Dr Jane K. O'Hara


Jane is an Associate Professor in Patient Safety and Improvement Science, and Deputy Director of the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group.  Graduating with a BSc in Psychology & Zoology 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 with Professor Eamonn Ferguson at the University of Nottingham. 

Jane’s experience centres on large-scale applied research, feasibility and randomised controlled trials, and evaluation of improvement/implementation projects. Since 2014 Jane has held a joint post between the Leeds Institute of Medical Education (LIME) at the University of Leeds and the Bradford Institute of Health Research.  At LIME, Jane has a role in ensuring that the teaching of patient safety and quality improvement within the medical curriculum remains up-to-date and evidence-based, as well as supervising PhD students and leading on education research. Jane is a member of the ‘Evidence-based Transformations in the NHS’ Theme within the CLAHRC YH, and acts as an academic advisor for the AHSN Improvement Academy. Jane 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.

Research interests

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: how we involve patients and the public in supporting patient safety; how we measure quality and patient safety and use this information to improve care; how we can use behaviour change approaches to support safety improvement; how to operationalise resilient healthcare theories to support patient safety improvement; and, the role of individual differences in influencing quality and safety outcomes.

Student education

I am part of the core management team for IDEALS within the MBChB.

Research groups and institutes

  • Mental health (Healthcare)

Current postgraduate researchers

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