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NHS England launches independent review of teen death

A leading expert on learning disability services will work with the NHS to review the circumstances and lessons of the death of Oliver McGowan, a young teenager with learning disabilities. NHS England has announced that Dr Celia Ingham Clark, England’s Medical Director for Professional Leadership and Clinical Effectiveness, will oversee the completion of the learning disability mortality review (LeDeR) of Oliver’s death. 

Fiona Ritchie, an independent consultant, will chair the review which aims to ensure there is the necessary learning from deaths of people with a learning disability, working with the McGowan family. Ms Ritchie, the independent chair, will now take forward – with the family and Dr. Ingham Clark – finalising the terms of reference for review and overseeing the completion. Following agreement with Oliver’s family, further experts will join an oversight group, which will provide specialist clinical input and advice as needed to Ms Ritchie ensuring that the review process is thorough and the final findings are robust.

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Source: NHS England, 7 August 2019


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