Westminster Health Forum

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
The conferences will be chaired and there will be opportunities for delegate questions and comments.
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There will be some exceptions where conferences will be postponed, for instance those that would largely involve key stakeholders in the NHS or emergency services.
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Clinical negligence in the NHS - patient safety, legal cost reform and next steps for policy

TO BE PUBLISHED February 2021

This conference will be a timely opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to examine the key issues for clinical negligence in the NHS, including priorities for patient safety, the potential for legal cost reform, and next steps for policy.

Areas for discussion include:

  • What more could be done to reduce avoidable harm, learn from harm when failures occur, and address the rising cost of clinical negligence in the NHS;
  • The role of investigations and whistleblowers in improving patient safety, changing organisational cultures, and preventing future claims; and
  • The way forward for legal cost reform to tackle the rising cost of claims including the future for fixed recoverable costs, as well as approaches such as mediation.

The conference takes place with:

  • The government announcement of a Health Service Safety Investigations (HSSIB) Bill, which would establish the Health Service Safety Investigations Body as a non-departmental public body to investigate patient safety incidents and make recommendations to prevent future safety failures; and
  • Findings in NHS Resolution’s Annual Report and Accounts that the cost of claims is rising although the number of claims is remaining steady - and the recent news that NHS faces a huge clinical negligence legal fees bill.


We are pleased to be able to include in this seminar keynote contribution from:

  • Helen Vernon, Chief Executive, NHS Resolution.

Further confirmed speakers include: Sarah Barclay, Founder, Medical Mediation Foundation; Ed Fletcher, Fletchers Solicitors; Dr Matthew Lee, Medical Defence Union; David Roberts, Capsticks; Dr Jenny Vaughan, The Doctors Association and London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, and Peter Walsh, Action against Medical Accidents.

The agenda

  • Assessing the rising cost of clinical negligence in the NHS and key issues for NHS Resolution;
  • The impact of investigations in improving patient safety;
  • Understanding the key issues for patient complaints within the NHS;
  • Improving patient safety in the NHS - tackling unwarranted variation, preventing safety failures, and learning from harm;
  • Challenges and opportunities for keeping cases out of litigation - mediation, regulation, and moving forward with legal cost reform; and
  • Next steps for policy.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Westminster Health Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have already reserved places representing: DHSC, Ministry of Justice, Government Legal Department, National Audit Office and HM Treasury.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Health Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates