Communication in times of unprecedented change

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The London HCA Conference – Communication in times of unprecedented change

FREE sign-up for HCA members who have purchased the 2023 Conference package.

This year we are running two hybrid conference afternoons, the first on Tuesday 6th June and the second  on Tuesday 27th June.

Sign up here to join our hybrid conference session on Tuesday 6th June, as a virtual participant . HCA member organisations who have purchased the 2023 conference package have an unlimited number of free virtual places as well as an allotted number of in-person places (In-person places have been communicated directly via email). 

Individuals from organisations who have not purchased the 2023 conference package can sign-up to join virtually for a fee of £50 per person.

The London conference will address the overarching theme of ‘communication in times of unprecedented change’ taking onboard learnings from the last pandemic. We are delighted to welcome Sir Jonathan Van-Tam who will be sharing a key-note on ‘Communication Challenges and dilemmas during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic’ followed Dr Ellie Cannon, GP and Media Doctor. This will be followed by a rich panel discussion on what this all means for us as communicators today and beyond.

Session Outline:

  • Key-note speaker: Sir Jonathan Van-Tam; communication challenges and dilemmas during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic’
  • Speaker: Dr Ellie Cannon
  • Panel Discussion

How do I sign-up to attend the HCA Conference in-person?

Sign-up for in-person places is not available through our website. Please reach out to HCA primary or secondary contacts within your organisation to register your interest to attend in-person.

In-person places are not available for HCA member organisations who have not purchased the 2023 conference package.

The conference session is kindly sponsored by Axon Communications, Evoke KYNE, Ketchum, Real Chemistry and Scientific Group




Sir Jonathan Van Tam Biography:

Jonathan Van-Tam, a public health specialist with a clinical background in emergency medicine, anaesthesia, and infectious diseases, is an expert on respiratory viruses and pandemics. He is currently Senior Strategy Advisor in Medicine at the University of Nottingham, where he previously held the post of Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Medicine, and Health Sciences. He is also a consulting Clinical Advisor at Moderna.

His career has taken him to Public Health England, the World Health Organization, and the pharmaceutical and vaccine industries. Jonathan was seconded to the Department of Health and Social Care as Deputy Chief Medical Officer. He is well-known for his leadership role during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly his straight, no-nonsense, communication style from the podium at number ten Downing Street, and for the acquisition and rollout of vaccines and antiviral drugs in the UK. After stepping down as Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England he returned to the University of Nottingham as its Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Medicine & Health Sciences.

Jonathan received a knighthood from Her Majesty the Queen in her New Year’s Honours List, for services to public health. He has also been awarded the Royal Society’s Attenborough Award and Lecture for outstanding public engagement in science.

Dr Ellie Cannon Biography:

Dr Ellie is one of a new generation of doctors where communication skills are paramount. She has the medical knowledge but also the vibrant personality and vitality to relate to her patients and audiences.

Ellie specialises in communication, and is as comfortable talking to new mums with their babies as she is dealing with the sex lives of teenagers. As a GP, having a broad family health practice allows her to speak with authority on issues across all aspects of health and the NHS.

Dr Ellie is familiar as the GP for the Mail on Sunday where she writes her weekly health pages that also appear on Mailonline. She is part of the ITV This Morning family as one of their regular doctors, appearing on the programme to discuss the latest health headlines and take part in phone ins. Ellie is also a familiar and trusted voice, appearing regularly on programmes such as BBC Breakfast, Sky News, Channel 5 News, Jeremy Vine on Channel 5, BBC Newsnight and ITV News. She has conducted regular phone ins for stations such as BBC Radio 5 Live, providing health and hygiene advice for listeners.

Ellie’s expertise across all health and medicine is particularly current as a result of her regular NHS practice and involvement with the movement to empower patients about making informed choices.

She has appeared on prime-time Channel 4 series Health Freaks and Doctor in Your House as well as specials for ITV Tonight on breast cancer and work-place stress. She also channelled her inner-geek appearing in a Celebrity Eggheads team of TV doctors – winning her round!

Ellie’s most recent book, Is Your Job Making You Ill? was published in January 2018 and focuses on mental health issues at work. Her first book ‘Keep Calm, The New Mum's Manual’ for new parents, was released in 2014.

Ellie is a confident public speaker and presents regularly at conferences and corporates on a range of topics and has appeared alongside HRH the Duke of Cambridge at the inaugural mental health at work conference, This Can Happen.

She works extensively with brands across consumer health products and beyond, on health related PR activities and campaigns such as radio days and briefings.

Ellie is a charity ambassador for Meningitis Now and is a GP/celebrity ambassador for Pancreatic Cancer Action and the Eve Appeal. Ellie regularly works on campaigns for Public Health England including Change for Life, One You and Be Clear on Cancer. In October 2018 she travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo with Save the Children to film an awareness campaign on pneumonia.

Dr Ellie read medicine at Cambridge University and has worked in the same NHS GP practice for over a decade, on London’s world-renowned Abbey Road.

She has a social media following of over 35K and combines her work with motherhood.

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Communication in times of unprecedented change


Tue 06 Jun 2023

12:45 PM - 3:00 PM BST
(1:45 PM - 4:00 PM CEST)