Dr Binish Khatoon is a research fellow on the workforce engagement and wellbeing theme within the NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre.
Binish was awarded her PhD in 2015 from the University of Birmingham. After a postdoctoral research position, Binish joined the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group as a Research Fellow in 2018. She works on two projects, both of which have the ultimate aim of supporting staff at work so that they are able to deliver the best and safest care for patients.
Currently, there is little research available on staff opinions of how their emotions and relationships affect their work. In maternity services, where patient safety is critical, anecdotal information suggests that the emotional climate within teams impacts staff wellbeing and patient safety. However, there is little evidence in the literature that aids understanding of the role emotions play and what factors might help or hinder the creation of a positive climate. Through interviews with maternity staff members, Binish will be exploring what the key components are of a positive and negative climate.
Binish is also working on a project with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service exploring the workrelated determinants of staff engagement and wellbeing amongst paramedics and the impact of these factors upon patient safety.
To date Binish has conducted 23 interviews and is currently using a framework analysis to create a picture of the findings.