Information about events organised by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

Annual Ombudsman Lecture 2018

Our annual Ombudsman lecture at the London School of Economics takes place on Thursday 13 December at 6.30pm.

The lecture 'Avoiding the Avoidable: Comparative Approaches to Patient Safety' will be delivered by Sir Liam Donaldson, former Chief Medical Officer and patient safety expert.

It will consider the latest international thinking on approaches to patient safety and the future challenges and opportunities this presents for health care leaders. Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Rob Behrens will then deliver a brief response.

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Meet the Ombudsman: Annual Open Meeting 2018

On 22 May 2018, we hosted our second annual open meeting in London.

Ombudsman Rob Behrens shared our new three year strategy and spoke of returning to the core values of an ombudsman service.

Guest speakers included: government complaints champion and HMRC Customs Director General Customer Services, Angela MacDonald and James Titcombe, father of Joshua Titcombe.

After a lively Q&A session, breakout sessions featured discussions on innovation and good practice in complaint handling and alternative dispute resolution.

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Annual Open Meeting 2017

Over 100 people joined us for our first open meeting in November 2017 in Manchester. Participants included complainants, complaint handlers and representatives of national bodies.   

Rob Behrens shared his vision for developing a modern Ombudsman service, Scott Morrish spoke powerfully about his experience of making a complaint about the NHS, and Dr Bill Kirkup shared his experience as an independent investigator.

There were also breakout sessions for complainants, complaint handlers and regulators.

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