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Senior Research Fellow - 39 months

Job Reference: 389-A-19-32496

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Quality & Safety Research
£37,570 - £43,772 pa

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Do you want your research to benefit patients and families?

Are you interested in how the NHS can improve quality and patient safety?

Do you want to be part of an exciting multi-disciplinary research group?


Patient and Family Involvement in Serious Incident Investigations (PFI-SII)

Research Programme


The Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research (YQSR) Group is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, highly organised and motivated Senior Research Fellow to take a leading role in the conduct and management of a significant programme of patient safety research. The programme of research, funded over a 39-month period by the National Institute for Health Research, will aim to first explore the experience of patients and families, and staff who have been involved in a serious incident and/or investigation in acute and mental health settings, and the process of further litigation. We will then use this information to co-design with patients and families, staff and other stakeholders, new guidance for the involvement of patients and families in serious incident investigations. We will then go on to evaluate these new processes in a small number of cases across mental health settings, acute care settings and nationally, within the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch. The aim of this work is to support those involved in investigating serious harm events in the settings described above, to work together meaningfully and collaboratively with patients and families, and to improve the experience at this most difficult time, and the learning from these investigations.

We are seeking an extremely capable and motivated qualitative researcher to lead the overall programme of research. This important and challenging role will be to work with the Principal Investigator (Jane O’Hara) to manage all aspects of the programme. We anticipate that the successful candidate will have experience of qualitative health services research, with in particular, experience of working sensitively with research participants, and in sensitive research topic areas. The successful candidate will take an important role in the ethnographic testing phase of the research. This post would have supervisory responsibilities for other members of research staff.


The Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group:

The successful candidate will join our team, the YQSR Group This dynamic group of researchers conducts high quality, rigorous and applied research to develop and evaluate innovative solutions to patient safety problems. The group comprises researchers and leading academics from the region, teamed with clinicians and managers from the Bradford health community. The research will sit within the NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (YH PSTRC)contributing to the patient involvement in patient safety theme. The YQSR Group has established a national and international reputation for working collaboratively across institutions and disciplines to address key, clinically relevant questions in patient safety.


The YQSR Group is a friendly, hard-working and enthusiastic team, which, due to it being located on the Bradford Royal Infirmary site, has real and lasting research relationships with both local and national clinicians. The group is housed within a bespoke research institute (Bradford Institute for Health Research), with easy transport links to elsewhere in the region.

If you would like to know more about this role or the work of the YQSR Group and YH PSTRC, please contact: Dr Jane O’Hara (01274 383692; jane.o’; or Dr Gemma Louch (01274 383413;


We can offer staff gymnasiums on both hospital sites, excellent pension scheme including life assurance cover and advice on childcare.

Closing Date: 25.08.19 (This date may change dependent on the response)

Interview Date: 09.09.19

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