Professor James Walker

Clinical Director of Maternity Investigations

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Jimmy is a retired Clinical Professor in Obstetrics having worked in the University of Leeds with Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust for 25 years.

He has a particular expertise in patient safety, investigation and clinical governance. His main areas of clinical interest are pre-eclampsia, early pregnancy failure, premature labour and delivery. His main driver to his work has been in how to improve patient care and clinical outcome. He has used the cycle of audit, investigation, recommendation, implementation and re-audit to achieve clinical improvement particularly in the area of pre-eclampsia. He has been involved in working with patient groups and developing guidelines for management of clinical problems.

He has carried out numerous reviews into hospitals, units and clinicians in trouble. He has done this on personal invitation, on behalf of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and at governmental invitation. He was a member of the panel of the Kirkup review into Morecambe Bay on behalf to the Department of Health (DoH) in England and sat was on the National Maternity Review chaired by Baroness Cumberlege.

He has been commissioned to write reports for the General Medical Council and the DOH into legal matters and given evidence in civil, criminal, coroner and procurator fiscal courts as well to regulatory bodies in England, Scotland, Ireland, USA and Hong Kong

In 2011, he was elected Senior Vice-President of the RCOG with a remit for global health. From 2013 to 2017, he was a Non-Executive Director of the Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust. He chaired its Quality and Safety Committee and has developed robust reporting mechanisms and a review culture.

Before joining us at HSIB, he was the Obstetric Advisor to he National Patient Safety Agency, Chairman of the Confidential Enquires into Maternal and Child Mortality, National Professional Advisor (NPA) on Maternity to the Care Quality Commission and Chairman of the National Sentinel Caesarean Section Audit He brings to HSIB his specialty skills in assessment of patient safety, root cause analysis, incident analysis and service evaluation.

Jimmy also works extensively for medical charities and was the inaugural President of the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, is currently Medical Director of Action on Pre-eclampsia and the Honorary President of Baby Lifeline Training.