Dr Anita Donley OBE


Anita Donley

Dr Anita Donley OBE is a consultant physician in acute medicine by background and joined Queen Victoria Hospital as its Chair in November 2021.

She has worked for over 20 years contributing to strategy and policy in healthcare at a national level including patient safety and quality of care, clinical standards and outcomes, implementation and evaluation; medical education and training; health promotion, nutrition; and environmental toxicity. She has been a member of several national regulatory, advisory, academic and non-departmental public bodies and has worked at Board level in several settings, including chairing a statutory committee for a regulator.

Her previous roles have included Independent Chair of the Mid and South Essex STP/ICS; Clinical Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians leading the Future Hospital Programme; Medical Director of the Revalidation Team for DH England; NHS National Clinical Director for VTE; Human Genetics Commissioner; and Health Professionals lead for the WHO Global Patient Safety Programme on medication safety.

Anita has also led work for the Chief Medical Officer on policy development and implementation across government departments at national and local level. As well as working for the Department of Health and Social Care, other government departments, and non-statutory bodies, Anita has advised Ministers and parliamentary groups, worked closely with parliamentarians, and has twice given evidence at Health Committee hearings.

Currently Anita is a Trustee at Imperial Health Charity; Senior Associate at the Good Governance Institute; Independent Clinical Advisor to Visionable Ltd, and Principal Advisor to Academic Health Solutions. She is a founder mentor for the National Clinical Entrepreneur Programme (NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative).