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I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Downing College, University of Cambridge. Following this I taught Mathematics in a challenging secondary school in the West Midlands before completing an MSc in Clinical Psychology at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. In 2015 I started working as a Research Assistant at the University of Oxford with an NHS organisation called the Oxford Patient Safety Collaborative. I started my DPhil in October 2017 which is due to finish in the summer of 2021.

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Bethan Page


Risk and Safety lab: DPhil student

My research focuses on healthcare at home. Increasingly complex healthcare procedures are now carried out by patients and families in their home. Families carry out routine nursing tasks such as measuring vital signs and wound care, as well as more complex procedures such as artificial feeding and mechanical ventilation. Many of these tasks were once exclusively the responsibility of healthcare professionals on hospital wards. 

I am interested in the experiences of parents who provide complex medical care (feeding tubes, tracheostomies, home oxygen etc.) for children with serious chronic conditions, and seek to identify how best to train and prepare parents for these responsibilities. This is vital both for patient safety and also for the quality of life of families. I am interested in how psychological theories of skill acquisition, memory and stress could help improve training for families. Most importantly, I am striving to produce something useful for families.

I am currently working with parents, paeditricians and nurses in the hospital and community to develop a set of videos for families new to caring for a child with a gastrostomy (a type of feeding tube). The videos teach parents how to care for the gastrostomy, what to do if problems arise and share advice and tips from more experienced families. Colleagues at the John Radcliffe hospital are also piloting simulation training with families (hands-on practice with 3D-printed models and equipment).