Who am I?

Welcome to my website.  My name is Dr Suzette Woodward and I specialise in patient safety.  I have been studying all aspects of safety in healthcare settings since the 1990s. I have worked in the NHS for over 40 years, starting out as a general nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital, London and a paediatric intensive care nurse at Guy’s Hospital, London.

I started specialising in patient safety at Great Ormond Street Hospital – we called it clinical risk then – and have since worked at the Department of Health, National Patient Safety Agency and NHS Resolution and held Executive Board positions on the last two. My roles have taken me across the world advising people and health ministries in Europe, Singapore and Hong Kong and leading on large scale transformation programmes.

Academically, I have a Masters in Clinical Risk, a post graduate diploma in Management Studies and a Doctorate in Patient Safety.  My main area of interest and research relates to translating policy into action and the implementation of a just culture and safety II. I am an author of two books; Rethinking Patient Safety and Implementing Patient Safety. I am a Visiting Professor for the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College University London and have an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of West London.

From 2014 I was the National Clinical Director for the Sign up to Safety Campaign and most recently in a joint role of Senior Advisor to the Department of Health and Social Care in England and NHS Resolution. In 2020 I am now venturing to pastures new and going freelance.I can provide presentations, workshops, and masterclasses tailored to your needs and your audience, or if you want to delve in with more depth and detail I can provide advice and guidance on:

  • Patient safety
  • Just culture
  • Safety II

I regularly help frontline clinical teams work together, particularly in relation to the behaviours that help people work safely and provide specialist workshops for senior leaders and Boards to help develop their patient safety strategy. Ultimately all of my work distills down to caring for the people that care in order to help them work safely.

You can contact me via twitter @suzettewoodward and I will promptly provide you with an email for further correspondence.

From December 2019 this site is also the accompanying blog site for my second book; Implementing Patient Safety.