PhD Students in the EBT Theme
Ruth Baxter
Ruth recently 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.  
  
Liz Thorp
Liz is a final 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 final 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. 

Louise Hall
Louise has submitted her PhD Thesis 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 within the Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (within BIHR). 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 is a third year PhD student based at Bradford Institute for Health Research and the University of Leeds. 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 expore 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 second 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 second 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 first 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.