Speaker • Author • Storyteller

Speaker • Author • Storyteller

These are my three most popular topics

Improving The Quality Of Cancer Care

I’ve seen cancer from both sides of the operating table.

I realised that I that I wasn’t always giving my patients what they really needed.

It’s all about communication. Little things can make a huge difference to someone’s life.

I talk about the things that no-one else will:

  • Sex and intimacy
  • Fear of recurrence and death
  • The power of exercise

“It was honestly like you turned a light on and gave voice to experiences I have literally pushed away since my diagnosis two years ago. You have also validated my hunches that exercise is essential and that I deserve a better sex life.”

Breast cancer patient

” learned so much about the patient perspective and survivorship from Liz. Everyone who looks after breast cancer patients should hear her speak.”

Rhea Liang, Australian breast surgeon

“Genuinely the most powerful talk I have ever heard. Time just stood still in the room as you spoke and the clinicians in the room certainly sat up and listened, and I believe, took your words totally to heart.”

Gini Melesi , Macmillan Quality Improvement Manager

“It was a brilliant and enlightening session. Thoroughly recommend this to other organisations. Thank you to Dr Liz O’Riordan for the open and honest session.”

Digital Health

Smart phones are changing medicine as we know it. Artificial Intelligence and deep learning are being used to transform how scans are reported and patients are diagnosed.

We are living in the era of the e-patient. The traditional doctor-patient relationship is being turned on its head.

Health care providers must make certain that the patient’s voice remains at the forefront of this revolution, and that every patient can benefit it.

“Participants went away feeling challenged but energised to think a fresh about how to engage with the patient”

Alison Singleton, NHS Digital Academy

“Liz was so engaging and her advice about how to examine yourself was simply the best I’ve ever seen/heard.”

“This was brilliant / she is such an amazing and engaging speaker. I was completely captivated”

How To Cope When Things Go Wrong

I’ve faced some tough times in my life. Bullying, harassment, depression and cancer. I’ve learned how to pick myself up every time with a toolbox of tricks, from my Jar of Joy to the Wheel of Life.

I’ve chatted to children about resilience through Speakers for Schools, and taught healthcare leaders and managers how to lead a more balanced life.

“Liz was fabulous – engaging, frank and personal in her approach. The students have been excitedly speaking about her talk all day. They said the highlight of the event was her approach, enthusiasm and honesty.”

Speakers for Schools

“Her talk was fascinating, humbling and inspiring. I have been truly effected by this talk.”

Dr Sandeep Mtharu, GP

“Brilliant. I felt like becoming a proper doctor again.”

Medical Student

“What an inspiring woman. She had me in tears within the first 10 minutes, hence the camera not being on! So forthright and strong.  Incredible really.  It was such a worthwhile hour.”


It’s the little things that matter

If you haven’t been a patient, you don’t know what they truly need.
I found out the hard way.

Let me show you what I learned.