The CHFG has built a solid relationship with Cranfield University over the last few years.  They continue to work with us on a proposal for trialling independent investigation into “never events” for healthcare.  This year, the University has trained a leading clinical investigator in techniques learnt from other industries and is supporting one of our own Trustees studying for a Masters in Human Factors.  It was with great delight that I share with you the news that Cranfield University has been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for their “World-leading work in aviation safety through research and training in air accident investigation.”

The Queen’s Anniversary Prize is part of the British Honours system and was created to mark the 40th year of The Queen’s reign. It is awarded biennially and Cranfield has won twice before in 2005 and 2007.  Professor Graham Braitwaite from Cranfield wrote to me that “I am really looking forward…to our new developments in the rail, marine and hopefully medical sectors.”  I sincerely hope 2012 we’ll be able to use Cranfield’s talents in healthcare.