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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. In July 2015 I started working as a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Oxford with an NHS organisation called the Oxford Patient Safety Collaborative. I started my DPhil in October 2017.

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Bethan Page


Risk and Safety lab: DPhil student

My research focuses on healthcare in the home. Over recent years there has been a trend towards increasingly complex healthcare tasks being carried out by patients and their relatives in the home. Lay people now carry out nursing tasks such as measuring vital signs and wound care, as well as more complex tasks such as artificial feeding and mechanical ventilation. Many of these tasks were once exclusively the responsibility of healthcare professionals. 

I am interested in the experiences of parents who provide complex care for children (feeding tubes, tracheostomies etc.), and seek to identify how best to train and prepare people for these demanding tasks. 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.