Armitage, Gerry

Gerry Armitage

g.r.armitage@bradford.ac.uk

In the first thirteen years of his career, Gerry Armitage worked as a registered nurse, largely in acute children’s services both in junior and senior posts. Following this, he moved to the university sector and taught child health at undergraduate and post graduate levels, and led various curricula developments. Following an interest in patient safety, his doctoral work funded by the Department of Health, focused on medication errors and their reporting. He now works as a professor at the University of Bradford, having worked as a senior research fellow in the Bradford Institute of Health Research from 2007 to 2012. He has held lead investigator and co-applicant roles on several regional and national research grants. Gerry is a supervisor to several PhD students whose work is embedded in quality and safety. His current interests are human error, medication safety, incident reporting, patient involvement and patient safety education.

Recent Research Grant Income

National Institute for Health Research
Research for Patient Benefit Programme
Development and Evaluation of an Electronic Quality and Safety Patient-led Reporting Scheme in Renal Services. Principal Investigator
September 2011 – September 2014 (£250,000)

Department of Health/Children’s Hospices UK (CHUK)
Development and Evaluation of Medicines Management Toolkit
With Maddie Blackburn (Director of Care, CHUK), Prof. Kay Marshall (University of Bradford).
November 2010 – March 2011 (£30, 000)

National Institute For Health Research Programme Grant
(*with Professors Ian Watt (PI), John Wright (co-PI), Richard Thomson, and Dr Rebecca Lawton, Dr. Vikram Jha) October 2009 – October 2014
Patient Involvement in Patient Safety* (£2 Million)
*GA leading one of four projects in the programme

MEDEL and Yorkshire and Humber Strategic Health Authority
(With Dr Rebecca Lawton & Professor John Wright) April 2009 – December 2010
Development and Evaluation of a Training Programme for Patient Safety for Junior Doctors and Healthcare Teams
(£375, 000)

Bradford Hospitals NHS Trust: Local Levy Fund (with Dr Laura Ashley)
Examination of Drug Administration Errors in Chemotherapy
January 2009 – September 2009 Principal Investigator
(£16,000)

Recent peer reviewed publications

  •  Harrison R, Lawton R, Gardner P, Shapiro J, Perlo J, Armitage G. Emotion and coping in the aftermath of medical error: a cross country exploration. Journal of Patient Safety. J Patient Saf. 2015 Mar;11(1):28-35. doi: 10.1097/PTS.0b013e3182979b6f.
  • Sheard L., O’Hara JK, Armitage G. et al Evaluating the PRASE patient safety intervention – a multi-centre, cluster trial with a qualitative process evaluation: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials 2014, 15:420 doi:10.1186/1745-6215-15-420. http://www.trialsjournal.com/content/15/1/420/abstract
  • McEachan RM, Lawton RJ, O’Hara JK, Armitage G, Giles S, et al. Developing a reliable and valid patient measure of safety in hospitals (PMOS): A validation study. BMJ Quality and Safety 2014 doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2013-002312 2014
  • Urban R, Armitage G, Morgan J, Marshall K, Blenkinsopp A, Scally A. Custom and practice: A multi-center study of medicines reconciliation following admission in four acute hospitals in the UK. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy 10 (2) 355-368. 2014
  • Sirriyeh R, Lawton R, Armitage G, Gardner P, Ferguson S. Micro-cultures in health care: Perspectives of NHS managers. Health Services Management Research. 25 16-23. 2012
  • Ward JK & Armitage G. Can patients report patient safety incidents in a hospital setting? A systematic review. BMJ Quality and Safety http://qualitysafety.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bmjqs-2011-000213 2012
  • Slater B, Lawton R, Armitage G, Bibby J. Training and Action for Patient Safety: embedding education for patient safety within an improvement methodology. The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. 32 2 80-89. 2012
  • Armitage G, Taylor J, Ashley L. Systematic assessment in child protection: improving outcomes. Nursing Children and Young People. 24(2) 20-22. 2012
  • Slater B, Lawton R, Armitage G, Bibby J. Training and Action for Patient Safety: embedding education for patient safety within an improvement methodology. The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. 32 2 80-89. 2012
  • Ward JK & Armitage G. Can patients report patient safety incidents in a hospital setting? A systematic review. BMJ Quality and Safety http://qualitysafety.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bmjqs-2011-000213
  • Ashley L, Dexter R, Marshall F, McKenzie B, Ryan M, Armitage G. Improving the safety of chemotherapy administration: an oncology nurse-led failure mode and effects analysis. Oncology Nursing Forum. 38(6): E436-44. 2011
  • Moore P, Armitage G, Dobrzanski S, et al (2011) Medicines Reconciliation Using a Shared Electronic Healthcare Record. Journal of Patient Safety 7 (3) 148-154
  • Ward J, McEachan R, Lawton R, Armitage G, Wright J, Watt I. (2011) Patient involvement in patient safety: protocol for developing an intervention using patient reports of organisational safety and patient incident reporting. BMC Health Services Research 11:130
  • Armitage G, Hodgson I, Wright J, et al. (2011) Exploring the delivery of anti-retroviral therapy for symptomatic HIV in Swaziland: threats to the successful treatment and safety of out-patients attending regional and district clinics. BMJ Quality and Safety in Health Care 2011; 20:52-59 doi:10.1136/bmjqs.2009.034512
  • Armitage G. Cracknell A, Forrest K, Sanders J. Twelve Tips for a Patient Safety Curriculum in undergraduate medical education. (2011) Medical Teacher. 33(7):535-40. Epub 2011 Feb 28 Reviewing studies with diverse designs: the development and evaluation of a new tool.
  • Sirriyeh R, Lawton R, Gardner P, Armitage G. Reviewing studies with diverse designs: the development and evaluation of a new tool. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. Mar 16. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2011.01662.x. [Epub ahead of print] 2011
  • Sirriyeh R, Armitage G, Gardner PH, Lawton RJ. (2010) Medical Error: perspectives from Hospice Management. International Journal of Palliative Nursing. Aug;16(8):377-86
  • Ashley LJ, Armitage G, Neary M, Hollingsworth G. (2010) Failure Mode and Effects Analysis: an empirical analysis of failure mode scoring procedures. Journal of Patient Safety 201Dec 6 (4):210-5.
  • Ashley L, Armitage G, Neary M, Hollingsworth G. (2010) A practical guide to Failure Mode and Effects Analysis in health care: making the most of the team and its meetings. Joint Commission Journal for Quality and Patient Safety 36 351-358
  • Armitage G, Newell RJ, Wright J. (2010) Improving Drug Error Reporting. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. Volume 16, Issue 6, pages 1189–1197
  • Sirriyeh R, Lawton RJ, Gardner PH, Armitage G. (2010) Coping with medical error: a systematic review of papers to assess the effects of involvement in medical errors on healthcare professionals’ psychological well-being BMJ Quality and Safety in Health Care 2010;19:1-8 doi:10.1136/qshc.2009.035253 Published Online First: 31 May 2010
  • Armitage G. (2009) Human error theory: relevance to nurse management. Journal of Nursing Management 17 (2) 193 – 202
  • Armitage G. Adams J. Newell RJ, et al (2009) Caring for persons with Parkinson’s disease in care homes: Perceptions of residents and their close relatives, and an associated review of residents’ care plans. Journal of Research in Nursing, 14 (4) 333-348
  • Armitage G. (2008) Double checking medicines: defence against error or contributory factor? Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 14 (4) 513 – 519. Published Online: 14 Sep 2007
  • Armitage G, Chapman EJ (2007) Incident reporting: a curate’s egg? Journal of Integrated Care Pathways 10. 92-96
  • Armitage G, Newell RJ, Wright J. (2007) Drug errors and their reporting in a British acute hospital trust. Clinical Governance 12 (2) 102-114
  • Armitage G. (2005) Drug errors, qualitative research and some reflections on ethics. Journal of Clinical Nursing 14, 869-875

Other recent publications and books

Armitage G., et al. 2014. Medicines Management Toolkit. Together for Short Lives. Second Edition. http://www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk/
Armitage G, Ward J, Birks Y. Patients as reviewers of quality and safety. Guest Editorial. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 39 (1) 5-6. 2013
Lawton R. and Armitage G. The role of the patient in clinical safety. Health Foundation Thought Paper, May 2012.

Lawton R. & Armitage G. Psychological theories of medication use.
In Dean-Franklin B. and Tully M. Safety in Medication Use. Taylor & Francis. Oxford. In Press
Lawton R. & Armitage G. (Editors) Innovating for Patient Safety: an introduction to patient safety for students of medicine. Sage: London. 2012