John Tingle

John Tingle

Birmingham Law School
Assistant Professor

Contact details

Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

His research focuses in health law field where he examines issues relating to clinical negligence litigation and patient safety. National and global patient safety policy development and UHC (Universal Health Coverage). He has a fortnightly column in the British Journal of Nursing. He is a frequent contributor to the Bill of Health published by the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School where he was a Visiting Scholar in November 2018. John is also a Visiting Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago, School of Law.


  • 1988 Masters in Education (MEd), Educational Administration, University of Birmingham.
  •  1984 Certificate of Education with Distinction, Garnett College, London.
  •  1979 Barrister at Law, Gray‘s Inn, London,
  •  1978 BA Law Hons, Kingston University,


John has held a number of senior positions in a variety of academic management areas. He has had roles in international development, international student recruitment and curriculum development. He was formerly Associate Professor at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University and prior to that worked in Further, Higher Education in London, Worcester and practiced as a Barrister.


Seminar Tutor on the LLB for:

  • Tort (LLB)
  • Legal Theory (LLB)
  • Legal Skills and Methods (LLB)
  • Legal Connections Project, Public/Tort (LLB)
  • Widening Horizons Project

Postgraduate supervision

National and Global Patient Safety
Clinical Negligence Litigation

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His research has focussed on how the law relates to nursing, medicine and the tort aspects of patient safety initiatives. Further work has been done on national, global patient safety law and governance particularly in developing and transitioning countries. How to develop a patient centric safety system and just culture in health care systems, nationally in the NHS and globally.


Recent publications


Tingle, J, Milo, C, Msiska , G & Millar, R (eds) 2023, Research Handbook on Patient Safety and the Law. Research Handbooks in Health and Medical Law series, Edward Elgar.

Tingle, J, O'Neil, C & Shimwell, M (eds) 2018, Global Patient Safety Law, Policy and Practice. 1st edn, Routledge.

Tingle, J & Cribb, A (eds) 2013, Nursing Law and Ethics. 4th edn, John Wiley & Sons.

Tingle, J & Bark, P (eds) 2011, Patient Safety, Law Policy and Practice. 1st edn, Routledge.

Tingle, J & McHale, J 2007, Law and Nursing. 3rd edn, Butterworth-Heinemann.

Tingle, J & Foster, C (eds) 2006, Clinical Guidelines: Law Policy & Practice: Law Policy and Practice. 1st edn, Routledge-Cavendish.

Foster, C, Tingle, J & Wheat, K (eds) 2004, Regulating Healthcare Quality: Legal and Professional Issues. 1st edn, Butterworth-Heinemann.

Tingle, J, Garwood Gowers, A & Lweis, T (eds) 2001, Healthcare Law: The Impact of the Human Rights Act 1998. 1st edn, Routledge-Cavendish, London.

Tingle, J & Wilson, J (eds) 1998, Clinical Risk Modification:A Route to Clinical Governance? 1st edn, Elsevier Health Sciences.


Assame, N, Greenhalgh, S, Tingle, J, Wright, J & Yeowell, G 2024, 'How current law and policy supports providers of NHS healthcare in England to respond to patient harm: A scoping review protocol', PLOS One, vol. 19, no. 3, e0299121.


Tingle, J 2018, Patient Safety Policy Development in the NHS in England. in J Tingle, C O'Neill & M Shimwell (eds), Global Patient Safety Law, Policy and Practice. 1st edn, Routledge, pp. 1-13.

Tingle, J 2013, The Policy Dimension: Moving Beyond the Rhetoric Towards a Safer NHS, in J Tingle & A Cribb (eds), Nursing Law and Ethics. 4th edn, Wiley-Blackwell.

Tingle, J 2007, Chapter 2, Nursing Negligence, General Issues,Chapter 3, Patient Safety, Litigation and Complaints in the National Health Service, Chapter 4,Legal Aspects of Extended Role,Clinical Guidelines and Protocols,and Nurse Prescribing. in J McHale & J Tingle (eds), Law and Nursing. 3rd edn, Butterworth-Heinemann.

Tingle, J 2004, The Legal Accountability of the Nurse. in S Tilley & R Watson (eds), Accountability in Nursing and Midwifery. 2nd edn, pp. 47-63.

Tingle, J 1998, The Legal Aspects of The Advanced Nurse Practitioner. in G Castledine & P McGee (eds), Advanced and specialist nursing practice. 1st edn, Wiley-Blackwell.

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  • Health litigation issues
  • National and Global Patient Safety Issues
  • Health Care Quality
  • Clinical Negligence

Media experience

  • Extensive Radio Experience BBC Radio Nottingham
  • Attended Media Training Course
  • Some TV Interviews

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  • Written Evidence to House of Commons Select Committee
  • August 2018: Written evidence submitted to House of Commons Parliamentary Committee examining the draft Health Service Safety Investigations Bill: A new capability for investigating patient safety incidents. His written evidence was published and quoted in the final report.

Other information

  • Invitation to Present a Global Patient Safety Workshop at Harvard Law School.
  • The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics,5th November 2018.
  • He presented a paper at the Health Law Workshop on the 5th November 2018 which was open to the public and Harvard students. The workshop also formed part of the Harvard Masters Programme in Health Law:

Harvard  Visiting Scholar 2018

Harvard Visiting Scholar, Harvard Law School, November 2018 at the: The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School.