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National Patient Safety Agency

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Sir Liam Donaldson is the Chairman of the National Patient Safety Agency. He was appointed on 1 July 2010.


Sir Liam Donaldson is a global leader in public health and health care quality and safety. From 1998 to June 2010 he was Chief Medical Officer for England and the United Kingdom’s Chief Medical Adviser. 


As Chief Medical Officer, he produced ground-breaking reports and policy initiatives that shaped public health, NHS care and clinical practice. These included: smoke-free public places, regulated stem cell research, creation of the concept of clinical governance, establishment of a health protection service and a comprehensive approach to patient safety.


He led the Government response to a number of health issues including: the SARS outbreak, the H1N1 influenza pandemic and the murders of patients by general practitioner Harold Shipman.


Internationally, Sir Liam served as member and Vice-Chairman of the World Health Organization’s Executive Board and conceived, founded, and led the World Alliance for Patient Safety..


He is currently the World Health Organization Director-General’s envoy on patient safety, chairs the International Monitoring Board on polio eradication, holds a part-time chair of Health Policy at Imperial College, London, and is Chancellor of Newcastle University.

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Professor Hamid Ghodse CBE , is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and International Drug Policy at the University of London, Director of the International Centre for Drug Policy at St George’s Hospital Medical School, Chairman of the International Health Advisory board DoH, and member of the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board.


He has a particular interest in medical education, addictive behaviour and the health of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.


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Mr Trevor Jones lives in Wiltshire. Mr Jones is an experienced board director in both the public and private sector and was previously Chief Executive of Avon, Gloucestershire & Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority and Chief Executive of NHS Scotland.

He is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy and a Fellow of the Association of Certified & Corporate Accountants.


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Professor Robin Pritchard lives in Shropshire and is Head of the Centre for Internal Audit, Risk Management and Governance at Birmingham City University.

Robin is currently Chair of Severnside Housing in Shrewsbury, a Board member of Shrewsbury & Telford Hospitals NHS Hospitals Trust, a Governor at Fircroft College and appointed to Audit Committees at the Veterinary Laboratories Agency and the Medical Research Council.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. 



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Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes lives in surrey and is the Chief Executive & Registrar of the Nursing & Midwifery Council, which is the nursing and midwifery regulator for England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Islands. 


He was previously in a joint post as Executive Director of Nursing at Barking, Havering & Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust / Professor of Nursing at London South Bank University.


Until 2007 he was Chief Nurse / Deputy Chief Executive of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust  for almost 9 years. 


He is a trustee of the Foundation of Nursing Studies and President of the NANDA International.