David Somekh. M.A., M.B., B.Ch.,PhD, FRCPsych. is a forensic psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and experienced clinician in management. He has been involved in healthcare quality since 1988. He served as an NGO representative on the Advisory Committee of International Society for Quality Assurance, and on the Advisory Committee of the UK National Institute for Clinical Excellence. He was a member of the Executive of the European Society for Quality in Healthcare and a member of the EC expert group on Patient Safety and Health Quality. After attending Said School of Business in Oxford, David and three colleagues set up the European Health Futures Forum, as a not-for–profit network organization, of which he is currently Network Director. EHFF has served on the steering groups of both the EMPATHiE and PISCE tenders on patient empowerment.