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The congress' contributors

The congress' Contributors

Tessa Richards

Dr Tessa Richards, senior editor at The BMJ, developed and led the journals patient and public partnership strategy and is now advancing its spread across The BMJ company. She trained and worked as a general physician, rheumatologist and a general practitioner before joining The BMJ. Here she has led the journals General Practice, Education and Analysis sections and established several influential series including the Overdiagnosis/Too Much Medicine series in addition to continuing part time clinical work. A regular writer and speaker on the importance and potential of patient and public partnership, she lives with stage IV cancer and pernicious anaemia, and is a carer for close family members, young and old, with rheumatoid arthritis, dementia, blindness and other long term conditions.

Speaking in:
Patients as partners in research: making co-production “the new normal”
Plenary session: Patients as teachers – a deep dive into professional education


Learn more about Thomas Allvin

Thomas Allvin

Executive Director for Strategy and Healthcare Systems at the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)

Thomas Allvin
Learn more about Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson

Deputy Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Mark Pearson
Learn more about Carina Pittens

Carina Pittens

Assistant Professor of Patient involvement in health research, policy-making and care practice at the Athena Institute of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Carina Pittens

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Learn more about Miklós Szócska

Miklós Szócska

Former Secretary of State for Health in Hungary, Director of the Health Services Management Training Centre of the Semmelweis University

Miklós Szócska

Master of Ceremonies

Patients included

We are proud to announce that EPF Congress 2019 is Patients Included™. This means that EPF is committed to incorporating the experience of patients as experts in living with their condition while ensuring they were neither excluded nor exploited.

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