Patient safety

Patients for Patient Safety (PFPS) Webinar Series - Presenters bios

Peter Walsh

Peter Walsh is Chief Executive of Action against Medical Accidents (‘AvMA’) - the UK charity for patient safety and justice. He joined in January 2003. Peter has extensive experience of work on patients’ rights, advocacy and health policy. Before joining AvMA he was Director of the Association of Community Health Councils for England and Wales, as well as a local CHC chief officer. Prior to that he worked in the voluntary sector, mainly within Councils for Voluntary Service, on issues such as user involvement in health and social care planning; advocacy; and volunteering projects. He also has experience of working in the private sector in the advertising and publishing industry. Peter holds a MBA specialising in health service management and a BA in English.

Peter led AvMA’s work as a core participant in the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry and was appointed by Don Berwick as a senior advisor to his review of patient safety. He regularly writes and speaks on the subject of patient safety and justice for people affected by medical accidents.
Other positions held:
- World Health Organisation “Patients for Patient Safety Champion”
- Editorial Advisory Board of Clinical Risk journal