Dr. John Fitzsimons
John graduated from University College Dublin in 1996. He trained in paediatrics in Ireland, Australia and the UK. He worked as a consultant at the Royal Free Hospital in London for three years before returning to Ireland. In 2009 he trained as a Patient Safety Officer with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and became a fellow of the Improvement Faculty at the NHS Institute for Improvement & Innovation.
He has a half-time role as Clinical Director for Quality Improvement. He is a course director of the HSE/RCPI Quality Improvement and Leadership Programme for hospital and community care teams which has been running since 2011 and trained over 600 participants.
He has led or contributed to many national improvement projects including Irish Paediatric Early Warning System (PEWS), Situation Awareness for Everyone (SAFE), Quality and Safety Walkrounds, Pressure Ulcer to Zero and VTE reduction collaboratives, Schwartz Rounds and the HSE’s Patient Safety Strategy 2019-2014.
He is a co-founder of the Safety in Health System (SHS) group which promotes partnership between healthcare professionals and researchers who share an interest in improving quality and patient safety. His research interests include early warning systems, teamwork and leadership in Healthcare.