Personality, purpose and pulling together: How teams work

About the session

This workshop aims to give participants a deeper understanding of what affects team dynamics and what elements are needed to contribute to effective teams. The initial focus of the workshop will be on self: the different types of people that make up diverse teams. Working together in organisations as pseudo teams will be discussed, and the workshop will conclude by exploring how we pull together as a wider external team whose common purpose is patient care and experience.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes and CPD information to be confirmed.


Connor Beddow

Connor Beddow qualified as an orthoptist graduating from the University of Sheffield in 2014. He has undertaken several post graduate leadership courses including through the NHS leadership academy, UCL and the centre for sustainable healthcare

In addition to these formal courses, he undertook a fellowship in clinical leadership and sustainability at Moorfields in 2018 working on a number of improvement projects whilst developing leadership and improvement science capabilities. He has applied this knowledge through work within the service improvement team where he has led projects centred around outpatient transformation including diagnostic hub development, referral refinement pathways for glaucoma across NCL as well as working in partnership with community optometrists in Barking as part of the Panopia project.

He has supported the development and delivery of elements of the clinical leadership module for the advanced clinical practice masters in ophthalmology at UCL and is a module lead for the Orthoptics MSc at UCL. Outside of his main work for Moorfields and UCL he is also the co-lead for paediatric ophthalmology clinical advisory group at BIOS.

Jay Varia BSc(Hons) MCOptom DipTp(IP) Prof Cert Glauc

Jay Varia is an optometrist with senior departmental leadership positions in clinical, professional, and higher education, where she has led diverse teams and numerous clinical and education leadership projects for over fourteen years, extending the scope of practice of optometrists and ophthalmic healthcare professionals.

She has undertaken programmes including clinical leadership, leading change, strategic leadership, and quality improvement in healthcare at UCL. She is undertaking the Senior Women in Leadership programme at UCL and the Institute of One World Leadership Programme at the Capstone level. In her leadership role, Jay sits on various committees and steering groups and represents optometry education for Moorfields and UCL nationally.

She is a College of Optometrists Council member for London and sits on the Education and Standards Committee.