BiographyDr Russell Kelsey studied Medicine at Kings College Hospital Medical School, London, qualifying in 1984. After initially commencing training in psychiatry he changed his career path to General Practice.
From 1991 onwards Dr Kelsey has combined clinical work with work in management and leadership roles within primary care with a focus upon delivering urgent care services.
Since 2008 Dr Kelsey has worked in senior governance roles which have seen him called upon to investigate and report on serious clinical incidents and complex complaints across a range of primary care services lines from General Practice surgeries, Out of hours and Urgent Care Centres, school health services, NHS 111 services and Prison health services.
Dr Kelsey has had lead investigator training provided by the National Patient Safety Agency as well as Case Manager and Case Investigator training provided by the National Clinical Assessment Service. He has developed a highly successful and popular CPD accredited training course on SI recognition and Root Cause Analysis investigation.
Currently Dr Kelsey combines ongoing clinical work in General Practice with provision of independent incident investigation and Serious Incident and Root Cause Analysis training.
His recent book, Patient Safety: Investigating and Reporting Serious Clinical Incidents, was written at the request of participants attending his RCA training course.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My area of expertise is the investigation of serious clinical incidents in primary care, including urgent care services as well as institutional care such as prison health services.
I am interested in how understaning human factors can enhance learning from serious incidents and how service design can be used to improve patient safety.