About this event

  • Date and time Tue 26 Mar 2019 from 1:00pm to 5:40pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by RSM Deans Programme

This meeting will bring together policy-makers, researchers, clinicians and other healthcare professionals to understand the climate for whistleblowers within the NHS.

In this event we aim to:

  • Understand the progress made since the Francis report to change the culture within the NHS
  • Evaluate the lessons learned from the inquiry into hyponatraemia-related deaths
  • Understand the impact of dysfunctional teams on patient safety
  • Give the whistleblowers and patient perspective

Key speakers

Caroline Dinnenage

Caroline Dinenage

Minister of State for Care, Department of Health and Social Care, Her Majesty's Government

*Due to unforeseen circumstances, Caroline is no longer able to attend the event. Jennifer Benjamin, Deputy Director – Quality, Patient Safety & Investigations at DHSC will be speaking on her behalf.


Dame Clare Marx

Chair, General Medical Council 


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Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President, Royal Society of Medicine

Where are we now?

Chair: Professor Roger Kirby, Chair, Academic Board, Royal Society of Medicine

How far have we come since the Francis Report?

Dr David Nicholl, Consultant Neurologist, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

The inquiry into hyponatraemia-related deaths

The Honourable Mr Justice O'Hara, Judiciary of Northern Ireland

My story of whistleblowing

Mr Peter Duffy, Consultant Surgeon and Whistleblower

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

How far away are we from changing the culture?

Chair: Ms Lucy Warner, Chief Executive, NHS Practitioner Health Programme

A patient’s story

Susanna Stanford, Patient

The impact of freedom to speak up guardians

Dr Aled Jones, Reader in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality, Cardiff University

What prevents a doctor or allied health professional from whistleblowing?

Mr John Higgins, Research Associate, Ashridge Business School

Panel discussion

Moving forward

Chair: Miss Kaji Sritharan, Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust

A doctor’s story of whistleblowing

Dr Peter Wilmshurst, Consultant Cardiologist and Whistleblower, Royal Stoke University Hospital

Keynote lecture

Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for Care, Department of Health and Social Care, Her Majesty's Government

Facilitated panel discussion and questions and answers

Dame Clare Marx, Chair, General Medical Council,
Dr Moosa Qureshi, BMA Council, Team Hadiza and 54000doctors Associate (personal capacity),
Dr Andrew Goddard, President, Royal College of Physicians,
Mr Bob Matheson, Head of Advice and Advocacy, Protect and
Dr Chris Day, Junior Doctor and Whistleblower


Closing remarks and close of meeting

Professor Sir Simon Wessely


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom