Speaker: Aidan Halligan
Title: System wide quality improvement and initiatives patient safety – Reflections from the UK
Professor Aidan Halligan was the first NHS Director of Clinical Governance and Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Aidan Halligan was appointed professor of Fetal-Maternal Medicine at the University of Leicester and Head of Obstetric Services at Leicester Royal Infirmary in 1997.
He is Chief of Safety, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, and Director of Education, University College London Hospitals NHS Trust. In 1999, Aidan was invited to become the first Director of Clinical Governance for the National Health Service and formed the Leicester-based NHS Clinical Governance Support Team to translate the vision of clinical governance into a nationwide reality.
From January 2003 until October 2005, Aidan served in the UK Department of Health as Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, with responsibility for issues of clinical governance, patient safety and quality of care across the NHS in England. In that role, he was joint Senior Responsible Officer for the National Programme for IT, and the senior director sponsor of the Healthcare Commission, National Patient Safety Agency and National Institute for Clinical Excellence.