Dr Rachel O'Hara
BSc, MSc, CPsychol
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Senior Lecturer in Public Health
Chartered Occupational Psychologist
+44 114 222 0680
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Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
I am a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with a specific interest in occupational health and safety. My first degree was in Human Communication, followed by a postgraduate diploma in Psychology and an MSc in Occupational Psychology. In 1999 I completed a part-time doctorate at the University of Sheffield, studying the management of musculoskeletal pain at work.
I have been at the University of Sheffield since 2006 and am a Senior Lecturer in Public Health. I previously worked at the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) conducting research on safety and risk management. Prior to that I was employed as lecturer in Psychology and Communication Skills at Imperial College School of Medicine.
Current and recent projects
- Goodacre S, Fletcher A, Hutchinson A, Nicholl J, Coster J, Gibson A, O'Hara R. Safety for Patients through Quality Review (SPQR). DOH PRP (16-02-03). Jun 2017-May 2019. £551,743.
- O'Cathain A, Coster J, Jacques R, James C, Knowles E, Marsh M, O'Hara R, Siriwardena N, Turner J, Williams J, Hughes R. Understanding variation in rates of ambulance service ‘non-conveyance of patients to an emergency department’. NIHR/HS&DR 13/54/75 Jan 2015-April 2017, £385,634.
- O’Hara R, O'Keefe C, Johnson M. Pre-hospital care for patients in the Y&H region presenting to the Ambulance Service with issues related to mental health problems. CLAHRC RCF Avoidable Attendances and Admissions theme in collaboration with the mental health theme. Jul 2014-Mar 2015, £25,000.
- O'Hara R, Mason S, Turner J, Siriwardena A N, Quinn T, Weymann A, Shewan J, Hirst E. Decision making and safety in emergency care transitions.
NIHR/SDO 10/1007/53, May 2011-October 2013, £168,690.
- Parry G, Barkham M, Curran J, Saxon D, Chambers E, O'Hara R. Understanding and preventing adverse effects of psychological therapies (AdEPT), NIHR/RfPB, January 2011 - May 2014, £262,000.
- Mason S, O'Keefe C, O'Hara R, Carter A, Stride C, Needham G, Fletcher A, Grant J, Darlison B. The impact of foundation doctor training on workforce wellbeing and patient care (EDiT), NIHR/SDO 08/1819/221, August 2008- July 2012, £474,678.
- Research interests
My current research interests include:
- Patient safety
- Human factors in healthcare
- Safety culture
I am interested in supervising research students in topics/areas such as Patient Safety, Organisational Culture and Safety Culture in Healthcare.
This person does not have any publications available.
- Determining the relative salience of recognised push variables on health professional decisions to leave the UK National Health Service (NHS) using the method of paired comparisons. BMJ Open, 13(8). View this article in WRRO
- A qualitative exploration of value and waste in a Trinidadian emergency department patient flow process : perspectives of patients and clinicians. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 35(4), 523-539.
- Qualitative exploration of the Medical Examiner role in identifying problems with the quality of patient care. BMJ Open, 11(2). View this article in WRRO
- Qualitative exploration of patient flow in a Caribbean emergency department. BMJ Open, 10(12).
- Variation in the delivery of telephone advice by Emergency Medical Services: a qualitative study in three services. BMJ Quality and Safety, 28(7), 556-563. View this article in WRRO
- Interventions to improve patient flow in emergency departments: an umbrella review.. Emergency Medicine Journal. View this article in WRRO
- Do return to work interventions for workers with disabilities and health conditions achieve employment outcomes and are they cost effective? A systematic narrative review. Employee Relations. View this article in WRRO
- Risk factors for negative experiences during psychotherapy.. Psychotherapy Research, 29(3), 403-414. View this article in WRRO
- Multiple triangulation and collaborative research using qualitative methods to explore decision making in pre-hospital emergency care. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 17(1), 11-11. View this article in WRRO
- Reducing isocyanate exposure and asthma risk in motor vehicle repair. International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 8(4), 272-283. View this article in WRRO
- A qualitative study of systemic influences on paramedic decision making: care transitions and patient safety. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, 20(1_suppl), 45-53. View this article in WRRO
- Quality and safety of care provided by emergency care practitioners.. Emergency Medicine Journal, 29(4), 327-332. View this article in WRRO
- A pragmatic quasi-experimental multi-site community intervention trial evaluating the impact of Emergency Care Practitioners in different UK health settings on patient pathways (NEECaP Trial).. Emerg Med J, 29(1), 47-53. View this article in WRRO
- Patients' and staffs' experiences of an automated telephone weather forecasting service.. J Health Serv Res Policy, 15 Suppl 2, 41-46. View this article in WRRO
- The quality and safety of emergency care practitioner care. Emergency Medicine Journal, 26(10), 7-7.
- Investigation into issues of passenger egress in Ladbroke Grove rail disaster.. Appl Ergon, 36(6), 739-748.
- The perceptions of occupational health in primary care.. Occup Med (Lond), 55(7), 523-527.
- Good Practice in Assessing Workplace Risks by Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. Risk Management, 7(1), 31-41.
- Teaching and learning about sexual histories during undergraduate medical education: a comparison of two approaches. Medical Teacher, 23(3), 252-257.
- A qualitative exploration of patient flow in a developing Caribbean emergency department. View this article in WRRO
- A qualitative study of decision-making and safety in ambulance service transitions. Health Services and Delivery Research, 2(56), 1-138. View this article in WRRO
- An evaluation of foundation doctor training: a mixed-methods study of the impact on workforce well-being and patient care [the Evaluating the Impact of Doctors in Training (EDiT) study]. Health Services and Delivery Research, 1(15), 1-208. View this article in WRRO
- Understanding variation in ambulance service non-conveyance rates: a mixed methods study. Health Services and Delivery Research, 6(19), 1-192. View this article in WRRO
- Decision-Making at the Front Line In Wankhade P, McCann L & Murphy P (Ed.), Critical Perspectives on the Management and Organization of Emergency Services Routledge
- Decision-Making at the Front Line, Critical Perspectives on the Management and Organization of Emergency Services (pp. 200-216). Routledge
- Changing Occupational Health Behaviour. In Houdmont J & McIntyre S (Ed.), Occupational Health Psychology: European Perspectives on Research, Education and Practice (pp. 115-141). Nottingham, UK: Nottingham University Press.
Conference proceedings papers
- Cultural and methodological challenges in the use of patient safety climate questionnaires: A case study from Saudi Arabia. HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS ERGONOMICS AND PATIENT SAFETY 2011: AN ALLIANCE BETWEEN PROFESSIONALS AND CITIZENS FOR PATIENT SAFETY AND QUALITY OF LIFE (pp 621-625)
- PP38 Impact of working through COVID-19 on ambulance staff resilience and intention to leave the NHS: a mixed methods study.
- PP15 Non-technical skills in the delivery of ambulance service telephone advice.
- Research group
- Loren De Freitas: Evaluating an emergency department using process mapping
- Habiba Saddiq: Obstetric adverse events and contributory factors in Nigeria.
- Paul Griffiths: Organisational culture, quality improvement and efficiency savings in the NHS.
- Teaching interests
My current teaching responsibilities include:
- Theme lead for Public Health teaching (Behavioural and Population Health Sciences) in Phase 2a and 3b of the Undergraduate Medical Degree (MBChB).
- Supervision of masters dissertations
- Supervision of postgraduate research students.
My teaching interests and activities are in the areas of Psychology Applied to Medicine and Health Behaviour, Patient Safety, Evidence Based Medicine and Critical Appraisal.
- Professional activities and memberships
- Member of the British Psychological Society
- Member of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology
- Associate Member of the Ergonomics Society