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PACT Transitions event – What makes a good hospital to home transition?

Free half-day Stakeholder Event, 13th June 2018, 12.00 – 16.30
Cloth Hall Court, Quebec Street, Leeds LS1 2HA

The Partners at Care Transitions research team are holding a free half-day event at Cloth Hall Court, Leeds to share their learning about how staff involved in caring for older people support good transitions, to discuss what it is like to be a patient experiencing transitions and to learn about and have an input into our developing approaches to improving transitions.

Please click here for further details.
To book a place, register at:

YQSR Lecture Series: 10th May 2018

The Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research group are delighted to invite you to our upcoming research seminar: Using data to drive improvement in the quality and safety of care: a social science perspective. This seminar will be delivered by Jonathan Benn, Associate Professor in Healthcare, Quality & Safety, University of Leeds.

For an abstract and biography, click here.

To book a place, register at:

The seminar will be followed by food, drinks, and an opportunity for further discussion.  For queries please contact Gillian Janes ( or Ruth Baxter

We look forward to seeing you there.

Patient and Public Involvement Events – March / April 2018

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity for members of the public to get involved in the work at the Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre.  Come and find out about the Citizens Participation Group.  We are holding two events on the:

  • 27th March at the Midland Hotel, Bradford, 6-7PM
  • 12th April at Pudsey Civic Centre,  6-7PM

For more information on the Citizens Participation Group please click here or to book a place at one of the above events, please contact:
Carolyn Clover (YQSR Group Administrator)
telephone:  01274 383430 or email:

Celebrating the end of a fabulous successful year for the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research group with our Patient Panel.  Thank you for all your support and wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year! @yqsrdotorg @YH_PSTRC


Developing a safety-netting intervention

Do you have experience of visiting your primary care practice and talking to your doctor about your symptoms?

We are conducting separate focus groups with patients and primary care staff to assess response to a safety-netting intervention which may help patients to play a role in achieving a faster cancer diagnosis in primary care. Feedback will also assist in developing the intervention. We are looking for patients who have received a diagnosis of cancer and patients who have not received a diagnosis of cancer to take part.

To compensate you for your time for taking part, you will receive a £20 shop voucher and travel expenses. Refreshments will also be provided.

If you think you may like to be involved and would like further details please contact:  

Jane Heyhoe (Senior Research Fellow) Email: Telephone: 01274 38 3693

Caroline Reynolds (Research Practitioner) Email: Telephone: 01274 38 3940

Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (YH PSTRC) – Patient & Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE)

Lay Leaders Wanted!

We are seeking four individuals, with previous knowledge and experience of patient and public involvement within the healthcare setting, to join the research team within the new NIHR YH PSTRC .  This is a collaboration between Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Universities of Leeds and Bradford, with the aim of delivering research that makes healthcare safer.  As a PPIE Lay Leader you will be actively involved in the research conducted.  This means acting as a source of advice, assurance and assisting with engagement activities with the wider health community to access patient, carers and the public.  The post will require a commitment of few hours a month (which may increase as needs require) and the post holder will be reimbursed for their time and expenses.

If you would like to apply for the role or know more about the work of the YQSR group, please contact Liz Thorp (Patient and Public Involvement Lead, YH PSTRC)
Email:  Telephone:  01274 38 3945

Closing date for applications 14th December 2017
Interview date 19th December 2017 (This may change dependent on the response)

Job opportunity within the Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre

The Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre is a new £3 million national centre for patient safety research funded by the NIHR.  We are seeking an enthusiastic, highly organised and motivated researcher, with strong skills in quantitative data analysis to work within the Digital innovations for safety theme.

For further details and to apply, please click here.
Closing Date: 04/01/2018

UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research 

For further details please click here

Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (Y&H PSTRC)

Yorkshire and The Humber to host the third national Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. To find out more click here.

Work referenced in ‘Archives of Pharmacy Practice’ Journal:

Sally nursing managementA recent volume published an article referencing work by the departments Sally Moore and Dharshana Jayewardene. Their work ‘The use of smart phones inclinical practice’, was previously published in Nursing Management in 2014 however is still frequently discussed in current publications today. To read their work, please click here.

YQSR Seminar Series: Safety Huddles

On the 20th April the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research group hosted the latest talk in their research seminar series: “Safety Huddles: bringing fun to the frontline and reducing harm”. Dr Ali Cracknell and Alison Lovatt spoke about their experience of working with over 150 frontline teams to implement the Huddle Up for Safer Healthcare (HUSH) programme. They shared their learning of what makes a Safety Huddle effective and sustainable.
For the slides, an abstract and biography, click here.

Don’t miss our upcoming seminars:

  • Improving patient safety through learning from complaints with Dr Tom Reader, Associate Professor, London School of Economics – 22nd June 2017, 12.30-1.30pm
  • Reducing emergency admissions with Prof. Suzanne Mason, Professor and Consultant of Emergency Medicine, Sheffield University / Sheffield Teaching Hospitals – 6th July 2017, 1.00-2.00pm

PhD Studentship Opportunities

Exciting opportunities for PhD studentships at Leeds University working alongside the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group. Deadline for applications is 31st May.

For more information:

YQSR Lecture Series: 30th March 2017

The Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research group hosted the next talk in the research seminar series: Using patient experience data in organisational change. Professor Louise Locock spoke about patient experience data and what this can tell us. She explored how different types of data can be used for different purposes, focusing particularly on practical quality improvement.
For an abstract and biography, click here.
For slides and information on upcoming lectures, please click here.

Workshop: 9th February 2017

The Quality & Safety Research Team ran a workshop – ‘Achieving an earlier diagnosis of cancer in primary care: is there a role for patients in safety-netting?’, on Thursday 9th February at the Park Plaza Leeds.

The purpose of the workshop was to present a summary of findings from the research study, ‘Patient involvement in diagnosing cancer in primary care’ , to discuss the challenges, potentials and key components of possible safety-netting strategies for the earlier diagnosis of cancer, and to identify how to engage patients to be involved in safety-netting in primary care. The future direction for research on this topic was also considered.

Further information: Workshop flyer.

This workshop was run by:
Jane Heyhoe at or Tel: 01274 38 3693,
Gail Opio-Te at or Tel: 01274 38 3428.

New Publication! 1st December 2016:

We are pleased to announce that our paper ‘The patient reporting and action for a safe environment (PRASE) intervention: a feasibility study’ has now been published. Follow the link below to download a copy:

New PPI Resources! November 2016:

The Improvement Academy and Patient Panel have developed a series of guidance documents to help researchers with patients and public involvement. The documents provide information on working with the panel, budgeting, reimbursement, policy, and a step-by-step template for planning PPI. These can be accessed through the ‘Website and Information’ tab under Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) or by clicking here.

New Grant! Partners At Care Transitions (PACT) 25th October 2016:

We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in attracting funding for an NIHR Programme Grant focusing on improving patient experience and safety at transitions of care for older people.  This programme of work is entitled Partners at Care Transitions (PACT) and is led by Rebecca Lawton and team.

ISQua Conference Presentation! 18th October 2016:

PhD students Ruth Baxter and Liz Thorp presented at the recent International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) conference in Tokyo. Slides are available below:

Ruth Baxter’s presentation: ‘How to achieve safety excellence on elderly medical wards: A positive deviance approach’.

Liz Thorp’s presentation:  ‘What do patients see that staff don’t? Exploring the experience of patients as observers within an experience based co-design project (EBCD)’.

New Publication! October 2016:

We are delighted to announce our report ‘Improving patient safety through the involvement of patients: development and evaluation of novel interventions to engage patients in preventing patient safety incidents and protecting them against unintended harm’  has been published. Please click the link below to download a copy:

New Publication! June 2016:

An invited editorial by Jane O’Hara and Rebecca Lawton titled “At a crossroads? Key challenges and future opportunities for patient involvement in safety”, has now been published in the BMJ Quality and Safety Journal. The future for patient involvement in patient safety, and the current challenges for engaging patients and their families is discussed, along with their manifesto for a more ambitious and inclusive approach to healthcare.

The editorial can be accessed here: