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Research Matters radio show

Latest show: BCB (106.6FM and online)
Thursday 17 September 3pm

Research Matters is a Bradford Community Broadcasting programme highlighting research based in and important to Bradford, and the people who are doing it. The programme is hosted by Professor Marcus Rattray, University of Bradford with a new programme every four weeks.

The latest edition marks World Patient Safety Day and is first broadcast on Thursday 17th September at 3pm then on Sunday 20th September at 1pm.

Rebecca Lawton is Professor of Psychology of Healthcare at the University of Leeds and Director of the NIHR Yorkshire & Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre based at the Bradford Royal Infirmary Site. On World Patient Safety Day Rebecca talks about why Patient Safety research is important and describes some of the ground-breaking work of her colleagues and herself in making healthcare safer in the complex, changing and demanding environment we have. The conversation touches on research in understanding the causes of patient safety problems and research to supporting healthcare staff.

World Patient Safety Day highlights that while healthcare in the UK and across the world is improving all the time and has never been more effective, World Health Organisation estimates that the occurrence of harmful events due to unsafe care is one of the 10 leading causes of death and disability in the world. Almost 1 in 10 patients in high-income counties like the UK are harmed in some way while receiving hospital care.

The programme also highlights how everyone can get involved in contributing to and shaping patient safety research through the 'Safety in Numbers' group.

Alex Willmott from the University of Bradford Research Team provides a roundup of research news from the University of Bradford including a project to develop solar energy in Africa and why Bradford archeologists' analysis of half million year old horse bones is attracting the interest of modern forensic scientists.

The show has music reflecting an eclectic taste.

Marcus Rattray head and shoulders black and white photo

Professor Marcus Rattray

World Patient Safety Day Article Links: 

  • To get involved in Patient Safety Research as a member of the public, patient or healthcare professional please visit to find out more



The programme features free research events. Tthis month Bradford Café Scientifique, in partnership with the National Science and Media Museum, will be running an online event on 24th September where Catherine Quinn will introduce the topic 'Can we live well with dementia?' Book your ticket.

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