Ethics Committee

The Dr Foster Ethics Committee is a company limited by guarantee, which is independent of Dr Foster Intelligence.

Its role is to ensure that Dr Foster Intelligence meets the standards set out in its Code of Conduct. In the event of a complaint, the committee reviews Dr Foster Intelligence’s published material and can adjudicate in any complaints or disputes.

The current membership of the independent Dr Foster Ethics Committee is as follows:

Mrs Joanne Shaw, Chairman

Chairman of Datapharm and a Governor of Nuffield Health

Dr Hugo Ford

Director of the Cancer Division, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Mr Brian Ridsdale

Actuary, UK Representative, International Actuarial Mortality Working Group

Dr Rubin Minhas

Group Medical and Scientific Director, Nuffield Health

Mr Ian Lane DM FRCS

Former Medical Director, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust

Dame Jane Roberts

Director for Quality and Performance, Islington PCT

Dr Patricia Wilkie, OBE

President and Chairman of the National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P.)

Professor Nigel Sparrow FRCP, FRCGP, FAcadMEd

Medical Director for Professional Development and Revalidation at the RCGP and National Professional Advisor at CQC

Dr James Kingsland OBE

Senior Partner in a Personal Medical Services Partnership in Wallasey, National Clinical Commissioning Network Lead for England

Mr Phil Hope

Adjunct Professor, Global Health Institute, Imperial College, Co-Director of Improving Care, and former Labour Minister of State for Care Services.

Ms Vicky Robinson

Palliative Care Nurse Consultant, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Mrs Ellie Lindsay

Independent Specialist Practitioner and Clinical Nursing Consultant.  Life President of The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation.

Observer: Professor Barry McCormick

Department of Health

Ethics Committee Rulings

In March 2014 The Ethics Committee ruled on a complaint from Bolton NHS Foundation Trust concerning a Clinical Coding Sepsis Audit undertaken in February 2013. View Full Text

In May 2010 the Ethics Committee received a complaint from an NHS Hospital Trust alleging the reporting of their Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio (HSMR) was inaccurate. Full Article

The Committee announced its findings, following a complaint concerning the “Understanding the Health Needs of Waltham Forest’s Neighbourhood Management Areas” report. View Full Text

Read the Dr Foster Intelligence response to the findings.

In January 2010 the Ethics Committee received a complaint from two members of the public under section 3a of the code of conduct. Full Article

Contacting the Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee is responsible for adjudicating on complaints that have not been resolved satisfactorily by Dr Foster Intelligence. If you have a complaint about Dr Foster Intelligence, please write to:

The Secretary of the Ethics Committee
Dr Foster Ethics Committee Limited
3 Dorset Rise
London EC4Y 8EN