National Health Service History
|Sir Liam Donaldson
MSc, MD, FRCS(Ed), FFPHM, FRCP, FRCP(Ed), FMedSci
Liam Donaldson started his medical career in surgery and later trained in public health, holding senior posts in public health medicine and management. From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, he was Director of Public Health for Regional Health Authorities covering the North East and Yorkshire regions of the National Health Service.
From the early 1990s he combined the role of Director of Public Health with
the post of Regional Director of one of the eight regional offices of the
National Health Service Executive. His particular experience and interests have
been in strategic management and planning, health policy, public health
programmes, clinical governance, problems of poor professional practice and
health services research. He has graduated from the universities of Bristol,
Birmingham and Leicester and has been awarded honorary Doctorates by the
Universities of Huddersfield, Bristol, Cranfield and Portsmouth. He also holds
an honorary Chair of Applied Epidemiology in the University of Newcastle upon
Tyne. He is co-author of a standard textbook of public health and has published
widely on health and health service research subjects.
Since taking up the CMO post he has authored several major government reports some of which include: An organisation with a memory: report of an expert group on learning from adverse events in the NHS; Supporting Doctors, Protecting Patients; Stem Cell Research: Medical Progress with Responsibility; Building a safer NHS for patients, The Removal, Retention and Use of Human Organs and Tissue from Post-mortem Examination, and proposals for future specialist certification and revalidation of doctors.
In the 2002 New Year Honours List, Liam Donaldson received a knighthood in
recognition of his achievements in health and health care. He plans to
retire in 2010 and has been appointed chair of the National Patients Safety