Dr Umesh Prabhu
Dr Umesh Prabhu is a paediatric consultant and former medical director at Wigan & Leigh NHS Trust, NCAA adviser and clinical director for NHS Professionals
After his graduation in India Dr Prabhu came to the UK in 1982. He then trained in Paediatrics at Oxford, Edinburgh and Leeds and in 1992 was appointed as a Consultant Paediatrician to the Bury NHS Trust.
He was the lead clinician in Paediatrics between 1992 to 1998. In 1998 he was appointed as the Medical Director of Bury Trust. He was a Non-executive member of the NPSA from 2001-2003.
His special interest is medical errors and patient safety. As a Medical Director he conducted an audit of all medico-legal cases and complaints. He also analysed all cases of severe birth asphyxia at Bury NHS Trust from 1986 to 1994.
Dr Prabhu has personal experience in the field of patient safety and medical errors and is a passionate believer that protecting patients and supporting doctors are two sides of the same coin.
Says Dr Prabhu…
“It is a great pleasure and honour to be a patron because of the amazing work AvMA does. I am very proud of our NHS: each year 360 million patients are seen by 1.3 million staff and the vast majority of patients get the best and safest care. However sadly things do go wrong and some patients do suffer due to medical errors. Most errors are due to systems failures rather than bad doctors and nurses: it is important for all of us to prevent tragedies and to learn from any medical mistakes.
AvMA have for years been promoting justice and fairness to all patients when things go wrong and promoting a fair and open culture and a culture of learning. I fully endorse such an approach and I am proud to be a patron of AvMA” Dr Umesh Prabu