Five Bristol scientists named among “the world’s leading scientific minds”11 August 2014Five University of Bristol academics have been named by Thomson Reuters as among the top one per cent of scientists who are “the world’s leading scientific minds” and whose publications are among the most influential in their fields.
The five academics listed are:
Nello Cristianini, Professor of Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Engineering Mathematics;
George Davey Smith, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Social and Community Medicine;
Stephen Mann, Professor of Chemistry in the School of Chemistry;
Dr Wendy McArdle, Head of DNA Collections in the School of Social and Community Medicine;
Jeremy O’Brien, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering.
Primary care telephone triage does not save money or reduce practice workload11 August 2014Demand for general practice appointments is rising rapidly, and in an attempt to deal with this, many practices have introduced systems of telephone triage. Patients are phoned by a doctor or nurse who either manages the problem on the phone, or agrees with the patient whether and how urgently they need to be seen.
A new large study, published in The Lancet today [4 August] and funded by the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), has investigated the potential value of telephone triage for patients and for the NHS.
Seeing the same GP at every visit will reduce emergency department attendance6 August 2014Attendances at emergency departments can be reduced by enabling patients to see the same GP every time they visit their doctor’s surgery. This is just one of several recommendations made in a report published today, led by researchers at the University of Bristol.
Called 'Primary care factors and unscheduled secondary care: a series of systematic reviews', the report has been compiled by researchers from the University’s Centre for Academic Primary Care who looked at evidence from studies around the world. They found that patients who saw the same GP every time they attended their GP surgery were less likely to require emergency care.
New research to tackle treatment for lung disease6 August 2014Research into improving treatment for patients with one of the UK’s most common respiratory diseases has received a £810,000 funding boost.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of diseases which cause breathing difficulties due to long-term damage to the lungs. Often linked to smoking, it is responsible for 10 per cent of all hospital admissions in the UK, with a high proportion of patients being readmitted to hospital after they are discharged.
A team of researchers, led by Dr Sarah Purdy from the University of Bristol, will examine how to improve hospital care and treatment in the future thanks to a grant from the National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery research (NIHR HS&DR) Programme.
New promotions/progressions in SSCM23 July 2014Richard Huxtable has been appointed Professor of Medical Ethics and Law. Sarah Purdy has been appointed as Professor of Primary Care. Congratulations to them for this well-deserved recognition of their outstanding achievements.
Congratulations are also due to Pete Blair and Nicky Welton on their promotion to Reader, and to Laura Howe on her promotion to Senior Research Fellow.