November 26th 2014 | Hilton Glasgow, Glasgow



Pennie Taylor

Health Journalist and Broadcaster 


Pennie Taylor is a freelance journalist and broadcaster who specialises in health matters. A former BBC Scotland Health Correspondent, she has also worked for a number of newspapers including The Sunday Herald and Scotland on Sunday.

Pennie has a particular interest in public involvement in NHS development, and has led national and local consultations on a range of issues. Having worked as Head of Communications for the-then Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust between 2000 and 2002, she knows how things operate inside the health service as well as on newsdesks. This gives her a uniquely informed perspective from which to approach, and stimulate, debate.  


Dr Fiona Wardell

Standards and Indicator Lead, Healthcare Improvement Scotland


In a former life Fiona was a research fellow undertaking research into the involvement of carers and volunteers in the provision of health and social care (her PhD is in volunteering and its management). After a stint as a Public Involvement Researcher at Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Fiona joined the Scottish Health Council in 2005 as the Assessment and Feedback Manager and provided support and advice to health boards and staff across Scotland on patient focus and public involvement.

Since 2012 Fiona has been team lead for the Standards and Indicators Team at Healthcare Improvement Scotland. With a broad portfolio of work, Healthcare Improvement Scotland currently supports the development of standards for Older People, Food, Fluid and Nutrition, Bowel Screening and HAI. They also provide support to other agencies developing standards and indicators, for example, on trauma. 


Linda Kelly

Advanced Clinical Practice Lecturer, University of the West of Scotland


Linda Kelly (BA Health Studies, MSc Nursing, TCH, FHEA, PhD student) has worked across multiple specialties including: interventional (and Neuro) radiology and cardiac catheterization. Linda subsequently developed one of the first nurse led Vascular Access Services in the UK and developed the Scottish IV Access Network (SIVAN) in 2004. In 2008 she was name Vascular Nurse of the Year by Nursing Standard and in 2009 “Nurse of the Year- Innovation in your specialty” by Nursing Times.

Since 2010 Linda has lectured in advanced clinical practice at the University of the West of Scotland. She writes regularly for publication and is involved in various research projects including the national CAVA (Cancer and Venous Access) trial.

I am a board member for NIVAS (National Infusion and Vascular Access Society) a reviewer for the British Journal of Nursing and a member of the External Reviewer pool for the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme. 


Professor Craig Williams

Professor of Healthcare Associated Infection, Institute of Healthcare Associated Infection

Biography coming soon

Sarah Freeman

Educational Projects Manager (HAI), NHS Education Scotland


Sarah (RCN) qualified as registered nurse at South Lothian College of Nursing in Edinburgh.  She worked in a variety of posts in Forth Valley and Glasgow specialising in surgery, urology, infectious diseases and neurosurgery.  In 1993 she moved into Infection Control nursing at Forth Valley NHS Board.  In 2004 she was employed as Infection Control Nurse Specialist at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and in 2006 became Head Infection Control Nurse in Glasgow and Clyde Partnerships. Sarah holds a Diploma in Infection Control Nursing, BSc (Honours) MSc (Nursing) and a Post graduate Certificate in Teaching and learning in Higher Education.

Sarah joined NHS Education for Scotland as part Healthcare Associated Infection Team in 2009.  Since then she developed a number of innovative national education programmes and resources to assist in the prevention of healthcare associated infection. 

Chris Taylor

Clinical Specialist, 3M


Chris has a varied career across a variety of specialities.  A nurse by background, his experience lies in acute medicine, accident and emergency. Chris has also worked strategically in the NHS as a non-medical prescribing lead leading formulary development along with training and education for both trainee and qualified non medical prescribers.  Most recently, Chris has worked in the NHS within the Rapid Response Team at Blackpool to lead the development of the community IV service. His qualifications include Specialist Practitioner District Nursing and Independent Non Medical Prescriber.

Since joining 3M Chris has been employed within clinical services as the Vascular Access clinical specialist.  

Gordon Hields

Senior Clinical Specialist, 3M


​​Gordon trained as a Registered Nurse in Nottingham 1993 before later working at both Nottingham NHS Trust and York NHS Trust. Gordon also spent 10 years in the Royal Navy where he worked in General Medicine, Respiratory Medicine and Critical Care.

In Gordon’s decade at 3M he has worked in a multitude of diverse roles including Sales Rep, Clinical Specialist and Business Development Manager for both Compression and Critical Care portfolios.

He currently lives near York with his two boys and his wife, who he has been happily married to for 14 years. During his free time he shares his love of football with his sons.

Dr Stephanie Dancer

Medical Microbiologist, NHS Lanarkshire

Stephanie is a medical microbiologist in NHS Lanarkshire and has edited the Journal of Hospital Infection for over 15 years, five of them as editor-in-chief. She trained at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London followed by postgraduate studies at Guy's Hospital, where she gained a thesis on the epidemiology and biochemistry of toxin-producing staphylococci. She has worked and travelled all over the world, including the Canadian High Arctic, where she resuscitated 30,000 year old organisms from glacial ice. She spent six years as Infection Control Officer for Argyll before moving to Health Protection Scotland as their inaugural microbiologist (2002-5). There, she set up MRSA surveillance for Scotland, evaluated real-time PCR for MRSA screening and helped establish the Scottish Microbiology Forum.

She has been a member of several national working groups on antibiotic prescribing, has published a book and over 100 microbiological papers in peer-reviewed journals on hospital cleaning, antimicrobial management, infection and MRSA.