Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group

About us

Established in 2007, the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research (YQSR) Group brings together leading academics from the Universities of Leeds, Bradford and York. Along with clinicians and managers from the Bradford health community and the Yorkshire and Humber region, the YQSR Group works to co-produce high quality research that addresses NHS and patient priorities.

The Group is an inter-disciplinary team whose aim is to develop and evaluate innovative solutions to patient safety problems. The Group also has expertise on how to speed up the translation of these ideas into practice. We work closely with the Improvement Academy, which is part of the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network to get our findings into practice quickly. A key to the success of the Group has been the embedding of health research into NHS practice.

Our work is supported by a patient panel who advise us in the planning, conduct and implementation of our research. We actively involve patients and carers in all of our programmes of research.

The YQSR Group hosts the NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, one of three national Centres in England.  The aim of our Centre is ‘to deliver research that makes healthcare safer’.

Research areas

We do four main types of research:

  1. Understanding the factors that drive patient safety (failures and successes)

  2. Developing and piloting safety innovations

  3. Understanding if and how novel interventions work

  4. Understanding how to improve practice and systems

To find out more about our research programmes, team, impact and patient involvement and engagement, please visit the YQSR Group website.

Funding

We are currently funded by grants from the National Institute for Health Research, The Health Foundation and the Medical Research Council.  We also lead a theme of work as part of the Collaboration and Leadership for Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for Yorkshire and Humber on ‘Evidence Based Transformation with the NHS’.

Visit the YQSR Group website here

The Research Team

Professor Rebecca Lawton

Professor in Psychology of Healthcare

Dr Jane O'Hara

Associate Professor in Patient Safety and Improvement Science

Dr Laura Sheard

Principal Research Fellow, Deputy Director and Qualitative Lead, Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group Qualitative Evaluation Lead, ActEarly City Collaboratory

Dr Angela Grange

Head of Nursing, Research & Innovation

Dr Jenni Murray

Programme Manager, Partners At Care Transitions (PACT) NIHR Research Programme

Dr Beth Fylan

Programme Manager - YH PSTRC

Ruth Simms-Ellis

Theme Manager, Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, Yorkshire and Humber: Evidence based transformation with the NHS

Carolyn Clover

PA to Prof. John Wright, Director of Research and YQSR Research Administrator