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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


New Professor of Knowledge Mobilisation and Musculoskeletal Health

We are delighted to announce that Nicki Walsh has been appointed as Professor of Knowledge Mobilisation and Musculoskeletal Health at UWE.

This is a new post, jointly funded by UWE and APCRC.

We will be working closely with Nicki to drive forward our work in the Knowledge Mobilisation field, to span the boundary between the NHS and academia and to support evidence informed practice.

Congratulations to Nicki!



Making Research Count – the opportunities for NHS R&D Teams and a call for more Applied Health Research

On the 24th May APCRC Director, Dr Peter Brindle, gave an inspiring keynote address at the NHS Research and Development (R&D) Forum.  He believes our NHS should stand out as the most evidence informed healthcare system in the world, with NHS R&D at the heart of making this a reality. To find out more click here.


Health sciences staff awarded for outstanding contributions to public health

12 staff in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Bristol have been awarded Senior Investigator (SI) status by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).

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Telehealth interventions provide limited health benefits, concludes study

There is considerable optimism amongst policy-makers that greater use of digital health technologies ('telehealth') in combination with new ways of working could transform health care delivery, helping the NHS to be sustainable in the face of rising demand.

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Survey reveals few GPs use alternatives to face-to-face consultations

Despite policy pressure on GPs to offer consultations by email or internet video programmes such as Skype, few GPs do and most have no plans to introduce them in future, according to a new study.

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Penny Brohn UK Service evaluation of the Wellness Package: A 12 month Longitudinal Retrospective

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HRA Approval implemented for the NHS in England

HRA Approval is now the process for applying for approvals for all project-based research in the NHS led from England. It brings together the assessment of governance and legal compliance, undertaken by dedicated HRA staff, with the independent REC opinion provided through the UK research ethics service. It replaces the need for local checks of legal compliance and related matters by each participating organisation in England. This allows participating organisations to focus their resources on assessing whether there is capacity to deliver the study.

Please visit the HRA webpages for further information.


Research Capability Funding award for 2016-17

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 £1.11 million.

Dr Peter Brindle, the APCRC Research and Development Programme Director, is delighted to announce that this RCF award to the CCGs is 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.

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Forthcoming events


How to be a good Chief Investigator

A free one day training event for newly funded Chief Investigators  on randomised clinical trials.

The workshop will include panel discussions, presentations from clinical trial units, trial funders  and trial methodologists, problem solving sessions and discussions on working relationships.

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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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Feel it! Festival

In autumn 2016 the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research and the Life of Breath project will bring together researchers, artists and members of the public to debate and explore University of Bristol research on the experience of being human; in particular pain and breathlessness.

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Bristol Health Partners events calendar

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