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Patient Safety Day

Patient Safety Day

Event details

15th February 2023, 08:45 - 17:15

Virtual event

Patient Safety Day Feb 2023

All colleagues are welcome to join on Wednesday 15 February 2023 and drop in anytime from 8.45am to 5.15pm on Microsoft Teams.

We have a fantastic line up of nationally and internationally recognised external patient safety experts for the day, who will be sharing their experience, learning and insight.

The day will also be hosted by members of our own Patient Safety Team who will share key updates around the work going on within the Trust. 


James Titcombe OBE

James became involved in patent safety following the loss of his baby son Joshua in 2008.

Formerly a project manager in the nuclear industry, James has since worked as the National Advisor on Patient Safety for the Care Quality Commission and was a member of the advisory group established to set up the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB).

James’s current roles include Ambassador and Patient Safety consultant for the charity Baby Lifeline, Patient Safety Investigation Educator with HSIB, Specialist Advisor to the Independent Investigation into East Kent Maternity Services as well as advisory roles with NHSE/I and PHSO.

James was awarded an OBE for service to Patient Safety in 2015 and in 2018, completed a PGCert in Patient Safety at Imperial College, London. James’s book, Joshua’s Story was published in 2015.

Professor Sidney Dekker

Sidney Dekker (PhD Ohio State University, USA, 1996) is Professor and Director of the Safety Science Innovation Lab at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and Professor at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University in the Netherlands. Sidney has lived and worked in seven countries across four continents, is fluent in a number of languages and has won worldwide acclaim for his ground-breaking work in human factors and safety.

Sidney coined the term 'Safety Differently' in 2012, which has since turned into a global movement for change. It encourages organizations to declutter their bureaucracy and set people free to make things go well, and to offer compassion, restoration and learning when they don't. Sidney has given many hundreds of keynote talks all around the world.

An avid piano player and pilot, he has been flying the Boeing 737 for an airline on the side. Sidney is bestselling author of, most recently: Foundations of Safety Science; The Safety Anarchist; The End of Heaven; Just Culture; Safety Differently; The Field Guide to Understanding 'Human Error'; Second Victim; Drift into Failure; and Patient Safety. He has co-directed the documentaries 'Safety Differently,' 2017; 'Just Culture,' 2018, 'The Complexity of Failure,' 2018, and 'Doing Safety Differently,' 2019. His work has over 13,100 citations and an h-index of 48.

Dr Aidan Fowler

Aidan Fowler is the National Director of Patient Safety in England and a Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health and Social Care.

Since March 2020 he has been on secondment to the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty.

Previous roles:

· Director of NHS Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and Director of the 1000 Lives Improvement Service for NHS Wales, with responsibility for quality improvement and patient safety across the Welsh NHS

· Board member of Public Health Wales

· Worked briefly as a Medical Director in Mental Health and Community care in Worcestershire

· Executive at University Hospitals Bristol while on the NHS Leadership Academy Fast Track Executive Training Programme

· Consultant colorectal surgeon in Gloucestershire for 10 years and Chief of Service for Surgery for 4 years

Aidan trained with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston and was Improvement Adviser to the South West Safer Patient Programme.

He worked on patient safety with West of England Academic Health Science Network. He has also worked as faculty with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in the peri-operative safety domain in Qatar, infection reduction in Portugal and teaching improvement and safety in the UK and internationally.

Aidan’s surgical training was in the South West of England. He graduated in medicine from University College London.

Gail Porter

Gail has a successful track record of leadership in the public and voluntary sector at a national, regional and local level. She is also an experienced and accredited coach and facilitator.

As a ‘career civil servant’ Gail worked for more than 20 years across a range of Government Departments including the Home Office and Departments of Employment and Social Security. She held pivotal posts including that of Home Office Deputy/Regional Director in Government Office North West. She moved into Local Government senior leadership in 2010 as a Programme Director working in both two-tier and unitary authorities before establishing her own business in 2020.

She has operational service delivery experience (500+ staff) as well as strategic strategy, policy and partnership expertise covering issues such as worklessness, crime and disorder, mental health and emotional wellbeing, Troubled Families, Children’s Services including safeguarding, SEND and commissioning, and latterly COVID19 emergency planning. Her skills lie in the development of strategy and operational planning; development of strategic partnerships and productive working relationships; and communication and engagement with individuals, partners and stakeholders to deliver key results.

Gail is a Director with Restorative Thinking Limited, and also works as an executive and leadership coach. She has direct experience of the positive impact of restorative practice and her interests include supporting individuals and organisations to work through periods of change; the development of communication skills, style and confidence; and working with individuals and groups to develop personal and professional resilience.

Andrew Medlock

With over 15 years of Ombuds sector experience, Andrew is the senior responsible officer for how the Ombudsman engages with its external stakeholders on a wide range of issues. This includes engagement in communities that are underrepresented in the complaints landscape to identify and remove barriers to access, alongside engaging with its own service users to capture feedback to strengthen its service.

Andrew is also responsible for the creation of the Ombudsman’s flagship Complaint Standards covering the NHS in England and UK Central Government departments. The Standards provide the first universal vision of best practice in handling complaints at the frontline within these sectors.

Janett Walker

Janett is the CEO and co-founder of Anti Racist Cumbria, and she will be speaking about anti racist patient safety among other things.

Anti Racist Cumbria's mission is to make Cumbria the first actively anti-racist county in the UK and the work covers four main areas:

Impacting Leadership - Working at a strategic level with businesses so that those at the highest levels lead by example for their staff, service providers, service users and wider communities.

Education - Working with educational institutions across the board. By digging deeper than simply decolonising the curriculum, Anti Racist Cumbria is moving the dial towards a system that works equitably for all, not just the few.

Grassroots - Everyone is welcome. Anti Racist Cumbria wants to work in partnership with communities on creating opportunities, to enable people to take and have control of their destinies, and to be the change makers of the future.

Communications - Through Anti Racist Cumbria's comms on its website, across social media platforms and in newsletters, the organisation educates audiences on a continually widening range of issues around racism. The aim is to create awareness, understanding and ‘lightbulb moments’ to aid others to start or continue to deepen their anti-racist journeys.

On a personal level, Janett is proud to be on a path that tackles the oppressions of racial structures in our society head on. She is also proud that when the world fell off its axel and made such a loud noise, it woke her up and enabled Anti Racist Cumbria to be created.

Janett's mantra is taken from the words of Maya Angelou: “The need for change bulldozed a road down the centre of my mind”.

Professor Jane O’Hara

Jane O’Hara is Professor of Healthcare Quality and Safety, based within the School of Healthcare, University of Leeds, UK. She is Deputy Director of the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group, and theme lead for the Patient Involvement in Patient Safety theme within the NIHR Yorkshire & Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. Jane also holds a Visiting Professor position at the SHARE Centre for Resilience in Healthcare at the University of Stavanger, Norway.

Jane has over a decade of experience leading patient safety research, and a further eight years of applied psychological research prior to that. Her interests include: how to engage patients and families to ensure safe care and support quality and safety

improvement; the measurement and monitoring of patient safety; safety theory and resilient healthcare approaches; co-production; and, quality and safety intervention development and testing.

Currently, Jane leads two large grants funded by the NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research programme, and is co-applicant on grants funded by THIS Institute, the Trondheim Foundation and Research Council of Norway, and the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Health Research.