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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.





Primary Care Research Meeting

On the 22 February 2017 the Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative and the R&D Forum co-hosted a Primary Care research meeting in Bristol. The title of the day was -

Sharing good practice, getting the best from RCF, supporting CCGs and making a difference...

The day was a long time in planning, and the idea for this emerged as three other organisations independently approached the APCRC to find out more about their work and their approach to R&D support in primary care.

Those three organisations were:

  • South Norfolk CCG
  • Liverpool CCG
  • Kent Surry and Sussex CRN / Kent academic PC unit

The agenda for the day, which is available here was agreed between all the parties.

The presentations that were made in the morning sessions are available here:

And the summaries from the Round Table Discussions in the afternoon will be posted here as they are written up:

Thanks to all those who presented from each organisation, and thanks also to Abby Sabey, Rachel Illingworth and Gene Feder who also attended and shared their experiences.

A list of the delegates will be made available here.

This was an excellent day, in terms of discussion, sharing of experiences and ideas and of problems. The group was big enough to allow for really informed exchanges and small enough to be manageable in terms of time and networking. The evaluations were very positive and the results are here.

A great day, thanks to everyone, and this should be the start of something that we revisit each year. 

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

Mindful of the Gap: A time to share, reflect and learn from case stories to improve integrated healthcare

The Mindful of the Gap event will explore how integrated patient care is delivered in reality, including a mental health perspective as well as consider support and empowerment of staff. Afternoon breakout sessions will provide opportunities for smaller group discussions with experts in the field to explore different aspects of case stories, along with local, integrated and strategic models.

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Bristol Patient Safety Conference 2017

An independent patient safety and quality improvement conference now in its fourth year.

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West of England Healthcare Innovation Programme

The Healthcare Innovation Programme (HIP) course is led by the West of England AHSN and supported by SETsquared.

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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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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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