PhD Students in the EBT Theme

Ruth Baxter: 
Ruth completed her PhD, which was through a Health Foundation studentship with the Bradford Institute of Health Research and the University of Leeds. In this she explored how we can learn from positive deviants to improve patient safety. Positive deviance is an asset based approach to quality improvement. It assumes that within communities, such as healthcare organisations, some individuals or teams are able to overcome common problems and succeed despite facing the same constraints as others. Ruth has a background in health psychology, 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.  She works as a Senior Research Fellow in the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group.
  
Liz Tomlin: Liz completed her PhD in 2018.  She qualified as an RGN with a diploma in Nursing Studies from St Bartholomews College of Nursing and Midwifery in 1990. She has worked across a diverse range of clinical settings within the NHS, private health care providers and the USA. In 1996 she completed her undergraduate degree at the Institute for Advanced Nursing Education at the RCN, London and proceeded to work as a Research Nurse within the Twin Research Unit at St Thomas’s Hospital. In 2013, Liz completed an MSc in Health Sciences at York University and subsequently commenced a PhD in Improvement Science funded by The Health Foundation, based between University of Leeds and Bradford Institute for Health Research. Liz’s interests are currently focused upon exploring experience based co-design as a method to improve the quality and safety of care for cardiac patients leaving hospital.
  
Abigail Albutt: 
Abi completed her PhD in 2018, which focused on exploring the feasibility and acceptability of involving patients and their relatives in the process of recognising and responding to clinical patient deterioration in hospital. Abi graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc in Psychology in 2013 and went on to complete an MSc in Psychological Approaches to Health at the University of Leeds in 2014.  She currently works as a Research Fellow in the Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, YH, at the Bradford Institute for Health Research.

Louise Hall: Louise completed her PhD in 2018, which investigated the association between General Practitioners' wellbeing and burnout and the quality and safety of patient care provided. Having completed her PhD at Bradford Institute for Health Research and the University of Leeds, Louise is currently working at the University of Leeds as a Research Fellow.  She has a background in health psychology, graduating from the University of Leeds with an MSc in Psychological Approaches to Health (2014) and from the University of Birmingham with a BSc (hons) in Psychology.  

Luke Budworth: Luke completed his PhD in 2019 and currently works as a Research Fellow in the Evidence Based Transformation with the NHS Theme in CLAHRC YH.  Luke undertook his BSc in Psychology at the University of Liverpool, where he developed a strong interest in theories of addiction, psychological approaches to pain management and psychopharmacology.  To explore his interest in applied psychology in healthcare, he completed his MSc in Psychological Approaches to Health at the University of Leeds. Luke is interested in the role that maladaptive behaviours play in inducing perioperative complications, including heavy alcohol use and smoking. Luke's PhD research aims to investigate and apply psychological approaches to behaviour change in order to reduce such behaviours, and mitigate patient morbidity during the perioperative period. 

Raabia Sattar: Raabia is a third year PhD student based at the Bradford Institute for Health Research and the University of Leeds. Raabia graduated from the University of Bradford with a BSc (hons) in Psychology in 2015. She went on to study an MSc in Psychological Approaches to Health at the University of Leeds (2016), where she developed a strong interest in the area of patient safety. Raabia's PhD aims to develop a communication intervention to improve the practise of adverse event disclosure to patients in UK maternity services.

Siobhan McHugh: Siobhan is a third year PhD student based at the Bradford Institute for Health Research and the University of Leeds. Siobhan has a background in Natural Sciences, graduating from the University of Cambridge with a BA (hons) Biological Natural Science. She then went on to specialise in the study of Psychology, graduating with a BSc(hons) in Psychology from Durham University and an MSc in Psychology from the University of Northumbria in Newcastle. Siobhan's PhD investigates the use of video-reflexivity in the improvement of quality and safety of maternity services. This focuses particularly on communication and reflexive practice within the multi-disciplinary team. Prior to her PhD, Siobhan worked as a Research Assistant within the NHS, and as a teacher of Biology (after her PGCE at the University of Leeds).  

Alice Dunning: Alice is a second year PhD student based at the Bradford Institute for Health Research and the University of Leeds. Her PhD is exploring whether a brief intervention based on self-affirmations may be feasible and effective for reducing burnout in nurses, and whether it could have associated benefits for patient safety. Alice previously worked as a Research and Implementation Assistant in the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group.

Lauren Ramsey: Lauren is a second year PhD student. Her project aims to establish the feasibility and effectiveness of using a self-affirmation intervention with nursing staff to help improve levels of wellbeing and patient safety. The intervention involves manipulations which affirm the self and aims to address the way individuals respond to threat. Self-affirmation interventions have been used in research previously to help improve levels of wellbeing, but have yet to be implemented for this purpose with nurses. Lauren graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology in 2017. During her degree she undertook a placement with the YQSR Group as an honorary research assistant, during this time she developed an interest in patient safety.