Sharing ideas on Risk, Human Performance, Teams and Leaders


A virtual patient safety forum live from Massachusetts
Thursday 15 April 2021 12pm - 2pm EDT | 5pm - 7pm BST
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London COVID LIVE 2020 talks

Here's the latest talks from our London 2020 Online Conference.

ICU Panel Discussion

The Medicine ICU Panel Discussion - What Have We Learnt

Allyson Pollock

The Science: Public Health - What Should We Be Doing

Captain Dave Fielding and Jasmine Kamani

The People: Project Wingman - Creating First Class Lounges

Matthew Gould

The Technology: An Update from the CEO of NHSX

Martin Landray

The Science: Clinical Trials - What We Know & The Pipeline

Don Berwick

What Might Healthcare Look Like Post Covid?

Laurie Santos

The People: The Science of Wellbeing

Dr Pallavi Bradshaw

The Medicine: Has COVID changed the doctor-patient relationship forever?

Jessica Barker

The Technology: Cyber Security

Adam Kucharski

The Science: Modelling - What Can We Expect Next

Dr Alasdair Bamford

The Medicine: Paediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome

Magnus Falk

The Technology: The Rise of Zoom

Pat Symonds

The Technology: Formula 1 to Ventilators

Matthew Shaw

Opening Address from Matthew Shaw

Judy Breuer

The Science: The Virus - Latest Update on Pathophysiology

Yvonne Coghill

The People: Diversity and Risk

Right Honourable Tony Blair

Coronavirus: A Global Challenge Requiring a Unified Approach - interviewed by Katie Derham

Dr Katrina Pollock

The Science: The Vaccine - How This Acts and When Available

Martin Marshall

The Medicine: Transformation of General Practice

Welcome to Risky Business

We organise and run conferences and courses to improve safety and outcomes in healthcare and other high risk industries. We do this through sharing experiences & ideas between those who operate in risky environments such as business, emergency services, exploration, sport & healthcare. Learning how to manage risk, harness innovation, improve teamwork and leadership are vital ingredients in achieving these goals.
Watch our 2019 Conference Highlights
20 conferences to date
8,800 delegates
410 speakers
"Risky Business is a superb conference, providing a unique opportunity to learn from the hard won experience of front line professionals working in high stakes industries around the world."
Dr Kevin Fong, University College London Hospital

our conference is aimed at

The complexity of healthcare demands exceptional skills in Leadership and Teamwork. It also requires that we can react to incredibly challenging situations at a moment’s notice. Our conference speakers have extraordinary stories to tell which address many of these issues.

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This is a patient safety conference with a big difference. Exceptional speakers, from a wide array of high risk environments, share their stories of endeavour, safety, risk, human factors, systems and quality improvement.

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Our motivational and world renown speakers tell their own stories of overcoming seemingly impossible odds. The lessons we can all draw from their experiences will help us manage risk and make our work environments safer, more efficient and happier places.

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London 2019 talks

Here's the latest talks from our London 2019 Conference.

Dr Michael Stein

Emerging Disruptive Therapies for Cancer

Tom Williams

The story of Bloodgate - from a player’s perspective

Billy Monger

Inspiration, Attitude and Resilience

Chris Connell

Challenging Complexity

Dr Anu Mitra

Looking after the team after major incidents, Grenfell Fire

Dr Richard Smith

Lessons for pre-hospital triage and “when to break protocol” during a major disaster

Dr Clare Gerada

Why are doctors so unhappy and Supporting Doctors in crises

Yvonne Coghill

Diversity in our workforces – how do we practically make this happen

Dr Mike Christian

Adapting to a fluid and fast-moving situation during a major disaster

Lord Adonis

Brexit – what now?

Professor Mark Wilson

Using technology to train and maximise bystander response in emergencies

Dr Robin Warshafsky

Personal tragedy intersects with patient safety - what happens to the horse when the cart is put before it

Professor Silvia Schievano and Mr Owase Jeelan

"Ultimate team work: translational research innovation using virtual reality and 3D printing to facilitate multiple surgical teams in 23 hour operation to separate conjoined twins "

Amy Pope

Building coalitions and systems to proactively deal with crises

Dame Inga Beale

Leadership and Trust

Steve Richards

State of the Nation and its Leaders!

Assistant Commissioner Andy Roe

Lessons from Grenfell – when is it appropriate to break “SOPs”

Professor Jo Delahunty QC

Lessons to be learnt from large scale disasters like Hillsborough to intimate tragedies such as the death of an abused baby

Captain Steve Allright

Taking the fear out of flying

Professor Alex Sia

What can be achieved by a whole hospital system change in cognitive behavior and safety culture

Dr Claire Park

“In the line of fire” – applying lessons from combat situations to similar civilian crises

Nicole Stott

Teamwork in remote settings of the International Space Station and Aquarius Undersea Research Base

Mary Anne Hilliard and David Wessel

How a re-invigorated safety programme can save dollars

latest news

We have been really honoured to have so many influential speakers attending all our conferences. We are now aiming to write blogs each week to assist website viewers to link our talks to current events both inside healthcare and more generally
Master Classes Later in the Year

Master Classes Later in the Year

Keep an eye out for other Risky Business Events. We’re planning smaller scale master classes later in the year.

Why we are Likely to get it Wrong

Why we are Likely to get it Wrong

'Medical errors are an inevitable outcome of the human cognitive system working within the complex and sometimes chaotic healthcare system...'

Reflections on Risky Business 2019

Reflections on Risky Business 2019

'...lessons that I was able to take from the incredible collection of speakers at last year’s conference have proven invaluable...'

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