Mike Durkin

Mike DurkinDr Mike Durkin is the National Director of Patient Safety at NHS England.  Prior to joining NHS England Mike was the Medical Director of the South of England Strategic Health Authority since 2006. He is the National Clinical Director for Venous Thrombo-Embolism and leads the national VTE Prevention Programme.

He qualified at The Middlesex Hospital and has held research and teaching appointments in London and Bristol. He was appointed to the faculty at Yale University School of Medicine where he was also an Attending Anaesthesiologist. He was Medical Director of Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust from 1993 to 2002 where he has a consultant post in Anaesthesia. He was appointed as Medical Director and Director of Clinical Quality for Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority in 2002.

Antimicrobial resistance: a real threat to the future of healthcare – Dr Mike Durkin

On European Antibiotic Awareness Day, Dr Mike Durkin, NHS England Director of Patient Safety, writes about the threat of antimicrobial resistance and what needs to be done to respond to this threat to the future of global healthcare. Each year, 18 November marks European Antibiotic Awareness Day, an annual European-wide initiative to raise awareness of […]

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Antimicrobial resistance – a real threat to the future of healthcare – Mike Durkin

On European Antibiotic Awareness Day, Dr Mike Durkin, NHS England’s Director of Patient Safety, writes about antimicrobial resistance and what needs to be done to respond to this threat to the future of global healthcare. Each year, 18 November marks European Antibiotic Awareness Day, an annual continent-wide initiative to raise awareness of how to use […]

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Making the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world – Dr Mike Durkin

By Dr Mike Durkin, NHS England director of patient safety: Patient safety has been a key priority in NHS England’s first year. There can be no question that it should always be of paramount importance to everyone working in the NHS, but safety quite rightly came under particular scrutiny following the inquiry into Mid Staffs […]

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New steps towards eradicating never events – Dr Mike Durkin

A new report sets out a number of recommendations on how ‘never events’ can be eliminated from NHS surgery. Dr Mike Durkin, NHS England’s Director of Patient Safety, explains the key recommendations and the next steps to them action across the NHS: Never events are exactly what they say they are – events that should […]

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Another vital step towards keeping patients free from harm – Mike Durkin

Today sees the launch of the new National Patient Safety Alerting System (NPSAS), a vital tool that NHS England will use to ensure warnings of potential risks to the safety of patients can be swiftly developed and disseminated to every corner of the NHS. Dr Mike Durkin, Director of Patient Safety, explains the importance of […]

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The biggest patient safety initiative in the history of the NHS – Mike Durkin

NHS England has kicked off a year of action for patient safety.  A ‘design day’ event has seen work begin in earnest to create a countrywide network to improve patient safety across England. The event saw 120 leaders and experts in patient safety join forces to combine their knowledge and experience to begin shaping the […]

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New milestone reached in NHS patient safety – Mike Durkin

Mike Durkin, NHS England’s National Director for Patient Safety, marks the tenth anniversary of the National Reporting and Learning System Sunday November 24 marks a significant milestone for patient safety in the NHS, as the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) reaches the tenth anniversary of the first incident reported. Millions of incidents have since […]

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Patient safety is truly mainstreamed – Mike Durkin

Today, Professor Don Berwick publishes his report on the safety of patients in England. I had the pleasure of supporting his advisory group as they carried out their huge amount of academic research and engagement with professionals and the public, so I know how much hard work each of these people has put in, despite […]

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