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Dr Denise Chaffer

Dr Denise Chaffer

Director of Safety and Learning (Executive Board Director)

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Dr Denise Chaffer is a registered nurse and midwife and currently holds the post of Director of Safety and Learning at NHS Resolution.

Her PhD is in health care leadership and she has a master’s degree in management and social care. She also has an undergraduate degree and a higher education teaching qualification. Denise is a professional clinical nursing leader with multiple years’ of executive and board level experience.

Denise has been an executive Director of Nursing in two acute trusts and was a Director in a Primary Care Trust commissioning organisation. Dr Chaffer was previously Director of Nursing for the North West London area team at NHS England and also led on patient safety across the London region.

She has significant experience of working at regional, national and international level in acute and community settings, nursing, midwifery, education, and on major change and reconfiguration initiatives.

Denise published a book in 2016; ‘Effective Leadership, A Cure for the NHS?’ which draws on the personal experiences of a range senior health care leaders.

Registered interests

  • Status on NHS Resolution Board
    Executive Member
  • Main occupation/employment
    Director of Safety and Learning at NHS Resolution
  • Directorships, partnerships or registrable shareholdings
    None
  • Membership of governing bodies or other public bodies
    President of the Royal College of Nursing, Honorary Contract with Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust for maintaining midwifery practice
  • Interests of close family members
    Husband is Consultant Radiologist at Croydon University NHS Trust and Clinical Director at Everlight Radiology
  • Interests from previous recent employment
    None
  • Party political activity
    None
  • Other interests notified
    None

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