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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.

The central strategy of the APCRC is to promote more cost effective care for our patients through creating a culture of robust, well-evidenced healthcare commissioning and more impactful research. In our region, this strategy depends upon strong and productive relationships between the University of Bristol, the University of the West of England, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and the wider NHS. Driving this mutually beneficial collaboration is at the heart of what the APCRC does.

The success of this collaboration can be measured in various ways, and one of these is Research Capability Funding (RCF) from the Department of Health which is awarded in proportion to the value of research grants hosted by the Collaborative. We top the table of awards to primary care organisations and this success has allowed investment of RCF in many initiatives to support evidence informed commissioning, thereby identifying gaps in the evidence, which in turn stimulates more commissioning informed research, leading to more RCF – a virtuous circle. Our strategy of consciously working to identify areas of common importance across our academic, NHS and Public Health communities to everyone’s benefit, has coincided with increasing emphasis on innovation, evidence and evaluation within the NHS and on the increasing need for research funding to demonstrate impact. Our approach demonstrates one way of how these duel aims can be achieved.

Dr Peter Brindle
R&D Programme Director