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Donaldson, Sir Liam Joseph (b 1949), chief medical officer and university chancellor

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Surname: Donaldson
Pretitle: Sir
Forenames: Liam Joseph
Gender: Male
Date: b 1949
History: Sir Liam Donaldson held the position of Chief Medical Officer for England from 1998 until 2010. He is only the 15th person to hold this important and historic post since it was established in 1858, and the longest serving CMO of modern times. Sir Liam has authored a series of ground-breaking reports aimed at transforming a wide range of areas of health, health care and medical science. Among his major achievements is the creation of the concept of clinical governance – a clinically led way to assure high standards of care – which is now an internationally recognised approach in health care. He is also well known for his leadership of patient safety as a priority for health care systems around the world. His report, 'An Organisation With a Memory', shaped policy on patient safety in the UK and his chairmanship of the World Health Organization World Alliance for Patient Safety has moved action to a global scale. Sir Liam is the fourth Chancellor of Newcastle University.
  • Middlesbrough, Yorkshire
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/P222893
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1998-2010: papers rel to work as UK Government's Chief Medical Officer and to his work and activities post-retirement
Newcastle University: Special Collections
See Annual Return 2010

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