Pippa Bark

+44 (0)20 7288 3383

Ms Pippa Bark-Williams

Principal Research Fellow

Pippa Bark teaches on CHIME’s MSc in Informatics and runs the patient safety module and the masters dissertation programmes. Prior to this, she designed and ran the UCL postgraduate programmes in Clinical Risk Management as Director.

Current research interests are:

  1. She has just published a book on Patient Safety, Law Policy and Practice in collaboration with Dr John Tingle at the University of Nottingham (published by Routledge 2011). They are currently working on a parallel book on patient safety in developing countries.
  2. GMC third party interviews. Following the redesign and piloting of a new interview, Pippa has completed two qualitative analyses of the third party interviews concerning poorly performing doctors. The third review is in progress to be completed in 2011.
  3. Electronic Patient records. Working in collaboration with Prof Trish Greenhaulgh and Dr Henry Potts, Pippa conducted a thematic review of the patient safety and quality aspects of EPRs. Two publications have come out of this so far.
  4. Patient safety in anti-coagulation services. Pippa is working in conjunction with Henry Potts and the NCLASPS service at the Whittington Hosptial looking at root cause analysis.

Personal History

Pippa studied psychology at Leeds University, before researching first speech dysfluency and then medical accidents in the Department of Psychology, UCL. She worked with Prof Charles Vincent at the Clinical Risk for North Thames Region and later developed training programmes for healthcare staff in risk management. These training programmes became the foundation for the postgraduate programme which was established at CHIME, UCL in 1998.

Her past research work focussed on the psychological issues in patient safety and included topics such as patients' and clinicians' attitudes to complaints, the clinician's need for support in litigation, the causes and consequences of junior doctors' mistakes and obstetrics cases analysis. In addition to her teaching and research work, she is a lay assessor for the General Chiropractic Council.


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Bark, P; (2011) Psychological aspects of patient safety. In: Tingle, J and Bark, P, (eds.) Patient Safety, Law Policy and Practice. (64 - 84). Routledge: London, UK. Green open access

Bark, PC; (2011) Improving third party interviews.

Potts, HWW; Keen, J; Denby, T; Featherstone, I; Patterson, D; Anderson, J; Greenhalgh, T; (2011) Towards a better understanding of delivering e-health systems: a systematic review using the meta-narrative method and two case studies. (NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme , pp. ? - ? ). HMSO

Tingle, J; Bark, P; (2011) Patient Safety, Law Policy and Practice. Routledge


Potts, HWW; Keen, J; Denby, T; Featherstone, I; Patterson, D; Anderson, J; Greenhalgh, T; (2010) Learning from Organisations Using Information Systems.


Bark, P; (2009) General Medical Council Third Party Interviews: A Work in Progress.

Gale, N; Bark, P; Stone, J; Wilkinson, J; (2009) Safety in Practice. Patient safety and risk management in complementary and alternative healthcare practice: a guide for practitioners. (In press).

Greenhalgh, T; Potts, HWW; Wong, G; Bark, P; Swinglehurst, D; (2009) Tensions and Paradoxes in Electronic Patient Record Research: A Systematic Literature Review Using the Meta-narrative Method. MILBANK Q , 87 (4) 729 - 788.

Greenhalgh, T.; Potts, H.W.W.; Wong, G.; Bark, P.; Swinglehurst, D.; (2009) Tensions and paradoxes in electronic patient record research: a systematic literature review using the meta-narrative method. Milbank Quarterly , 87 (4) pp. 729-788. Green open access

Potts, H.W.W.; Greenhalgh, T.; Swinglehurst, D.; Bark, P.; Wong, G.; (2009) A meta-narrative review of electronic patient records. Presented at: 2009 International Campbell Collaboration (C2) Colloquium, Oslo, Norway. Green open access

Richardson, J; Woolf, K; Potts, HWW; Bark, P; Gill, D; (2009) What influences medical students' choice of Student Selected Component? The relationship between sex, personality, motivation and SSC choice in first year medical students. Medical Teacher , 31 (9) e418 - e424. 10.1080/01421590902744878.


Bark, P; (2008) GMC Third Party Interviews: Identifying redundant & problem questions.

Potts, H; Greenhalgh, T; Bark, P; Swinglehurst, D; Wong, G; Macfarlane, F; (2008) A systematic review of electronic patient records using the meta-narrative approach: Empirical findings and methodological challenges. In: Society for Social Studies of Science/European Association for the Study of Science and Technology Rotterdam 2008 Book of Abstracts. (pp. 556 - 557).


Keeley, O; Goodman, C; Bark, P; (2005) The Modern Matron's role in influencing safe practice. Clinical Risk , 11 (3) 93 - 98.


Bark, P; (2003) Complaints and how to deal with them A guide for veterinary practices. The Veterinary Defence Society Ltd


Bark, P; (2002) Guide to Complaints. A handbook on dealing effectively with client feedback. Veterinary Defence Society.


Bark, P; (1999) Complaints: the carer's perspective. In: Wilson, J and Tingle, J, (eds.) Clinical risk modification. (117 - 127). Butterworth-Heinemann Medical


Bark, P; (1997) Effective handling of complaints concerning children. Current Paediatrics , 7 53 - 56.

Bark, P; (1997) Human Factors Analysis - Reducing the Culture of Blame. Healthcare Risk Resource , 1 2 - 3.

Bark, P; Vincent, CA; Olivieri, L; Jones, A; (1997) The Impact of Litigation on Senior Clinicians; Implications for Risk Management. Quality in Health Care , 6 1 - 8.


Bark, P; (1996) Impressions from America. Clinical Risk , 2 175 - 176.

Bark, P; (1996) Meeting Complainants' Needs. Health Care Risk Report , 2 14 - 22.

Vincent, CA; Olivieri, L; Bark, P; Jones, A; (1996) Psychiatrists' views of litigation and risk management. Clinical Risk , 2 103 - 106.


Bark, P; (1995) Providing Support for Doctors When Things go Wrong. Health Care Risk Report , 1 21 - 24.

Vincent, C; Bark, P; (1995) Accident investigation: discovering why things go wrong. In: Vincent, C, (ed.) Clinical risk management. (391 - 410). B M J Books


Bark, P; Vincent, CA; Jones, A; Savory, J; (1994) Clinical Complaints: A means for improving the quality of care. Quality in Health Care , 3 123 - 132.

Vincent, CA; Bark, P; Jones, A; (1994) The impact of litigation on obstetricians and gynaecologists. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology , 14 381 - 387.

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Postal address and contact information

Centre for Health Informatics & Multiprofessional Education
University College Medical School
University College London
4th Floor, Holborn Union Building
The Archway Campus
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N19 5LW

Phone: 020-7288-3383
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E-mail: p.bark@ucl.ac.uk