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National Patient Safety Foundation Think Tank Adds New Members

Tuesday, September 15, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Charles Vincent, Amy Edmondson Join the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute

Boston, MA (September 15, 2015)—The National Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute has announced the appointment of Professor Charles Vincent and Amy C. Edmondson, PhD, as new members, effective September 1.

Composed of thought leaders with a common commitment to advancing patient safety, the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute functions as a think tank to provide vision and context for health care safety efforts. Its work focuses on identifying and framing vital transforming concepts that require system-level attention and action.

   Prof. Vincent
   Dr. Edmondson
Professor Vincent is professor of psychology at the University of Oxford and Emeritus Professor of Clinical Safety Research at Imperial College, London, where he served as director of the Centre for Patient Safety and Service Quality while based in the Department of Surgery and Cancer. A clinical psychologist by training, he is the author of numerous articles and the book Patient Safety (2d Ed.), and editor of Clinical Risk Management (2001). From 1999 to 2003, Professor Vincent served as commissioner on the UK Commission for Health Improvement. He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a senior investigator at the National Institute for Health Research in the UK.


Dr. Edmondson is Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School. She has authored more than 70 articles on leadership, teams, innovation, and organizational learning, as well as books, including Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate and Compete in the Knowledge Economy (2012). She and her co-author received the 2004 Accenture Award for their article, "Why Hospitals Don't Learn from Failures: Organizational and Psychological Dynamics That Inhibit System Change" (California Management Review, Winter 2003).

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Professor Vincent and Dr. Edmondson to the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute,” said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president and CEO of NPSF and of the Institute. “Their expertise and perspectives on leadership and safety culture will be very valuable in informing the Institute’s work to advance patient and workforce safety.”

This week, the Institute hosts the 8th Annual NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Forum & Keynote Dinner. The agenda for the September 17 event includes discussions about how greater transparency in health care can fuel better outcomes and safer care, as well as a panel discussion on communication, apology, and resolution after medical error, and a closing keynote address by Dr. Jonathan Perlin, chief medical officer at Hospital Corporation of America and current chair of the American Hospital Association.

The NPSF Lucian Leape Institute has produced a number of reports and papers on topics such as medical education reform; consumer engagement in health care; transparency; care integration; and restoring joy and meaning in work and addressing workforce safety. For further information and links to the Institute’s publications, visit

About the Lucian Leape Institute
The NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, established in 2007, is charged with defining strategic paths and calls to action for the field of patient safety, offering vision and context for the many efforts under way within health care, and providing the leverage necessary for system-level change. Its members are national thought leaders with a common interest in patient safety whose expertise and influence are brought to bear as the Institute calls for the innovation necessary to expedite the work and create significant, sustainable improvements in culture, process, and outcomes critical to safer health care.


About the National Patient Safety Foundation
The National Patient Safety Foundation’s vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. A central voice for patient safety since 1997, NPSF partners with patients and families, the health care community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and health care workforce safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Follow @theNPSF on Twitter.

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