People talking at a patient safety event

About this event

This joint symposium, hosted by the three NIHR-funded Patient Safety Translational Research Centres (PSTRCs) in Greater Manchester, Yorkshire & Humber, and Imperial College London, will explore developments in patient safety research now and in future. The event will be held on 16th June 2022 and will focus on three themes: Insight, Involvement and Improvement.

Symposium themes

  • Our 'Insight' theme will explore new approaches from the PSTRCs which will inform future research and address patient safety priorities.
  • In our 'Improvement' theme, we will share novel solutions and developments that transform the delivery of safer care.
  • 'Involvement' will discuss examples of successfully involving diverse groups of patients/public and health and care stakeholders in patient safety research.


The symposium will be chaired by Professor Rhona Flin, Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen and Professor of Industrial Psychology at Robert Gordon University.

A keynote introduction will be provided by Dr Frances Healey, Former Deputy Director of Patient Safety, NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Each theme will then feature speakers across all three PSTRCs, as well as a panel discussion featuring the centre as well as session leads.

Who is the symposium for?

Researchers specialising in patient safety, as well as health and social care staff and leaders,  will find this symposium useful. We'll be sharing learning on patient safety priorities for the future, which will be based around the NHS England/Improvement Patient Safety Strategy.

How to register

Please find registration details at the EventBrite located here.

Prior registrations will not be carried forward, so you will need to register again if you wish to attend.

Please note: This is an invitation-only event and if eligible to attend, you will have been sent a password allowing you to register. In the event you cannot locate this password, please contact Eleni Daniels.

Event programme
 9.30-10.00  Arrival and coffee   

Introduction: Chair
Professor Rhona Flin


Keynote introduction
Dr Frances Healey, Former Deputy Director of Patient Safety, NHS England and NHS Improvement


Plenary session 1:
Addressing safety inequalities in patient safety research: the past, present and future.
Session theme: Involvement
• Safety inequality and inequity: What are they and what do they mean for patient safety research? Professor Bryony Dean Franklin.
• Exploring safety inequality and inequity in patient safety research. Professor Jane O’Hara.
• The potential for addressing inequalities through participatory research. Professor Caroline Sanders.
• Interactive table discussions and live polling.

 12.05-13.00  Lunch and poster viewing

Plenary session 2:
Insights from patients, staff and health data to advance safer care
Session theme: Insight
• Reflections and impact from study co-production with patients. Dr Lindsay Dewa.
• Accelerating research with the Greater Manchester Care Record. Dr Richard Williams.
• Using staff intelligence to understand and enhance safety. Professor Rebecca Lawton.
• Interactive discussions and live polling.

 14.15-14.45  Coffee/tea and poster viewing

Plenary session 3:
Digitally enabled improvement: sociotechnical interventions in hospitals and general practices
Session theme: Improvement
• Improving the capacity to respond - Evaluation of a digital hospital command centre. Dr Jonathan Benn.
• Use of virtual primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic: Benefits and challenges for quality and safety of care, and the way forward. Dr Ana Luisa Neves.
• Reducing patient harm from medication errors by identifying patients at risk. Professor Tony Avery.


Panel Discussion
The future of patient safety research.

 16.40-16.45  Close and poster prizes
Summary of the table's contents

Event information:

The event will take place in Leeds City Centre:

The Queens Ballroom,
The Queens Hotel,

The venue has a direct entrance within Leeds train station. Onsite parking is not provided by the venue, but they do recommend using The Q Park (LS1 4AG). For transport and accommodation queries, please contact Jessica Tingle or Eleni Daniels.

The event will run from approximately 10 am until 5 pm and lunch will be provided.