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Care of Older People in Scotland 2019: 7th Annual Conference


Irene Oldfather

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement, The ALLIANCE

Irene is Director at the ALLIANCE leading on Strategic Partnerships and Engagement. Thematic areas which she manages include, Dementia Carer Voices, Prescription for Excellence, Neurological Conditions, Sensory Impairment, and Transforming Care After Treatment programmes. She is also The ALLIANCE Strategic Lead on the National Conversation, Our Voice initiatives and representative on the Scottish Health Council Committee Board, Scottish Public Service Ombudsman Sounding Board, Healthcare Improvement Scotland Ihub Board, National Dementia Advisory Group and a member of the Scottish Government Mental Health Strategy short term working group, Dementia Forum and Strategy and Implementation Group.

As a Member of the Scottish Parliament, Irene set up and chaired the Cross Party Group on Alzheimer’s and Dementia which drafted and agreed the Charter of Rights for People with Dementia and their Carers.

Irene`s work also extends to Europe where she is currently chair of European Patients’ Academy (EUPATI) UK National Liaison Team (NLT), as well as representing Scotland's third sector on the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). As an MSP Irene chaired the European and External Relations Committee for most of her 12year term.

She actively campaigns on the rights of older people and was the first ever Member of the Scottish Parliament to be nominated and shortlisted for Dod’s 2009 UK Parliamentary Award for Services to Older People. Irene also recently stood down as Chair of National Dementia Carers Action Network (NDCAN) having served as Chair for four years.

Her recent publications include, Dementia Carer Voices - Rights and the Carer Voice June 2017, Joint Improvement Team Legacy Report 2016, Digital Technology - Giving You Choice and Control November 2014, In Good Faith Building Compassionate Communities July 2013 and PATH to Active Ageing 2012, as well as regular articles in the Scotsman, Herald and Holyrood Magazine.

Irene was educated at Strathclyde University, where she obtained an Honours degree in Politics and a post graduate MSc by Research.

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Phillip Gillespie

Director of Development and Innovation, Scottish Social Services Council - SSSC

Phillip joined the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) in April 2016 as Head of Learning and Development and in June 2018 was appointed as Director of Development and Innovation. This followed 18 years in local government where he held a range of management and frontline posts.

Prior to joining the SSSC Phillip held the post of Assistant Head of Social Services (Adult Care) for Clackmannanshire Council and Stirling Council (shared service). He has a particular interest in work based learning, workforce planning and emerging models of care that support the integration of the Health and Social Services workforce.

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Peter Macleod

Chief Executive, Care Inspectorate

I was appointed chief executive of the Care Inspectorate in December 2018.

I have been privileged to spend over 30 years in the public sector, working to make a difference. I am as passionate about care and support now as I was when I first started out. I am ambitious for social care; I want people in Scotland to experience transformational, world-class care that makes a real and positive difference to their lives.

I graduated from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen with a degree in social sciences and a qualification in social work and began my career as a social worker in Glasgow in 1987. Since then, I have worked in a range of frontline social work services, with a particular interest in working with children and young people.

I joined Renfrewshire council in 1996 as an area manager, responsible for adult, children’s and criminal justice social work in a busy locality team. In early 2007, I was appointed head of children’s services and criminal justice for social work and the community health partnership. Later that year, I was appointed director of social work. I was honoured to become president of the Association of Directors of Social Work in 2012. In 2015, I became Renfrewshire’s first director of a new children’s services directorate, bringing together children’s social work, education and criminal justice services.

I have a long-held interest in research and innovation and am chair of the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services. I have co-chaired national groups looking at outcomes and commissioning in relation to health and care integration. I also sit on the boards of MacMillan Cancer Support TCAT Programme and Scottish Government’s Re-aligning Children’s Services programme.

I was brought up in the Western Isles as a Gaelic speaker. I have volunteered in social care services abroad, including in Tanzania. In my spare time, I enjoy mountains, outdoor swimming and cycling. My family and I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2017.

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Karen Hedge

National Director, Scottish Care

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Alex MacKinnon

Director for Scotland, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Alex MacKinnon joined RPS in October 2010. Prior to this he held various senior community pharmacy related posts including: Head of Corporate Affairs for Community Pharmacy Scotland from 2007-2010, Head of Professional Service Development, Communication and External Affairs for the Scottish Pharmaceutical General Council 2005 – 2007 and Head of Government Relations for LloydsPharmacy in Scotland 2003 – 2004.

Alex was also Regional Manager for Lloyds Chemists and Lloydspharmacy for almost a decade from 1995 to 2003 after a period of working as a community pharmacist at a pharmacy manager and area manager level with R. Gordon Drummond Ltd, Savory and Moore Chemists and Lloyds Chemists.

Alex was also a member of the Standing Committee of the Scottish Pharmaceutical General Council from 2001 to 2004 and Vice Chairman of the same organisation during 2004. Alex has been a member of numerous pharmacy committees in Scotland throughout his career.

Alex graduated from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, in 1975 with a BSc Honours in Pharmacy. His main interests include politics, family, motorsport, hill-walking, cycling, music and of course pharmacy.

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Professor Anne Hendry

Clinical Lead for Integrated Care - Senior Associate, International Foundation for Integrated Care

Clinical Lead for Integrated Care
Senior Associate, International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)
Honorary Professor, University of the West of Scotland
Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, University of Glasgow
Senior Advisor, Global Health Academy, University of Edinburgh

Anne is a geriatrician, stroke physician and clinical lead for integrated care with extensive experience of improving health and social care for adults with long term conditions in Scotland. She was the clinical lead for the national Reshaping Care for Older People Programme and led on national action plans for Active and Healthy Ageing and for Multiple Conditions.

As a Senior Associate with the International Foundation for Integrated Care, Anne promotes the adoption and spread of innovation and good practice on population based, people centred integrated care. She chairs the Advisory Board of the International Centre for Integrated Care, IFICs hub in Scotland, and coordinates the Integrated Care Matters webinar series and special interest group on Intermediate Care. Anne leads a Work Package in the European Joint Action on Frailty and supports a range of regional, national and international leadership and knowledge exchange initiatives.

Anne is honorary professor at the University of the West of Scotland and holds honorary appointments with the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh’s Global Health Academy. As a Board member of The ALLIANCE Health and Social Care Academy she champions the lens of lived experience to focus on the relational and human aspects of change.


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