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Re-appointment of Non-Executive Director at NPSA

Monday 20 July 2009


The National Patient Safety Agency is pleased to announce the re-appointment of Professor Abdul Hamid Ghodse CBE as a Non-Executive Director for a further three years.


Professor Ghodse has been a Non-Executive Director at the NPSA since 2005.  He is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and also Director of the International Centre for Drug Policy at St George’s Hospital in London; Medical Director of the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards and a member of the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board.


Prof Ghodse has worked extensively with the World Health Organisation in the areas of the rational use of psychoactive drugs, mental health and drug and alcohol dependence.


As well as medical education and addictive behaviour, where he has written several articles for specialist national and international journals, Prof Ghodse also has a keen interest in the wellbeing of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.


One of his most notable achievements includes setting up the Department of Addictive Behaviour at St George’s Hospital Medical School and turning it into a highly regarded centre of excellence.  It now provides treatment to patients each year with drug or alcohol addiction.


Prof Ghodse has a Higher Doctorate in Science that he achieved in 2002, and in 1999 was appointed an Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his valuable work at St George's Medical School in treating alcohol abuse and drug dependency.


Commenting on his re-appointment, Prof Ghodse said: "I am delighted to be continuing my role as Non-Executive Director at the NPSA.  We have some very challenging plans and exciting times ahead of us and I look forward to playing a key role in these which will enhance the important work of the NPSA.”


Lord Naren Patel, Chairman of the NPSA, said: "I am delighted that Hamid has been re-appointed to the NPSA Board and agreed to continue in this important position.  He has already brought a range of experience and knowledge to the Board over the past four years and we look forward to him strengthening this and adding greatly to the effectiveness of our work."


Prof Ghodse’s re-newed three-year term will begin on 1 August 2009 and lasts until 31 July 2012.  The remuneration for the Non-Executive Director post is £7,882 per annum. 


Prof Ghodse does not have political or other interests which have to be declared and holds one other ministerial appointment as Medical Director of the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA).


Read more about Professor Ghodse and the other non-executive directors at the NPSA





Notes to Editors:


This re-appointment has been made on merit and political activity played no part in the re-appointment process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public.  It has also been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice.



Media enquiries to the NPSA Press Office:

Simon Morgan – 020 7927 9580 / simon.morgan@npsa.nhs.uk

Paul Cooney – 020 7927 9351 / paul.cooney@npsa.nhs.uk

Out of hours – 0788 411 5956


The National Patient Safety Agency is an Arm’s Length Body of the Department of Health. It encompasses three divisions; the National Research Ethics Service, the National Reporting and Learning Service and the National Clinical Assessment Service. Each has its own sphere of expertise to improve patient outcomes. The NPSA’s vision is to lead and contribute to improved, safe patient care by informing, supporting and influencing healthcare individuals and organisations.