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About the APCRC

Welcome to the Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative website.

The Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative (APCRC) has been responsible for supporting primary care research across the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire area since 2003. Over the last five years it has expanded its role to promote the use of evidence and evaluation in healthcare commissioning, and an increasing emphasis on knowledge mobilisation.

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Top news

Autumn RCF call

APCRC are pleased to launch the Autumn Research Capability Funding (RCF) call, deadline for applications is the 18th October. We will be continuing our “Themed call” alongside our usual “Open call”. The 2016 Theme is Medicines Waste, and further information can be found in the RCF Themed Call information document.

This RCF call is for funding which will ring-fence time to prepare a grant application to the NIHR which must be hosted by NHS Bristol CCG. This includes the time to write and submit a NIHR grant application, and can also be used for preliminary data collection, PPI and research team building.

The application form, guidance and information for the Themed call are below, please direct any queries you have to Paul Roy, Research Innovation and Contracts Manager, Paul Roy's email address 0117 984 1673.


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a University researcher to work with local CCGs and Health Integration Teams to improve the services for musculoskeletal pain.

This 12-18 month secondment is funded by Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative (APCRC) and contributes to APCRCs commitment to the Knowledge Mobilisation initiative in Healthcare.

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APCRC have produced an updated R&D  Strategy

This document reflects the current NHS and HEI contexts and will guide the work of the Collaborative over the coming years. The strategy has been formally approved by each CCG, and is available here. The Equality Impact Assessment is available here.

Professor Gene Feder awarded an OBE in New Year Honours

Professor Gene Feder has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for services to healthcare and victims of domestic abuse.

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“It was like walking without knowing where I was going”: autism in the Bristol Somali community findings published

The cultural and societal barriers that Somali families with children with autism experience are explored in a paper published today in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. The NIHR-funded research team, made up of University of Bristol and Somali community researchers, interviewed 15 Bristol-based Somali families with experience of autism.

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Suicidal patients need better online support from clinicians and help groups

Improve clinicians’ understanding of the online world, review web-based support services for vulnerable people and safeguard the public against pro-suicide content. Those are some of the recommendations being put to the internet industry, health providers and suicide prevention services after researchers mapped how people with suicidal feelings use the internet.

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Testing online treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME)

Over 700 children and young people are to take part in the largest clinical trial ever undertaken in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), which affects up to two per cent of young people, most of whom do not have access to treatment.

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Fracture pain study paper from Integrated Pain Management HIT published

Members of the Integrated Pain Management Health Integration Team (IPM HIT) have published a paper looking at 'sensorimotor dysfunction' after limb fracture. Sensorimotor dysfunction is when people feel sensations or movements in a limb that aren't actually happening.

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SPHERE project wins MRC dementia award

Bristol is one of six universities to receive a Momentum award from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to develop the UK’s research base in dementia science.

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Yo-yo dieting might cause extra weight gain

Repeated dieting may lead to weight gain because the brain interprets the diets as short famines and urges the person to store more fat for future shortages, new research by the universities of Exeter and Bristol suggests.

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Exciting Job opportunity as a APCRC Health Service Improvement Research Fellow

The University of the West of England (UWE) and the Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative (APCRC) are working together to provide exciting new opportunities to span the boundary between academia and the NHS and support partnership working that will improve and enhance local healthcare.  For more information visit: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AVU809/apcrc-health-service-improvement-research-fellow/

How evidence-informed health can tackle the supply and demand gap

APCRC Director, Dr Peter Brindle, talks about how evidence-informed health can tackle the supply and demand gap in his article published in the HSJ, read here: https://www.hsj.co.uk/sectors/acute-care/how-evidence-informed-health-can-tackle-the-supply-and-demand-gap/7013706.article?blocktitle=comment&contentid=7808

APCRC Annual Report 2015-16

We have recently published our annual report for 2015-16, highlighting some of the valuable work we have been doing and our achievements over the last 12 months.

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Forthcoming events

APCRC Seminar

South West public health scientific conference

Date: 14 March 2017

Cost: Free

This conference showcases both service and university based public health research and evaluation from across the South West.

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Culture, health and wellbeing international conference

Date: 19 June 2017 to 21 June 2017

Cost: Free

This international conference will showcase inspirational practice, policy and the latest research in culture and arts in health and wellbeing. It will discuss the role of arts and creativity in healing, care and wellbeing across the life course. It will encourage discussion and shared learning, facilitating dialogue between researchers, policy makers and practitioners.

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PhD Projects in the CHCR at UWE

The Centre for Health and Clinical Research (CHCR) at Uwe, Bristol hosts internationally excellent research in the fields of long term conditions, emergency and critical care, children and young people, public health and wellbeing and ethics. There are a range of PhD projects available.

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Bristol Health Partners events calendar

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