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Denham Phipps, CPsychol AFBPsS CErgHF


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After my bachelor's degree I joined a research and development company, working on systems engineering and human factors projects.  I then trained in occupational psychology, followed by doctoral and postdoctoral research on patient safety.  After further work in industry, I returned to full-time academic research in Manchester Pharmacy School and the NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre.  I now hold the role of Lecturer in Patient Safety, based in the School of Health Sciences.

Research interests

My main research area is ergonomics and human factors in healthcare.  My interest within this area is fairly broad, but I mostly look at:

  • E/HF methodologies
  • Safety culture
  • Cognitive ergonomics

I also carry out research on the related theme of healthcare risk management.  In particular:

  • Practitioner wellbeing and fitness to practise
  • Risk-taking behaviour
  • Organisational learning

For details about my postgraduate project supervision, see the "Supervision information" section below.


I teach the following topics on the undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy programmes:

  • Patient safety
  • Leadership, motivation and wellbeing at work
  • Research and evaluation methods

I also oversee the research dissertations that are carried out for the MSc in Clinical Pharmacy.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

British Psychological Society: Chartered Member; Associate Fellow

Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors: Registered Member

Health and Care Professions Council: Registered Psychologist

Higher Education Agency: Fellow


BSc (Hons) Human Psychology, Aston University, 2001

MSc Applied Psychology, Cranfield University, 2005

PhD, The University of Manchester, 2008

PgCert Higher Education, The University of Manchester, 2017

Supervision information

For the topic areas in which I supervise projects see my research interests, listed in the "Research interests" section.

Current postgraduate research projects (* as lead supervisor):

Previous projects, with a link to the full text of the thesis where available, are listed in the "Supervised work" tab.

Further information

I am an editorial board member for Ergonomics.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute


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