Inaugural Professorial Lecture of Professor Peter Spurgeon: A personal journey from leading an organisation to medical leadership and engagement

Inaugural Professorial Lecture of Professor Peter Spurgeon: “A personal journey from leading an organisation to medical leadership and engagement”

Wednesday 8 February 2017, 5.15 for 5.30pm, University of Worcester Riverside Building, Hylton Road, Worcester, WR2 5JN

Dear Colleagues

It gives me great pleasure to invite you and your guest to the Inaugural Professorial Lecture of Professor Peter Spurgeon, 5.15 for 5.30pm on Wednesday 8 February, at the University of Worcester’s Riverside Building. The lecture is entitled “A personal journey from leading an organisation to medical leadership and engagement”. The lecture is followed by a reception to which you are also warmly invited.

Professor Peter Spurgeon completed his PhD at the London School of Economics (LSE) specialising in identifying excellence in teaching. He initially taught Occupational and Organisational Psychology at the LSE and Aston University before moving to a research post studying shipping accidents in Norway. His research then shifted to the study of computer support systems in air traffic control in the UK. His focus then changed to questions in health, and he moved to the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham. Whilst at Birmingham, he undertook the first study of cancer treatment waiting times in the UK, leading to the current waiting time pathway. He subsequently became Director of the Centre for five years.

Professor Spurgeon’s work gradually moved to a focus on supporting clinicians moving into management and leadership roles in the NHS. He was seconded to lead a national project on how to train and recruit more medical staff into leadership roles. This project led to a model endorsed by the General Medical Council and was implemented on a national scale. Professor Spurgeon joined the Medical School at Warwick University, establishing the Institute for Clinical Leadership and leading the national and international work on medical engagement. His current research focus is concerned with improving patient safety by developing a proactive approach to identifying and eliminating risk within the system.

In his lecture, Professor Peter Spurgeon will trace a personal journey from leading an organisation to researching leadership in other organisations, arriving at a current focus on medical leadership and medical engagement. The lecture will cover the three main research projects which represent Professor Spurgeon’s current work; the first involves embedding the skills of leadership in a professional group, the second area of work concerns medical engagement, and the third is a newly completed project offering a radical new approach to patient safety based on incorporating the lessons from other safety-critical industries.

I do hope you will be able to join us for what I am sure will be a most interesting and thought-provoking inaugural lecture.

Please reply to Becky Seabright at rsvp@worc.ac.uk, or by calling 01905 857515, by Wednesday 1 February.

Yours sincerely

Professor David Green

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