Inaugural Professorial Lecture By Professor Elizabeth Hughes, University of Worcester – 20th March 2019

Before giving her lecture, Professor Hughes was formally inducted onto the University staff. Here is her CV.

Professor Elizabeth Hughes is the Deputy Medical Director of Health Education England (HEE) with specific responsibility for Undergraduate Medical Education. She was previously the Director and Dean of Education and Quality for Health Education England, for London and South East. Alongside this, Professor Hughes has other national roles for HEE including overseeing education in Pharmacy, Diagnostics and Healthcare Science, together with a focus on international medical education.

Professor Elizabeth Hughes is also a Consultant in Chemical Pathology and Metabolic Medicine at Sandwell General Hospital, West Bromwich, and Honorary Professor at both the University of Birmingham and University of Aston. Professor Hughes is a national expert in the treatment of inherited lipid disorders and is one of the Founder members of the national charity HEARTUK for which she has worked extensively with multi professional healthcare professionals and patients.

Here is how her lecture was billed.

In her lecture, Professor Elizabeth Hughes will explore the horizons of healthcare, its future delivery and consequent impact on population health. Examination of technological advances in healthcare such as genomics, digital medicine, artificial intelligence and robotics will demonstrate how such developments can support both prevention of disease, accelerated diagnostic pathways and personalised treatment and empowerment of patients to play a greater role in managing their own health. Such seismic shifts in healthcare delivery will need major workforce transformation and education to deliver them including development of new roles and enhancing skills of the current workforce.

It certainly lived up to its billing as we were told how genetics, robots and remote medicine, bespoke medicines tailored to the individual and increasing life expectancy will change the way that heath-care is delivered.