Engineers' House

The Promenade

Clifton Down




15th May 2019




Mr James Badenoch QC

Barrister, 1 Crown Office Row


James Badenoch QC is the son of the late Sir John Badenoch, sometime Director of Clinical Studies (Dean of the Medical School) of Oxford University, and is a renegade from a far-flung medical dynasty. He was pupil to John (later Mr Justice) Alliott, and Harry (Lord) Woolf at 1 Crown Office Row where he has practiced ever since. For some 35 years he has specialised in clinical negligence, medical law, and medical discipline. He took silk in 1989. He has appeared in a succession of major cases in the Supreme Court, the House of Lords, The Privy Council, The Court of Appeal, The High Court, The GMC and The GDC, and the Hong Kong High Court and Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.


He has been a Deputy High Court Judge, a Recorder of the Crown Court, and a President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal, and is a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has been admitted to the Hong Kong Bar. He retired recently from the Chairmanship of the Expert Witness Institute. His practice covers medically related matters of all kinds.



Helen Vernon

Chief Executive, NHS Resolution

Helen studied law at Cambridge before joining the insurance profession. An interest in healthcare claims took her to the Medical Defence Union before joining the NHS Litigation Authority (now NHS Resolution)  in its infancy in 1998.


Helen has managed some of the most complex and high profile litigation against the NHS, including the Nationwide Organs Retention group action. She was a member of the Department of Health’s committee on Insurance and Indemnity, the CJC’s Expert Group on the Jackson reforms and more recently, the Dalton/Williams review group on the Statutory Duty of Candour.


She is a Chartered Insurer and an Accredited Mediator.



Deborah Evans

Managing Director of the West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN)

WEAHSN exists to improve the NHS ability to spread innovation and put evidence into practice and to work more effectively with industry. Deborah was a PCT Chief Executive for 10 years during her career as an NHS manager. She has a longstanding commitment to supporting the development of health service research, is a champion for public health and was regional lead for specialised services over many years.




Richard Annandale


Healthcare Lawyer

Richard provided high-level advice to the NHS for almost 30 years. During this time he was involved in the most high-profile patient safety crises that have hit the NHS in the South West. His work developed into the area of governance and patient safety training. He has been recognised with the special status award of Senior Statesman by Chambers, the independent legal directory.



Dr Amar Shah

Associate Medical Director & Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist


Dr Shah leads the large organisation-wide QI programme in East London, aimed at supporting East London NHS Foundation Trust to provide the highest quality mental health and community care in the country.

As part of the programme, the organisation is building the will and alignment for improvement at scale. East London has partnered with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in this work, who support with building capability at scale and providing strategic guidance.


Amar has experience of local quality improvement within a number of NHS providers, and national improvement work while seconded to the National Patient Safety Agency in 2009-10. He is an IHI improvement advisor and faculty member, and has completed an executive MBA in healthcare management, a Masters in mental health law and a postgraduate certificate in medical education.


Dr Laura Sheard

Senior Research fellow

Laura is a Senior Research Fellow at the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research team (based at Bradford Teaching Hospitals). Her background is in health services research/ sociology and she has conducted research across the NHS and academia for nearly fifteen years. Her skills lay in qualitative research, conducting/ managing randomised controlled trials and evaluation, particularly process evaluations. She is interested in patient safety, patient experience, quality improvement and implementation science and is currently leading several research projects relating to these areas. Laura is particularly interested in how NHS staff can use patient feedback to make real and lasting change in the health service.



Mr Jeff Goulding

Assistant Director of Human Factors

Embedding the principles of Human Factors throughout organisational systems and processes at the Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Developing educational programmes around Human Factors and Non - Technical Skills and enhancing the reporting of incidents and near misses and ensuring organisation learning and action takes place. In essence Jeff’s role is about contributing to safety culture and quality improvement.

Jeff is also Manager, Centre for Simulation and Patient Safety (CSPS) NHS North West, responsible for the operational management of CSPS and involved in educational delivery The Centre for Simulation and Patient Safety is a Health Education North West regional resource, with over a decade of experience in delivering Human Factors training for healthcare individuals and teams, through simulation based education.


Jo Lloyd

Partner, Bevan Brittan

Jo Lloyd is a dual qualified Barrister and Solicitor. Since 1995 she has been based in Bristol working as a partner at Bevan Brittan LLP (since 1997) where she leads the Clinical Risk team.

Her role involves running a large team of lawyers advising the NHS about the multiplicity of processes that arise following an adverse incident. She has a passionate interest in patient safety, which has led her to work with the NHS Litigation Authority to explore how learning can be extracted from claims data.

She runs a patient safety focus group within Bevan Brittan to explore how the firm can align the work that done on behalf of the NHS so claims and inquest data can support patient safety developments. She works closely with acute Trusts and Trust Boards to identify themes from claims and complaints



Alison McLellan
 Safety and Learning Lead, NHS Resolution

Safety and Learning Lead, NHS Resolution. Before joining the NHS my background included working for twelve years in international development in the fields of maternal and child healthcare for the Arab World Region. The main focus was family planning activities, advocacy and helping high performing member associations share learning and best practice from others. As part of a holistic approach to reach vulnerable and poor women, other projects included international conferences to lobby for the reduction in unsafe abortion, elimination of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and to raise the status of the rights of the girl child.  I joined Westminster Primary Care Trust in 2003 working in the areas of quality and clinical governance. Governance and risk management were a more recent focus of my work during the implementation of the Health and Social Care Act for the close down of  the North West London Cluster’s eight PCTs. I joined NHS England’s London Region before moving to the NHS Resolution's team of Safety and Learning Leads in 2014



Ann Remmers

Patient Safety Programme Director, West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN)


Ann is also Clinical Director of the South West Maternity and Children’s Strategic Clinical Network. She has been involved in maternity and children’s health services for most of her career. Until July 2013 Ann was Clinical Director of Women’s and Children’s Health at North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT).

Ann’s professional background is in nursing and midwifery. She has worked in both acute and community services and spent three years working in Australia. In 2007/2008 Ann was the clinical lead for the Darzi review of maternity and newborn services in the South West. Ann’s priority is patient safety across all health organisations and she is committed to improving outcomes and experiences and reducing variation in service provision across the South West.




Anne Pullyblank

Consultant Colorectal surgeon and Clinical Director for Surgery at North Bristol NHS Trust


Anne is a Consultant Colorectal surgeon and Clinical Director for Surgery at North Bristol NHS Trust. Anne has been involved in medical education as a Clinical Tutor and has a major interest in patient safety.  She was chair of the Trust Clinical Risk Committee for 2 years.  Anne was shortlisted for a Health and Social Care Award in 2009 for work on the surgical safety checklist, winner of a National Patient Safety Award in 2011 for work on NG tube safety, shortlisted for a NHS leadership award in 2012 and shortlisted in 2 categories for a national patient safety award in 2014 for work on surgical site infection.  Anne was part of the Safer Patient’s Initiative, working in the peri-operative work stream.  She then became faculty for the peri- operative workstream for the South West Safety collaborative.  Anne is now Clinical Director for Patient Safety Collaborative at West of England Academic Health Science Network.




Dr Stephen Richard Gulliford,
Consultant in Acute Medicine

Stephen currently works in Acute Medicine full time at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL). He is currently Clinical Director for Unscheduled Care at the Trust. He graduated from the University of St Andrews (2001) and Manchester (2004) and trained in the Higher Specialist Training programme in Acute Medicine in the Northwest of England, obtaining his CCT in 2011. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Toxicology.  He is an associate of the Emergency Care Intensive Support Team.



Suzanne Wilson
 Acute Kidney Injury Specialist Nurse

Suzanne Wilson qualified as a nurse in 2001 and worked on ITU for 11 years in Preston before moving to Carlisle where she worked on ITU and Critical Care Outreach for 3 years.

She joined Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust in May 2014 as an Acute Kidney Injury Specialist Nurse where she work currently and has been instrumental in improving patient safety through an AKI specialist service.




Dr Mohsin Choudry

Surgical Trainee

Mohsin Choudry is a year-two core surgical trainee with an interest in plastic surgery. He was appointed as a National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow in 2015 to the Royal College of Physicians in London, where he led on their patient safety and quality improvement work. He has developed expertise, written and spoken on quality improvement, mortality, transparency, duty of candor, consent, valuing junior doctors and how to improve working conditions and training. He is passionate about clinical leadership at every level, and about doing the right thing when things go wrong with patient care. He is a member of the patient safety council at the Royal Society of Medicine and an editorial board member of the Future Hospital Journal


Dr Laura Munglani

Foundation Year 2

Laura Munglani is a Foundation Year 2 doctor currently working at Southmead Hospital. She received her BMBCh from Oxford University in 2015. She has been involved in Quality Improvement and patient safety through her work designing and implementing Treatment Escalation Plan forms at Weston General Hospital during FY1 winning first prizes at the Quality Improvement in Action – SW AHSN presentation day, June 2016, and Weston General Hospital presentation day, June 2016. The project is also being presented at ‘Sharing Best Practice’ - SW AHSN Day, November 2016.


Nicola Davey

Quality Improvement Practitioner

Nicola has worked in the acute and primary care sectors, at local, regional and national level. She was Senior Associate at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement for 5 years and is now Director of the Quality Improvement Clinic. She is Faculty Lead for England for the IHI’s Open School supporting clinical trainees.



Richard Brady

 Regulatory Policy Officer (Mental Health)

Previously holding roles in Children’s Services and the voluntary sector, Rich joined the Care Quality Commission in August 2015. He is the policy lead on mental health crisis care services and is currently leading the regulator’s work on strengthening its methodology for assessing mental health care in acute settings. He was a member of CQC’s thematic review team to review how NHS trusts investigate and learn from deaths, co-authoring the final report, Learning, Candour and Accountability.


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