We believe that involving patients in their care is an essential part of creating a safer NHS. Patient involvement is not only one of our key research themes, but also guides how we conduct all of our research.
There are three main ways in which patients get involved:
Participating in our research
Patient involvement in quality and safety is one of our central research themes. Our aim is to understand how to get patients more actively involved, and what effect involvement has on the quality and safety of care.
We have a number of large research projects underway, aimed at understanding different ways in which patients might improve safety in hospitals:
- How patients can report safety concerns and experiences in hospital?
- How patients can be encouraged to tell us about their general views on the safety of their care?
- How patients can directly engage with health professionals about their safety?
- How patient stories about medical error can improve patient safety training for junior doctors?
- How renal patients can use technology to improve the safety of their care?
All of these projects depend on the support of patients. If you would like to get involved in any of our studies, please keep an eye on this website, which will provide up-to-date information about what is going on and where.
Helping guide how we do our research
Patients are the experts in the care they experience. As patient safety researchers, we feel it is vital for us to involve patients not only as participants but also as part of the research team. All of our patient involvement studies are guided by a panel of patient representatives. These representatives are an equal part of the research team, with regular meetings held to update them on study progress and get their input and feedback. Our patient representatives help us to ensure that the patient perspective is considered at all stages of the research process. What does it mean to be a patient representative? Some of our current patient representatives give their view below:
Helping shape what we research we do
In addition to taking part in our research and acting as a patient representative on a particular research study, we also ask patients to get involved in guiding what research we undertake in the future. Patients are an important part of setting our ‘research agenda’, not least by telling us what their priorities are for safe care.We hold regular meetings with a number of patient volunteers, to discuss upcoming research, as well as ideas for future studies. Our patient volunteers come from all walks of life, and bring all kinds of interesting ideas.
"It was a pleasure for me to be invited to be part of the
Panel for Quality and Safety for Patient’s. I was born and
bred in Bradford and have used the Bradford hospital facilities
on many occasions. Being part of this panel gives me the opportunity to
be able to give something back to the NHS, which I feel so
The purpose of this panel is to engage patients from a variety of backgrounds who are able to share their knowledge, awareness and experience of using Bradford & Airedale NHS Hospitals.
The panel is composed of approximately 20 members whose mission is to support the research department through various projects enabling their research to contribute to provide the best quality and safety to patients who use the facilities of Bradford & Airedale NHS Hospitals. We are able to support the department in various projects and the member’s views and feedback are considered at all stages of the research development process.
Recently, it was a pleasure for me to be invited to contribute to a project which involved me acting as a patient’s relative. This DVD would be the first point of contact for trainee nurses, nurses and junior Doctors demonstrating to them a good and bad scenario which related to a patient’s care in the hospital. The final DVD was to improve the quality and safety for patients.
Finally, I hope my contribution and involvement with the panel will enable the research department to continue with their wonderful work which will lead to contributing to excellent quality and safety healthcare for the Community of Bradford and West Yorkshire."
Ruby K. Bhatti (Vice Chair for The Quality & Safety Patient Panel)
Looking to get involved?
We are not presently looking for patient volunteers to attend our current research meetings. However, we anticipate there will be future opportunities for new patients to be involved in our research. If you would like to be considered in the future, or would like more information about our research, please contact:
Contact Us for more information:
Carolyn Clover (Research Administrator)
Bradford Institute for Health Research
Temple Bank House
Bradford Royal Infirmary
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