Dr Sofia Llahana

Dr Sofia Llahana spent a year with us as a CLAHRC HEE NCEL Fellow. Sofia is a Consultant nurse in Endocrinology at UCLH and her research focused on developing an eHealth intervention to help pituitary patients to mange their condition and care.

Dr Llahana RGN; BSc(Hons); MSc; DNSc obtained her BSc(Hons) Nursing from Athens University, and her MSc in Advanced Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Science from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. She has worked as staff nurse and ward manager in Greece, as a clinical Nurse Specialist in Diabetes and Endocrinology and is currently a consultant nurse in endocrinology at University College Hospital. She has also worked as a Research Nurse and Senior Teaching Fellow at Warwick Medical School, where she still maintains an honorary contract. Sofia is Chair of the European Society for Endocrinology (ESE) Nurse Working Group.

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.