Patient Safety Translational Research Centre - Safe Use of Medicines Theme



Improve medicines safety through translational research that reduces the prescribing of medicines that are no longer needed; and increase the involvement of patients and carers in decisions about their care to strengthen continuity of medicines when patients are discharged from hospital into primary care.


Multiple studies using mixed methods approaches.


Medicines are the most frequently used intervention in the UK NHS, and for many people they can improve quality of life and extend life expectancy. However, avoidable harm from medicines is widespread. Older patients are particularly vulnerable as they are often users of multiple medicines, making it difficult to identify which medicines are appropriate and which may no longer be.


Theme lead: Professor Alison Blenkinsop

Deputy theme lead: Professor David Alldred

Core Management Group:

Amit Bhagwat (Lay Leader)

Dr Iuri Marques 

Dr Andy Clegg 

Professor John Young

Professor Theo Raynor

Dr Beth Fylan

Dr Duncan Petty

Dr Tabish Zaidi

Funding body: National Institute for Health Research

Contact: Professor David Alldred and Professor DK Theo RaynorDr Tabish ZaidiYorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre