Westminster Health Forum

Next steps for reducing clinical negligence in the NHS: patient safety, legal reform and implementing the cross-government strategy

Morning, Thursday, 21st March 2019

Central London


This conference will be a timely opportunity to discuss the next steps for reducing clinical negligence in the NHS - looking at key issues for patient safety, legal reform and next steps for policy.

The seminar follows the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan and the announcement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care of a new national patient safety strategy, which is expected to be released later this year and will look at fostering a culture of transparency and accountability.

Delegates will assess what more can be done to reduce patient harm, learn from harm when negligence occurs and improve patient safety in the NHS - including the role of programmes such as Getting It Right First Time in reducing unwarranted variation in care.

Attendees will also discuss the key issues for responding to incidents and the next steps for implementing recommendations from the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch - as well as what an optimal response to an incident looks like.

Sessions will consider the next steps for policy and cross-government collaboration, following the Public Accounts Committee inquiry into Managing the costs of clinical negligence in hospital trusts, which called for a joint strategy to address the rising cost of clinical negligence in the NHS. The progress of the delivery of NHS Resolution’s five year strategy Delivering fair resolution and learning from harm will also be assessed.

Further sessions will discuss the impact of the Civil Liability Bill and post-implementation review of Part 2 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) on controlling the cost of litigation and reducing the pressures on the NHS - as well as what further measures might be taken to prevent claims going to court.

Guest of Honour

Helen Vernon

Chief Executive, NHS Resolution

Guest of Honour

Helen Vernon

Chief Executive, NHS Resolution

Keynote Speakers

Dianne Kennard

NHS Litigation Policy, Resolution, Patient Experience and Maternity Branch, Department of Health and Social Care

Ian Dilks

Chair, NHS Resolution


Sir David Amess MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Maternity

Karen Lee MP

Member, House of Commons


Peter Walsh

Chief Executive, Action Against Medical Accidents

Tony Allen

Mediator and Senior Consultant, CEDR

Ed Fletcher

Chief Executive, Fletchers Solicitors

David Roberts

Partner, Capsticks