Ruth Baxter

 

 

 

 

 

ruth.baxter@bthft.nhs.uk

Biography/Background

Ruth joined the team in 2013 and is currently working as a Senior Research Fellow on a NIHR Programme Grant called ‘Partners At Care Transitions (PACT)’. This programme of work aims to improve the safety and experience of care for older patients (and their family/carers) as they move from hospital to home. She is also working on a RCF funded project entitled ‘Positive deviance and the Care Quality Commission: What makes an ‘outstanding’ general practice?’

Ruth’s background is in health psychology having graduating from Newcastle University with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology in 2007, and the University of Leeds with an MSc in Psychological Approaches to Health in 2013. Following this she studied for her PhD through a Health Foundation studentship with the Bradford Institute of Health Research and the University of Leeds. Ruth’s PhD explored how the positive deviance approach can be applied within healthcare organisations to improve patient safety. More details on Ruth’s PhD research can be found here. Prior to conducting health services research, Ruth worked in the NHS (acute mental health) and within Human Resources looking after staff leadership and development programmes.

Research interests

Patient safety
Positive Deviance, Safety-II, and Resilience
Quality improvement / Improvement science and evaluation
Health behaviour change

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Psychology – Newcastle University
MSc Psychological Approaches to Health – University of Leeds
PhD – University of Leeds. The title of her thesis is ‘Learning from Positive Deviants to improve the quality and safety of healthcare’. 

Peer reviewed publications

  • Baxter, R., Taylor, N., Kellar, I., & Lawton, R. (2015). What methods are used to apply positive deviance within healthcare organisations? A systematic review. BMJ Quality and Safety, Published online first 20th November. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2015-004386
  • Baxter, R., Taylor, N., Kellar, I. and Lawton, R. (2015). Learning from positively deviant wards to improve patient safety: an observational study protocol. BMJ Open; 5:e009650. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009650

 Oral conference presentations

  • Baxter, R., Taylor, N., Kellar, I. and Lawton, R. (2016, November). Identifying and understanding positive deviance in elderly medical wards. In R. Lawton (chair), Being positively deviant: how do organisations and teams deliver patient safety? Workshop conducted at the Science of Improvement 2016 conference, Harrogate, UK.
  • Baxter, R., Taylor, N., Kellar, I. and Lawton, R. (2016, October). How to achieve safety excellence on elderly medical wards: A positive deviance approach. Oral presentation at the International Society for Quality in Health Care, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Baxter, R., Taylor, N., Kellar, I. and Lawton, R. (2016, July). What does exceptionally safe care look like on elderly medical wards? A positive deviance approach. Oral presentation at the Health Services Research UK conference, Nottingham, UK.
  • Baxter, R., Taylor, N., Kellar, I., Pye, V., Mohammed, M., Lawton, R. (2015, July) Can we validly identify positively deviant elderly medical wards using NHS Safety Thermometer data? In R. Lawton (chair), Positive deviants for quality and safety: Can we identify healthcare teams/services that are performing exceptionally well. Symposium conducted at the Health Services Research Network Symposium (HSRN), Nottingham, UK.
  • Baxter, R., Taylor, N., Kellar, I. and Lawton, R. (2014, October). Learning from positive deviants to improve patient safety. Oral presentation at the White Rose Postgraduate Research Conference, Leeds, UK.
  • Baxter, R., Taylor, N., Kellar, I. and Lawton, R. (2014, February). Identifying positive deviants using routinely collected data. Oral presentation given at the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group: PhD Seminar, Bradford, UK.

 Conference poster presentations

  • Baxter, R., Taylor, N., Kellar, I., Pye, V., Mohammed, M., Lawton, R. (2015, December) Can positively deviant elderly medical wards be identified using routinely collected safety data? Poster presentation at the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine, Newcastle, UK.
  • Baxter, R., Taylor, N., Kellar, I. and Lawton, R. (2015, July). Positive Deviance: A systematic review of the methods used when applying the approach within healthcare organisations. Poster presentation at the Health Services Research Network Symposium (HSRN), Nottingham, UK.
  • Baxter, R., Taylor, N., Kellar, I. and Lawton, R. (2014, December). A systematic review of positive deviance applications within healthcare organisations. Poster presentation at the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine, Nottingham, UK.
  • Baxter, R., Taylor, N., Kellar, I. and Lawton, R. (2014, August). Positive deviance: Learning from successful wards to improve patient safety. Poster presentation at the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre Summer Conference, Sheffield, UK.
  • Baxter, R., Taylor, N., Kellar, I. and Lawton, R. (2014, July). How is the positive deviance approach applied within healthcare organisations? A systematic review of methods used. Poster presentation at the Health Service Research conference, London, UK.
  • Baxter, R., Taylor, N., Kellar, I. and Lawton, R. (2014, June). Applying positive deviance within healthcare organisations: a systematic review. Poster presentation at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Postgraduate Research Conference, Leeds, UK.

Funding

  • Baxter, R., Lawton, R., Foy, R. and Davies, P (2016). Positive deviance and the Care Quality Commission: What makes an ‘outstanding’ general practice? £26,948, Research Capability Funding from the West Yorkshire CCGs. The grant is held within the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Team at the Bradford Institute for Health Research and runs from April 2016 to March 2017.