Westminster Health Forum

Priorities for improving patient safety in the NHS: transparency, safeguards and developing a patient-centred culture

Thursday, 26th January 2017

The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR


This conference will provide speakers and delegates with an opportunity to discuss priorities for improving patient safety within the NHS - including safeguarding whistleblowers.

Delegates will assess priorities for the newly formed Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch in dealing with patient safety violations, challenges for developing a standardised approach for reviewing cases of patient death, and the impact of the NHS Improvement’s targets requiring all NHS Trusts to develop a ‘Charter for Openness and Transparency’.

Speakers will discuss next steps for reducing the number of avoidable deaths, the impact of 7-day NHS services on patient experience, and prospects for achieving the Health Secretary’s goal of creating a ‘learning culture’ in the NHS.

Guests of Honour

Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP

Secretary of State for Health, Department of Health

Dr Henrietta Hughes

National Guardian (Freedom to Speak Up)

Guests of Honour

Dr Henrietta Hughes

National Guardian (Freedom to Speak Up)

Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP

Secretary of State for Health, Department of Health

Keynote Speakers

Dr Jacqueline McKenna

Director of Nursing, NHS Improvement

Doris-Ann Williams

Chief Executive, BIVDA


Rosie Cooper MP

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Patient Safety

Lord Low of Dalston

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Eye Health and Visual Impairment


Denise Chaffer

Director of Safety and Learning, NHS Litigation Authority

Anna Rowland

Assistant Director, Policy, Business Transformation and Safeguarding Fitness to Practise, General Medical Council

Elisabeth Davies

Chair, Patient and Carer Network, Royal College of Physicians

Andrew McCracken

Head of Communications, National Voices

Dr Theresa Shaw

Chief Executive, Foundation of Nursing Studies

James Roach

Joint Integration Director, Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Will Warburton

Director of Improvement, The Health Foundation