The Dr Foster Ethics Committee is a company limited by guarantee independent of Dr Foster. It was established to ensure that Dr Foster meets the standards set out in its Code of Conduct.
In the event of a complaint that cannot be satisfactorily resolved by Dr Foster, the committee can undertake an investigation and make a ruling. Adjudication outcomes are published on the Ethics Committee pages of the Dr Foster website, as is the procedure for handling complaints.
The Committee’s other role is to stimulate independent and challenging debate around some of today’s most difficult issues in health and social care, with a particular focus on the measurement of quality and value, data, and transparency. It aims to become a trusted and authoritative voice in the international debate on healthcare quality by offering new ideas to decision-makers and influencers on how these issues can best be tackled. It does this through its series of seminars for healthcare leaders and its publications.
Contacting the Ethics Committee
The Ethics Committee is responsible for adjudicating on complaints that have not been resolved satisfactorily by Dr Foster. If you have a complaint about Dr Foster we would encourage you in the first instance to seek to resolve the issue with the company directly. If this is not successful, or if you would prefer not to discuss the matter directly with the company, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
The current chair of the Ethics Committee is Joanne Shaw. Previous chairs are listed here. The current membership of the independent Dr Foster Ethics Committee is as follows:
Chair of the Dr Foster Ethics Committee, Chair of Datapharm and Deputy Chair of Nuffield Health
Dr Hugo Ford
Director of the Cancer Division, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Mr Phil Hope
Adjunct Professor, Global Health Institute, Imperial College, Co-Director of Improving Care, and former Labour Minister of State for Care Services
Dr James Kingsland OBE
Senior Partner in a Personal Medical Services Partnership in Wallasey, National Clinical Commissioning Network Lead for England
Mr Ian Lane MA, DM, MCh, FRCS
Former Medical Director, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust
Ellie Lindsay RN, BSc (Hons) DN, CPT, DipHE
Independent Specialist Practitioner and Clinical Nursing Consultant. Life President of The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation.
Professor Barry McCormick CBE, PhD
Observer. Department of Health
Dr Rubin Minhas
Group Medical and Scientific Director, Nuffield Health
Mr Brian Ridsdale
Actuary specialising in longevity and mortality
Dame Jane Roberts
Former Director for Quality and Performance, Islington PCT
Vicky Robinson MSc RGN
Consultant Nurse in Palliative Care, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Nigel Sparrow FRCP, FRCGP, FAcadMEd
Medical Director for Professional Development and Revalidation at the Royal College of General Practitioners and National Professional Advisor at the Care Quality Commission
Dr Patricia Wilkie, OBE
President and Chairman of the National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P.)