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A vision for the future of safe care: Maternal & newborn safety in COVID-19


Event details

On 17 September, the global patient safety community will once again come together for the annual World Patient Safety Day (WPSD). Globally, a series of events will take place to advocate for safe and respectful childbirth.

In recognition of this important topic, the NIHR Imperial Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (PSTRC), part of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London, are hosting a virtual event.

The event will address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on staff burnout and resilience, and the safety impacts for patients and families, through a spotlight on their impact on maternal and newborn care in support of the World Health Organization’s objectives for WPSD 2021.

The event will include a live panel discussion, featuring UK and international safety leaders and experts in maternal and newborn care.

Confirmed speakers and panellists include:

  • Professor the Lord Ara Darzi - Director of the NIHR Imperial Patient Safety Translational Research Centre; Co-Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London
  • The Rt Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP - Chair of the UK Health and Social Care Select Committee
  • Dr Mike Durkin - Senior Advisor on Patient Safety Policy and Leadership, NIHR Imperial Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, Institute of Global Health Innovation
  • Nadine Dorries MP - Minister for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety, UK Government
  • Dr Aidan Fowler - National Director of Patient Safety, NHS England/Improvement
  • Dr Suzanna Sulaiman - Consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, KK Women's and Children's Hospital
  • Professor TG Teoh - Clinical Director at Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists; Director of Women’s & Children’s at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
  • Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent - First Chief Midwifery Officer; Director of Midwifery and Nursing for Women’s and Children’s at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust & Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital; National Maternity Champion, UK Department for Health and Social Care.
  • Darren Welch - Director, Global Health Directorate, UK Foreign Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO)


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