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Measuring Quality in Community Nursing July 2017


Research Associate/Senior Research Associate/Clinical Research Fellow 

The purpose of the post is to give research experience to front-line practitioners in primary care and the community to deepen their understanding of evidence based practice and develop their research skills so that they will be able to formulate research questions, identify the appropriate methodology to answer these and take forward their own projects as well as collaborate in future studies.

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New Evaluation Works Leaflets

These have been developed through the West of England Evaluation Strategy Group, with support from NIHR CLAHRC West and the UK Evaluation Society.

Research Capability Funding award for 2017-18

The Research Capability Funding Allocations for the coming year have been announced – and across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGs, the combined Research Capability Funding (RCF) allocation this year is just over £1.5 million.

Dr Peter Brindle, the APCRC Research and Development Programme Director, is delighted to announce that this RCF award to the CCGs is - once again - the largest to any primary care collaborative in England. RCF is awarded annually by the Department of Health, and is calculated on the basis of the research activity ongoing within an NHS organisation.

Dr Brindle explained that “The health and care system has never been under such pressure and the need for highly relevant applied research has never been greater. Promoting impactful research and better informed services is the APCRC’s central mission and this award is a testament to our partnership between the region’s researchers and colleagues from the NHS and Public Health across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire in preparing well designed studies to answer important questions.”

In the new financial year the RCF will be invested in University staff time to work up high quality research bids that are NHS relevant. RCF will also fund posts that support commissioners to use the best evidence to underpin their decision-making and to use evaluation to build the future evidence based. Through these investments, the APCRC are fostering strong relationships between academic colleagues and commissioners and are working to embed Evidence Informed Commissioning - under the APCRC umbrella of ‘Knowledge Mobilisation’ between the world of research and the world of practice. Research-based practice, and practice-based research - through effective Knowledge Mobilisation - is the key.

Professor of Knowledge Mobilisation and MSK at UWE - Nicki Walsh - reacted to the award saying: “This award reflects the success of our commitment to supporting partnership working across our academic, clinical and commissioning institutions. ‘Knowledge Mobilisation’ is a central tenet of the APCRC strategy, promoting shared knowledge between and within sectors, and is key to producing research that is relevant, timely and has direct impact on commissioning decisions to improve patient care”

Professor Gene Feder from the Centre for Academic Primary Care, commenting on the RCF award, said: ‘The RCF scheme exemplifies the successful partnership between primary care researchers and our CCGs. It has given us greater capacity to secure funding for new studies, to grow the next generation of primary care researchers and to engage the public and clinicians in identifying questions that need answering to improve services and outcomes for patients and their families.

Bristol mental health seminar a real HIT

A record number of people attended a recent seminar on how integrated teams of service users, public partners and health professionals have been working together to improve mental health care pathways across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

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PHWE Newsflash - Reducing harm from falls event, Journal Club, and involvement opportunities

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Support for Commissioners making bids to Service Improvement / Quality Improvement Initiatives

Last year the Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative, in conjunction with the University of the West of England, introduced a new post to support commissioners making applications to Service Improvement or Quality Improvement initiatives. The role brought much-needed capacity, time and expertise to this area, and is part of the wider APCRC ‘Knowledge Mobilisation’ agenda that is described in their 2017-2020 R&D strategy document.

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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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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

Getting your article published: a two day course

The skill of writing an article – and getting it published in a peer reviewed journal – is highly prized, but rarely taught. CLAHRC West are offering a free two-day course which concentrates on this skill, and in particular on the process of writing. Participants should come with an idea for an article, and you will work this up during the first day (8 March). You will then come back on the second day (15 March) with your draft paper, and learn how to progress it through to submission.

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How to win at Twitter

Twitter is an increasingly important platform for building your reputation, finding collaborators and discovering what other people are doing.

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Realist evaluation: an introduction

Realist evaluation is a theory-driven approach to evaluating evidence from complex interventions. In this workshop, participants will explore the advantage of using realist methodology to go beyond the question of ‘did an intervention work or not?’ to addressing questions about how, for whom, and under what circumstances interventions produce their particular outcomes. Participant interaction in this workshop will focus on exploring the underlying logic of realist evaluation, building the skills needed to design and implement realist projects, as well as understanding how to interpret the findings from realist evaluation and reviews.

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Basic statistics and data interpretation

This one day course is for anyone who needs to know more about interpreting data or statistics.

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NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre launch symposium

This scientific symposium marks the launch of the National Institute for Health Research Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). Researchers, clinicians and patients will talk about the research being carried out at Bristol BRC and how this exciting science has the potential to develop new and improved treatments for patients.

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2018 Jerry Morris Memorial Lecture delivered by Professor Kate Hunt

Gender-sensitised weight management programmes for men: are they needed and do they work?

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Physiotherapy Pain Association introductory course

A two-day course run by the Physiotherapy Pain Association in collaboration with Pain Training and Education

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