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Professor Sarah Purdy

Professor Sarah Purdy

Professor Sarah Purdy
B Sc, MB BS, MD(Lond), MPH(Harvard), FRCGP, FRCP, FRCP Edinburgh

Associate Dean

Area of research

Unscheduled care and avoidable hospital admissions

Office First Floor South
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Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TH
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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 projects include systematic reviews, qualitative studies, case studies and observational studies.  The population and patient groups included vary from children with respiratory conditions to people at the end of life. 

Sarah also collaborates on research projects in the areas of multi-morbidity, patient safety and the management of dermatological conditions. She is the author of a systematic review of interventions for acne.

Sarah was formerly academic lead for the local NIHR Primary Care Research Network. She is a member of a number of national research funding and related committees and an advisor to several national bodies. 

Biography

Sarah is Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences.  She provides leadership for the Schools of Social and Community Medicine and Clinical Sciences and the Centre for Medical Education, supported by the Heads of School and the Programme Directors for MBChB (undergraduate medical programme) and curriculum development.    

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 Bristol she worked at the Hull York Medical School where she was involved in designing and delivering an innovative problem based learning curriculum and in developing a research strategy for the new organisation and it's academic and NHS partners. Previously, Sarah worked at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne as a Lecturer, subsequently Clinical Senior Lecturer, in Primary Health Care. She was a visiting fellow at Harvard University from 1995 to 1997. Sarah has a MD from the University of London and a Masters in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and of the Royal College of Physicians.

Sarah was Deputy Director of the NIHR CLAHRC West from its foundation until July 2015. Sarah was a Non-executive director of an NHS board for seven years. She works clinically as a general practitioner at Sea Mills Surgery in Bristol.

Teaching

As Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Sarah provides leadership for the Centre for Medical Education and Schools of Social and Community Medicine and Clinical Sciences, supported by the Heads of School and the Programme Directors for MBChB (undergraduate medical programme) and curriculum development.    

Keywords

  • management of disease
  • organisation and delivery of care
  • access to health care
  • evaluation of health care
  • long term conditions
  • predicting and preventing avoidable hospital admissions

Expertise

I am currently working on a research programme exploring predictors of primary care sensitive hospital admissions, which will assist primary care clinicians to predict patients at risk of unplanned hospital admission. I am also working with colleagues in Newcastle on clinical trials of the management of shoulder pain in primary care. I continue my secondary research into the management of acne.

  • predictors of primary care sensitive hospital admissions
  • primary care
  • unplanned hospital admission
  • management of shoulder pain
  • management of acne
  • sensitive hospital admissions
  • Memberships

    Organisations

    School of Social and Community Medicine

    Other sites

    Centres, collaborations and units

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