Dr Gemma Louch

Dr Gemma Louch


I am an applied health services researcher with expertise in patient safety and mixed-methods.

I am the Research Programme Manager for the Response Study at the University of Leeds. This 39-month project is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) to evaluate the Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) across the NHS in England. I am also part of the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group and the NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Research Collaboration

Research funding:

  • Maternity care quality and safety for women with learning disabilities: A scoping review. (2022-2023). £4,984. The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund. Principal Investigator.
  • Developing a service user centred co-designed patient safety intervention for acute mental health wards: A mixed methods process evaluation (2020-2022). £811,751. NIHR HS&DR. Co-Investigator.
  • Patient and family involvement in serious incident investigations: Developing and testing national and local guiding processes (2019-2022). £894,638. NIHR HS&DR. Co-Investigator.

Research interests

My broad research interests include patient safety and health services improvement, and the application of health psychology theory and principles to health services research. More specifically, I have a keen interest in patient involvement in patient safety, patient safety inequalities, and implementation science.

Professional memberships

  • Editorial Board Member - BMC Health Services Research
  • Previous member of the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB), Yorkshire and North East Regional Advisory Committee

Student education

I contribute to teaching on the quality of care and patient safety.

Current postgraduate researchers

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