Europe Region Programme Advisory Committee
NHS National Director of Patient Safety; England
Aidan Fowler is the National Director of Patient Safety for the NHS in England and was previously Director of NHS Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and Director for NHS Wales. Aidan was a Colorectal Surgeon and Chief of Service for Surgery before entering the NHS Leadership Academy Fast Track Executive Training Programme during which he worked as an executive at UH Bristol and subsequently worked as a Medical Director in Mental Health and Community care. Aidan trained as an Improvement Adviser(IA) with the IHI and was IA to the South West Safer Patient Programme and has worked on Patient Safety with WEAHSN. He has also worked as faculty with the IHI.
Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Chief Quality Officer, East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT); England
Quality Improvement Editor, The BMJ; England
Cat is a GP and the Quality Improvement Editor for The BMJ, working in partnership with, and funded by, the Health Foundation to publish a series of articles supporting clinicians to improve healthcare. Prior to this, she created resources to teach and support clinicians to undertake QI work as Clinical Lead for BMJ Quality and briefly edited BMJ Quality Improvement Reports (now BMJ Open Quality). Cat has been involved in QI since undertaking a Darzi leadership fellowship during which she created leadership and QI development projects for doctors in training in the London Deanery.
Healthcare Advocate; Sweden
Cristin Lind became a healthcare advocate after years of coordinating care for her child who has complex healthcare needs. Originally from Boston, she now lives in Stockholm, where she helps change agents develop their agency and impact. She leads initiatives in which patients and their families, clinicians and policy makers collaborate to create better health and care. Organizations she has supported include Cambridge Health Alliance, Institute of Medicine, and National Institute for Children’s Health & Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) in the US, and Rare Diseases Sweden, Karolinska University Hospital, Region Stockholm’s Healthcare Authority (HSF), and Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL). She currently serves on the BMJ’s editorial advisory board, patient engagement expert panel and International Forum planning committee.
Assistant Director of Improvement at the Health Foundation; Medical Director, NHS Nightingale; England
Patient Editor, BMJ; England
Emma Cartwright is a patient editor at the BMJ where she manages the ‘What your patient is thinking’ series. Since joining the BMJ in 2018, Emma has been involved in developing the patient voice within the journal, particularly within education. She has also been named as one of Cochrane’s 30 under 30 for her work in patient and public involvement.
Emma is also a Health Psychology PhD candidate at the Lee Kong Chian medical school in Singapore. Her research focuses on co-design and patient involvement with dialysis patients.
Dean of the Royal Society of Medicine, London; England
Fiona Moss is the Dean of the Royal Society of Medicine, London, England. She trained in respiratory medicine and has a career long interest in medical education and quality improvement. Her previous roles include Consultant Respiratory Physician at Central Middlesex Hospital, where she was also Director of Undergraduate Clinical Studies. She has had extensive experience in postgraduate medical education and from 2010-2013, was Director of Medical and Dental Education Commissioning for London and developed “one year in one place” rotations for junior doctors; set up London’s Postgraduate Specialty Schools and devised the London Darzi Fellowship Programme to provides opportunities for senior residents to take a year out of training programmes and, working alongside clinical directors, to gain practical experience of organisational change and quality improvement.
She was a co-chair of the International Conference on Residency Education from 2012-2019. Fiona was founder editor of Quality and Safety in Health Care (now BMJ Quality and Safety) and is on the Strategic Advisory Group of the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare. In 2006 she was awarded a CBE for services to Medicine.
Chief Executive of Learning and Innovation, Qulturum; Sweden
Göran Henriks is Chief Executive of Learning and Innovation at Qulturum in Region Jönköping County, Sweden.
Mr. Henriks academic background is in Psychology from the University of Lund, and worked as a child psychologist. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Gothenburg. He worked as a child- and school psychologist during 1976-1983. Between 1978 and 2000 he was also engaged in top sport as he was coaching national teams in basketball.
Mr. Henriks has more than thirty years’ experience of management in the Swedish healthcare system. He is a member of the Region Jönköping County’s Top Management and Strategic Group.
Göran is a board member of the Swedish Institute for Quality, SIQ, senior advisor SALAR, chair Emeritus International Forum Programme Advisory Committee and the chairman of the South East Health Care Regions Quality registers centre.
He is also the chairman of the Strategic Committee of the International Quality Forum organised by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Göran is also appointed as a Senior Fellow at the Institute of HealthCare Improvement. He is appointed as professor in Quality Management at the University of Yerevan, Armenia.
Chief Transformation Officer, NHS Horizons; England
Helen Bevan is a leader of change within the NHS. She has led and facilitated many nationwide initiatives to improve care. Helen has demonstrated a constancy of purpose and resilience to stay within the system over decades that is rare in internal change agents. Her focus has shifted from managing big programmes of change to approaches that mobilise and build energy and commitment to change on a large scale. Helen has an ability to connect directly with thousands of frontline staff and patient leaders. She is one of the top social influencers in healthcare globally.
National Director of Improvement, NHS England and NHS Improvement; England
Hugh McCaughey is the NHS National Director of Improvement for NHS England and NHS Improvement. Hugh helps ensure NHS providers and local systems are equipped to deliver world-class universal healthcare on a sustainable basis. He oversees the delivery of high impact support to the NHS to help reduce unwarranted clinical variation, improve quality and access, and ensure the most effective and efficient use of resources.
Previously, Hugh was the Chief Executive of South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland from 2009, where he made quality improvement a key strategy.
Hugh is a member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and is a founding member of the Health Improvement Alliance Europe and the UK Improvement Alliance. He is Chair of the Ulster Rugby Academy and a former coach, player and manager.
Inspector and Advisor, Dutch Health and Youth Care Inspectorate; Netherlands
Ian Leistikow is inspector and advisor at the Dutch Health & Youth Care Inspectorate and professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam where he does research on governmental regulation of healthcare quality. He is a non-practicing physician. He was the coordinator of the patient safety program within the University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands, from 2003 to 2011. He has set up various patient safety related trainings, has published multiple articles about patient safety and co-authored a Dutch book on Root Cause Analysis. In 2010 he published his PhD thesis on how the Board of Directors can lead patient safety improvements. Since 2011, Ian works at the Dutch Health & Youth Care Inspectorate. There his tasks have included judging the quality of sentinel event analysis reports from hospitals and coordinating the Dutch national set of quality indicators for hospitals. In 2011 Ian became a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare. In 2017 CRC Press published his book “Prevention is better than cure”, on learning from adverse events in healthcare.
CEO, Danish Society for Patient Safety; Denmark
Inge Kristensen is the CEO of the Danish Society for Patient Safety. Inge is a long-standing manager with experience from the social and health sector and research institutions in the municipal, regional and state sectors. Inge has worked as a consultant, has been Head of the Social Services and Health Care in a municipality and before that the head of Development and Quality in a hospital region. Inge has achieved significant results with the establishment and implementation of innovative cross-sectoral cooperation in the health field and in complex projects within quality development – which both save money and increase quality. A wide and deep knowledge of many sector areas enables Inge to navigate, collaborate and create sustainable solutions that use inspiration from Denmark and abroad. Inge works with the development of Danish Society for Patient Safety roles as a catalyst and integrator in the health care system, and where professionalism and strategy must be connected. Constant improvements have been a red thread through Inge’s working life, along with a focus on the user/ patient perspective.
National Clinical Director, Scottish Government; Scotland
Jason Leitch is the National Clinical Director of the Quality Unit in The Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorate. Jason is an Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee. He was a 2005-06 Quality Improvement Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, in Boston, sponsored by the Health Foundation.
Director for NHS Quality Improvement and Patient Safety/ Director Improvement Cymru; Wales
Professor of the National School of Public Health, Universidade Nova de Lisboa; Portugal
Professor Sousa has a PhD in Public Health from ENSP-NOVA and is a member of the Center for Public Health Research. He is the Coordinator of the Master in Public Health and the International Course on Quality in Health and Safety of the Patient (in partnership with ENSP Sérgio Arouca da Fiocruz , Rio de Janeiro).
His areas of academic interest include Health Policies and Systems, Health Quality Assessment and Improvement, Patient Safety, Risk-adjusted Health Outcomes Evaluation and Cardiovascular Diseases.
Head of Europe and Latin America Regions, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI); USA
Pedro Delgado is Head of Europe and Latin America Regions for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). He has a unique ability to work across cultures, languages, and systems. Based in the United Kingdom, he has been a driving force in IHI’s global strategy. From working on reducing C-sections in Brazil, to improving early years’ education in Chile, patient safety in Portugal and mental health in London, Mr. Delgado has led the key senior relationships, design and implementation of large-scale health system improvement efforts and networks globally. He coaches senior leaders and teams, and lectures extensively worldwide on large-scale change, patient safety, and quality improvement.
Head of Healthcare Improvement, Danish Society for Patient Safety; Denmark
Vibeke Rischel, RN, MHSc. Vibeke is the Head of Healthcare Improvement and deputy director at the Danish Society for Patient Safety PS!. Vibeke has been with the Danish Society for Patient Safety (PS!) since 2007. Since 2014 Vibeke has been the overall lead of the portfolio of improvement and capacity building programs in PS!. The improvement work has been recognized, especially the elimination of pressure ulcers where PS! is an international lead. Vibeke has more than 25 years of experience in health care through nursing, leadership, patient safety and improvement at a national level. Vibeke is trained as IHI Improvement Advisor and Improvement Coach.