Jane is an Associate Professor in Patient Safety & Improvement Science, and Deputy Director of the Yorkshire Quality & Safety Research Group.

Jane O'Hara

After graduating from the University of Nottingham in 1996, Jane first spent four years working for the NHS in Scotland in Edinburgh. After undertaking an MSc in Organisational Psychology at the University of Sheffield in 2001, she completed a PhD in organisational and health psychology at the University of Nottingham. Jane’s experience centres on large-scale applied health services research, feasibility and randomised controlled trials, and evaluation of improvement/implementation projects.

Jane is based at the School of Healthcare, within the University of Leeds, also working into the Quality and Safety Research Group at the Bradford Institute of Health Research. She has a strategic role in ensuring that the teaching of patient safety and quality improvement within the nursing curriculum remains innovative and evidence-based, as well as supervising PhD students. Jane is a member of the ‘Improvement Science’ Theme within the newly funded Yorkshire & Humber Applied Research Collaborations network, and links into the work of the Yorkshire & Humber Improvement Academy. She has received funding from the NIHR, The Health Foundation, Health Education England and the charitable sector. As of 2017, Jane is leading a theme in the NIHR Yorkshire & Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre on the involvement of patients in patient safety and quality.

Jane has a broad range of research interests, which centre on the use of theory and robust methods to understand and improve the safety of healthcare. Principal interests include the involvement of patients in patient safety, how we measure quality and patient safety and use this information to improve care and operationalising emergent patient safety theories and resilient healthcare approaches.

Email: jane.o’hara@bthft.nhs.uk / j.o’hara@leeds.ac.uk 

Twitter: @janekohara