Annual Memorial Lecture

Annual Lecture

Each year a memorial lecture will be held to honour the memory of Elizabeth Bryan. It will honour the values that she held dear, the values that are held dear by this Trust, including Care, Concern and Compassion. Bringing together stakeholders from all areas it will seek to inspire and educate, promoting an environment of learning and debate.

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11 October 2017

University of Central Lancashire

Kindness and Compassion

Challenges in Leadership Roles

Professor Mike Thomas

The fourth Annual Memorial Lecture of the Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust will take place on Wednesday, 11 October at the University of Central Lancashire 20 Cavendish Street, London, W1G 0RN.

The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Vice-Chancellor Professor Mike Thomas will deliver the fourth Elizabeth Bryan Memorial Lecture.

Professor Thomas, who has carried out years of academic research into the area of compassion and kindness in leadership, said: “I’m truly honoured to have been asked to present the 2017 Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust Memorial Lecture. Throughout my career I’ve always been interested in these topics so to be able to help lend my support to such a worthy cause is fantastic.”  His lecture will encompass the variables that develop, support and challenge kind and compassionate leadership and include authenticity, relational management, equity, gender, organisational ethos and people development. Professor Thomas will contextualise kindness and compassion challenges within the structures of digital technological developments, time and resilience.  Professor Thomas joined UCLan in the summer of 2014 and supervises a number of PhD students who explore management and leadership with particular emphasis on stewardship, values and resilience.  As an ex-submariner, he has also worked on projects for many years which support military discharged service personnel to find new life and career opportunities. He works with a team of active ex-service academics and those with a special interest or specialism in the field of transition support and is the Director of the College for Veterans and Emergency Services.

Drinks and canapés will be served from 5.30pm, while the lecture, which will include a Q&A session, will commence at 6.00pm.  The event is free to attend and free parking will also be available.

Introduced by Professor Dame Betty Kershaw FDBE OStJ FRCN Past President of the Royal College of Nursing and Chair of the Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust.

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Previous Lectures

18 October 2016

The Royal College of Nursing, London

Caring for the Carers

Mentorship for those in the caring professions

Professor Dame Betty Kershaw

The third Annual Memorial Lecture of the Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust took place the evening of Tuesday, 18 October at the Royal College of Nursing 20 Cavendish Street, London, W1G 0RN.

Professor Dame Betty Kershaw DBE OStJ FRCN Past President of the Royal College of Nursing and Chair of the Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust delivered the lecture Caring for the Carers: Mentorship for those in the caring professions.

Introduced by Professor Rod Thomson FRCN FFPH Deputy President of the Royal College of Nursing and Director of Public Health, Shropshire Council.

Mentorship means different things to different people. It is a term that confuses, not least for health care professionals who are introduced to “mentorship” as students when on placement.  I have mentored for many years, formally by agreement to a particular cohort of nurses, such as those following a Department of Health Leadership programme, and very informally, usually from a personal approach or contact. The first challenges when becoming a mentor is to ensure the mentee understands what mentorship is, and our commitment to the partnership. And the last challenge has to be moving on from the mentor/mentee relationship into a new way of working together.

Since how one mentors is very individualistic I don’t pretend to offer solutions, merely a sharing of a personal journey over several decades during which time I learned so much.

 Professor Dame Betty Kershaw

Professor Dame Betty Kershaw’s Lecture is available here: CARING FOR THE CARERS

17 September 2015

Birmingham Medical Institute

Listening to NHS Staff

What they say about Compassion and Care

Professor Clare Gerada


The second Annual Memorial Lecture of the Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust took place the evening of Thursday, 17 September 2015 at the Birmingham Medical Institute Edgbaston, Birmingham.

GPs, GP registrars and NHS Staff gathered to listen to  Professor Clare Gerada, Past Chair of the Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners deliver the second Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust Annual Memorial Lecture, supported and introduced by Professor Patrick Pietroni, Director of the Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust.

Professor Gerada talked about compassion and healthcare, something, as a GP, she is deeply concerned and interested in, and the need to change the current system that is currently draining compassion from those working within the NHS.  One of the initiative Professor Gerada has set up in an attempt to address the systems and structures that are preventing NHS staff from delivering compassionate care is the  The Founders Network.

Professor Gerada quotes John Ballatt and Penny Campling (Intelligent Kindness: Reforming the culture of Healthcare, 2011):

“For it is easy to forget the appalling nature of some of the jobs carried out by NHS staff day in, day out – the damage, the pain, the mess they encounter, the sheer stench of diseased human flesh and its waste products.”

Dr Kevin IIsley Provost of the Royal College of General Practice Midland Faculty stood up to voice his own concerns for the future following Professor Gerada’s speech.

Professor Gerada’s Lecture is available here: LISTENING TO NHS STAFF – Clare Gerada – 17.09.15


8 October 2014

Royal Society of Medicine, London

People Are Not Things

Lord Ramsbotham


The launch of the Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust in October 2014 at the Royal Society of Medicine set the precedence for our Annual Lectures when Lord Ramsbotham delivered his engaging speech – “People Are Not Things” (available here).

Also published in The Journal of Psychological Therapies in Primary Care Vol.3 No.2 December 2014 (available here), it offered an insightful call to not only those working in healthcare, but those in the Army and government also, to work compassionately. “People Are Not Things” is an important watchword for anyone working with people.