Samantha Machen MNurSci, MSc

Safety Culture Specialist

Samantha completed an undergraduate Masters of Nursing Science (MNurSci) degree at the University of Nottingham before working as a qualified intensive care nurse at the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre in Nottingham. During this time she was a specialist advisor for the Care Quality Commission, where she worked on inspections of different inspections around the UK and was involved in inspections of surgical, medical, palliative and intensive care services. She later completed a MSc at the London School of Economics and Political Science in International Health Policy before joining a pharmaceutical company as a researcher, leading on a project exploring and comparing the reimbursement rates of oncology drugs worldwide. She then was awarded a Health Foundation Improvement Science fellowship to complete her PhD at UCL. Her PhD is rooted in medical anthropology and medical sociology and is aiming to explore the role of professional and organisational cultures in the governance of medication safety. Samantha is an affiliated teacher with the CLAHRC North Thames and has experience teaching evaluation methods and research skills to a wide audience. Her research interests include patient safety, conceptualising and measuring culture in health systems, human factors and quality improvement.