Health Matters 15 October: Meet the speakers

Oxford Health’s governors Dr Mary Malone, Hannah-Louise Toomey and Dr Hasanen Al-Taiar will share their experience of teaching, studying and tutoring during the coronavirus pandemic

Health Matters 15 October: Meet the speakers

Join us on Thursday, October 15 for our Virtual Health Matters: Student experience and wellbeing in the pandemic. Click at 4pm on this meeting linkThe event will be run as a Teams meeting and you can join via your browser or the Teams app, whichever you prefer.

Here’s a teaser on what our speakers will be talking about. 

Dr Mary Malone

Dr Mary Malone

Dr Mary Malone is director of Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery at Oxford Brookes University and one of Oxford Health’s appointed governors. She says:

“Being a governor at Oxford Health is a unique opportunity to work in partnership and really develop nursing and midwifery for the 21st century.”

But with Covid, she and her colleagues were facing challenges not seen in any century yet.

“There was a lot of uncertainty and anxiety. At first we ‘older’ generation felt that well, in our day we were taking on demanding responsibilities. But then it dawned on us that we didn’t have to experience a pandemic. No one had experience of it.”

Join us for the webinar to hear from Mary how placements were managed during the first wave and what to expect in the coming months.

See what Mary wants to pursue as a governor

Hannah-Louise Toomey in her placement at a hospital ward and on the farm with a horse.

Hannah-Louise Toomey on her placement at a ward and on the farm.

Hannah-Louise Toomey is a trainee occupational therapist (MSc), studying at Oxford Brookes University, and one of Oxford Health’s public governors for Oxfordshire. She is a passionate advocate for mental health and a Time Change Champion in Oxford.

In her second year at Brookes University she was looking forward to her first placement when Covid came and students were told no placements could take place. Hannah-Louise admits she first “threw her toys out of the cot.”

But then Health Education England established a scheme where students could apply for paid-placements and work opportunities and Hannah-Louise went for it.

“I decided to turn this experience into a lesson in resilience.”

Instead of being a student on placement, she became a member of staff on payroll, juggling her course work with full time employment.

“It was hard work but such an exciting and rewarding time to be on the wards!”

Hannah-Louise’s second placement was with FarmAbility, an organisation who works with people with learning disabilities.

“The organisation receives patients, who here are called ‘co-farmers’, through social prescribing. We work with co-farmers to enable them to find meaning and joy in farmyard activities-everything from horse care and lambing to horticulture and harvesting crops.” 

Join us to hear more about Hannah-Louise’s experience as a student on the ward and on the farm! 

See what Hannah-Louise wants to pursue as a trust governor

Dr Hasanen Al-Taiar

Dr Hasanen Al-Taiar

Dr Hasanen Al-Taiar is consultant forensic psychiatrist at the Kennet inpatient ward at the Littlemore Mental Health Centre and staff governor for the Specialised Services directorate at Oxford Health. He is also international medical graduate tutor, divisional vice chair for the South East for the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and Associate Oxford University Medical Education Fellow. At Health Matters webinar Hasanen will be talking about Covid and mental health. 

See what Hasanen wants to pursue as a governor


Health Matters will be chaired by Oxford Health’s director of corporate affairs Kerry Rogers and compered by director of communications and engagement Lorcan O’Neill. You’ll be able to ask questions during the event, but if you have a question in mind already, please email us at

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Published: 14 October 2020