James Titcombe, OBE
A former project manager in the nuclear industry, James Titcombe become involved in patient safety following the tragic loss of his baby son due to failures in his care at Morecambe Bay Trust in 2008.
Working with other families, he successfully campaigned for the Morecambe Bay Investigation which was published in March 2015. In 2013 he began work as the National Advisor on Safety for the Care Quality Commission.
He regularly speaks at national conferences on the subject of patient safety and has had articles published in journals such as the British Medical Journal, Health Service Journal and Nursing Times, as well as the national press.
In 2015 he was awarded an OBE for services to patient safety.
He was a member of the expert advisory group established to set up the new Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB).
“I became aware of AvMA in the months following Joshua’s death. At a critical and very difficult time, AvMA provided much needed support, information and advice to help my family and I take our concerns and questions about Joshua’s death forward. AvMA helped secure much needed legal representation at Joshua’s inquest and were key in supporting the calls for an independent investigation into what happened at Morecambe Bay.
AvMA are a leading voice on patient safety issues and provide invaluable support for patients and families who have experienced avoidable harm in healthcare. It’s a real honour to have been asked to act as a patron of AvMA at such an important time for the development of patient safety in the NHS.” James Titcombe OBE