Josephine Ocloo
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Josephine Ocloo is a senior researcher and Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellow. She is based in the Centre for Implementation Science (CIS). This is one of 5 Centres within the Health Service and Population Research Department (HSPR) at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London. She is conducting research 'Developing and understanding the impact of diverse patient and public involvement in patient safety improvement activities' that will help patients to become involved in improving patient safety by working with a diverse range of service users and then evaluating the impact of their involvement in improving safety within NHS Trusts. She is a social scientist and qualitative researcher, who uses participatory and action research methods. Her main research interests include patient and public involvement and patient experience, patient safety, equality and diversity and health inequalities. She is particularly interested in bringing a more critical and social science approach to health care quality and safety improvement which tends to be dominated by positivist and quantitative approaches to measuring improvement. She originally studied for a degree in Social Science and Administration and then a masters in European Social Policy at the London School of Economics. 

Josephine became involved in healthcare and specifically patient safety after her daughter died as a result of a medical failure to manage her heart condition. She previously worked as a senior lecturer in social work at London Metropolitan University, which included working at a European level on various projects and teaching at the Hogeschool Maastricht. She is an activist-scholar combining a high profile role as a patient representative and researcher in patient safety. She completed a PhD in 2008 from the University of Surrey, which looked at medical harm from the standpoint of those directly affected by patient safety incidents. She subsequently took up research posts with the King’s Patient Safety and Service Quality Research Centre and the King’s Fund, looking at different aspects of patient experience and patient and public involvement in patient safety and quality. Josephine is also a Patients for Patient Safety Champion, part of the Patient Safety Programme at the WHO and a Member of the National Patient Safety Response Advisory Panel at NHS Improvement. She has held various roles as a patient representative, working at a national level with many healthcare organisations and at a local level with NHS Trusts, her local Academic Health Science Network and CLAHRC in North West London.


Principal Investigator 

Health Foundation, Improvement Science Fellowship grant, £226,165

‘National survey on Patient and Public Involvement in Patient safety’. Principal Investigator conducting the research at PSSQ. Funded by Department of Health, £31,123.00, 2010-2011 (report submitted to DH June 2011 – see report under publications).

Project Director for 'National Survey of Black Staff in Further Education'. Commissioned from the University of North London on behalf of the Commission for Black Staff in FE (funding secured from Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and Learning and Skills Council (LSC), £120,000). 2000-2001.

Project Director overseeing production of Good Practice Guide on Race Equality in Recruitment & Selection authored by Stella Dadzie on behalf of the Commission for Black Staff in FE (funding secured from DfES and LSC, £10,000). 2000-2001.

‘Developing a Common European Framework for Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppressive Practice in the Social Professions’. Principal Investigator for the project at the University of North London. Funded by the Leonardo da Vinci EU funding stream for academic research. £120,000, 1997-2000.


Anglo-Japanese collaboration for Improving Patient Safety (AnJIPS) research project carried out at PSSQ. PI: Nao Kodate, co-investigators: Ocloo, J & Anderson, J. Funded by Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. £75,000, 2011-2012.

‘Enhancing Patient Benefit from Translational Research: The Contribution of Public Engagement in Science and Public and Patient Involvement’. Strategic project grant from KCL/GSTT Biomedical Research Centre, the IoP/SLAM Specialist Biomedical Research Centre, and the King’s Patient Safety and Service Quality (PSSQ) Research Centre. PI: Chris McKevitt, co-investigators: Ocloo et al. Funded 2011-2012, for £50,000.

‘Beyond Fragmentation and Exclusion: Realising Innovative and Cohesive Economies in Inner NorthEast London’. ESRC research project (part of team headed by Prof Norman Ginsburg at London Metropolitan University). 1998-2000, £120,000.



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Social Science & Administration, Bachelor of Arts

European Social Policy, Master in Science

Patient Safety and Patient Empowerment, Doctor of Philosophy

External positions

Member of the National Patient Safety Response Advisory Panel

1 Jun 2016 → …

Patients for Patient Safety Champion, part of the Patient Safety Programme, WHO

1 May 2008 → …


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