Mike Durkin, OBE, MBBS, FRCA, FRCP, DSc


Patient Safety Movement Foundation
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Senior Advisor on Patient Safety Policy and Leadership, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London

Mike Durkin is the Chairman of the Governing Board for the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. As one of the world’s foremost authorities on patient safety, he holds numerous advisory positions, serving as Senior Advisor on Patient Safety Policy and Leadership for the NIHR Imperial College Patient Safety Translational Research Centre in the UK, and Academic Director of the Global Patient Safety Collaborative, a partnership between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UK government.

A qualified physician, Durkin previously held clinical, research, and teaching positions in cardiovascular anesthesia and critical care in the UK and the US, before embarking on a 25-year career in medical management and leadership, culminating in an appointment as NHS Medical Director across the South of England.

Durkin subsequently served as the NHS National Director of Patient Safety, leading the development of the National Patient Safety Alerting System and 15 Patient Safety Collaboratives across England. He has also worked to promote patient safety across the world, helping to establish WHO’s Global Ministerial Summits on Patient Safety which have been held in locations ranging from Tokyo to Jeddah.