Quality, Safety and Informatics

The Quality, Safety and Informatics Research Group aims to deliver high-quality research that has the potential to rapidly and significantly improve the quality and safety of healthcare, and a common feature of many studies is the use of health informatics. Our research is translational, both in terms of facilitating the rigorous evaluation of basic science findings in clinical and population settings and in terms of carrying out applied research that directly informs policy and practice. Our research is often methodologically innovative, and spans all three Population Health Sciences Division themes:

Informatics and Epidemiology, where we have numerous projects further developing our high-quality informatics infrastructure and examining a range of topics including drug safety, multimorbidity, high-risk prescribing, antibiotic stewardship, the epidemiology of pain, and the quality and outcomes of healthcare.

Community-based randomised controlled trials examining both organisational interventions to improve prescribing quality and safety, and clinical interventions such as screening for lung cancer.

Healthcare Improvement research with an applied focus including rigorous evaluation of NHS improvement work in hospitals and primary care, developing methods for understanding general practice organisational culture, studies of pay for performance design and impact, improving sepsis management, and the development of new methods to translate research knowledge into guidelines for policymakers and clinicians.

QSI is a multidisciplinary group of primary care and hospital clinicians, and specialist quantitative and qualitative researchers, with strong collaborative links with other groups in the Division, the wider university, and with other institutions, ensuring that our research draws on a wide and appropriate range of expertise. We have been very successful in obtaining funding from a wide range of sources, and support a substantial post-graduate training programme within the Division. We welcome informal enquires from people interested in finding out more about our work or collaborating with us, or in undertaking postgraduate study.”