Dr William Lea

Dr William Lea


I have been a trainee doctor in North Yorkshire since 2012, currently working at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

I have had a growing interest in patient safety and healthcare improvement/quality improvement (QI) science. Having undertaken many QI projects I completed the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Improvement Coach Program in Boston in 2016.

I am an Improvement Fellow with the Improvement Academy and member of Q (Health Foundation).

I am interested in how we respond to errors and adverse events within healthcare; when and how we should investigate, how we decide what to do with the findings of an investigation and how we design, test and implement changes. I am interested in all areas of patient safety and healthcare improvement, and particularly in building capacity and capability in frontline healthcare staff. I have developed training programmes for junior doctors and other frontline staff/teams (mutli-disciplinary).

My PhD is about how we produce more effective safety strategies from adverse incident investigation, but also more broadly how we respond to the findings of investigations.

I am an honorary lecturer for the Hull York Medical School, teaching 3rd and 5th year medical students (Bedside/Seminar/Simulation). 

My PhD is supported by York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. (https://www.yorkhospitals.nhs.uk/)

Twitter: @DrWilliamLea

Research interests

Patient Safety

Adverse event investigation

Healthcare improvement/Quality Improvement

Training/capacity and capability in patient safety and improvement

Human Factors


  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Durham)
  • BM BS Medicine (Nottingham)