Learning Academy

Learning Academy Speakers

Learning Academy official launch week

Meet our speakers

To celebrate the official launch of our Learning Academy, we hosted a range of free online webinars and taster sessions. We partnered with some external experts to ensure an exciting and varied programme. Meet the experts leading our sessions below.

Krishna Sarda

Engaging with BAME Communities: a locality-based approach to cultural competence

Krishna has over 30 years’ experience in Social Medicine, focusing on behavioural change techniques and engaging with local groups to facilitate real change. His past work in International Development and with UK BAME communities has led to sustainable ongoing change.

Krishna is based in London and as Head of Engagement for the North Kensington Recovery Team, has been involved in ongoing health and wellbeing work as part of the Grenfell Recovery Strategy. He has worked with Education for Health on several projects focusing on reducing health inequalities and improving the care experience of BAME communities. Most recently Krishna has contributed to the Covid-19 Resource Centre, exploring vaccine hesitancy and the impact of the pandemic on local population groups.

Simon Phillips

Finding the Leader within

Simon is the Founder of The Change Maker Group and an expert on the factors that make the difference when it comes to leading change, integrating our beloved public services or transforming workforces and the systems in which they work. Simon is a sought-after speaker and his thoughts on how to make change happen have been shared across the world through his Youtube channel and his Podcast – The Change Show with Simon Phillips.

Simon is also an award-winning trainer and the author of several books. His leadership development programmes have helped leaders across all sectors and particularly in health and care. Supporting them to build effective networks, transform their effectiveness and boost their personal resilience.

Dr Linda Edwards

Finding the Leader within

Linda is Chief Executive of Education for Health, joining the organisation in 2017. She has a clinical background in behavioural psychology and podiatry, and has experience in numerous senior leadership roles in both the NHS and third sector organisations including Diabetes UK and Asthma UK.

She is a published author on leadership and an organisational change facilitator and coach. Passionate about improving health outcomes, Linda combines her clinical roots and leadership experience to support change within the healthcare sector.

Pearlene Antoine-Pitterson

Non-Invasive Ventilation: An introduction and ‘Ask the Expert’ webinar

Pearlene Antoine-Pitterson is a registered physiotherapist, graduating from Keele University with a BSC in Physiotherapy and awarded an MRes in Clinical research in 2019. She specialises as a respiratory physiotherapist with a special interest in Non-Invasive Ventilation, and as an acute NIV lead physiotherapist supports patients with both acute and chronic respiratory conditions.

Pearlene has contributed to many quality improvement projects in the NIV unit at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, including ‘the effect of preventative hydrocolloid nasal dressings in acute non-invasive ventilation-related nasal bridge pressure ulceration’, which was presented as an abstract at the British Thoracic Society in 2019. She has also conducted extensive independent research and sits on the BTS Critical Care Specialist Advisory Group.  Pearlene joined Education for Health as an associate in 2021.

Paul Vaughan

Nursing Associates and their role in the workforce of the future

Paul works with NHS England/NHS Improvement as Deputy Director – Primary Care Nursing and NextGen Nurse. Previously Paul was a Director of Nursing, Transformation within the organisation. Currently, the focus of his role is on general practice nursing and leading the national initiative on the perception of nursing known as NextGen Nurse.

Paul was a Regional Director with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). Leading and managing RCN services in the West Midlands, Paul worked with key stakeholders to ensure the needs of RCN members within the region were met and the interests of nurses, HCAs and nursing were promoted and protected.

Paul has completed a Masters in Management with the University of Liverpool and his dissertation focused on the factors that enable nursing staff to raise concerns in their workplace.

Preeti Minhas

The role of person centred care in non-adherence in asthma care

Preeti qualified as a Pharmacist in 2007 and completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy at De Montford University in 2020. After working in several managerial roles within community pharmacy, including positions with Boots UK, Preeti moved to Education for Health to focus on her passion for learning and development within the healthcare sector.

She now oversees the courses accredited by the University of Hertfordshire alongside developing the clinical content of the non-accredited training portfolio.