Information about events organised by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

Annual Open Meeting 2019

We will hold our third annual Open Meeting on Wednesday 2 October 2019 at the Pendulum Hotel in Manchester.

Ombudsman Rob Behrens will welcome complainants, complaint handlers, members of the public and other stakeholders to hear from guest speakers. Participants will also have the chance to take part in a Q&A and panel discussion.

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Annual Ombudsman Lecture 2018

Our annual Ombudsman lecture took place at the London School of Economics on Thursday 13 December.

The lecture 'Avoiding the Avoidable: Comparative Approaches to Patient Safety' was delivered by Sir Liam Donaldson, former Chief Medical Officer and patient safety expert.

Sir Liam presented the latest international thinking on approaches to patient safety and the challenges and opportunities this presents for health care leaders. Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Rob Behrens then talked about the Ombudsman's role in working with others to improve patient safety. This was followed by a lively Q&A session with a diverse and engaged audience.

Listen to the Radio Ombudsman podcast of the lecture below:

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Annual Open Meeting 2018

On 22 May 2018, we hosted our second annual open meeting in London.

Ombudsman Rob Behrens shared our new three year strategy and spoke of returning to the core values of an ombudsman service.

Guest speakers included: government complaints champion and HMRC Customs Director General Customer Services, Angela MacDonald and James Titcombe, father of Joshua Titcombe.

After a lively Q&A session, breakout sessions featured discussions on innovation and good practice in complaint handling and alternative dispute resolution.

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Annual Open Meeting 2017

Over 100 people joined us for our first open meeting in November 2017 in Manchester. Participants included complainants, complaint handlers and representatives of national bodies.   

Rob Behrens shared his vision for developing a modern Ombudsman service, Scott Morrish spoke powerfully about his experience of making a complaint about the NHS, and Dr Bill Kirkup shared his experience as an independent investigator.

There were also breakout sessions for complainants, complaint handlers and regulators.

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