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Evaluation and Evidence Assistant

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative as the Graduate Assistant - Evaluation and Evidence. The focus of this role is the provision of evidence and evaluation support to commissioners across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. This role will help to consolidate the embedding of evaluation and evidence into commissioning decision making.

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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.


Guidance


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


New Models of Care: prevention and early intervention event

This event is an opportunity to share and learn from existing practice across the South West and further afield.

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Whole System MSK Event

Whole System South West MSK Regional Event to help transform MSK care outcomes and Quality of Care.

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Digital Leadership in Healthcare

This is the first in a series of masterclasses focussed on Digital Leadership in Healthcare, for NHS clinicians and NHS managers (leading teams and/or innovation), Chief Information Officers, Chief Clinical Information Officers and Chief Technology Officers.

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Health+Care Conference

Health+Care is the definitive event for health and care sector professionals. The comprehensive programme will not only show you what the future looks like for you, your organisation and the people you care for, but unlike any other conference, we focus on giving you the tools and information you need to protect the future of your organisation.

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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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