Gemma has a background in Health Psychology and graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology in 2009, and an MSc in Psychological Approaches to Health in 2010. Following this, Gemma undertook a D.Phil. entitled “Opening the ‘Black Box’ of Patient Safety: The Impact of the Nursing Work Environment, Job and Individual Characteristics”, supervised by Dr Jane O’Hara, Dr Peter Gardner and Professor Daryl O’Connor, which was funded by the Bradford Institute for Health Research and the School of Psychology, University of Leeds. As of July 2014 Gemma has been in post as a Research Fellow working on the evaluation component of a project which is implementing a patient measure of safety in partnership with hospital volunteers.
- The role of individual differences in patient safety
- The nursing work environment and patient safety
- The use of within-person diary techniques
- Health behaviour change
- Health professional behaviour change
- Health services improvement
- Improvement science and evaluation
- Louch, G., O’Hara, J., Gardner, P., & O’Conner, D.B. (2016). The daily relationships between staffing, safety perceptions and personality in hospital nursing: A longitudinal on-line diary study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 59, 27-37.
- Louch, G., Dalkin, S., Bodansky, J., & Conner, M. (2013). An exploratory randomised controlled trial using short messaging service to facilitate insulin administration in young adults with type 1 diabetes. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 18(2), 166-174.
- Taylor, N.J., Sahota, P., Sargent, J., Barber, S., Loach, J., Louch G., & Wright, J. (2013). Using intervention mapping to develop a culturally appropriate intervention to prevent childhood obesity: the HAPPY (Healthy and Active Parenting Programme for Early Years) study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 10(1):142.
- Louch, G., O’Hara, J., Mohammed, M.A. (2016). Lessons from Evaluating Improvement: The PRASE intervention in collaboration with hospital volunteers. Oral presentation. HSRUK Symposium, Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham, 14th July 2016.
- Louch, G., O’Hara, J., Mohammed, M.A. (2016). A qualitative formative evaluation of the PRASE intervention in collaboration with hospital volunteers. Poster presentation. RCN International Nursing Research Conference, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh, 8th April 2016.
- Louch, G., O’Hara, J., Gardner, P.H., O’ Connor, D.B. (2015). What predicts patient safety outcomes for nurses? The daily relationships between staffing, workload and safety perceptions within hospital nursing: Does personality play a role? Oral presentation. RCN International Nursing Research Conference, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, 21st April 2015.
- Louch, G., Ward, J., Gardner, P.H., O’ Connor, D.B. (2012). What predicts patient safety outcomes for nurses? The role of individual differences and the clinical work environment. Poster presentation. 3rd meeting of the British Society for the Psychology of Individual Differences, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, 20th April 2012.
- Louch, G., Ward, J., Gardner, P.H., O’ Connor, D.B. (2012). How do work environment and individual factors impact on patient safety within nursing? A cross-sectional survey. Oral presentation. The Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group Balancing Creating and Evidence for Patient Safety Conference, The National Media Museum, Bradford, 20th November 2012.