Patient Safety in Critical Care COV-19

Principal Investigator(s): Dr Clair Merriman, Dr Louise Stayt


Project start: February 2021

Project finish: February 2022

Funded by: Burdett Trust for Nursing

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Project title: Registered Nurses’ Experiences and Perceptions of Patient Safety in Critical Care during Covid-19

This project seeks to explore the emergency changes to critical care capacity, delivery and staffing during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is critical that we evaluate the decisions made and strategies employed to learn and evolve our clinical practice.

Through discussions with other professionals and as a member of the national board of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses, the chief investigator’s participation in various professional workstreams has highlighted patient safety as an area of concern for many professionals working in critical care areas. This study thus is a qualitative inquiry of front-line clinical staff capturing the specific experiences of patient safety that perhaps have not been formally documented or reported.


Related network: BACCN

Research impact


The project has the potential to demonstrate impact through:

  • the delivery of at least one peer-reviewed journal paper which outline some of the key themes which have emerged from the qualitative data analysis
  • a report to the funder which highlights the key findings
  • groundwork for further research in the areas, building on new information that has been found as a result of the data collection
  • potential recommendations for optimsiting patient care in critical care in future pandemics.  


Clair Merriman

Dr Clair Merriman

Reader in Nursing, Midwifery and AHP Clinical Research-OxInAHR and Divisional Research Lead for NMAHPPS- Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust

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Dr Louise Stayt

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Vid Calovski Postgraduate Research Assistant

Key contributors to the research protocol

  • Helen Walthall: Director of Nursing and Midwifery Research and Innovation, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Jody Ede: Critical Care Nurse Researcher, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation
  • Sarah Vollum: Critical Care Nurse Researcher, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation
  • Ria Betteridge: Nurse Consultant, Tissue Viability, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ann Price: Principal Lecturer/ Academic Group Lead, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Suzanne Bench: Professor of Nursing, London South Bank University
  • Nicki Credland: Head of Department Paramedical, Peri-Operative and Advanced Practice, University of Hull
  • Karin Gerber: Advanced Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, Royal Berkshire NHS Trust
  • David Waters: Associate Professor for Post Qualifying Practice, Birmingham City University