University of Hull Health Professional Network


University of Hull Health Professional Network
A place for health professionals to network, enthuse and inspire

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17:45     Staff/speaker Log on
18:00     Guest log on
18:05     Welcome from Professor Paul Hagan, introduce the Health Network and the aims
18:10      Speaker One – Amber Amey
18:30      Speaker Two – Zach North
18:35      Speaker Three – Samantha Kitchen
18:40      Speaker Four  – Warren Larkin
18:50      Q&A Discussion
19:30      Event close

EVENT aims
The aim of the event is to provide the first touch point for those working in the health sector or those graduating from one of the health science subjects. This network will be broadened to include students at the University, to provide a platform for them to build their own networks. The network will aim to have 2 key events per year on a broad range of themes to attract a wide range of attendees from the health professionals including Biomedical & Forensic Science, Health, Nursing & Midwifery, Medicine, Psychology, Social Work or Sport Health & Exercise Science.

The theme for each event will cover many different aspects of health to attract a broad range of attendees from the sector, although may be based on one of the core disciplines as listed above.


Professor Paul Hagan
Dean, Health Sciences

Professor Paul Hagan will welcome event attendees, talk about why the group was set up and how we hope to build a platform for students and alumni to come together and hear from some of our most successful graduates to some of our excelling students and continue to learn on a range of event themes. There will be the opportunity for members of the network to suggest topics or themes which they would find beneficial to support their career in the health sector.

Professor Hagan will also touch on the importance of networking in this sector, as the student transition into the world of work this often results in early career drop-out, or increased stress. We would like to create a space for networking and mentoring for students and alumni, and create an environment where health workers feel safe and able to facilitate discussion, or seek advice.


Speaker 1: Amber Amey (BSc Sport Rehabilitation, 2015), Personal Trainer, MSc Physiotherapy


Amber graduated with a degree in Sport Rehabilitation from the University of Hull in 2015. Whilst at university she held various positions of leadership and responsibility, including the president and captain of the women’s football team as well as a campus sport activator and female football activator. Since leaving university, she has travelled the world with sports teams providing medical assistance. Amber is now completing a Masters degree in Physiotherapy, with a view to join the British Army as a Physiotherapy Officer within the coming years. During the pandemic, she has been on the front line working within the NHS gaining her placement hours. Amber is keen to help others build resilience in the face of adversity, using her experiences of being a woman in a ‘man’s world’.


Speaker 2: Zach North, Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull


Zach North is a Lecturer for the Faculty of Health Sciences Paramedic, Peri-operative and Advanced Practice department. He joined the University 2 years ago, but has been studying here in Hull since 2006 – 15 years! Zach completed his undergraduate PG DIP in Operating Department Practice in 2009 and since then has completed further post-graduate study. Obtaining a BSc (Hons) Frist Class, an MSc with Distinction and a PGCERT at this University. His talk will take you on his journey from a school drop out to holding leadership and advanced roles in the NHS and how academic study and resilience have played key parts in this.


Speaker 3: Samantha Kitchen (BA Music, 2014), Disability Nursing Student


Sam is a second year Learning Disability Nursing student at the University of Hull, founder of Hull University Nursing Society and a member of the RCN Students Committee, representing Yorkshire and the Humber. 

Sam previously studied Music at Hull, graduating in 2014. She was involved with societies and course representation, shortlisted for an award for Outstanding Work for the Students Union. She worked for the university until 2016, then was seconded to work with the Hull UK City of Culture team. Sam is passionate about empowering others to get their voices heard, advocating for student nurses to get the education and experience they deserve. 

Speaker 4: Warren Larkin (Psychology, 1993), Founder, Managing Director Warren Larkin Associates, and part of the #ResilienceTaskForce


Prior to founding Warren Larkin Associates in 2017, Warren was a successful Clinical Network Director, responsible for Children and Families Services across Lancashire. With a budget of around 50m and a workforce of circa 1300 staff, Warren was responsible for quality of care and accountable for service delivery. He has extensive experience of leading transformational change and turnaround as well as developing leadership capacity and capability in complex organisational contexts.

Warren is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and is also Visiting Professor at Sunderland University where he is working with the Faculties of Public and Population Health and Mental Health to develop their research programme and training curricula for Public Health and Mental Health professionals

Warren is the Clinical Lead for the Department of Health Adverse Childhood Experiences. He has a long-standing interest in the relationships between childhood adversity and outcomes later in life. He has done most of his clinical work in specialist early intervention services with service users who are experiencing psychosis.


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