Professor Elizabeth Murray

Professor Elizabeth Murray is Professor of e-Health and Primary Care at UCL. She established the UCL e-Health Unit in 2003 with a focus on the use of new technologies, such as the Internet, mobile phones and telemedicine, to improve health and health care. The Unit has grown rapidly and has an international reputation for high quality, innovative research.

Dr Michelle Eskinazi

Dr Michelle Eskinazi works as a research assistant for Camden and Islington NHS trust and the UCL Department of Psychiatry, where she is also currently a part-time master’s student on the MSC in Mental Health Sciences Research. Her research interests include digital psychiatry, social and cultural determinants of mental health and perinatal psychiatry. She is due to start core psychiatry training in August 2017 while continuing to pursue her research interests at UCL and completing her MSC.

Vari Wileman

Vari has a PhD in Health Psychology and is experienced in applying psychological methods to the study of behaviour relevant to health, illness and health care. Her particular interest lies in psychological factors associated with treatment non-adherence and acceptance in long-term conditions and has specific knowledge of developing psychological theory-based interventions and in conducting and evaluating psychological intervention randomised controlled trials. Joining UCL, Vari supports the Optimising Behaviour and Engagement with Care theme: Improving adherence to essential medication for asthma: feasibility study and development of the ‘Perceptions and Practicalities Approach’ Intervention. She also is working on the Tandem project with QMUL, a tailored, psychological intervention for mild to moderate anxiety or depression in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD).

Samantha Machen

Samantha completed an undergraduate Masters of Nursing Science (MNurSci) degree at the University of Nottingham before working as qualified Intensive Care nurse at the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre in Nottingham. She later completed a MSc at The London School of Economics and Political Science in International Health Policy before joining UCL for her PhD. Her research interests include patient safety, specifically avoidable harm, quality improvement and the role of external and internal governance systems- having previously worked with the Care Quality Commission as an Inspector of NHS Trusts in the UK.

Project Summary

This PhD aims to carry out observational research on wards to ascertain the attitudes and cultures of safety in regards to medicines safety. The methods will be ethnographic in nature, involving spending an extended period of time in each clinical setting to acquire a detailed understanding of the tacit conventions and social relations practiced within and between different professional communities that constitute different ‘safety cultures’. In each setting, non-participant observations and formal and informal interviews will be used to study the everyday practice of medication safety and develop ideas for the intervention in consultation with healthcare professionals. Different settings within the hospital will be studied (for example surgery, admissions areas and intensive care) to ascertain the importance of ward culture upon safety cultures and medicines safety.