Research Fellow


Fixed term 36 Months

We are seeking an enthusiastic, collaborative and highly organised researcher, with experience in conducting high quality, health services or applied health qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods research to join our friendly team. The successful applicant will work on studies funded by the NIHR as part of the recently-launched Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Research Collaboration (PSRC).  The PSRC is a 5-year collaboration between the University of Leeds and Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and one of six NIHR-funded centres for patient safety research across the country.  The aim of the Yorkshire and Humber PSRC is to deliver research that makes care safer.

With support from Theme Leads, Senior Research Fellows, and a vibrant, established quality and safety research community that includes NHS staff and patients, the successful candidate will contribute to the design and delivery of research that addresses local and national priorities for patient safety. The appointed research fellow will be based in the ‘De-cluttering (safely) for safety’ theme, which explores how to reduce the burden to patients, staff and services of i) safety practices ii) medicines and iii) computerised alerts, without harming patients. The research conducted within this theme aims to enhance the existing evidence base relating to the emerging field of de-implementation (removing, reducing, restricting or replacing low-value healthcare) within patient safety. This will involve exploring how different contextual factors enable or inhibit de-implementation by working across a range of settings (e.g., primary, secondary and care homes). It will also involve designing interventions to replace existing ineffective interventions, and developing theoretical frameworks for de-implementation as well as learning about and enhancing the methods that support the evaluation of de-implementation interventions targeting a range of behaviours (e.g., double checking, prescribing and decision support). Additionally, this theme will focus on how to account for and promote equity in safety – by collaborating with our PPIE partners and basing our empirical work in socioeconomically and ethnically diverse populations.

This theme is led by Professors Rebecca Lawton, David Alldred and Robbie Foy.  You will work closely with Dr Hannah Hartley, the Senior Research Fellow for this theme.

You can read more information on this research theme in the job description and on the Yorkshire and Humber PSRC website here: There is also information on the other research themes within the centre. These themes of work have been developed in collaboration with patients, families and health professionals, and reflect both our existing research strengths and exciting new challenges.

The successful candidate will join our wider research network: the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group ( This is a dynamic group comprising researchers and leading academics from the Universities of Leeds, York and Bradford teamed with clinicians and managers across the region, UK and internationally to conduct high quality, rigorous and applied research with a real impact on the way health services are delivered.  The YQSR group has an established national and international reputation for working collaboratively across institutions and disciplines to address areas of need in health services research. The currently offered post represents a significant opportunity for the successful candidate to build their research network, gain experience across a range of areas of health services research and develop a research career which directly contributes to the research evidence base and enhances patient care.

Located on the Bradford Royal Infirmary site, the team works closely with clinicians and academics across a broad network, including collaborators from the Universities of Leeds, Bradford, Nottingham and Oxford. Our group is located within the new Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research, a purpose-built research facility that is part of the Bradford Institute for Health Research and with easy transport links across the region.

We actively encourage applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and especially from members of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups and those from non-traditional academic backgrounds.

We would be happy to discuss the role further with anyone who is interested in these posts and/or the work of the PSRC. For any enquiries, please contact Dr Hannah Hartley ( (Senior Research Fellow).

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

Apply online.

Job Location
Bradford Teaching Hospitals
£35,392 to £42,618 Band 6
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