Dame Professor Donna Kinnair has been appointed patron of patient safety charity Action against Medical Accidents.
The charity provides free and confidential advice and support to people affected by medical accidents, via a helpline and casework service.
It also runs an inquest support service as part of its casework supporting over 3,000 people a year.
Dame Donna said she had first-hand experience of the AvMA’s advice and support services, following a family tragedy resulting in a healthcare related inquest.
She said: “I am really happy to be a patron of the charity, as it is important for me as a nurse and my profession to learn from medical accidents and work in partnership with an organisation such as AvMA to promote patient safety.”
She added: “AvMA is a valuable resource to patients and their families and enables them to understand what has happened and where necessary seek redress.”
Dame Donna is currently director of nursing, policy and practice at the Royal College of Nursing, and has held a range of senior nursing posts within the NHS.
She was previously clinical director of emergency medicine at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust and before that held a number of commissioning roles in Southwark.
Notably, she advised the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery in 2010 and served as nurse/child health assessor to the Victoria Climbié Inquiry, for which she was made a dame.
Dame Donna joins existing AvMA patrons Dr Umesh Prabhu, James Titcombe, Baroness Masham of Ilton, James Badenoch QC and Peter Ransley.