Dr Sarahjane Jones

Associate Dean - Research&Innovation

Health, Education, Policing and Sciences

Sarahjane is an associate professor of patient safety in the School of Health and Social Care. She is an enthusiastic, innovative research leader in health services, with an interest in research capacity building through communities of practice in real world research projects and healthcare safety. She holds Senior Fellow status with Advance HE.

Sarahjane leads ReSNET – the University’s Research into Safety Network and is responsible for growing the research portfolio in the School of Health and Social Care. She is also the course director for postgraduate research students.

Sarahjane is the principal investigator of the three year, Health Foundation funded NuRS and AmReS projects, which aim to explore the contributory factors underpinning workforce retention in healthcare in England and its impact on patient safety.

Sarahjane is committed to high standards of research integrity, including ethics, open access publishing and data, and the involvement of the public in research. She is currently Alternate Vice Chair of Edgbaston NHS Research Ethics Committee.

Sarahjane peer reviews for a number of international journals including the Journal of Advanced Nursing, British Medical Journal and the Internal Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance.


MidTECH Award for Best NHS-Developed Medical Technology Innovation, 2018, Meridian Celebration of Innovation Awards – runners up – won £1,000 developmental award for Step Right Buddy

Excellence in Patient Care Award, 2017, Royal College of Physicians– runners up – Coventry HIV Lay Testing Project

Clinical Research Nursing Award, 2016, Nursing Times – short listed – University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust collaborative research model for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions

Research Supervisor of the Year, 2016, Times Higher Education – nominated

Professional memberships and activities

  • Senior Fellow of Advance HE
  • Member of the Association of Professional Healthcare Analysts

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Engineering, “A stakeholder derived framework for safety assessment in the NHS case management programme”, University of Warwick
  • B.Med.Sci (Hons) Medical Science (Second Upper Class)


  • Patient safety
  • Staff safety
  • Workforce
  • Research methods
  • Data ethics
  • Research ethics

Research interests

  • Patient safety
  • Workforce
  • Quality improvement
  • Data ethics
  • Big data applications in healthcare data
  • Research capacity building


I am the course director for postgraduate research students. Please contact Sarahjane directly if you are interested in learning about doctoral opportunities.

Current PhD Supervision

A mixed-methods investigation of intradisciplinary collaboration between registered midwives and maternity support workers undertaking formal training programmes. (part time)

An investigation into effect of the Covid19 emergency education model on the transition of 3rd year student nurses in England? (part time)

An investigation into the value of free text data warehoused in incident reporting systems for deriving insight on health care quality and safety through the lens of multiple stakeholders; A mixed methods study. (part time) Learning from error: An exploration of ICU Nurses experiences following medication administration errors (MAEs). (part time)

Heel Pressure Ulcer Study: Contributory factors associated with development of heel pressure ulcers and their role in predicting End of Life. (part time)

An exploratory study examining the concept of midwives as the second victim. (part time)

Social and economic impact of social prescribing (part time)


S.Jones, A.Bradbury, S.Shortland, F.Hewett, K.Storey Clinical Academic Careers for General Practice Nurses: A qualitative exploration of associated barriers and enablers. Journal of Research in Nursing (in press)

A.Bradbury, S.Shortland, S.Jones, F.Hewett, K.Storey. Clinical academic careers for general practice nurses: a rapid evidence assessment. 2020 Journal of Research in Nursing 0(0)-1-16 https://doi.org/10.1177/1744987120954261

A.Leary, R.Cook, S.Jones, M.Radford, J. Smith, M. Gough., G. Punshon. Using knowledge discovery through data mining to gain intelligence from routinely collected incident reporting in an acute English hospital. 2020 International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHCQA-08-2018-0209

R.Cook, S.Jones, D. Wordsley, G. Williams, R. Walker, M. Radford, A. Leary. An observational study on the rate of reporting of adverse event on healthcare staff in a mental health setting: an application of Poisson Expectation Maximisation analysis on nurse staffing data. 2019. Health Informatics Journal https://doi.org/10.1177/1460458219874637 

Harvey, H. Allaway & S. Jones. The effectiveness of bilingual therapy for dual-language children with developmental language disorder: a systematic review of all interventional studies. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. 2018 https://doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2018.1536112

Phillips, J. Runacres, S. Jones, M. Lintern and M. Radford. Understanding the distribution of A&E attendances and hospital admissions for the case managed population: a single case cross sectional study. Applied Nursing Research 2017 (33):24-26. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apnr.2016.10.005

Leary, R. Cook, S. Jones, J. Smith, M. Gough, E. Maxwell, G. Punshon & M. Radford. Mining routinely collected acute data to reveal non-linear relationships between nurse staffing levels and outcomes. BMJ Open.2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011177

Jones. Alternative perspectives of safety in home delivered healthcare: a sequential exploratory mixed method study. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2016 72(10):2536-2546. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13006

Twilley & S. Jones. Heel ulcers – pressure ulcers or symptoms of peripheral arterial disease? An exploratory matched case control study. Journal of Tissue Viability. 2016 25(2):150-156. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtv.2016.02.007

Jones. Nursing staff attitudes as a structure of care: implications on the safety of home-delivered healthcare. British Journal of Community Nursing. 2015 20(12):602-607. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjcn.2015.20.12.602

Jones. Embracing research in nursing practice. British Journal of Nursing. 2014 23(18):994-997. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2014.23.18.994

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021