Tuesday 7th November 2023

Hyatt Regency, Manchester

The inaugural Healthcare Fatigue Forum brings together experts and interested parties in the field of healthcare fatigue to learn, develop and implement fatigue risk management in health and social care professions.

Building on the successful, Fight Fatigue campaign and the global FRMS Forum, the Healthcare Fatigue Forum provides the opportunity to discuss the issues of fatigue in healthcare, learn from the experiences of other industries where fatigue risk management solutions are used, and participate in setting future strategies.

This event will cover topics including the current state of fatigue risk management in the NHS, experiences and lessons learnt from aviation and rail industries, and relevant and ongoing research.
The Healthcare Fatigue Forum will
“Expand our knowledge of the issues and challenges, learning from other industries and shaping fatigue management systems approach”

Speakers include

Dr Nancy Redfern

Co-chair of joint fatigue working group. Co-lead for mentoring at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.  Past Vice president of Association of Anaesthetists.

Dr Emma Plunkett

Consultant Anaesthetist in Birmingham and co-chair of the Joint Association of Anaesthetists, Royal College of Anaesthetists and Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine Fatigue Working Group.

Mirka Cikkelova

General Secretary at the European Patient Safety Foundation, leading a cross member state initiative to recognise and improve clinical fatigue to improve patient outcomes. 

Dr Mike Farquhar

Consultant in sleep medicine at Children’s Sleep Department at Evelina London Children’s Hospital. Specific interests in narcolepsy, adolescent sleep, and the effect of shiftwork and fatigue on NHS staff.

Kathryn Jones

Safety consultant specialising in FRMS, Formerly of UK Civil Aviation Authority and British Airline Pilots Association. Served on the human performance task forces for ICAO and FTL rulemaking for EASA. 

Prof Mark Young

Professor of Human Factors in Transport with nearly 30 years’ experience across academia and industry. Formerly an Inspector at the Rail Accident Investigation for 11 years investigating rail incidents and accidents.

Dr Ceri Sutherland

Consultant in Sleep Medicine and Clinical Lead for Sleep Service at James Cook University Hospital. Doing a PhD on Fatigue in Healthcare Staff and South Tees NHS Sleep and Fatigue rep on their Wellbeing Ops Group.

Dr Laura Pickup

Chartered Human Factors Engineer and Fellow of CIEHF. Human Factors Lead in an NHS Trust with overy 20 years experience with transport industries and healthcare safety.

Prof Kristy Sanderson

Chair in Applied Health Research, School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia. Chief Investigator on NIHR-funded CATNAPS study to design an FRMS for NHS Ambulances Services.


The programme will be a mixture of “Chalk and Talk” and small group work, including talks from experts across healthcare and fatigue risk management systems with workshops, panel and plenary sessions to discuss the current and future challenges of implementing fatigue risk management across the healthcare industry.

The Forum will run from 09:30 until 16:30 with registration from 09:00

The draft programme is:

Simon Wickes, Director, FRMSc Ltd

Dr Nancy Redfern, Consultant Anaesthetist, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Emma Plunkett, Consultant Anaesthetist, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust

Tim White, Head of Risk, Compliance & Assurance, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Mike Farquhar, Consultant Paediatric Sleep Medicine, Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Trust

Dr Ceri Sutherland, Consultant Anaesthetist and  Sleep Medicine, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Followed by reporting back from the Groups

Kathryn Jones, Aviation FRMS Expert, FRMSc Ltd

Prof Mark Young, Human Factors in Transport, University of Southampton

Dr Laura Pickup, Director, LP Human Factors Ltd 

Individuals, culture, organisation responsibility, regulators, Healthcare Safety Investigation Board

Facilitated Small Group Discussions

Followed by reporting back from the Groups

Prof. Kristy Sanderson, Chair in Applied Health Research, University of East Anglia 

Moderator: Dr Emma Plunkett


Prof Kristy Sanderson (University of East Anglia),

Dr Mike Farquhar (Guys and St Thomas’s NHS Trust),

Dr April Lu (St Helen’s & Knowsley NHS Trust),

Dr Gareth Kitchen (University of Manchester)

Mirka Cikkelova, General Secretary, European Patient Safety Foundation (EUPSF)

Moderator: Simon Wickes


Tim White (Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust),

Kathryn Jones (FRMSc Ltd),

Prof Mark Young (University of Southampton)

Dr JP Lomas (Bolton NHS Foundation Trust),

Moderator: Dr Nancy Redfern

How can we maintain and build the momentum?

What are the next steps?

Tea Break included

Dr Nancy Redfern, Dr Emma Plunkett & Simon Wickes


The cost to attend has been heavily subsidised through sponsorship and is £50 per person for the day, including refreshments and lunch.

Continuing Professional Development

5 CPD points agreed by the Royal College of Anaesthetists.
Attendance can be used for NMC Revalidation
Certificates can be provided upon request.


The Healthcare Fatigue Forum is being held at the Hyatt Regency in Manchester. 

The hotel is ideally located near to the University of Manchester and Manchester Royal Infirmary. It is walking distance from Manchester Oxford Road Rail Station and 40 minutes on public transport from Manchester Airport.

Rooms can be booked at the hotel. A discounted rate has been negotiated for the nights around the Forum. 


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