Our Advisory Panel is a group of independent people who are experts in the fields of healthcare, patient safety and safety investigations.
They use their broad range of knowledge to provide us with external and independent scrutiny. They do this by looking closely at our work and processes and providing challenge and feedback. This can be their own individual feedback, or feedback gathered through discussion with their professional networks.
Our Advisory Panel members were appointed following an open competition.
Read more about the role of the panel, panel membership and meeting dates below.
Role of the panel
The Advisory Panel provides external challenge, critique and comment on the status, operation and outputs of HSIB as an independent body.
The Advisory Panel provides a forum to gather and consider the views, questions and interests of key HSIB stakeholders.
The Advisory Panel provides expert knowledge and input to the Chief Investigator and HSIB on key issues as required from professional, public and patient perspectives.
The Advisory Panel provides input and information to the Chief Investigator and HSIB from the collective stakeholder networks represented by panel members.
The Advisory Panel provides input, review and assurance on the short-term and long-term prioritisation process of selecting investigations.
Learning and improvement
The Advisory Panel provides external review and evaluation on the learning impacts and improvement outcomes of HSIB reports and safety recommendations.
Professor Murray Anderson-Wallace – Chair
Prof. Murray Anderson-Wallace has a clinical background in mental health services and psychological therapy, but has spent most of his career specialising in the social psychology of organisation and applied communications research.
He is visiting professor at the Health Systems Innovation Unit at London South Bank University, where he co-leads the Darzi Clinical Fellowship Programme. He also teaches on the MSc in Quality and Safety Improvement at the University of Nottingham.
Murray is an experienced independent investigator and has undertaken external reviews and inquiries in the public sector and with international non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
His practice also includes work as an independent editor, writer and presenter, producing work to stimulate debate about complex professional and ethical issues.
Following a successful career in commercial shipping, Steve Clinch joined the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIIB) in 2004 and was the organisation’s chief inspector from 2010 until his retirement from the civil service in 2018. He is currently a trustee director of Nautilus International and the Royal Alfred Seafarer’s Society. Steve was also previously the General Secretary of the Marine Accident Investigators’ International Forum.
Dr Mike Durkin
Dr Mike Durkin supports leaders in patient safety across England and globally. He is senior advisor on patient safety policy and leadership for the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) Imperial College Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. He is also director of the Global Patient Safety Collaborative, launched in 2019 as a partnership between the World Health Organization and the UK Government. Prior to this he held the position of national director of patient safety at NHS Improvement, from 2012 to 2017. Mike is a visiting professor at the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London, and the University of the West of England. He was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2017 in recognition of his services to patient safety.
Farrah Pradhan is a patient and public involvement advocate. She works as the Invited Reviews Manager for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and supports a team of lay assessors along with clinicians. Farrah is currently undertaking an MSc in Patient Safety with Imperial College London. She is committed to working with stakeholders to influence the work of healthcare organisations to improve and maintain standards for members of the public.
Dr Joe Rafferty
Dr Joe Rafferty is the Chief Executive of Mersey Care NHS Trust. Previously, he was Director of Commissioning Development for NHS North West, working on design and delivery of elements of the Liberating the NHS commissioning reforms. Included in the HSJ’s list of 100 most influential people in health, Joe has been championing Expert by Experience as a major driver for transformation.
Dr Suzanne Shale
Dr Suzanne Shale is an independent consultant in ethics, healthcare leadership and patient safety. Suzanne chairs the UK’s leading patient safety charity, Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA). Her current portfolio of work focuses on improving workplace cultures in order to promote staff wellbeing and better patient care, and enhancing organisational responses to healthcare harm. She is a non-executive director of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and a member of the Department of Health and Social Care’s Independent Reconfiguration Panel. She also chairs the London Policing Ethics Panel.
Jennie Stanley qualified as a registered nurse in 1988 and went on to specialise in emergency nursing. Jennie became a whistleblower following patient safety concerns in her organisation. She endured a four-year legal battle to vindicate her name, engaging during the process with the High Court. Jennie was Lead Nurse (UK) at Patients First from its inception in 2011 until 2017. She runs her own training company which is regularly utilised by NHS trusts. Jennie brings a whistleblower’s perspective to the panel and believes very strongly in making the patient the first concern.
Patrick Vernon OBE
Patrick Vernon OBE is Chair of the HSIB Citizens’ Partnership and Associate Director for Connected Communities for the Centre for Ageing Better. He is also a cultural historian, social commentator and political activist. His wealth of experience has seen him hold a range of roles with a focus on mental health and health equality. Patrick was the first director of Black Thrive - a multi-agency partnership tackling mental health in Lambeth. He’s also been a non-executive director of Camden and Islington Mental Health Foundation Trust, Health Partnership Coordinator for the National Housing Federation, Director of Afiya Trust (a charity who work to reduce inequality in health and social care), Chair of the Westminster Race Equality Partnership, committee member of Healthwatch England, member of the NHS Equality and Diversity Council, Director of Brent Health Action Zone and Regional Director for MIND. Patrick was awarded an OBE in 2012 for his national work in tackling health inequalities and supporting black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.
Richard von Abendorff
Richard von Abendorff is a family campaigner and advocate for learning and robust action in healthcare after avoidable harm. Previously he spent 17 years working in services for frail older people and dementia care in health, social services and home settings. He campaigns in a voluntary capacity for learning and action in end of life care, following many serious avoidable failings in his mother’s palliative care in hospital. Richard wants to ensure incident reporting leads to robust evidenced action and also an end of what, too often, becomes an attack on the messengers of harmful incidents.
Meeting dates and papers
Our Advisory Panel usually meets four times a year.
- 15 September 2020 | Advisory Panel minutes 15/09/20 (PDF)
- 24 June 2020 | Advisory Panel minutes 24/06/20 (PDF)
- 31 January 2020 | Advisory Panel minutes 31/01/20 (PDF)
- 28 November 2019 | Advisory Panel minutes 28/11/19 (PDF)
- 9 May 2019
- 13 February 2019 | Advisory Panel minutes 13/02/19 (PDF)
- 15 November 2018 | Advisory Panel minutes 15/11/18 (PDF)
- 27 July 2018 | Advisory Panel minutes 27/07/18 (PDF)
- 20 April 2018 | Advisory Panel minutes 20/04/18 (PDF)
- 19 January 2018 | Advisory Panel minutes 19/01/18 (PDF)
- 13 October 2017 | Advisory Panel minutes 13/10/17 (PDF)