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Saskia Fursland

Saskia Fursland (née Revell) has a total of nine years’ experience in applying Human Factors in incident investigations.  Saskia is currently a National Investigator with the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) in England, which was launched in April 2017.  HSIB conducts independent investigations of patient safety concerns in NHS-funded care across England and is the first of its kind in the world. Throughout the investigation process, HSIB engage with patients, relatives, staff and national organisations,and make safety recommendations at a national level to improve patient safety.

Saskia has a keen interest in Human Factors investigation models and analysis methods.  In her role as a National Investigator, she uses a range of systemic investigation approaches to collect and analyse evidence.  She has adapted an aviation investigation framework to healthcare which is currently being used by over 120 of HSIB’s maternity investigators. 

Prior to joining the HSIB, Saskia worked for six and a half years’ as an Aviation Psychologist at the Royal Air Force Centre of Aviation Medicine.  As an Aviation Psychologist, Saskia provided Human Factors expert advice to all UK military air accident investigations, conducted proactive investigations to improve flight safety, and provided bespoke Human Factors input to UK civilian air accident investigations. 

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Dr Alexandra Lang

Dr Alexandra Lang is a Human Factors Specialist currently working for Nottingham University Hospital Trust, the fourth largest acute healthcare trust in England and is an Honorary Associate Professor in Healthcare Human Factors at the University of Nottingham. 

She has over 10 years’ experience in applying and researching Human Factors in healthcare systems, in the UK and internationally. Alex's research interests and teaching focusses on the application of HFE to improve the quality and safety of healthcare provision and experience; designing, implementing and evaluating healthcare technologies and working environments, clinical pathways and patient safety.

Alex leads the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) Healthcare Special Interest Group and recently co-led the authorship of the CIEHF White Paper - Human Factors for Health and Social Care. She is the Human Factors Expert Consultant for the Centre for Healthcare Equipment & Technology Adoption (CHEATA), Health Education England regional HF Steering team and the Difficult Airways Society HF Committee.