Autumn Health & Wellbeing Conference

Speaker: Professor Tim Underwood, Professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery at Southampton University
Speaker: Mairead McAloon, Occupational Therapist, Northern Ireland Cancer Centre

Our keynote speaker, Professor Tim Underwood is Professor of Gastrointestinal surgery at the University of Southampton. He trained in London and the Wessex region before completing a PhD in molecular biology and taking up a National Institute for Health Research Clinical Lectureship in surgery in 2008.

In 2011, Prof Underwood was awarded a Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinician Scientist Fellowship, and in the same year he was awarded the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland prize and gold medal for outstanding performance in general surgery.

He became a Cancer Research UK & Royal College of Surgeons of England Advanced Clinician Scientist Fellow in April 2017. Prof Underwood leads the multidisciplinary team for upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancers, treating the full range of benign and emergency GI conditions.

In addition to his cancer practice, Prof Underwood has a special interest in surgery for complex hiatus hernias and anti-reflux procedures. He has given invited expert lectures on new techniques for anti-reflux surgery.

We are also delighted to be joined by Mairead McAloon, Occupational Therapist in the NI Cancer Centre. Mairead has been working as an Occupational Therapist for the past 10 years and is involved with the Macmillan MDT fatigue programme and will be speaking to us on Managing Cancer-related Fatigue.

It has been a busy and exciting year since last we met, so we will be updating you on all our activities, as well as keeping you informed about upcoming projects and fundraising events.

As ever, there will be plenty of time for a chat over a cup of tea or coffee, and a question & answer session for you to make the most of having our healthcare professionals in the room.

If there are any questions you would like to submit in advance, please call Helen on 07776 152275 or email at

We understand that many patients and carers live some distance from the venue, and we have done our best to come to an arrangement with the hotel. Discounted rates are available by contacting Beechlawn reception on 028 9060 2100 and telling them you are an OPA(NI) member.

To allow for adequate catering, please can you confirm your attendance by telephoning the OPA(NI) Secretary, Valerie Osborne, on 028 9020 8602 or by email to