I am a dual qualified Barrister and Solicitor. Since 1995 I have been based in Bristol working as a partner at Bevan Brittan LLP (since 1997) where I lead the Clinical Risk team.
My role involves running a large team of lawyers advising the NHS about the multiplicity of processes that arise following an adverse incident. As a result, I have a passionate interest in patient safety which has led me to work with NHS Resolution to explore how learning can be extracted from claims data.
I run a patient safety focus group within Bevan Brittan to explore how we can align the work that we do on behalf of the NHS so claims and inquest data can support patient safety developments. I work closely with acute Trusts and Trust Boards to identify themes from claims and complaints.
The opportunity provided via two Lay appointments to Government Advisory Panels, has given me a platform to use my experience of health related adverse incidents constructively to challenge and test the conclusions of each Panel. My aim has been to ensure that patients have been put at the centre of decision making.
I have recently had an article published in the Clinical Services Journal discussing the role of the Coroner and patient safety.
- Developing and publishing ‘Ten years of Maternity Claims: An analysis of NHS Litigation Authority Data.’
- Successfully advised the Lewis Smithers v Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust on the case of a breach baby born with severe disabilities.
Head of the construction and engineering department Andrew Tobin is an experienced and highly skilled practitioner with a focus on non-contentious construction matters. He often advises on projects in the education sector.