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Dr Beth Fylan

PositionISCOMAT Research Fellow / Programme Manager NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre
LocationM24, Richmond building
DepartmentSchool of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 236952
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Research Interests (key words only)

Medicines management; medicines optimisation; health services research; patient safety; social network analysis; care transitions; work and wellbeing

PhD Supervision

Sarah Khan - Improving the process and outcomes of medicines reconciliation in a large teaching hospital.


I am the ISCOMAT Research Programme Manager / Research Fellow managing a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) programme exploring and improving medicines management at transitions of care for people with heart failure.

Before I joined the University of Bradford I was a health and social research consultant at Brainbox Research working extensively in the UK on research projects for clients in national and local government, NHS organisations, charities, and the private sector. My research has included national evaluations of health-related policy, for example I led the qualitative evaluation with GPs of the statement of fitness for work for the Department for Work and Pensions.

In Yorkshire and the Humber I have led evaluations of services for bereaved families, those delivering outdoor activities for young people and those aiming to reduce recidivism. I have conducted research to redesign health services for patient benefit, for example I recently co-facilitated a series of consultation events to understand and improve experiences of about breast diagnostic services. I have also designed and delivered training in research methods for clients such as Warwickshire County Council and the East of England and taught intervention development techniques, for example to university students on an EU programme aiming to make the transport environment in their local communities safer.

I conduct qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research. I have an MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics at the University of Manchester and a PhD which explored the medicines-related professional and informal social networks of cardiology patients after they were discharged from hospital, which I completed here at the University of Bradford.

Study History

  • BA, 1995, University of Birmingham
  • MSc Social Research Methods and Statistics, 2010, University of Manchester
  • PhD 2015, University of Bradford

Professional History

2008-present: Director, Brainbox Research

2016-present: ISCOMAT Research Programme Manager 

Current Projects

  • ISCOMAT - Improving efficiency and safety for high risk medicines in dynamic healthcare systems
  • Medicines management after hospital discharge – Patients’ personal and professional networks


  • Fylan F, Caveney L, Cartwright, A, Fylan B. (2018). Making it work for me: beliefs about making a personal health record relevant and useable. BMC Health Services Research. 18:445
  • Fylan B, Armitage G, Naylor D, Blenkinsopp A. (2017). A qualitative study of patient involvement in medicines management after hospital discharge: an under-recognised source of systems resilience. BMJ Qual Saf. In Press
  • Fylan Gwynn B, Blenkinsopp A, Armitage, G, Naylor, D. (2016) Discharged patients’ medicines management resilience strategies. Int J Pharm Pract. 24 (Suppl. 1), pp. 4–29
  • Fylan Gwynn, B., Blenkinsopp, A., Armitage, G., Naylor, D. (2014) Missed opportunities: the role of community pharmacy after discharge from cardiology wards. Int J Pharm Pract, 22 (S2), p.7-8
  • Fylan Gwynn, B, Blenkisnopp, A, Armitage, G., Naylor, D. (2013) "You have to be dying before you actually see a doctor..." Patients' medicines safety networks at transfer of care. Conference presentation: EUSN European Conference on Social Networks 03/07. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Fylan F, Fylan Gwynn B, Caveney L. (2013) Developing an interview topic guide for use in the pilot work capability assessment. DWP Research Report
  • Fylan F, Fylan Gwynn B, Caveney L. (2012) GPs' perceptions of potential services to help employees on sick leave to return to work. DWP Research Report 820
  • Fylan, B., Fylan, F., Caveney, L. (2011) Evaluation of the Statement of Fitness for Work: qualitative research with General Practitioners. DWP Research Report 780

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