Improvement Science

Welcome to the Improvement Science theme page. We are a small team of researchers with expertise in improvement science methods and approaches. Our current interests include the uptake of digital innovations and medical devices, improvement science outcomes measurement, de-implementation of low value practices, optimising audit and feedback and using the positive deviance approach to improve health care quality.

Improvement Science Projects

Be Well Work Well: A longitudinal cohort study to understand and improve health and social care staff wellbeing and retention

There is a workforce crisis in health and social care in the UK, with rising levels of anxiety, exhaustion, stress and burnout among staff: NHS staff are, for example, 50%...

Improvement Science input into: Developing a school-based intervention to improve asthma management in children and young people in Bradford: asthma control in educational settings.

This project was funded by the Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre and is led by a GP respiratory lead, with support from the Improvement Science theme. Children...

Volatile biomarker positioning of nasogastric tubes to enhance patient safety (acronym: NG-Sure)

Naso-gastric (NG) tubes (a tube passed down a person’s nostril into the oesophagus then stomach) provide feeds/medicines to patients if they cannot swallow/take fluids by mouth, or need intensive care/surgery....

Making a Difference: Our Latest Improvement Science case studies

Meet the Improvement Science Team

Rebecca Lawton

Theme Lead

Andria Hanbury

Theme Manager

Lynn McVey

Senior Research Fellow

Our latest Improvement Science publications

Validation of revised patient measures of safety: PMOS-30 and PMOS-10. 

The views and experiences of patients and healthcare professional’s on the disclosure adverse events: A systematic review & qualitative meta-ethnographic synthesis.

The Positive Deviance Approach (Elements of Improving Quality and Safety in Healthcare)