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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 of 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. 

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. More recently, I led 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. Currently I lead an NIHR HS&DR funded project on what supports and constrains falls risk assessment and prevention in acute hospitals, to inform the design of a decision support tool to support falls prevention.

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-04: Diana Forsythe Prize


Peer Reviewed Journal
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
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
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
TitleAnalysis of a Web-Based Dashboard to Support the Use of National Audit Data in Quality Improvement: Realist Evaluation. (2021)
AuthorsAlvarado N;McVey L;Elshehaly M;Greenhalgh J;Dowding D;Ruddle R;Gale CP;Mamas M;Doherty P;West R;Feltbower R;Randell R;
JournalJournal of Medical Internet 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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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 typeWorking Paper
TitleA scoping review: Strategic workforce planning in health and social care (2022)
AuthorsJulie Prowse; Claire Sutton; Emma Eyers; Jane Montague; Muhammad Faisal; Daniel Neagu; Mai Elshehaly; Rebecca Randell
Other typeWorking Paper
TitleRecruitment and retention of care workers: A rapid review (2021)
AuthorsRebecca Randell
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)
From taxonomy to requirements: A task space partitioning approach (2019)Elshehaly M.;Alvarado N.;McVey L.;Randell R.;Mamas M.;Ruddle R.A.
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.
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.