Imperial College London

Dr Susan Burnett

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Honorary Research Fellow



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Having worked in the health sector for over twenty years Susan has experience on the board of high profile organisations. For five years she was Director of National Programmes at the National Patient Safety Agency. Her research interests include national policy for patient safety and its impact at the frontline, comparing the approaches taken in different European countries; organisational strategies to improve patient safety; and the role of the Board, senior leaders and managers in patient safety including the impact of management systems on the reliability of healthcare. Susan runs the Centre’s consultancy group and is involved in a wide range of projects in the field of patient safety and service quality



Burnett S, 2010, Why organisations respond differently to safety improvement programmes, Health Care Risk Report, ISSN:1356-0611, Pages:12-13

Burnett S, 2010, Improving Patient Safety: Learning from the Safer Patients Initiative, Health Care Risk Report, Vol:16, ISSN:1356-0611, Pages:16-17


Burnett S, A first-hand account of the medical services in Gallipoli and the Middle East in World War 1, RSM History of Medicine meeting

Burnett S, Boards, Leadership and Patient Safety, NHS Confederation Annual Conference, 2011

Burnett S, Clinical Systems Reliability and Patient Safety, How do we work together to promote safer practice in healthcare?

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