Welcome to my website.  My name is Dr Suzette Woodward and I am an internationally renowned expert in patient safety.  I have been studying safety in healthcare settings since the 1990s. I have worked in the NHS for 40 years, as a general nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital and a paediatric intensive care nurse at Guy’s Hospital.

I started specialising in patient safety at Great Ormond Street Hospital and have since worked at the Department of Health and held Executive Board positions at the National Patient Safety Agency and NHS Resolution. 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.  For the last five years I was the National Clinical Director for the Sign up to Safety Campaign. I am currently in a joint role as Senior Advisor for the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS Resolution. I am also a Visiting Professor for the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College University London.

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.

This site will also include posts by Cat Harrison and Dane Wiig.  We recently worked together on the Sign up to Safety Campaign. We combine innovative patient safety thinking with building the conditions, values and culture to help people work safely.

For us it is all about caring for the people that care.

I present on all aspects of patient safety.  I can provide presentations tailored to your needs and your audience, or if you want to delve in with more depth and detail deliver full or half day masterclasses 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.

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

The blogs up until ‘Book II’ were written by me.  In future each blog will be written either by Cat, Dane or myself and each blog will start with the author’s name so you are clear who is writing what.  The blog will share our learning from Sign up to Safety and our thoughts and ideas as we move on to a new chapter in our lives.

From September this site will also be the accompanying blog site for my forthcoming book; Implementing Patient Safety.