Executive Director Safety, Dr Andy Phillips, has worked for the past 37 years as a healthcare leader in 6 countries. Before Safer Care Victoria, Andy was seconded to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Health New Zealand to write the first national health plan for New Zealand and to provide clinical support for the development and implementation of health system values and behaviours.
Andy’s other roles in New Zealand included Executive Director roles in Health Improvement and Equity, Commissioning Hospital Services, partnering with Indigenous people to improve their health and wellbeing, and clinical leadership roles. He first worked in clinical research from the mid-1980s with the UK Medical Research Council and then progressed to a number of consultant clinical scientist roles across the UK.
Andy's expertise in teaching, policy, clinical governance, quality improvement, and patient safety led to his appointment to various influential UK institutions, including the Health Foundation, Commission for Healthcare Improvement, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, Universities and many others. His research evolved from large scale epidemiological studies to pioneering novel physiological tests. His innovation work mostly involved implementation of novel clinical services for hearing impaired children and adults. Andy has held a number of governance positions as chair or member of Boards, professional bodies and charities.
With a passion for delivering excellent patient-centred outcomes, Andy has devoted the past 2 decades to developing, refining and implementing novel frameworks that empower clinicians to build better relationships with their patients. Andy’s latest work has been to develop a framework for mindful kindness, or Kindfullness. He has been fortunate enough to win numerous awards for innovation.