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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



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


Residential Grant Writing Retreat

The Research Design Services South West (RDS SW) and South Central (RDS SC) are delighted to offer a unique opportunity to researchers in health and social care across their regions. The Residential Grant Writing Retreat provides an opportunity for research teams to make rapid progress over a relatively short period of time toward high quality research proposals suitable for submission to national peer-reviewed funding streams. Participating teams will enjoy protected time dedicated to the development of their research proposals away from the distractions of their workplace, expert help and support from RDS adviser staff and the experience of working as part of a professional research team.

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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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