GP online consultations: not the panacea policy makers are hoping for23 November 2017Online GP consultation systems may not be the silver bullet for reducing GP workload and patient waiting times that government policymakers are hoping for, NIHR-funded research from the University of Bristol has found. These systems offer the potential to revolutionise use of primary care, but only with careful implementation and effective marketing, the researchers concluded.
‘Best practice’ domestic violence programme announces ambitious plans to expand21 November 2017A highly successful, evidence-based domestic violence and abuse identification and referral programme (IRIS – Identification and Referral to Improve Safety) developed by researchers at the University of Bristol has launched as a social enterprise today, with plans to scale up its activity and grow the programme across the UK and internationally.
Primary care is key to optimising value in healthcare14 November 2017Balancing improvements in health against the cost of such improvements in primary care is vital to achieve a cost-effective and efficient healthcare system, finds a new report by University of Bristol researchers and published in the BMJ.
Centralised care needs to be improved to ensure children with cleft lip and palate have best outcomes30 October 2017Around 1,000 children are born with cleft lip and/or palate in the UK each year, with many children requiring long-term multi-disciplinary care. A University of Bristol study, which assessed whether the centralisation of cleft lip and palate care services improved child outcomes, 15 years after centralisation took place, is published. The study found centralisation has improved patient outcomes but highlights more work is needed in some areas.
The advent of “green” cattle30 October 2017Implications of livestock farming on climate change should not be drawn from aggregate statistics, reveals a study based on a new method of carbon footprinting for pasture-based cattle production systems that can assess the impacts of individual animals.
Filling the half-term holiday hunger gap23 October 2017With up to 3.2 million children facing the prospect of not having enough food to eat during half term, new research has highlighted the importance of volunteers in filling the ‘holiday hunger’ gap.
Care after miscarriage needs ‘standardised approach’, report reveals 10 October 2017The standard of care for mothers experiencing the end of a pregnancy varies widely, with more to be done to replicate good practice found in some NHS Trusts and hospitals, according to a new study led by researchers at the Universities of Bristol and Birmingham.
Mediterranean Migration Research Programme policy briefs 13 July 2017The ESRC-funded Mediterranean Migration Research Programme (MMRP), launched in response to the on-going migration crisis in Europe, incorporates leading social scientists across seven research institutions, including the University of Bristol.
What is best practice in school sex education?
3 July 2017Sex and relationship education (SRE) is regarded as vital for improving young people’s sexual health but a third of schools in England lacks good SRE and government guidance is outdated. New research led by the University of Bristol has found clear evidence that school-based SRE and school-linked sexual health services can be effective at improving sexual health.
Queen’s birthday honour for Bristol professors17 June 2017Professor Debbie Lawlor and Professor Richard Taylor at the University of Bristol have both received awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours which recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the UK.
PolicyBristol Support Scheme 2017 Round 215 June 2017PolicyBristol has now launched Round 2 of the 2017 Support Scheme. The Scheme helps University of Bristol academics engage in activities that enhance the impact of their policy-relevant research.
University of Bristol journal achieves top international ranking15 June 2017The Policy & Politics journal, which has been publishing key works in public and social policy and politics for 45 years, has achieved an impact factor of 1.939. It is now ranked 11th in the field of public administration, placing it firmly in the top quartile of international journals.
#BristolBrexit - a city responds to Brexit!2 June 2017Over 100 people from across Bristol and the region came together on 23 May to develop projects and identify new possibilities to collectively navigate Bristol's path to a post-Brexit future. Bristol residents, local community leaders, city officials, business people, charities, community activists and experts in immigration, law, trade, politics and sociology from the Universities of Bristol, Bath and the West of England all took part. They were joined by Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, Professor Hugh Brady.
Amazon rainforest may be more resilient to deforestation than previously thought1 June 2017Taking a fresh look at evidence from satellite data, and using the latest theories from complexity science, researchers at the University of Bristol have provided new evidence to show that the Amazon rainforest is not as fragile as previously thought. The research is published today in Nature Communications.
Poo patrol: Bristol’s Big Spray Day – May 26 24 May 2017Primary schools and communities across Bristol will be joining forces with the University of Bristol, Bristol City Council and Sustainable Learning on Friday, May 26 to fight back against the scourge of dog fouling on the streets of the city.
Grammar schools fail to help middle-income families19 May 2017Selective education harms the university prospects of bright pupils who just miss out on a place at a grammar school, according to new research from the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), University of Bristol and University of Warwick.
Brexit – its impact on Bristol15 May 2017How Bristol addresses the local challenges – and opportunities – brought on by Brexit is the focus of a free public event on Tuesday 23 May bringing experts in immigration, trade, politics and sociology from the Universities of Bristol, Bath and the West of England together in constructive dialogue with local community leaders, city officials, business people, local charities, and community activists. Mayor Marvin Rees and Vice Chancellor Hugh Brady will be in attendance to welcome participants at the day’s event.
UK health spending needs to grow faster than GDP3 May 2017The NHS is frequently in the news about its ongoing funding crisis. New research suggests demand for health services is set to continue to grow faster than GDP per head in all developed countries around the world. Along with a paper about the J-value model for life-expectancy growth in industrialised countries, the research establishes a reason why people in the UK will want to spend an increasing fraction of their income on health services.