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Jo Habben

Head of Clinical Governance and Patient Safety, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Jo has been a qualified registered general nurse (RGN) and mental health nurse (RMN) for over 30 years. Her career has spanned many varied fields of nursing including surgical nursing, mental health substance use and toxicology, emergency care (A&E) and medical jurisprudence and offender health.

Jo worked as a toxicology nurse specialist in both A&E and for Sussex Police and has held senior nursing roles as both a hospital Modern Matron and Quality and Patient Safety Lead with both NHS providers and Clinical Commissioning Groups as well as the Lead Clinician for Quality and Compliance for South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust.

Jo is currently the Head of Clinical Governance and Patient Safety for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is a founding cohort member of the Health Foundation Q. The Trust has recently been rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (October 2019).

On behalf of the Kent Surrey and Sussex Quality and Patient safety Collaborative; Jo both investigates serious incidents and teaches Root Cause Analysis/Management of Serious Incident and Duty of Candour at a regional level.

Jo is an expert witness for litigation, representing either claimant or defendant when a breach of duty is alleged, and providing detailed reports for court.


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