PhD Opportunity_quality improvement in maternity services @LeedsMedHealth @LawtonRebecca @docjohnwright @janekohara

Quality improvement in maternity services: Using video-reflexivity to improve the quality and safety of care. The University of Leeds in partnership with Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust

Supervisors: Professor Rebecca Lawton, Dr Jane O’Hara, Dr Laura Sheard, Professor John Wright.

A full time PhD studentship is available to start in September 2016 for UK and EU citizens only. The studentship will attract an annual tax-free stipend of £14,296 for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory progress and will cover the UK/EU tuition fees.

Research Project: The studentship will consider how we can use an innovative new technique to improve the quality and safety of maternity services. Maternity services, particularly the labour ward, are ‘high-risk’ healthcare environments characterised by complex and constantly changing clinical demands. The ‘video-reflexive method’ (Carroll et al, 2008) has been used in similarly complex healthcare settings, specifically intensive care units, as a tool to help teams observe and then reflect upon their processes of information sharing during handover and ward rounds. This studentship would seek to explore the use of the video-reflexive method within maternity services, to understand if, and how, it can be used to improve the quality and safety of

Further information and closing date available at


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