Dr Denise Chaffer

Dr Denise Chaffer

Director of Safety and Learning

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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 a first class 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 Director

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: Honorary Contract with Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust for maintaining midwifery practice

Interests of close family members: Husband is Consultant Radiologist Clinical Director at Everlight Radiology

Interests from previous recent employment: None

Party political activity: None

Other interests notified: None

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