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Professor Gerry Armitage

PositionEmeritus Professor (Health Services Research)
DepartmentFaculty of Health Studies
Telephone07377 550549
Emailgerrard.armitage@bdct.nhs.uk

Research Interests (key words only)

Patient safety, human error, error reporting, patient involvement, care transitions, patient safety education.

PhD Supervision

Courtney Shaw (FT, funded student - Alzheimer's Society Doctoral Training Centre)

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Postgraduate Certificate in Patient Safety

Administrative Responsibilities

Biography

Gerry Armitage trained as a registered nurse in York and worked across the North of England in a variety of hospital settings having undertaken post registration training in the care of sick children, and renal dialysis. During his time as a ward manager, Gerry developed an interest in student teaching; he successfully completed his first degree in Nursing and his higher education teaching certificate through a national teaching fellowship.

After several years experience of curricula development and course leadership, Gerry moved into a patient safety research role; he was awarded a Department of Health Researcher Development fellowship from which he gained a PhD and since then has received numerous research grants and is an author on more than fifty international journal papers.

He currently works as a Non-Executive Director at the Bradford District Care Trust; maintains a role as Emeritus Professor at the University – which includes student supervision in the Alzheimer’s Society Doctoral Training Centre; and is an External Examiner at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Study History

  • PhD (Univ. Bradford, 2008)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods, [Distinction] (Univ.Bradford 2005)
  • MSc Child Health (Univ. Manchester 1998)
  • BSc (Hons) 2:1 Nursing with Education (Univ. Huddersfield/ENB 1993)
  • FHEA. [Formerly Registered Nurse 1981-2015].

Professional History

  • 2012-2017 Professor Health Services Research, Faculty of Health, University of Bradford & Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group, Bradford Institute for Health Research, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2012-2017 Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Health Sciences, University of York.
  • 2005-2012 Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health, University of Bradford & Senior Research Fellow, Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group, Bradford Institute for Health Research, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2004-2007 Doctoral Fellow, CCRD, Department of Health (now NIHR scheme)
  • 1996-2004 Lecturer (Child Health) Faculty of Health, University of Bradford
  • 1993-1996 Lecturer, Leeds College of Health (Affiliated to the University of Leeds)
  • 1991-1993 Teaching Fellow (ENB for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting)
  • 1989-1991 Renal Nurse, Paediatric Renal Unit, St James University Hospital, Leeds
  • 1986-1989 Ward Manager, Children’s Services, Bradford Hospitals.
  • 1984-1985 Staff Nurse (paediatric role), Accident & Emergency, Leeds General Infirmary
  • 1983-1985 Post registration student and staff nurse, Paediatric Unit, St James University Teaching Hospital, Leeds
  • 1981-1982 Staff Nurse, Intensive Care Units, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester
  • 1977-1980 Student Nurse, York School of Nursing, York Hospitals, York

Professional Activities

  • Non-Executive Director, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, Bradford
  • External Examiner, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, 2017-2020
  • Patient Safety Advisor, Sim-Versity Project (Erasmusm EU Grant), PI Dr Tracy McLelland
  • Lead PhD Supervisor Courtney Shaw (Alzheimer's Society Doctoral Training Centre)

Research Areas

Patient safety, care transitions.

Current Projects

  • Patient Safety Advisor - Sim-Versity Project (Erasmusm EU Grant), PI Dr Tracy McLelland
  • Lead PhD Supervisor Courtney Shaw (Alzheimer's Society Doctoral Training Centre.

Research Collaborations

Alzheimer's Society Doctoral Training Centre Management Team

Publications

Fylan-Gwyn B., Armitage G., et al. A qualitative study of patient involvement in medicines management after hospital discharge: an under-recognised source of systems resilience. BMJ Quality and Safety. In Press. O’Hara JK., Armitage G., et al. Patient-reported safety incidents as a new source of patient safety data: an exploratory comparative study in an acute hospital in England. Health Services Research & Policy September 20th 2017

Sheard L., Marsh C., O’Hara JK., Armitage G., et al Exploring how ward staff engage with the implementation of a patient safety intervention: A qualitative process evaluation. BMJ Open. 2017. 7(7):e014558. http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/7/7/e014558

Sheard L, Marsh C, O'Hara J, Armitage G, Wright J, Lawton R. The Patient Feedback Response Framework – Understanding why UK hospital staff find it difficult to make improvements based on patient feedback: A qualitative study. Social Science and Medicine. 178:19-27. 2017

Giles, S, Reynolds C, Heyhoe J, Armitage G. Developing a patient-led electronic feedback system for quality and safety in Renal Patient View. Journal of Renal Care. 43, 1, p. 37-49 2017

Ashley, L., Armitage, G. and Taylor, J. Recognising and referring children exposed to domestic abuse: a multi-professional, proactive systems-based evaluation using a modified Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA). Health and Social Care in the Community, 25 (2) March, 690-699. 2017

Fylan Gwynn B, Blenkinsopp A, Armitage, G, Naylor, D. Discharged patients’ medicines management resilience strategies. Int J Pharm Pract. 24 (Suppl. 1), pp. 4–29. 2016

Sheard L, O'Hara J, Armitage G, Wright J, Cocks K, McEachan R, Watt I, Lawton R. Evaluating the PRASE patient safety intervention - a multi-centre, cluster trial with a qualitative process evaluation: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial [Trials 15, (2014) (420)], DOI: 10.1186/1745-6215-15-420. Trials. 17 (1) 2016

O'Hara JK, Lawton RJ, Armitage G, Sheard L, Marsh C, Cocks K, McEachan RRC, Reynolds C, Watt I, Wright J. The patient reporting and action for a safe environment (PRASE) intervention: a feasibility study. BMC Health Services Research. 16 (1):1-14. 2016

Sirriyeh R, Lawton R, Gardner P, Shapiro J, Perlo J, Armitage G. Emotion and coping in the aftermath of medical error: a cross country exploration. Journal of Patient Safety Mar;11(1):28-35. doi: 10.1097/PTS.0b013e3182979b6f 2015

Fylan Gwynn, B., Blenkinsopp, A., Armitage, G., Naylor, D. Missed opportunities: the role of community pharmacy after discharge from cardiology wards. Int J Pharm Pract, 22 (S2), p.7-8. 2014

McEachan RM, Lawton RJ, O’Hara JK, Armitage G, Giles S, et al. Developing a reliable and valid patient measure of safety in hospitals (PMOS): A validation study. BMJ Quality and Safety 2014 doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2013-002312 2014

Urban R, Armitage G, Morgan J, Marshall K, Blenkinsopp A, Scally A. Custom and practice: A multi-center study of medicines reconciliation following admission in four acute hospitals in the UK. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy 10 (2) 355-368. 2014

Sirriyeh R, Lawton R, Armitage G, Gardner P, Ferguson S. Micro-cultures in health care: Perspectives of NHS managers. Health Services Management Research. 25 16-23. 2012

Armitage G, Taylor J, Ashley L. Systematic assessment in child protection: improving outcomes. Nursing Children and Young People. 24(2) 20-22. 2012

Ward JK, & Armitage G. Can patients report patient safety incidents in a hospital setting? A systematic review. BMJ Quality and Safety http://qualitysafety.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bmjqs-2011-000213 2012

Slater B, Lawton R, Armitage G, Bibby J. Training and Action for Patient Safety: embedding education for patient safety within an improvement methodology. The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. 32 2 80-89. 2012

Moore P, Armitage G, Dobrzanski S, et al. Medicines Reconciliation Using a Shared Electronic Healthcare Record. Journal of Patient

Impact

Armitage G., et al. 2014 Medicines Management Toolkit. Together for Short Lives. Second Edition.

With Hadar Zaman and colleagues University of Bradford and Together for Short Lives. Submitted as Impact Case REF 2014, University of Bradford.

Patient Reporting and Action for a Safe Environment (PRASE); co-development (patient-led co-design), implementation and evaluation of Patient Incident Reporting Tool (PIRT) for the NHS. With Dr Jane O'Hara, Prof Rebecca Lawton, Caroline Reynolds, Sally Moore. 2015-date.

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

Patient Reporting and Action for a Safe Environment (PRASE); co-development (patient-led co-design), implementation and evaluation of Patient Incident Reporting Tool (PIRT) for the NHS. With Dr Jane O'Hara, Prof Rebecca Lawton, Caroline Reynolds, Sally Moore. 2015-date.

Experience Based Co-Design with cardiology patient and staff (across four NHS health economies) of medicines management intervention for improving medicines. management at care transitions (ISCOMAT) 2016. With Dr Hanif Ismail, Dr Beth Fylan, Prof Theo Raynor, Prof Alison Blenkinsopp.

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