Beth is the Programme Manager for the NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. She also has a dual role at the University of Bradford School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences programme managing a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) programme exploring and improving medicines management at transitions of care for people with heart failure (ISCOMAT).
Beth is an experienced health and social researcher and has worked extensively in the UK on research projects for national and local government, NHS organisations, charities, and the private sector. Her research has included national evaluations of health-related policy, for example she led the qualitative evaluation with GPs of the statement of fitness for work for the Department for Work and Pensions.
In Yorkshire and the Humber, Beth has led evaluations of services for bereaved families, those delivering outdoor activities for young people and those aiming to reduce recidivism. She has conducted research to redesign health services for patient benefit, and recently has co-facilitated a series of consultation events to understand and improve experiences of about breast diagnostic services. Beth has also designed and delivered training in research methods for clients such as Warwickshire County Council and the East of England and taught intervention development techniques, for example to university students on an EU programme aiming to make the transport environment in their local communities safer.
Beth has an MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics at the University of Manchester and a PhD in which she explored the medicines-related professional and informal social networks of cardiology patients after they were discharged from hospital. Beth conducts qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research.
Beth’s research interests focus on the quality and safety of healthcare and how care can be improved. She has a particular interest in safety at care transitions, for example when people move between healthcare settings and providers.
Fylan B, Armitage G, Naylor D, Blenkinsopp A. A qualitative study of patient involvement in medicines management after hospital discharge: an under-recognised source of systems resilience. BMJ Quality & Safety. 2017
Fylan Gwynn B, Blenkinsopp A, Armitage, G, Naylor, D. (2016) Discharged patients’ medicines management resilience strategies. Int J Pharm Pract. 24 (Suppl. 1), pp. 4–29
Fylan Gwynn, B., Blenkinsopp, A., Armitage, G., Naylor, D. (2014) Missed opportunities: the role of community pharmacy after discharge from cardiology wards. Int J Pharm Pract, 22 (S2), p.7-8
Fylan Gwynn, B, Blenkisnopp, A, Armitage, G., Naylor, D. (2013) “You have to be dying before you actually see a doctor…” Patients’ medicines safety networks at transfer of care. Conference presentation: EUSN European Conference on Social Networks 03/07. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Fylan F, Fylan Gwynn B, Caveney L. (2013) Developing an interview topic guide for use in the pilot work capability assessment. DWP Research Report
Fylan F, Fylan Gwynn B, Caveney L. (2012) GPs’ perceptions of potential services to help employees on sick leave to return to work. DWP Research Report 820
Fylan, B., Fylan F., Caveney, L. (2011). Evaluation of the Statement of Fitness for Work: qualitative research with General Practitioners. DWP Research Report 780