London, UK – Datix, the developer of patient safety and risk management software, has announced the appointment of James Titcombe OBE as Patient Safety Specialist.

In this advisory role, James will work alongside the Datix senior management team on the development of the company’s pioneering software platform to help protect patients from harm in the UK and around the world.

Formerly a project manager in the nuclear industry, James underwent a career change to become actively involved in patient safety following the tragic loss of his baby son Joshua, in 2008. Most recently, he has been working for the industry regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as National Advisor on Patient Safety, Culture & Quality.

Commenting on his new challenge, James Titcombe OBE said, “I’ve come to know Datix over the years and I’ve been impressed with the company’s commitment and passion for improving patient care. I will be working with the team on exciting and innovative developments to the software to support improvement in patient safety.”

Jonathan Hazan, director of Datix added, “James is widely respected in the patient safety community in the UK and I am delighted to have him join our team.  His enthusiasm is contagious and his commitment to improving patient safety is inspirational. James will be a real asset to Datix as we work on introducing new products to improve the quality of health and social care, improve patient outcomes and protect patients from harm.”

James speaks at national and international conferences and has had articles published in journals such as the British Medical Journal, Health Service Journal and Nursing Times, as well as the national press.

He is currently a member of the expert advisory group established to set up a new national Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB).

In 2015, James was awarded an OBE for his services to patient safety and became a published author with his first book, Joshua’s Story: Uncovering the Morecambe Bay NHS Scandal.


About Datix

Datix has been a pioneer in the field of patient safety since 1986 and is today a leading supplier of software for patient safety, risk management, incident and adverse event reporting.  Datix aims to help healthcare organisations build a culture and practice that drives excellence in patient safety.  It recruits and retains people committed to the healthcare sector and continually invests in its software and services to ensure that it integrates best practice and learning.

Datix is focused on the health and social care sector.  Its customers include public and private hospitals, primary care providers, GP surgeries, mental health and ambulance service providers.  Its clients also include organisations delivering care home and domiciliary care services.  Within the UK this includes more than 75% of the National Health Service.  Internationally the Datix client base is growing rapidly and includes large scale deployments in Canada and the USA as well as clients in Europe, Australia and the Middle East.

Datix is headquartered in London, United Kingdom. To learn more, visit  or call +44 (0)20 8971 1971

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