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Phil Debenham, MBBS, FRCPCH
Consultant Paediatrician and Associate Chief Medical Officer for Safety
Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Dr. Phil Debenham is a consultant pediatrician at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. He studied medicine and immunopathology at London University before postgraduate pediatric training in Cambridge, London, Melbourne, and Birmingham.

Dr. Debenham was appointed as a consultant at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in 2005. He has held senior leadership roles delivering clinical service improvements for over a decade. In 2011 through to 2014 Dr. Debenham participated in the Health Foundation’s “Safer Clinical Systems” program leading a project team exploring safety of clinical handover through the application of Human Factors Methods.

Dr. Debenham has recently completed a three-year term in office as Associate Chief Medical Officer for Safety and Quality. He is interested in health care system and design, particularly the impact this can have on patients and staff. Dr. Debenham practices and teaches Health Care Systems Engineering. He is currently collaborating with regional and national stakeholders to build Health Care Systems Engineering capability within the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).