IACA Webinar - World patient Safety Day: sharing the learning from anaesthesiology and beyond

The International Academy of Colleges of Anaesthesiologists (IACA) delivered a webinar on the 18th September at 10am UK BST on the vital theme of patient safety. Watch the webinar recording below, or at this link.

Professor Terry Tan (College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland) chaired a panel of distinguished safety and quality representatives of IACA partner colleges, including Jenny Westaway, Tibbs Pereira, Assoc. Prof. Jo Sutherland, Dr Tsun Woon Lee, Dr Brian McCloskey, and Ms Helen Maxwell-Wright.

The panel discussed the 2023 World Health Organisation Patient Safety Day theme: ‘Engaging patients for patient safety,’ and focussed on what we can learn from anaesthesiology and perioperative care around subjects including:

  • Patient voice
  • Leadership and culture
  • Clinical practice and quality
  • Regulations and mandates

Watch the webinar recording below.

Resource kit

IACA partner colleges have compiled a resource kit to help you embed your learning in your clinical practice. Download it below.


10.00 am

Welcome and introduction:

Professor Terry Tan

10.05 am

Patient Stories: Jenny Westaway

10.15 am

Patients for Patient Safety: Tibbs Pereira

10.25 am

Panel discussion (chaired by Prof. Tan):

Dr Brian McCloskey

Jenny Westaway

Tibbs Pereira

Dr Tsun Woon Lee

Assoc. Prof. Jo Sutherland

Ms Helen Maxwell-Wright

11.00 am


11.20 am

Closing remarks


Learning Outcomes

By attending this webinar, you will:

  • Appreciate the importance of the patient voice and how it increases patient safety.
  • Access information and support relating to patient voice and its application in anaesthesiology.
  • Understand regional and international approaches and differences in patient voice and clinical outcomes.
  • Appreciate the knowledge-sharing role of the IACA and the work of its member colleges.



This event is worth 1.5 CPD credits (RCoA). 

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Professor Terry Tan

Prof. Tan is Chair of the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland (CAI) Quality and Patient Safety Advisory Committee, a consultant anaesthesiologist at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, and St James’s Hospital, Dublin, Associate Clinical Professor at University College Dublin, and Senior Clinical Lecturer at Trinity College Dublin.

As well as extensive experience as an obstetric anaesthesiologist, he has lectured nationally and internationally on topics such as obesity in pregnancy and the use of ultrasound in obstetric anaesthesia.

Jenny Westaway

Jenny started her career in communications, later moving into the health and care sector, working on media and public understanding of how data can be used to improve health, care and services in ways that are safe, in line with public expectation and demonstrably trustworthy.

This led her to the National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care, where she headed up the office supporting this statutory post until 2021. Jenny has also worked for the Department of Health and Social Care leading on strategy and ethics for its information risk management directorate.

Jenny is currently an independent member of NHS England’s interim data advisory group, a lay advisor to Health Education England, a member of the National Data Guardian’s advisory panel, and an associate of a commercial cyber security resilience consultancy.

Tibbs Pereira

Tiberius Pereira is a co-founder and current member of Patient Safety Ireland (PFPSI), the Irish presence of a worldwide WHO programme. PFPSI aims to engage and empower patients and families to be active partners in their own care. Our aim is to work in partnership with health professionals and policy-makers to make health care services safer in Ireland and enable the patient voice to be heard fully, as outlined by the WHO: (https://www.who.int/initiatives/patients-for-patient-safety). 

Engaging and empowering people is one of the five strategies of the WHO global strategy on people-centred and integrated health services (PCIHS) and a key element of quality Universal Healthcare. PFPSI is calling for a coordinated approach to health literacy by the Departments of Health and Education, to be included in education curriculums from an early age, across healthcare and in our communities.

Dr Brian McCloskey

Dr Brian McCloskey is CAI Director of Quality and Patient Safety, and has served as Clinical Director, Critical Care Services and Consultant in Anaesthetics & Intensive Care Medicine at the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust where he has led the rollout of an extensive Quality Improvement education programme. Dr McCloskey has long been seen as an effective patient safety advocate across Northern Ireland.

Dr Tsun Woon Lee

Tsun Woon Lee is an anaesthesiologist cum pain physician in private practice in Hong Kong. He is Honorary Consultant at HKSH Medical Group and New Territories West Cluster of the Hospital Authority of Hong Kong.  He is also Honorary Associate Professor at the Hong Kong University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Prior to starting his private practice, he was Hospital Chief Executive of Pok Oi Hospital from 2006 to 2012. From 2002 to 2006, he was Chief of Service of Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care of Tuen Mun Hospital and Service Director overseeing surgical stream services. He graduated M.B., B.S. from Hong Kong University. His postgraduate qualifications include: FFARACS, FANZCA, FHKCA, FHKAM (Anaesthesiology), FFPMANZCA and Dip Pain Mgt (HKCA). 

Associate Professor Dr Jo Sutherland

Dr Joanna Sutherland is an anaesthetist with over 30 years’ clinical experience, and is currently the chair of the Safety and Quality Committee for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA). Dr Sutherland has been involved in policy development and implementation locally, and at state and national levels in Australia. She has a longstanding interest in the relationship between health and social care, and the social determinants of health, and in listening to and incorporating the voices and experiences of patients to drive innovation and reform in health services and practices.

Ms Helen Maxwell-Wright

Helen Maxwell-Wright has more than 20 years’ experience as a non-executive director and advisory board member in the health, medical education and child welfare sectors. Her significant contributions to the organisations she serves are through extensive experience in the fields of governance, leadership, C-suite management, and communications.

Helen’s interests and passions are in improving health outcomes through good governance, a culture of system and service review to ensure equitable and high quality, evidence based service provision, supporting innovation and development, and improving consumer empowerment and health literacy.

About the IACA:

The International Academy of Colleges of Anaesthesiologists is a collaboration of five specialist medical colleges created with the aim of building a community of anaesthesia practice and creating a forum for the sharing of knowledge and common interests. The IACA includes:

  • The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists & Faculty of Pain Medicine (ANZCA)
  • The College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland (CAI)
  • The Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists (HKCA)
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)
  • The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA).