Survive and Thrive Speakers

We have assembled a great selection of speakers for this event and you can find out more about them below.

In alphabetical order…

Dr James Cant
CEO, Resuscitation Council UK
Dr James Cant joined RCUK as CEO in September 2019. Prior to that, he was Director of Devolved Nations at the British Heart Foundation, was Head of Scotland and Northern Ireland at British Lung Foundation and previously held civil servant roles within the Ministry of Defence and Scottish Government. With a specific interest in driving strategy and improving cardiac arrest survival rates, James is steering RCUK into a new chapter of development.

Dr John Davies
Consultant Cardiologist

I was appointed as a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Southend Hospital and the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre at Basildon Hospital in 2008 and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University in 2011. Currently, I am the lead cardiologist for audit and research at The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre and sit on the British Cardiovascular Interventional Society Research Committee and the British Cardiac Society Clinical Guidelines Committee.

Professor Kirstie Haywood

Dr Tom Keeble
Consultant Cardiologist

I  am a consultant cardiologist at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre and Southend Hospital and also conduct academic research at the Anglia Ruskin University.  I have an interest in coronary intervention, cardiology clinical trials and novel technology research.  I also run the Care After REsuscitation (CARE) programme which provides additional care post-discharge for cardiac arrest survivors and their partners.

Dr Marco Mion PhD
Clinical Psychologist

I received my MSc in General and Experimental Psychology at the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy) in 2005 – I then completed a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Modena (Italy) in 2010, spending a year in the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Addenbrooke’s Hospital (Cambridge, UK) as a Visiting PhD student. I have been working for the NHS since 2011 in different settings: memory services, hyperacute and acute stroke units and inpatient/community neuro-rehabilitation teams. I am currently working as a stroke and community neuropsychologist in central London, in addition to running a small pilot clinic for out of hospital cardiac arrest survivors and their family at the Essex Cardio-Thoracic Centre in Basildon. I have been involved with CARE (Care After Resuscitation) since 2016.

Karl Perry

Jeanne Reilly

Liz Sharpe, Heartsense Counselling

BACP Counsellor and Therapist working privately and at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre with those affected by a cardiac arrest for over five years.

Dr Neil Srinivasan
Consultant Cardiologist

Paul Swindell
Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK

Before my cardiac arrest in 2014, I worked in IT as a freelance software developer.  In May 2015, I set up Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK Facebook group after meeting a number of others affected by an SCA.  I spend time supporting the group and amongst other things have helped produce this website, the group’s leaflet and book “Life After Cardiac Arrest”.  I have also assisted in the presentations of  Dr Keeble’s CARE study by giving a patients perspective on life after cardiac arrest.

Professor William Toff
Professor in Cardiology

I am a Lecturer in Cardiology at the University of Leicester with an honorary clinical appointment at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.  My main clinical and research interests are in the field of cardiac arrhythmia and implanted cardiac rhythm management devices. I have extensive experience in health technology assessment and cardiovascular clinical trials, and I served as the founding Director of the Leicester Clinical Trials Unit (2009-2012).  I am the Chief Investigator for the NIHR HTA-funded United Kingdom Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Implantation (UK TAVI) trial and a member of the National TAVI Steering Group. My other interests include resuscitation science and the cardiovascular aspects of aviation medicine and fitness to fly.

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