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:
Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen, Chairman
Former Group Medical Director, BUPA
Professor Alan Maynard
Director, Health Policy Unit, York University, and Chair, York Health Services NHS Trust
Ms Helen Scott
Nurse at St Christopher’s Hospice, Freelance Journalist, former Editor, The British Journal of Nursing
Dr Helena Earl
Consultant Oncologist, Addenbrooke’s NHS Trust
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
Consumer advocate with a scientific background
Chair, NHS Direct, Chairman Datapharm Communications
Professor Nigel Sparrow FRCP, FRCGP, FAcadMEd
Chair of the Professional Development Board, Royal College of General Practitioners
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 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