Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Honorary Clinical Research Fellow



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Maria is a NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) in Primary Care and a GP Specialty Trainee, combining clinical training in General Practice with academic research. Beyond this substantive post, she is also a member of NHS England's Primary Care Patient Safety Expert Group, Education Associate with the General Medical Council (GMC), Trustee for the Clinical Human Factors Group and an Honorary Clinical Research Fellow at Imperial College London's Centre for Patient Safety and Service Quality (CPSSQ).

Maria graduated from the University of Manchester with an Honours Medical degree and a Masters in Public Health as part of a Health Foundation Student Research Fellowship. In 2013, she completed a Clinical Research Fellowship at Imperial College London leading to the award of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). As part of her thesis 'Embedding Patient Safety into Postgraduate Medical Education' she led award-winning translational research to improve debriefing practice in Surgery ('Operation Debrief') and to integrate sustainable patient safety training for all trainees across the North Western Foundation School ('Lessons Learnt: Building a Safer Foundation'), engaging over 3000 trainees and over 300 senior doctors to date.

Maria's core interests and expertise lies in patient safety and quality improvement, medical education and education policy and qualitative research methods. Her work has been recognised with a number of prestigious awards and she has disseminated her research widely through peer-reviewed publications and presentations. Previous roles include Clinical Advisor to BUPA and WHO Patient Safety as part of the Chief Medical Officer’s scheme; Strategic Advisory Board member at BMJ Quality;Trainee Steering Group member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM) and consultancy work with Medical Education England.



Ahmed M, Arora S, Tiew S, et al., 2014, Building a safer foundation: the Lessons Learnt patient safety training programme, Bmj Quality & Safety, Vol:23, ISSN:2044-5415, Pages:78-86

Ahmed M, Sevdalis N, Vincent C, et al., 2013, Actual vs perceived performance debriefing in surgery: practice far from perfect, American Journal of Surgery, Vol:205, ISSN:0002-9610, Pages:434-440

Ahmed M, Arora S, Baker P, et al., 2013, Building capacity and capability for patient safety education: a train-the-trainers programme for senior doctors., Bmj Qual Saf. 2013 Mar 5. [epub Ahead of Print]

Ahmed M, Arora S, Russ S, et al., 2013, Operation Debrief: A SHARP improvement in performance feedback in the Operating Room, Ann Surg. 2013 Mar 8. [epub Ahead of Print]

Ahmed M, Baker P, Hayden J, et al., 2013, Engaging junior doctors in patient safety: Don't forget the basics, Bmj Qual Saf

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