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How can psychology make healthcare safer?

An interdisciplinary seminar for early career researchers

Sponsored by the BPS Division of Health Psychology

Thursday 12th January 2017 | Advance booking essential

Healthcare has considerable benefits but many patients can also experience avoidable harms as a result of failings in the system itself. We know that healthcare is falling below standards from over a decade of research on medical error and harm, a series of high-profile cases of failure, such as Mid-Staffordshire, and important governmental inquiries like the Berwick Report and the Francis Inquiry. Psychologists have so far played a relatively small role in improving healthcare, but the potential role of psychology is considerable.

We invite early career researchers to join us for a half-day seminar that will address the following questions:

  • How can we use psychological knowledge and methods to improve healthcare?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges for early career researchers wanting to work in this field?

There will be a strong focus on networking and the event will include a discussion panel where you ask your questions about career progression, challenges working as a research psychologist in medical settings, and much more.

Confirmed speakers and panellists include:

Prof. Rebecca Lawton (health psychologist, University of Leeds and Bradford Institute for Health Research)

Prof. Charles Vincent (patient safety researcher and clinical psychologist, University of Oxford)

Dr Lucie Byrne-Davis (health psychologist, University of Manchester)

Dr Joanne Hart (health psychologist and DHP Chair Elect, University of Manchester)

Dr Lauren Morgan (human factors researcher, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford)

Venue & registration

Venue: Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, 9 South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3UD

Registration from 11:00 | 11:30 Event start | 3:30 End of last talk & refreshments

This event is free of charge but spaces are limited and advance booking is essential. Please email the organiser to register for your place.  

A limited number of travel bursaries are available for students on a first-come first-served basis. Please contact the organiser for an application form.

To register or any questions, please contact Eleanor Chatburn (Risk and Safety Research Group, Dept. of Experimental Psychology):