New study to evaluate patients’ electronic access to medical test results8 November 2019A new study by researchers at the Centre for Academic Primary Care and the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Evaluation of Interventions at the University of Bristol will review and evaluate the electronic test results services currently offered to patients in general practice across England, in order to understand what works well, for whom, in what circumstances and why.
Improving patient care through a UK-wide network of primary care health professionals1 November 2019PACT stands for the Primary Care Academic CollaboraTive – a UK-wide network of enthusiastic primary care health professionals that collectively design and take part in well thought out research that seeks to improve patient care. Researchers at the University of Bristol are in the early stages of setting up PACT and hope to launch the first project in January 2020.
Applications for GP Academic Clinical Fellow posts now open23 October 2019The Centre for Academic Primary Care has a very successful GP Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) training programme. Two or three posts are funded by both National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Severn Postgraduate Medical Education (Severn PGME) each year. Applications are now open for ACF posts commencing in August 2020.
Antidepressants may reduce anxiety more than depressive symptoms25 September 2019One of the most common antidepressants, sertraline, leads to an early reduction in anxiety symptoms, commonly found in depression, several weeks before any improvement in depressive symptoms, a clinical trial involving researchers from the Centre for Academic Primary Care and Centre for Academic Mental Health at the University of Bristol has found.
Study casts doubt on effectiveness of named GP scheme23 September 2019An NHS scheme to give every patient aged 75 and over in England a named GP responsible for their care has failed to deliver hoped-for improvements, according to a study by researchers at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care.
£9 million boost for health research in the west country11 July 2019Health researchers in the west country have been given a £9 million award from the Government’s Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to enable them to tackle the area’s most pressing health problems. The funding will enable new research projects including forecasting demand in hospitals, increasing people’s physical activity levels, supporting people who self-harm and improving outcomes for children in care.
New study aims to improve acne in women5 July 2019Researchers at the Universities of Bristol and Southampton have started a new clinical trial that will investigate whether a drug called spironolactone can help improve acne in women. They are looking for women with acne aged 18 and over in Bristol to take part.
GPs should not use inflammatory marker tests to rule out serious conditions, finds study18 June 2019Blood tests that detect inflammation, known as inflammatory marker tests, are not sensitive enough to rule out serious underlying conditions and GPs should not use them for this purpose, according to researchers from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care, University of Exeter and the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West (NIHR CLAHRC West).
NHS Health Checks telephone outreach to more deprived and minority ethnic communities13 June 2019A telephone outreach programme to encourage people from more deprived and minority ethnic communities to attend an NHS Health Check was well received by patients researchers from the University of Bristol's Centre for Academic Primary Care and NIHR CLAHRC West research has shown. The research also showed GP practice staff valued outreach workers’ specialised communication skills and highlighted how changes to the programme could make it more successful.
Encouraging people to be braver about discussing death13 June 2019Local doctors and academics from the University of Bristol will be joined by one of the country's bestselling authors to encourage people in Bristol to be braver when it comes to discussing death, at an event today [13 June] at Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol.
Male victims of domestic abuse face significant barriers to getting help12 June 2019Men who experience domestic violence and abuse face significant barriers to getting help and access to specialist support services, according to a study by researchers at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care and Centre for Gender and Violence Research published in BMJ Open today.
More support needed to increase HIV testing in GP practices7 June 2019One-off training sessions for GPs are not enough to increase rates of HIV testing in general practice and greater support is needed, according to researchers from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit in Evaluation of Interventions published in BMC Family Practice.
NIHR Senior Investigator award for Professor Alastair Hay21 March 2019Professor Alastair Hay from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care is one of 46 academics in the UK to be awarded Senior Investigator status by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in 2019.