Sir Liam Donaldson is the Chairman of the National Patient Safety Agency. He was appointed on 1 July 2010.
Sir Liam Donaldson is a global leader in public health and health care quality and safety. From 1998 to June 2010 he was Chief Medical Officer for England and the United Kingdom’s Chief Medical Adviser.
As Chief Medical Officer, he produced ground-breaking reports and policy initiatives that shaped public health, NHS care and clinical practice. These included: smoke-free public places, regulated stem cell research, creation of the concept of clinical governance, establishment of a health protection service and a comprehensive approach to patient safety.
He led the Government response to a number of health issues including: the SARS outbreak, the H1N1 influenza pandemic and the murders of patients by general practitioner Harold Shipman.
Internationally, Sir Liam served as member and Vice-Chairman of the World Health Organization’s Executive Board and conceived, founded, and led the World Alliance for Patient Safety..
He is currently the World Health Organization Director-General’s envoy on patient safety, chairs the International Monitoring Board on polio eradication, holds a part-time chair of Health Policy at Imperial College, London, and is Chancellor of Newcastle University.