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Ms Pippa Bark-Williams
222 Euston Road
Tel: 020 3549 5304
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  • Associate Professor (Teaching)
  • Cancer Institute
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
  • Associate Professor (Teaching)
  • Institute of Health Informatics
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Pippa is Principal Teaching  Fellow and Insititute Postgraduate Tutor (taught) at the Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education, IHI.

She initially  studied psychology at Leeds University, before researching first speech dysfluency and then medical accidents in the Department of Psychology, UCL. She also acheived a postgraduate diploma in the legal aspects of Clinical Risk Management. Having worked with Prof Charles Vincent at the Clinical Risk Unit for North Thames Region, she developed training programmes for healthcare staff in risk management. These training programmes became the foundation for the risk management postgraduate programme which was established at CHIME, UCL in 1998 and is now a specialist module in the masters informatics programme.

Her past research work focussed on the psychological issues in patient safety and included topics such as patients' and clinicians' attitudes to complaints, the clinician's need for support in litigation, the causes and consequences of junior doctors' mistakes and obstetrics cases analysis.

In addition to her teaching and research work, she was a lay assessor for the General Chiropractic Council.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Pippa Bark-William's research focuses on patient safety aspects in healthcare from an organisational perspective. Her current work focuses on applying risk management methodologies to clinical practice (currently hip surgery and breast cancer). She is  interested in public and patient engagement with a past research background in complaints and litigation, and is now involved in PPE studies on attitudes (currently antibiotic over-prescribing, using social media for commentary on research findings and  sharing critical care records). She  has methodological interests in qualitative design, systematic reviewing and interdisciplinary work.

Teaching Summary

Pippa is  Institute Postgraduate Tutor (taught) for the Insititute of Health informatics and module lead on the masters dissertation in informatics, patient safety, and research methods for health. 

She is invited as a  guest lecturer for other universities and organisations  on topics such as patient safety, qualitative research, risk information, complaints and was keynote speaker for the World Health Organisation, Sweden in 2017.

Academic Background
    Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1986   Bachelor of Science (Honours) University of Leeds
    Incomplete CV To be updated
1994   Diploma Open University
1990   Postgraduate Certificate Universite Libre de Bruxelles
1989   Certificate University College London
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