Professional zone

Time Title
09:30 - 10:30 Leadership — Mike Chitty
10:50 - 11:50 IT/social media use — Teresa Chinn and Vanessa Garrity
12:10 - 13:10 Sponsored session
14:10 - 15:10 Being a Queen’s nurse — Ian Bailey
15:30 - 16:30 Revalidation — Sara Kovach Clark

Mike Chitty
Chair and chief executive development

Mike has worked at the NHS Leadership Academy since 2015 and is responsible for its applied leadership, organisational development and talent management functions. With 30 years’ experience in learner-centred training and development, Mike’s specialty is to make strategy and leadership work in complex systems in the public, third and private sector and help leaders to develop more entrepreneurial approaches to their work. Mike’s other achievements include researching barriers to recruitment and training in micro-enterprise in Bradford, evaluating a major cross discipline leadership development programme for a consortium of NHS Trusts, developing alternative person centred approaches to social and economic regeneration for local authorities and development agencies. Mike also specialises in board, chair and chief executive development.


Teresa Chinn MBE, Registered nurse and social media specialist &
Vanessa Garrity, Registered mental health nurse

Teresa Chinn MBE is a registered nurse and social media specialist. Teresa founded @WeNurses Twitter discussion group in 2012 as she found herself isolated from the nursing profession following years of agency nursing. Since then the WeNurses Twitter community has gone from strength to strength amassing over 65,000 followers from all over the world and the model has been duplicated for other groups of healthcare professional. Teresa has worked with organisations such as NHS England, the Department Of Health, Public Health England and the Nursing and Midwifery Council around using social media as a professional resource. Teresa has a passion for the use of social media in healthcare and believes that through connecting health care professionals can learn, develop and support one another. Teresa received an MBE for Services to Nursing in the 2015 New Years Honours.

Vanessa is a registered mental health nurse, who worked for many years as a Nurse, Manager and Professional Lead for nursing within NHS and the independent sector. For the past three years, Vanessa has worked independently through her company, Sociable Angels Ltd of which she is the Managing Director. Vanessa has worked on a number of innovation, improvement and transformation programmes across the health and care system. These have included Primary Care Improvement Programmes and the Prime Ministers Challenge Fund Programme: Improving Access to Primary Care. Recently, Vanessa has co developed and delivered a pilot programme for Practice Managers as Change Makers within the Yorkshire and Humber region, as part of her work as a Leadership Associate at Yorkshire and Humber Leadership Academy, Health Education England. Vanessa is also currently supporting the Co Creation Network, as part of her leadership development work there. Vanessa has a strong interest in digital technology within health care and runs @WeMHNurses which is an online Twitter Community for Mental Health Nurses and those interested in Mental Health.


Ian Bailey
District Nurse and Queen’s Nurse

Ian is a District Nurse and Queen’s Nurse. After graduating in 2001, he worked as a District Nurse in Liverpool and, over the next 13 years undertook many managerial and leadership roles within the community including Modern Matron, Nurse Manager, Strategic Lead for District Nursing and Chief Clinical Informatics Officer. It was the latter post, alongside a personal interest in technology in healthcare, that led Ian to leave the NHS in 2015 to take up his current role with EMIS Health. Ian’s current role involves working with Community Organisations to implement and optimise one of the UKs leading Electronic Health Records; particularly focussing upon clinical leadership and culture change. Although his work sees him supporting all healthcare disciplines, Ian’s passion for District Nursing remains strong and his role as Facilitator for the National District Nursing Network ensures he continues to work closely with The Queen’s Nursing Institute and many other national bodies to champion the care provided in community settings.


Sara Kovach
Assistant Director, NMC

Sara Kovach Clark is the Assistant Director responsible for the implementation of revalidation at the NMC. She initially trained as a barrister and family and community mediator before moving to work in regulation and standard setting for the legal profession. After 20 years in the legal sector she entered healthcare regulation; first as the policy and regulatory development lead for medical revalidation at the GMC in 2011, and now as revalidation lead for the NMC . She has a particular interest in how regulators can work with professionals to motivate and support them in delivering the best standards of care.