Helen Hughes

Chief Executive
Patient Safety Learning



Helen is chief executive of Patient Safety Learning, a charity and independent voice for improving patient safety.

Her passion for improved patient safety is informed by personal family insight into the impact of unsafe care and the ineffectiveness of organisational responses to learn from error.

Helen’s previous leadership roles in patient safety include, as director of operations of the National Patient Safety Agency, designing the first patient safety infrastructure and policy framework for the NHS in England. She was also director of the National Reporting and Learning System. At the World Health Organisation, she held a range of roles including partnership and patient safety programme management and executive lead of the global Patients For Patient Safety programme.

Helen is an experienced leader in organisational effectiveness and transformational change. She has held leadership roles in healthcare in the UK and the WHO and the National Patient Safety Agency, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Parliamentary Health Services Ombudsman and the Charity Commission. She Chairs a Charity, Solace Women's Aid.

Twitter: @helenh49

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