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Professor Rebecca Randell

Prof. Digital Innovations in Healthcare

Faculty/Dept/School Faculty of Health Studies
Telephone +441274 234144


I joined the University of Bradford in January 2020 as Professor in Digital Innovations in Healthcare. My first degree, from Durham University, was in Software Engineering. I obtained my PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from Glasgow University in 2004.  

Prior to joining the University of Bradford, I spent 10 years at the University of Leeds, first as a Research Fellow in the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine and then in the School of Healthcare, initially as a Senior Translational Research Fellow, before being promoted to Lecturer in July 2015 and Associate Professor in August 2017. I also undertook postdoctoral appointments in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York and in the Centre for HCI Design at City University London.


Although I have a background in software engineering, my research is very much focused on the social, understanding how healthcare professionals carry out their work in order to inform the design of health IT to support that work and understanding how health IT is used in practice. I have studied medical and nursing handover in a variety of hospital settings, histopathologists making diagnoses at the microscope, and multidisciplinary team meetings. I have carried out research into nurses’ customisation of equipment in the intensive care unit, nurses’ use of computerised decision support systems, the effect of novel hardware solutions on GP-patient communication, the impact of a virtual reality microscope on time to diagnosis in histopathology, and the impact of a wall-sized display on collaboration in undergraduate and postgraduate pathology teaching. This understanding is achieved largely through qualitative methods, focusing on the use of observations supported by interviews. I also have a particular interest in realist evaluation. I have experience of undertaking systematic reviews, surveys, and more experimental approaches to evaluation. In 2004, I was awarded the Diana E. Forsythe Award by the American Medical Informatics Association for research at the intersection of informatics and the social sciences.

At the University of Leeds, I led an NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research (HS&DR) funded realist evaluation of the impact of robotic surgery on teamwork in the operating theatre and was co-investigator on an NIHR HS&DR funded study looking at the introduction of quality dashboards in the NHS on an NIHR HS&DR funded realist review of the impact of networked IT on patient safety. Currently I am leading an NIHR HS&DR funded project to develop and evaluate QualDash, a quality dashboard that supports clinical teams, quality and safety committees, and NHS Trust boards to better understand and make use of National Clinical Audit data.

I am Executive Officer of the European Federation of Medical Informatics. I am Deputy Chair of the NIHR HS&DR Researcher-Led Panel.


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleHidden labour: The skilful work of clinical audit data collection and its implications for secondary use of data via integrated health IT (2021)
AuthorsMcVey, L., Alvarado, N., Greenhalgh, J., Elshehaly, M., Gale, C.P., Lake, J., Ruddle, R.A., Dowding, D., Mamas, M., Feltbower, R., Randell, R.
JournalBMC Health Services Research
PublisherSpringer/Biomed Central
TitleQualDash: Adaptable Generation of Visualisation Dashboards for Healthcare Quality Improvement (2021)
AuthorsMai Elshehaly, Rebecca Randell, Matthew Brehmer, Lynn McVey, Natasha Alvarado, Chris P. Gale, Roy A. Ruddle
TitleWhat supports and constrains the implementation of multifactorial falls risk assessment and tailored multifactorial falls prevention interventions in acute hospitals? Protocol for a realist review. (2021)
AuthorsRandell R;Wright JM;Alvarado N;Healey F;Dowding D;Smith H;Hardiker N;Gardner P;Ward S;Todd C;Zaman H;McVey L;Davey CJ;Woodcock D;
JournalBMJ Open
TitleHow, in what contexts, and why do quality dashboards lead to improvements in care quality in acute hospitals? Protocol for a realist feasibility evaluation. (2020)
AuthorsRandell R;Alvarado N;McVey L;Greenhalgh J;West RM;Farrin A;Gale C;Parslow R;Keen J;Elshehaly M;Ruddle RA;Lake J;Mamas M;Feltbower R;Dowding D;
JournalBMJ Open
TitleExploring variation in the use of feedback from national clinical audits: a realist investigation (2020)
AuthorsAlvarado N.;McVey L.;Greenhalgh J.;Dowding D.;Mamas M.;Gale C.;Doherty P.;Randell R.
JournalBMC Health Services Research
TitleExploring variation in the use of feedback from national clinical audits: a realist investigation (2020)
AuthorsAlvarado, N; McVey, L; Greenhalgh, J; Dowding, D; Mamas, M; Gale, C; Doherty, P; Randell, R
JournalBMC Health Services Research
TitleThe effects of interoperable information technology networks on patient safety: a realist synthesis (2020)
AuthorsKeen J, Abdulwahid M, King N, Wright J, Randell R, Gardner P, Waring J, Longo R, Nikolova S, Sloan C & Greenhalgh J.
JournalHealth Services and Delivery Research
TitleInstitutional use of National Clinical Audits by healthcare providers (2020)
AuthorsMcVey L.;Alvarado N.;Keen J.;Greenhalgh J.;Mamas M.;Gale C.;Doherty P.;Feltbower R.;Elshehaly M.;Dowding D.;Randell R.
JournalJournal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
TitleEffects of inter-organisational information technology networks on patient safety: a realist synthesis (2020)
AuthorsKeen, J; Abdulwahid, M; King, N; Wright, J; Randell, R; Gardner, P; Waring, J; Longo, R; Nikolova, S; Sloan, C; Greenhalgh, J
JournalBMJ Open
TitleNetworked information technologies and patient safety: a protocol for a realist synthesis. (2019)
AuthorsKeen J;Greenhalgh J;Randell R;Gardner P;Waring J;Longo R;Fistein J;Abdulwahid M;King N;Wright J;
JournalSystematic Reviews
TitleFactors supporting and constraining the implementation of robot-assisted surgery: a realist interview study. (2019)
AuthorsRandell R;Honey S;Alvarado N;Greenhalgh J;Hindmarsh J;Pearman A;Jayne D;Gardner P;Gill A;Kotze A;Dowding D;
JournalBMJ Open
TitleHow do team experience and relationships shape new divisions of labour in robot-assisted surgery? A realist investigation. (2019)
AuthorsRandell R;Greenhalgh J;Hindmarsh J;Honey S;Pearman A;Alvarado N;Dowding D;
JournalHealth (United Kingdom)
TitleHuman factors in robotic assisted surgery: Lessons from studies 'in the Wild'. (2019)
AuthorsCatchpole K;Bisantz A;Hallbeck MS;Weigl M;Randell R;Kossack M;Anger JT;
JournalApplied Ergonomics
TitleContinuous Versus Intermittent Vital Signs Monitoring Using a Wearable, Wireless Patch in Patients Admitted to Surgical Wards: Pilot Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. (2018)
AuthorsDowney C;Randell R;Brown J;Jayne DG;
JournalJournal of Medical Internet Research
TitleThe impact of continuous versus intermittent vital signs monitoring in hospitals: A systematic review and narrative synthesis. (2018)
AuthorsDowney CL;Chapman S;Randell R;Brown JM;Jayne DG;
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
TitleQuality and safety between ward and board: a biography of artefacts study (2018)
AuthorsKeen, J; Nicklin, E; Long, A; Randell, R; Wickramasekera, N; Gates, C; Ginn, C; McGinnis, E; Willis, S; Whittle, J
JournalHealth Services and Delivery Research
TitleTrial of Remote Continuous versus Intermittent NEWS monitoring after major surgery (TRaCINg): protocol for a feasibility randomised controlled trial. (2018)
AuthorsDowney CL;Croft J;Buckley H;Randell R;Brown JM;Jayne DG;
JournalPilot And Feasibility Studies
TitleFrom embracing to managing risks. (2018)
AuthorsKeen J;Nicklin E;Wickramasekera N;Long A;Randell R;Ginn C;McGinnis E;Willis S;Whittle J;
JournalBMJ Open
TitlePatient attitudes towards remote continuous vital signs monitoring on general surgery wards: An interview study. (2018)
AuthorsDowney CL;Brown JM;Jayne DG;Randell R;
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Informatics
TitleA realist process evaluation of robot-assisted surgery: integration into routine practice and impacts on communication, collaboration and decision-making (2017)
AuthorsRandell, R; Honey, S; Hindmarsh, J; Alvarado, N; Greenhalgh, J; Pearman, A; Long, A; Cope, A; Gill, A; Gardner, P; Kotze, A; Wilkinson, D; Jayne, D; Croft, J; Dowding, D
JournalHealth Services and Delivery Research
TitleEliciting Context-Mechanism-Outcome configurations: Experiences from a realist evaluation investigating the impact of robotic surgery on teamwork in the operating theatre (2017)
AuthorsAlvarado N.;Honey S.;Greenhalgh J.;Pearman A.;Dowding D.;Cope A.;Long A.;Jayne D.;Gill A.;Kotze A.;Randell R.
TitleStrengths and limitations of early warning scores: A systematic review and narrative synthesis. (2017)
AuthorsDowney CL;Tahir W;Randell R;Brown JM;Jayne DG;
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
TitleThe Diagnostic Concordance of Whole Slide Imaging and Light Microscopy: A Systematic Review. (2017)
AuthorsGoacher E;Randell R;Williams B;Treanor D;
JournalArchives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
TitleEmbedding robotic surgery into routine practice and impacts on communication and decision making: a review of the experience of surgical teams (2016)
AuthorsRandell R.;Honey S.;Alvarado N.;Pearman A.;Greenhalgh J.;Long A.;Gardner P.;Gill A.;Jayne D.;Dowding D.
JournalCognition, Technology and Work
TitleManaging Quality and Safety in Real Time? Evidence from an Interview Study. (2016)
AuthorsRandell R;Keen J;Gates C;Ferguson E;Long A;Ginn C;McGinnis E;Whittle J;
JournalStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
TitleDashboards for improving patient care: review of the literature. (2015)
AuthorsDowding D;Randell R;Gardner P;Fitzpatrick G;Dykes P;Favela J;Hamer S;Whitewood-Moores Z;Hardiker N;Borycki E;Currie L;
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Informatics
TitleElectronic whiteboards: review of the literature. (2015)
AuthorsRandell R;Greenhalgh J;Wyatt J;Gardner P;Pearman A;Honey S;Dowding D;
JournalStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
TitleIntegration of robotic surgery into routine practice and impacts on communication, collaboration, and decision making: A realist process evaluation protocol (2014)
AuthorsRandell R.;Greenhalgh J.;Hindmarsh J.;Dowding D.;Jayne D.;Pearman A.;Gardner P.;Croft J.;Kotze A.
JournalImplementation Science : Is
Other Publications
Other typeReviews
TitleDashboards for improving patient care: Review of the literature (2015)
AuthorsDowding D.;Randell R.;Gardner P.;Fitzpatrick G.;Dykes P.;Favela J.;Hamer S.;Whitewood-Moores Z.;Hardiker N.;Borycki E.;Currie L.
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Informatics
Title Author(s)
Variation in national clinical audit data capture: Is using routine data the answer? (2019)Dowding D.W.;Alvarado N.;McVey L.;Mamas M.;Randell R.
From taxonomy to requirements: A task space partitioning approach (2019)Elshehaly M.;Alvarado N.;McVey L.;Randell R.;Mamas M.;Ruddle R.A.
Requirements for a quality dashboard: Lessons from National Clinical Audits (2019)Randell R, Alvarado N, McVey L, Ruddle RA, Doherty P, Gale C, Mamas M, Dowding D
Randomised controlled trials and realist evaluation: in what contexts and how (2017)Randell R, Hindmarsh J, Greenhalgh J, Alvarado N, Gardner P, Dowding D, Cope A, Croft J, Long A, Pearman A
Impact of Robotic Surgery on Decision Making: Perspectives of Surgical Teams. (2015)Randell RS, Alvarado N, Honey S, Greenhalgh J, Gardner P, Gill A, Jayne D, Kotze A, Pearman A, Dowding D.