NIHR Patient Safety Research Collaborations (PSRCs) are NHS/university partnerships in England that undertake high quality translational, applied and health services research on patient safety that addresses strategic patient safety challenges within the health and care system.

The PSRCs aim to develop, validate and test innovations, approaches and interventions that have the potential to lead to improvements in patient safety and the safety of health and care services. To support translation into practice, NHS/university partnerships consider the eventual setting where new interventions, innovations, approaches will be delivered and the wide range of services (including primary, secondary, tertiary, mental health and social care), settings, pathways, patients and service users.

A key emphasis underpinning all research themes is the reduction in inequalities in the safety of healthcare.

The NIHR funds, enables and delivers world-leading health and social care research that improves people’s health and wellbeing and promotes economic growth.

The NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Research Collaboration is a £5.8 million national centre for patient safety research funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). The Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Research Collaboration (PSRC) is part of the NIHR and hosted by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with the University of Leeds. We are hosted within the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group. Together we engage staff and patients to deliver research that makes healthcare safer.

The Centre is led by its Director Professor Rebecca Lawton.

The Assistant Director is Dr Beth Fylan

The Programme Manager is Dr Jenni Murray.

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Our key strengths include:

  • a strong partnership of leading multidisciplinary patient safety researchers across a whole region
  • joint NHS and academic leadership, close working with NHS staff
  • work across all healthcare organisations (primary, secondary, mental health and community care) and at the boundaries of care
  • a track record of commitment to patient/carer and public involvement in research
  • the skills, expertise and drive to translate new ideas into policy and practice.

Our aim is to deliver research that makes care safer.