PhD Students in the EBT Theme
Ruth Baxter
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 is currently studying for a PhD through a Health Foundation studentship with the Bradford Institute of Health Research and the University of Leeds. Ruth’s PhD explores 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’s PhD research contributes to the CLAHRC EBT theme.
  
Liz Thorp
Liz is a third year PhD Student with a background in Nursing. 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 is a second year PhD student based at Bradford Institute for Health Research and the University of Leeds. 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. Abi’s PhD research focuses 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.