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Who we are

ReSNET (Research into Safety in health and social care Network) is a research group, led by Professor of Healthcare Safety and Performance and Interim Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise, Dr Sarahjane Jones, committed to improving safety in health and social care settings. ReSNET encompasses several research projects with NHS England and other partners to improve safety outcomes through robust, interdisciplinary research and evaluation.

Meet the team

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Sarahjane Jones

Interim Associate Dean

Sarahjane Jones is Professor of Healthcare Safety and Performance and interim associate dean for research and enterprise. She is a dynamic and innovative research leader delivering multiple large research grants and has responsibility for the research portfolio within the School of Health, Science and Wellbeing at Staffordshire University. She is a Senior Fellow of Advance HE in recognition of her doctoral supervision and her use of communities of practice to support research capacity and capability amongst nurses, midwives and allied health professions.

Her research interests are in the use of routinely collected data for safety management using advanced analytics. She is also interested in the ethics of data and research and is a Vice Chair of a Health Research Authority Research Ethics Committee. She is associate editor of the International Journal for Quality in Healthcare: Communications and Trustee of the charity Patient Safety Learning.

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Hazel Smith

Programme Manager

Programme Manager for ReSNET. Award winning researcher, lead investigator for national and international studies and research coordinator with experience in project management. In depth knowledge of ICH-GCP, including experience of international research regulations. Former chairpersonship and invited member of national and international research committees.

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Alisen Dube


Alisen Dube is a Research Fellow at Staffordshire University in clinical and medical statistics. She is a Registered General Nurse and Medical Statistician with experience in Theatre nursing and clinical research. Currently an active researcher in patient safety whilst completing my doctoral research which is exploring risk factors for developing heel pressure ulcers and their prognostic value in end of life. Her main research interests and expertise are use of quantitative data to inform safe clinical practice including pressure ulcer related research, ethnic diversity, as well as promoting inclusive research through patient and public involvement.

Amanda (Mandy) Wilford

Senior Lecturer

Amanda (Mandy) Wilford is currently a Senior Lecturer in Patient Safety and Simulation at Staffordshire University and will be the course director for the new MSc in Simulation -Based Education Online commencing September 2023. Mandy is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education at The Open University, year 3 of 4. Her research focuses on simulation scenarios and how learning is supported from the learner and facilitator’s perspective. Mandy volunteers for SESAM and is the Secretary of the Special Interest Group for Nursing and INACSL and contributed to the 2021 Update of the Professional Integrity Standard and is faculty for their ISEP programme.

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Charlotte Phillips

Senior Midwifery Lecturer

Charlotte Phillips is a senior midwifery lecturer with a passion and expertise in human-centred design and delivery of education and training programmes.  As a clinical midwife Charlotte has experience in obstetric units and of caseload midwifery in the independent sector. Charlotte has been instrumental in the design, implementation, delivery and leadership of education and training for clinical support staff in the NHS and private healthcare with the aim to improve the quality, safety, and effectiveness of healthcare through education and training.

She has worked together with a number of large NHS trusts to support the creation and implementation of bespoke education programmes in response to workforce training needs and has worked together with the local Patient Voice Partnerships to engage service-users in curriculum development and assessment. Charlotte has expertise in academic quality, programme validation and evaluation, and external examining. Charlotte is currently undertaking a human factors PhD exploring intradisciplinary working between registered Midwives and support staff undertaking formal training programmes.

Derek (Dec) Chebsey

Simulation Practitioner

Derek (Dec) Chebsey is currently a Simulation Practitioner; who has a strong interest in Healthcare Simulation and education. He has just applied for individual accreditation with ASPiH and going through the process of gaining Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy. He is particularly interested in Pre-registration Education and wish to develop this further. To achieve this, he is currently undertaking a Master’s in Medication Education with the ambition to go on and complete a Professional Doctorate later in his career.

Derek prides himself on being hardworking and dedicated to his team. He is enthusiastic about the roles and tasks he undertakes and enjoy problem-solving and generating ideas. He has over fifteen years of experience working within the NHS built up from various roles and responsibilities, working his way up to where he is today. He thrives on hard work and challenges. Derek feels that he is approachable and supportive to his peers and students whom he has contact with.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Crisp

Senior Lecturer

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Crisp is a senior lecturer in safety science. A midwife by background, Elizabeth has worked as a rotational midwife in a variety of settings within the NHS. She is currently holding an interesting role which combines clinical practice, education, and research. Elizabeth has an interest in education, clinical governance, patient safety, and human factors. This interest has led her to study a mixed methods PhD with a clinical focus, offering debriefing training and supervision to maternity staff to evaluate if it has an impact upon interprofessional collaborative competence with a view to seeing if it improves patient safety. She is a professional midwifery advocate and enjoys supporting midwives in this role.

Elizabeth has a strong track record of the development, design, construction and implementation of new educational resources and packages. She has successfully led a workstream with NHS Resolution on the development of bespoke new digital learning content for maternity safety and medico legal education. She currently supports the M.Sc. in Human Factors in Patient Safety delivered at Staffordshire University. She is currently an external examiner for the University of Plymouth, University of Sunderland, and University of Hull. Elizabeth is also a member of the Ockenden maternity review team and an expert member for the HRA REC Greater Manchester- East. 

Robert Cook

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Cook is Senior Research Fellow in Healthcare Analytics at Staffordshire University’s Centre for Health Innovation and specialises in applying emerging data science and machine learning techniques to operational challenges in the NHS. He holds master’s degrees in Chemistry (MChem, University of Warwick, 2010), and statistics (MSc, University of Sheffield, 2021) in addition to a PhD in Physics (University of Warwick, 2014) with thesis focussed on organic photovoltaics, the development of a hierarchical prior for Bayesian subset selection, and the magnetic properties of nano materials, respectively.

Dr Cook’s research has been focussed on explorative analytics and data mining within the space of staff retention and safety in partnership with NHS England, acting as lead analyst on a portfolio of research projects worth in excess of £700,000. The portfolio of work includes studies funding by NHS England and the Health foundation, and span acute care, mental health, and the ambulance sectors resulting in multiple peer review journal articles.

Yetunde Ataiyero

Lecturer, Postdoctoral Researcher

Yetunde Ataiyero is a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at Staffordshire University. She is a registered nurse (adult) with varied clinical practice in acute settings, and a mixed methods researcher with preference for qualitative studies. Her PhD research explored what Nigerian healthcare professionals considered as barriers and levers to their hand hygiene practices, using a mixed methods approach. She then developed and validated an instrument, (underpinned by a psychological theory of behaviour change) which measures the barriers and facilitators to hand hygiene practices among healthcare professionals in developing countries. Yetunde is interested in any patient safety related research but passionate about studies in the following areas – Infection prevention and control, Using theory to inform behaviour change in healthcare, Intervention development, Process evaluation, Improving nursing practice, Ethnic minority population, and Health and health inequalities.

She has previously employed research methodologies such as systematic reviews, questionnaires, surveys, observations, and qualitative interviews. Yetunde is a Fellow of Advance HE, a published author, a regular peer reviewer and member of the Staffordshire University Research Ethics Committee, for School of Health, Science and Wellbeing.



Al Ross

Chartered Ergonomist, Psychologist

Al Ross is a Chartered Ergonomist and Psychologist and the new lead for the part-time distance learning MSc in Human Factors for Patient Safety. He was appointed Associate Professor in Human Factors in the Department of Midwifery and Allied Health in April 2023.

Al has research, teaching and professional experience in Human Factors applied to many safety-critical industries and has worked across a range of health care domains. Al is passionate about equipping practitioners and professionals with HF knowledge, tools and techniques to apply to support safety, quality and wellbeing, having first taught at MSc level around 20 years ago on an MSc for patient safety at Aberdeen University under Prof Rhona Flin.

Al has a professional interest in what has come to be known as ‘Safety II’ and is a founder member of the Resilient Health Care Society. He is Scientific Advisor on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement to NHS Education for Scotland, External Examiner for the Healthcare Improvement (Intercalated) BMSc (Hons) at Dundee Medical School, Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow and Honorary Fellow, Dundee Medical School. His committee roles include the National Advisory Board on Human Factors in Dentistry (NABHF), the Patient Safety Terminology Task and Finish Group, Health Education England, and the Scottish Patient Safety Programme, Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

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