Westminster Health Forum

Next steps for improving patient safety in the NHS

Morning, Thursday, 26th April 2018

One Moorgate Place, Chartered Accountants' Hall, Moorgate Place, London EC2R 6EA


This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the next steps for improving patient safety in the NHS.

It takes places as the NHS becomes the first healthcare system in the world to publish the numbers of avoidable deaths in order to share lessons between trusts and help learn from failings.

Delegates will assess the potential impact of the Health Service Safety Investigations Bill, which plans to give the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch legal powers to investigate serious patient safety incidents.

They will also consider further action that might be taken, as NHS Providers warn of the need for an investment boost for the NHS in order to manage risk this winter.

Sessions will discuss priorities for NHS Improvement’s Patient Safety Incident Management System (PSIMS), as it looks to replace the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) and improve the reporting of incidents, in order to support safety improvement.

Attendees will also examine progress on implementing the goals set out in NHS England’s Next steps on the Five Year Forward View - including maternity safety, preventing healthcare acquired infections and promoting a learning culture within the NHS, as well as the next steps for improving regulation and inspections.


Guest of Honour

Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Supported by

Guest of Honour

Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Keynote Speakers

Professor Tim Briggs

Chair, GIRFT; National Director, Clinical Quality and Efficiency, NHS Improvement and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

Sir David Behan

Chief Executive, CQC

Sir Robert Francis QC

President, Patients Association and Chair, Freedom to Speak Up Review

Helen Vernon

Chief Executive, NHS Resolution

Dr Celia Ingham Clark

Medical Director, Clinical Effectiveness, NHS England and Interim National Patient Safety Director, NHS Improvement

Keith Conradi

Chief Investigator, Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch


Rt Hon the Lord Lansley

former Secretary of State for Health (2010-2012)

Dr Paul Williams MP

Member, House of Commons Health Select Committee


Professor Jo Martin

President, Royal College of Pathologists; Professor of Pathology, Queen Mary University of London and Director, Academic Health Sciences, Barts Health NHS Trust

Andrew McCracken

Head of Communications, National Voices