Pippa Bark

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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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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
Highgate Hill
N19 5LW

Phone: 020-7288-3383
Fax: 020-7288-3322 (Please mark FAO: Pippa Bark)
E-mail: p.bark@ucl.ac.uk