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I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Downing College, Cambridge. Following this I taught Mathematics in a challenging secondary school in the West Midlands before completing an MSc in Psychology at the University of Leiden. I started working as a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Oxford in July 2015.

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Bethan Page


Graduate Research Assistant

Risk and Safety Research Group

In my role supporting the Patient Safety Collaborative at the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), I carry out research to improve patient safety across a range of different clinical environments from mental health to acute illnesses such as sepsis.

Recently we published findings on the safety in mental health clinical programme: a quality improvement project to reduce rates of failure to return from leave in acute psychiatric wards. In the sepsis workstream, I have been working on a measurement strategy for sepsis improvement programmes. More recently I began working with the maternity workstream to publish their project on reducing the incidence of retained swabs by improving communication at handover and transfer. As part of the Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) workstream, I am working on a paper with local clinicians to evaluate the impact of hospital-wide AKI alerts and care bundles.

In October 2017 I will be commencing a DPhil on care in the home. Medical tasks carried out by family carers and patients in the home now include operating medical devices (e.g. haemodialysis machines), managing complex medication regimens, monitoring vital signs and making crucial decisions about deterioration. Psychological theories of skill acquisition and decision-making have substantial potential to improve the education and training of patients and family members carrying out these cognitively and emotionally demanding tasks in the home.

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