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Quality improvement and patient safety (DRAFT)

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.

 Quality improvement and patient safety​

The field of patient safety is the coordinated effort to prevent harm, caused by the process of health care itself, from occurring to patients. ​

We aim to determine the frequency, burden and preventability of healthcare associated harm in primary and emergency care settings, and to develop and implement interventions to improve patient safety in priority areas.​

We host a team of health services researchers and academic clinicians with expertise for:

  • investigating the frequency and avoidability of significant harm in healthcare, with particular expertise in primary care, secure environments and end-of-life care contexts
  • methodological innovation for identifying, structuring and sharing learning from patient safety incidents within (national) and between countries (international), including the development of classification systems and taxonomy
  • evaluating the development and implementation of interventions using mixed methods to minimise harm to patients in health and social care settings.

Current projects

Development and testing of the PAtient SafeTy risk Assessment (PASTA) tool to maximise learning from patient safety incidents in healthcare organisationsESRC
Effects of shielding for Vulnerable people during COVID-19 pandemic on health outcomes, costs and Immunity including those with cancer: quasiexperimenTal Evaluation (EVITE Immunity)National Core Studies, UKRI
Significant avoidable harm in prison health servicesNIHR Policy Research Programme
Evaluation of patient-reported safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemicPRIME Centre


We host a collaboration with other Cardiff University schools called the Welsh Ergonomics and Safer Patients Alliance (WESPA), an interdisciplinary group of researchers (Cardiff Business School, School of Engineering, School of Dentistry) and clinicians undertaking research and service evaluation to enable innovation and implementation of practices to improve patient safety in healthcare.

We also collaborate closely with the Opthalmic Public Health Group at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences.


Yr Athro Andrew Carson-Stevens

Yr Athro Andrew Carson-Stevens

Clinical Research Fellow

+44 (0)29 2068 7779
Dr Natalie Joseph-Williams

Dr Natalie Joseph-Williams

Research Associate

+44 (0)29 2068 7141
Dr Alison Cooper

Dr Alison Cooper

Associate Academic Fellow

Delyth Price

Delyth Price

Research Assistant

Dr Joy McFadzean

Dr Joy McFadzean

GP Clinical Lecturer


Honorary staff

Prof Sir Liam Donaldson, Distinguished Honorary Professor, Cardiff University and Professor of Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Dr Sarah Yardley, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Cardiff University and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University College London
Dr Ben Bowers, Honorary Research Fellow, Cardiff University and Research Fellow, University of Cambridge
Dr Sally-Anne Francis, Honorary Research Fellow, Cardiff University and Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University College London
Dr Philippa Rees, Honorary Lecturer, Cardiff University and Clinical Research Fellow, University College London
Dr Kate Davies, Honorary Research Fellow, Cardiff University
Dr Ian Bennett-Britton, Honorary Research Fellow and Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Fellow, University of Southampton