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Dr 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 a Senior Lecturer and 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 is also Assistant Director of the National Institute for Health Research Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (NIHR Yorkshire and Humber PSTRC) based at Bradford Institute for Health Research.

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, medicines optimisation and pharmacogenomics. As visiting researcher at the University of Leeds, she co-supervises three NIHR PSTRC PhD students working on: the role of pharmacy in deprescribing; uncertainty in emergency admissions decisions; racialised/minoritised healthcare workers' experiences of incivility and the potential impact on the quality of patient care.

Beth completed an MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics at the University of Manchester and a PhD here at the University of Bradford exploring the social networks of safe medicine management after hospital discharge.


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
TitleWhat Are the Barriers and Enablers to the Implementation of Pharmacogenetic Testing in Mental Health Care Settings? (2021)
AuthorsJameson A, Fylan B, Bristow GC, Sagoo GS, Dalton C, Cardno A, Sohal J, McLean SL
JournalFrontiers in Genetics
TitleAn Analysis of Pharmacogenomic-Guided Pathways and Their Effect on Medication Changes and Hospital Admissions: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (2021)
AuthorsDavid V, Fylan B, Bryant E, Smith H, Sagoo G, Rattray M.
JournalFrontiers in Genetics
TitleA non-randomised feasibility study of an intervention to optimise medicines at transitions of care for patients with heart failure. (2021)
AuthorsFylan B; Ismail H; Hartley S; Gale CP; Farrin AJ; Gardner P; Silcock J; Alldred DP;
JournalPilot And Feasibility Studies
TitleUsing experience-based co-design with patients, carers and healthcare professionals to develop theory-based interventions for safer medicines use (2021)
AuthorsFylan B, Tomlinson J, Raynor DK, Silcock J
JournalResearch In Social & Administrative Pharmacy : Rsap
TitlePatients as qualitative data analysts: Developing a method for a process evaluation of the ‘Improving the Safety and Continuity of Medicines management at care Transitions’ (ISCOMAT) cluster randomised control trial (2021)
AuthorsPowell, C, Ismail, H, Cleverley, R, Taylor, A, Breen, L, Fylan, B, Alderson, SL, Alldred DP, ISCOMAT Programme Team
JournalHealth Expectations
TitlePatient Perspectives on Factors Affecting Direct Oral Anticoagulant Use for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation (2021)
AuthorsMedlinskiene K, Richardson S, Fylan B, Stirling K, Rattray M, Petty D
JournalPatient Preference and Adherence
TitleCo-creating social licence for sharing health and care data. (2021)
AuthorsFylan F;Fylan B;
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Informatics
TitleImproving the Safety and Continuity Of Medicines management at Transitions of care (ISCOMAT): protocol for a process evaluation of a cluster randomised control trial (2020)
AuthorsPowell C, Breen L, Fylan B, Ismail H, Alderson SL, Gale CP, Gardner, P Farrin, AJ, Alldred DP.
JournalBMJ Open
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
TitlePost-discharge medicines management: the experiences, perceptions and roles of older people and their family carers. (2020)
AuthorsTomlinson J;Silcock J;Smith H;Karban K;Fylan B;
JournalHealth Expectations
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
TitleGaps, traps, bridges and props: a mixed-methods study of resilience in the medicines management system for patients with heart failure at hospital discharge (2019)
AuthorsFylan B;Marques I;Ismail H;Breen L;Gardner P;Armitage G;Blenkinsopp A
JournalBMJ Open
TitleCardiology patients' medicines management networks after hospital discharge: A mixed methods analysis of a complex adaptive system (2019)
AuthorsFylan, Beth; Tranmer, M.; Armitage, Gerry R.; Blenkinsopp, Alison
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 typeAbstract
TitleThe assessment of safety incidents reported by recently discharged older adults (2020)
AuthorsJ. Tomlinson; J. Silcock; H. Smith; K. Karban; B. Fylan
PublisherPharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Other typeAbstract
TitlePost-discharge medication management: The gaps, traps, bridges, and props (2020)
AuthorsJ. Tomlinson; J. Silcock; H. Smith; K. Karban; B. Fylan
PublisherPharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Other typeMagazine Article
TitleHow staff and patients use workarounds to keep the nhs on track (2019)
AuthorsFylan B
PublisherHealth Services Journal
Title Author(s)
The assessment of safety incidents reported by recently discharged older adults (2020)Tomlinson J, Silcock J, Smith H, Karban K, Fyl
Post-discharge medicines management: The gaps, traps, bridges and props (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.