Associate Dean for Postgraduate training at HEEWM. He is a board member of Faculty of Medicine and the Director of Medical Education at UHCW NHS Trust. He was the Programme Director and Chair for West Midlands Endocrinology and Diabetes Training Programme and is currently the Regional Speciality Adviser. He was a member of the NICE guideline development group for Type 2 Diabetes and is an associate member of GMC’s Performance assessor panel. He completed his Exec MBA at Warwick Business School in 2020 with distinction.

His clinical interest relates to all aspects of endocrinology and diabetes. He is practising clinician and has been a consultant for 16 years at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire. During this period, he has set up specialist thyroid clinic, adolescent growth, insulin pump service and technology enhanced clinics including glucose sensors for remote monitoring.


He has recently been selected for the HEE/Yale university The Digital Futures Programme – “Using Education to Prepare the Clinical Workforce to Deliver the Digital Future”. He is actively involved in research and has published in various peer reviewed Journal and presented in national and international meetings.


Aidan Byrne

Professor Aidan Byrne has investigated the problem of teaching staff to deal with medical crises for the last 32 years. This initially involved designing/building a simulator to train staff, which clearly demonstrated the complexity of human behaviour. This led to research into educational theory and then cognitive psychology. His research over the last 10 years has focussed on the measurement of cognitive workload in clinical practice and its implications for training. He has recently retired from clinical practice, but remains a Professor at Swansea Medical School.


Dr Cliff Shelton

Cliff Shelton is a consultant anaesthetist at Wythenshawe Hospital and senior clinical lecturer in anaesthesia at Lancaster Medical School. His clinical interests include anaesthesia for hip fracture surgery, obstetrics, and emergencies. His academic interests include sustainable healthcare, quality and safety, and medical education.

Cliff is clinical lead for sustainability for the Department of Anaesthesia at Wythenshawe Hospital, and a co-opted member of the Association of Anaesthetists Environment and Sustainability Committee. He is currently leading “Greener Operations”, a James Lind Alliance research priority setting partnership on sustainable peri-operative practice. Cliff has been involved in developing environmental sustainability content for undergraduate medical education since 2011 and continues to deliver teaching on this topic to student and trainee doctors. He supervises several sustainable healthcare fellows in the North West School of Anaesthesia.


Professor David Loughton

David is one of the longest serving Chief Executive’s in the NHS. He commenced as Chief Executive of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust in 1986, he successfully led the organisation through two hospital mergers and developed with Warwick University a new medical school and reached financial close on building a new £400m hospital.


David commenced as Chief Executive of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in 2004. He has taken the organisation from one of the most financially challenged in the NHS to being financially sound+ whilst at the same time gaining a national and inter-national reputation for improving patient safety and experience.


The Trust host’s the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) - Clinical Research Network for the whole of the West Midlands, which is the largest network in the UK and currently ranks number 1 out of the 15 networks nationally for performance.


David worked with the Trust’s Special Administrator Team at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust to desegregate and acquire a range of services from the former Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust. In 2011 the Trust acquired the community services from the former Primary Care Trust and most recently has gone on to vertical integrate a number of GP practices.