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The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) has today strengthened its team of clinical specialty advisors by announc...
The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) has today strengthened its team of clinical specialty advisors by announcing the appointment of Terry Butler to advise the agency on patient safety work in the field of social care.

Mr Butler has been director of social services at Hampshire CC for 15 years and has over 30 years experience in the sphere of social services and social work. Bringing to the team a wealth of experience in social care policy and management, Mr Butler's appointment underlines the NPSA's commitment to raising standards of patient safety in social care.

Mr Butler joins the team of clinical specialty advisors who are appointed by the NPSA in a part-time role to promote patient safety in their specialty areas. The advisors also provide advice to the NPSA on practical solutions to safety issues, and will influence a range of solutions that the NPSA will roll-out over the next year.

Commenting upon his appointment, Mr Butler said: 'I am looking forward to a new and different challenge at a national level which draws upon my past experience and interest in social care and mental health.'

NPSA joint chief executive Susan Williams said: 'We are delighted to welcome Terry to the team. His years of experience and widespread connections make him an ideal person to represent the interest of social care at this level.'

The NPSA Clinical Programmes Directorate now includes representation from a diverse range of specialties including radiology, clinical oncology, medicine, mental health, surgery, ophthalmology, paediatrics and child health, obstetrics, gynaecology, midwifery and social care.


National Patient Safety Agency

The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) was established in July 2001 following the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer's report on patient safety, An Organisation with a Memory. The NPSA's role is to improve the safety of NHS patients by promoting a culture of learning and reporting from patient safety inci dents and to manage the national reporting system to support this function. By collecting and analysing data on incidents the Agency will be able to identify trends and patterns of avoidable incidents, provide feedback to organisations to enable them to change their working practices, help develop models of good practice and systems solutions at a national level and support ongoing education and learning. For more information, visit:

Clinical Programmes Directorate

The NPSA Clinical Specialty Advisers are part of the Clinical Programmes Directorate. The NPSA's Clinical Programmes Directorate now has 15 clinical specialists actively developing a patient safety culture within their speciality. Terry Butler is the newest member of the team, joining on 1 December. Other Clinical Specialty Advisors are: Dr John Dyet (Radiology), Revd. Dr Victor Barley (Clinical Oncology), Dr J H B Scarpello (Medicine), Professor Paul Lelliott (Mental Health), Mr D W Morgan (Surgery), Mr Michael C Bishop (Surgery), Mr Simon P Kelly (Ophthalmology), Dr Brian Ayers (Radiology), Professor Terence Stevenson (Paediatrics and Child Health), Professor James Walker (Obstetrics), Dr Marcus Setchell (Gynaecology), Dr Ian Woods (Anaesthetists), Professor Peter Furness (Pathology) and Carol Paeglis (Midwifery).

Terry Butler

Director of social services for Hampshire CC - 1988 to present day.

Chairman of the Association of Directors of Social Services Mental Health Group - 2003 to present day.

Co-chair of the NHS Expert Task and Finish Group for Older people - August 2003 to present day.

Member of Nigel Crisp's Programme Board for Developing Choice, Responsiveness and Equity in Health and Social Care - August 2003 to present day.

Chairman of the research group of the Association of Directors of Social Services - 1991 to 1998.

Deputy director of social services for East Sussex CC - 1983 to 1988.

Assistant director of social services for Kingston on Thames LBC - 1980 to 1983.

In June 1993, Mr Butler was awarded a CBE for services to local government following a one year secondment to the Department of Health's Community Care Support Force. He has recently published articles on local government reorganisation, evidence-based practice and NHS Trust development.

Mr Butler has previously been seconded to central government to work on the Community Care Reforms 1992/3 and was more recently retained by the ODPM to help implement the government's Supporting People Programme.

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