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Registration and call for abstracts are now open for our second national conference in Leeds on 15th &
16th October 2019:  

This is a high energy, forward looking conference aimed at sharing knowledge and creating a new vision for patient safety research and practice. Comprising over 25 interactive workshops/breakout sessions and interspersed with innovative, inspiring keynote speakers representing the patient voice, academics, policy makers and NHS practitioners/clinicians who are interested in quality and safety. Interactive poster sessions for junior doctors, health professionals, PhD students and clinical leadership fellows.

The conference will be of interest to:
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Improvement Experts
  • Researchers & Academics
  • Managers
  • Students
  • Anyone working in the fields of Healthcare Quality & Improvement
  • Anyone interested in Patient Safety

Key themes reflected in the conference:
  • Doing safety differently: moving from Safety I (focusing on when things go wrong) to Safety II (learning from things going well)
  • Involving patients for patient safety
  • Supporting safety at transitions of care
  • Implementing evidence and making it stick
  • The potential (and the risks) of new technology, digital and big data for safety
  • Quality and safety improvement
  • Staff engagement and well-being for safer care


Adam Kay pictured will be speaking at the event


Adam Kay  pictured right will be presenting at the conference

Full details of the conference can be found at: 

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

The YQSR group is a multidisciplinary 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 (Improvement Academy). A key to the success of the group has been the embedding of health research into NHS practice.

Our research is organised into three broad themes: 1) patient involvement in patient safety; 2) Organisational, team and individual learning and change for patient safety and 3) new technology and patient safety. Our work is supported by a patient panel who advise us in the planning, conduct and implementation of our research.

We are currently funded by grants from National Institute for Health Research, the Health Foundation and we 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’.

Positive Deviance - a Webinar
Ruth Baxter and Rebecca Lawton recently took part in a webinar on Positive Deviance, alongside Lars Thueson from the Welfare Improvement Network, Copenhagen. The event was hosted by Kaleidoscope Healthcare in May 2018, and uploaded in July 2018. The full webinar is available on youtube: