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The QRSTU consists of several research programmes, including Safer Delivery of Surgical Services (S3) and IDEAL. It's current work is largely focused under the Patient Safety Academy.

These research programmes extend beyond the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences as researchers collaborate with a multidisciplinary research team from various departments at the University of Oxford such as the Centre for Statistics in Medicine, the Department of Engineering Science, the Department of Public Health (Health Economics Research Centre and Health Services Research Unit), the Saïd Business School, as well as various NHS Trusts.

The main research interests of QRSTU lie in testing a variety of interventions, which have been developed in other industries, and applying them to healthcare.  These include Crew Resource Management training from aviationLean from manufacturing process engineering, and standard operating procedures. 

The unit is primarily interested in patient safety with a particular focus on community care, equipment usage, handover, and systems of care.  Tools have been developed to evaluate teamwork in theatres and to assess intra-operative events.

Please see above a film describing our previous research.