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 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.

It is 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.

From December 2019 this site will also be the accompanying blog site for my forthcoming book; Implementing Patient Safety.