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Beth Fylan

Senior Lecturer in Patient Safety

Faculty/Dept/School School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
(Faculty of Life Sciences)
Telephone +441274 236952


Dr Beth Fylan is an experienced applied health researcher. She has led numerous health research projects, most recently focussed on patient safety, medicines optimisation at care transitions and resilient healthcare. Beth completed an ESRC-recognised MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics at the University of Manchester and her PhD here at the University of Bradford exploring the social networks of safe medicine management after hospital discharge. Before joining the University, she was Director of the independent health and social research agency Brainbox Research. She has programme-managed and acted as senior researcher on the Investigating Safety and Continuity of Medicines at Care Transitions NIHR research programme since 2016 and she is also based at the NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre as programme manager.

Beth has worked extensively in the UK designing and delivering research for national and local government, NHS organisations, charities, and the private sector. Her research has included national evaluations of health-related policy, for example she led the qualitative national evaluation with GPs of the Statement of Fitness for Work for the Department for Work and Pensions. She has also developed and delivered training programmes in research and evaluation methods. Beth is co-supervisor to a number of PhD students at the University of Bradford exploring patient safety and medicines optimisation. As visiting researcher at the University of Leeds, she co-supervises two NIHR PSTRC PhD students working on the role of pharmacy in deprescribing and reducing inappropriate readmissions to hospital.


Patient safety; Care transitions; Medicines management; Deprescibing; Resilience in healthcare systems; Personal health records; Social network analysis.
Date Role Title / Description Funder Award
01-JUL-18 - 30-JUN-21Co-applicantOptimising post-discharge medicines-related care for older people living with long term conditions
01-NOV-18 - 30-NOV-19Co-ApplicantPreventing burnout amongst healthcare professionals: A case analysis of Yorkshire Ambulance Service
16-MAR-16 - 29-NOV-21Programme ManagerISCOMAT
01-AUG-17 - Work stream 1 co-leadDeciding to Deprescribe

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-15: University of Bradford - PhD
  • 01-JAN-10: University of Manchester - MSc
  • 14-MAR-16: University of Bradford - Senior Research Fellow / Programme Manager
  • 08-JAN-18: NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre - Programme Manager
  • 07-JAN-08: Brainbox Research - Director / Senior Researcher
  • PSTRC Executive Group,
  • PSTRC Advisory Board,
  • School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences External Advisory Board,


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleSuccessful care transitions for older people: a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of interventions that support medication continuity. (2020)
AuthorsTomlinson J;Cheong VL;Fylan B;Silcock J;Smith H;Karban K;Blenkinsopp A;
JournalAge and Ageing
TitleExperience-based co-design - Adapting the method for a researcher-initiated study in a multi-site setting (2020)
AuthorsRaynor D.;Ismail H.;Blenkinsopp A.;Fylan B.;Armitage G.;Silcock J.
JournalHealth Expectations
TitlePatient and public involvement in designing and conducting doctoral research: the whys and the hows (2019)
AuthorsTomlinson, Justine; Medlinskiene, Kristina; Cheong, V-Lin; Khan, Sarah; Fylan, Beth
TitleCardiology patients' medicines management networks after hospital discharge: A mixed methods analysis of a complex adaptive system. (2018)
AuthorsFylan B;Tranmer M;Armitage G;Blenkinsopp A;
JournalResearch In Social & Administrative Pharmacy : Rsap
TitleA qualitative study of patient involvement in medicines management after hospital discharge: an under-recognised source of systems resilience. (2018)
AuthorsFylan B;Armitage G;Naylor D;Blenkinsopp A;
JournalBMJ Quality and Safety
TitleMaking it work for me: beliefs about making a personal health record relevant and useable (2018)
AuthorsFylan F, Caveney L, Cartwright A, Fylan B
JournalBMC Health Services Research
DOIdoi: 10.1186/s12913-018-3254-z
Published Reports
TitleDeveloping an interview topic guide for use in the pilot work capability assessment. DWP Research Report (2013)
AuthorsFylan F, Fylan Gwynn B, Caveney L.
PublisherDepartment for Work and Pensions
TitleGPs' perceptions of potential services to help employees on sick leave to return to work. DWP Research Report 820 (2012)
AuthorsFylan F, Fylan Gwynn B, Caveney L
PublisherDepartment for Work and Pensions
TitleEvaluation of the Statement of Fitness for Work: qualitative research with General Practitioners. DWP Research Report 780 (2011)
AuthorsFylan B, Fylan F, Caveney L.
PublisherDepartment for Work and Pensions
Other Publications
Other typeMagazine Article
TitleHow staff and patients use workarounds to keep the nhs on track (2019)
AuthorsFylan B
PublisherHealth Services Journal
Title Author(s)
Post-discharge medicines management: The gaps, traps, bridges and props (2020)Tomlinson J, Silcock J, Smith H, Karban K, Fyl
The assessment of safety incidents reported by recently discharged older adults (2020)Tomlinson J, Silcock J, Smith H, Karban K, Fyl
Defining medicines reconciliation for patients using qualitative consensus methods with a Patient-Public Involvement panel. (2018)Khan S, Hamilton N, Morgan JD, Fylan B, Urban R, Blenkinsopp A
Discharged patients’ medicines management resilience strategies (2016)Fylan B, Blenkinsopp A, Armitage G, Naylor D
Missed opportunities: the role of community pharmacy after discharge from cardiology wards. (2014)Fylan B, Blenkinsopp A, Armitage G, Naylor D.