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Professor Sarah Purdy

Professor Sarah Purdy

Professor Sarah Purdy
B Sc, MB BS, M.D.(Lond.), M.P.H.(Harvard), F.R.C.G.P., FRCP, FRCP Edinburgh

Head of School, Bristol Medical School
Head of School

Area of research

Unscheduled care and avoidable hospital admissions

Office Room 2.11
1-5 Whiteladies Road,
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 42 83140

Research summary

Sarah leads a research programme exploring predictors of, and interventions for, unscheduled care use and avoidable hospital admissions. Unplanned hospital admissions are one of the biggest challenges facing the NHS. They represent around 65 % of hospital bed days in England (34m bed days and 5 million emergency admissions in 2009/10) and despite the implementation of a large number of programmes aimed at reducing these admissions the numbers are growing rapidly year on year. Sarah's programme of research focuses on predicting and reducing risk factors for unplanned hospital admission and on the effectiveness of interventions to reduce admission. These ...

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Sarah is Head of School for Bristol Medical School. She provides leadership for research and teaching within the School, supported by the Deputy Head of School and Heads of Population Health Sciences and Translational Health Sciences. 

Sarah is also a Professor in the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol. She leads the Bristol Health Partners Avoidable Admissions Health Integration Team (HIT).

Sarah was appointed as a Consultant Senior Lecturer in Bristol in October 2006 after being awarded a Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist Fellowship and became a Reader in 2011 and Professor in 2014. Prior to coming to ...

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