Established in 2007, the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research (YQSR) Group brings together leading academics from the Universities of Leeds, Bradford and York. Along with clinicians and managers from the Bradford health community and the Yorkshire and Humber region, the YQSR Group works to co-produce high quality research that addresses NHS and patient priorities.

The Group is an inter-disciplinary team whose aim is to develop and evaluate innovative solutions to patient safety problems. The Group also has expertise on how to speed up the translation of these ideas into practice. We work closely with the Improvement Academy to get our findings into practice quickly. A key to the success of the Group has been the embedding of health research into NHS practice.

Our work is supported by a patient panel who advise us in the planning, conduct and implementation of our research. We actively involve patients and carers in all of our programmes of research.

The YQSR Group hosts the Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Research Collaboration one of three national Centres in England. The aim of our Centre is ‘to deliver research that makes healthcare safer’.

Research areas

We do four main types of research:

  1. Understanding the factors that drive patient safety (failures and successes)

  2. Developing and piloting safety innovations

  3. Understanding if and how novel interventions work

  4. Understanding how to improve practice and systems