NHS Improvement has announced Aidan Fowler will be England’s new national patient safety director.

Dr Fowler is a consultant surgeon and currently works as director of NHS quality improvement and patient safety, and director of the 1,000 Lives Improvement service, at Public Health Wales.

Dr Aidan Fowler

Aidan Fowler will take up the national role in the summer

He will be the permanent replacement for Mike Durkin who held the national post for almost five years.

Dr Fowler joined Public Health Wales in September 2015 and has previously been a director at Worcestershire Health and Care Trust and University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust.

He said: “I am delighted to be joining NHS Improvement in the summer at what is such an exciting time for patient safety. I look forward to continuing NHS Improvement’s leadership role in promoting the importance of patient safety across the NHS.”

Kathy McLean, executive medical director at NHSI, said: ”NHS Improvement’s remit for patient safety extends across all areas of NHS funded healthcare in England, so Dr Fowler’s welcome appointment to lead the national patient safety function is a key one for the organisation and the NHS as a whole.

“NHS Improvement would also like to offer sincere thanks to Celia Ingham Clark who has provided great leadership while covering the role of interim NHS national director of patient safety since June 2017.”