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Management, quality and safety

Includes research around management in health and social care settings as well as ensuring the quality of care.

Patient safety is a vital area of work focussing on error reduction and patient involvement.

We welcome your ideas for research proposals that fit within this cluster. We also have the following projects available:

Available PhD projects

Monitoring patient safety using a novel human sensor network

A novel approach, based on the work of Professor Dave Snowden, proposes the use of a human sensor network to monitor patient safety. There is little research related to this.

PhD proposals could relate to the use of a human sensor network in different clinical environments e.g. midwifery and primary care. Proposals could also compare and contrast existing approaches to patient safety with this novel approach.

Principal supervisor: Professor Mohammed Mohammed


Mining routine healthcare data

Yorkshire & Humber has rich healthcare informatics resources in primary and secondary care. Analyses and mining of these data sources is key to generating new knowledge to address healthcare problems. Examples:

Exploring the use of physiological data to identify quality of care or patient safety concerns or to develop predictive analytics

Use primary care data to determine if medication changes are optimal for complex patients (eg patients with heart failure).

Use linked data from primary care and the Born in Bradford (http://www.borninbradford.nhs.uk/) birth cohort study to obtain novel insights into health resource use.

Principal supervisor: Professor Mohammed Mohammed


The role of subjectivity in performance in health management

Recent literature has noted the importance of subjectivity in performance measurement and management. However, research in this area is limited, offering the opportunity for PhD students to explore new ways of understanding the determinants of performance outcomes and organisational effectiveness within the health sector. Specific examples:

Consider a range of theories and methods around workload allocation models or other forms of performance management on performance outcomes and organisational effectiveness. This could be in the private or public health sectors.

Principal supervisor: Dr Bryan McIntosh


The use of diagnostic reference levels (DRL's) in the optimisation of patient dose in diagnostic radiology: is there a better way?

DRL's have been used in dose optimisation for around 30 years and their importance is soon to be reinforced in a report of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP).
However, their use and interpretation lack a sound statistical basis. There are alternative dose monitoring strategies that could be explored through two PhD students.

Essential attributes: radiological protection/dosimetry and statistical concepts and analytical methods.

Principal supervisor: Scally, Andy

Please use these projects to write your research proposal which will accompany your PhD application.

Find out more about studying a PhD in the Faculty of Health Studies, including how to apply.


Professors

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Professor Mohammed Mohammed
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Professor of Healthcare Quality and Effectiveness, Deputy Director of Bradford Institute of Health Research
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Current research students

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Jenny Adams
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Part-time PhD student
Research title: The role of the admissions assessment in monitoring the physical health of residents and the recognition of acute physical deterioration in the health of nursing home residents.
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Waleed Al Nadabi
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Full-time PhD student
Research title: Applying Statistical Process Control (SPC) to improve performance in Omani Health Care institutions
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Adila Altooqi
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Full-time PhD student
Research title: An in-depth evaluation of managerial leadership succession planning efforts in Oman hospitals.
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Robert Barrowcliff
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Part-time PhD student
Research title: Do mental health nurses know enough about autism spectrum disorders to be able to recognise them in people presenting with mental health problems and to be able to support them effectively?
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Jamie Beck
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Part-time PhD student
Research title: A retrospective analysis of the contribution of the radiological skeletal survey to the establishment of suspicious injuries in case of suspected non-accidental injury in children.
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Sarah Broadhead-Crofts
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Part-time PhD student
Research title: The acceptability of nipple stimulation amongst midwives and pregnant women for cervical effacement and induction of labour to prevent medical induction of labour for post term pregnancies.
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Sabo Dagona
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Full-time international PhD student
Research title: Preoperative inoculation as a means of reducing anxiety in patients undergoing surgical operation.
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Rachael Forton
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Part-time PhD student
Research title: Advanced Practice Radiographers leading the way in Cardiac CT imaging. Is this one role development too far or does this innovative approach provide key stake holders with the satisfaction demanded by the 2010 Government white paper?
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Hisham Kelendar
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Full-time PhD student
Research Title: A Roadmap for developing lean Hospital Strategy In Kuwait to improved efficiency: An empirical study of the Impact of lean thinking on Kuwait health services environment
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Adeel Khan
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Research title: Patient consent to share data in their electronic health records: exploring issues and surfacing the complexities.
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Joanna Nichols
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Part-time PhD student
Research title: How can the reductions in under 18 conceptions achieved through the 2000-2010 national strategy (England) be sustained, with a particular focus on policy development, leadership and multi-agency approaches?
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Osahon Ogbeiwi
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Full-time PhD student
Research Title: Goal Setting Practice in the National Health Service (NHS) England: A framework for SMART objective-setting and its influence on health outcomes.
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Polly Pascoe
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Part-time PhD student
Research title: Supporting mechanisms for evidence-based management capability in the NHS in England.
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Liz Whitney
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Part-time PhD student
Research title: Explicit observation and recording of physiological signs other than cervical dilatation can compare with vaginal examination as a means of measuring progress in normal labour.
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