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UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research 

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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: 31/10/2017

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.

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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: