Dr Anita Donley OBE

Senior Associate



Dr Anita Donley is a consultant physician in acute medicine by background and Trustee at Imperial Health Charity, and Principal Advisor, Academic Health Solutions, working with the NHS to formulate strategy and to implement integrated health and care at organisational and system level.

Her previous roles have included Independent Chair of the Mid and South Essex STP/ICS; Clinical Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians leading the Future Hospital Programme; Medical Director of the Revalidation Team for DH England; NHS National Clinical Director for VTE; Human Genetics Commissioner; and Health Professionals lead for the WHO Global Patient Safety Programme on medication safety.

Anita has worked for over 30 years at national level in complex environments and challenging contexts, with contributions in strategy and policy across widely differing domains in health care including patient safety and quality of care, clinical standards and outcomes, implementation and evaluation; medical education and training; health promotion, nutrition, and environmental toxicity. She has been a member of several national regulatory, advisory, academic and non-departmental public bodies and has worked at Board level in several settings, including chairing a statutory committee for one regulator for five years. Anita has a broad network spanning national policy development and implementation, standard setting, care quality and patient safety, professional regulation, medical education, fitness to practice, and quality assurance and evaluation. She was honoured with an OBE for services to medicine in 2007.

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