The Centre has a small Management Team of clinical academics based at St Catherine’s College. The Director and Co-Director are Bill Fulford (doctor and philosopher) and Ashok Handa (surgeon). Ed Peile (doctor and medical educationalist) is the lead for training developments. Tom Dobbs and Zoe Barber (surgical registrars) run the program on surgical care. Michael Loughlin is Project Lead and Director – Literature Database Programme. David Davies (medical educator and health technologist) and Matt Ellacott (creative professional) run the website.
Zoe studied Medicine at the University of Oxford, where she won the Tutor’s Prize in Surgery. She is currently taking a year out of her Higher Surgical Training in General Surgery to take up a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to travel to America with the aim of setting up a UK charity on her return to the UK. Her interest in VBP started as part of the team setting up the VBP in Surgery seminar series in Oxford.
David is Associate Professor at Warwick Medical School with responsibility for academic leadership in technology enhanced learning. His research interests are primarily around educational technology including digital technologies in resource poor settings. He was one of the lead researchers in the EC-funded ETATMBA project, the main aim of which was to enhance the training and professionalisation of clinical officers in Malawi and Tanzania through the development of leadership, service improvement, and values based practice. David spends several weeks each year working in Africa on teaching and training activities.
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Tom graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Oxford, followed by receiving the Hobson Mann scholarship and a Distinction in Clinical Medicine. He undertook his core surgical training in Oxford and is now an Academic Clinical Fellow in Plastic Surgery at the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery. His interest in VBP began in Oxford where he was part of the team who set up the VBP in Surgery seminar series.
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Bill (KWM) Fulford
Bill is a Fellow of St Catherine’s College and Member of the Philosophy Faculty, University of Oxford; and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Mental Health, University of Warwick Medical School. Values-based practice builds on his work in philosophical value theory. As Special Adviser for Values-Based Practice in the Department of Health (2007 – 2011) Bill led on a number of early training and policy initiatives combining evidence-based and values-based approaches.
Lucy Fulford Smith
Lucy Fulford-Smith is a surgical trainee with an interest in both undergraduate and postgraduate education. She has been working with the Collaborating Centre for over a year, developing the surgical values-based practice program.
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Ashok is a vascular surgeon in the Nuffield Department of Surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. He is a Fellow by Special Election in Medicine at St Catherine’s College where he is also Tutor for Graduates. He is the Clinical Tutor in Surgery for the University and Associate Director of Clinical Studies for Oxford Medical School. Besides values-based practice he has a range of collaborative research interests including patient safety and outcomes.
Michael is Professor of Applied Philosophy at the University of West London and Fellow of the England Centre for Practice Development at Canterbury Christ Church University. He has written extensively on the relationship between evidence and values in health care and chairs the Special Interest Group in Health Philosophy for the European Society for Person-Centred Healthcare. He edits the special thematic editions in health philosophy for the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. Michael developed the wikiVBP library and continues as librarian to the project.
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Guilherme Messas MD, PhD., is a Psychiatrist and Professor at Santa Casa de São Paulo School of Medical Sciences. He is Head of the Postgraduate Program on Phenomenological Psychopathology at the same institution. In addition to his clinical work he has been closely involved with policy on substance misuse at national and state levels. He is interested in developing training in Values Based Practice for substance misuse care and policies.
Guilherme is Lead for VBP in Brazil. In this role he runs the Brazilian Network for Values-based Practice
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Links: Web site: https://guilhermemessas.com/
Ed is Professor Emeritus in Medical Education, University of Warwick, a Fellow of three Royal Medical Colleges in the UK, and was awarded the 2009 President’s Medal of the Academy of Medical Educators for his lifetime achievement in medical education. He has now retired from clinical practice but remains active in academic life, researching and publishing on values-based practice. He was recently appointed Chair of the Education, Training and Standards Committee of the Academy of Healthcare Sciences.
Preferred contact: Ed.Peile@warwick.ac.uk
Werdie van Staden
Werdie van Staden is Nelson Mandela Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry and director of the Centre for Ethics and Philosophy of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, with a clinical attachment as honorary psychiatrist at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital. He is chair of the World Psychiatric Association’s Section for Philosophy and Humanities in Psychiatry.
Werdie has been teaching Values Based Practice (VBP) since 2003 to medical students as well as medical specialists and various kinds of health practitioners for purposes of their continued professional development. He has been developing and publishing on an African version of VBP, premised on a batho pele orientation.
Werdie is the Lead for VBP in South Africa.
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Michael TH Wong, MD PhD, is Clinical Professor and Head of Neuropsychiatry Program, Department of Psychiatry, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine,The University of Hong Kong. Michael is trained in clinical neurosciences, theology and philosophy and has been promoting dialogues between evidence-based and values-based approaches to the practice of psychiatry, which he summarises in his monograph Ricoeur and the Third Discourse of the Person: From Philosophy and Neuroscience to Psychiatry and Theology (Lexington Press, 2018)
Michael is the Lead for VBP in Hong Kong. He currently also serves as an Advisor to the Chinese Health Foundation of Australia and Secretary to the World Psychiatric Association’s Section for Philosophy and Humanities in Psychiatry.
Matt is the website manager for the Centre, and runs a Creative Solutions business that provides web, design, photography and production services. Before starting his business, Matt worked for 20 years in Financial Regulation and Compliance for a number of prestigious Asset Managers in the City of London.
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