Avoidable hospital admissions

Queue of ambulances waiting outside a hospital

Current projects

Research in Emergency Care (REACH): a joint programme with the University of the West of England. Current projects are listed under 'Current research areas'.

Hospital admissions towards the end of life: How do and how should we approach decision making in Primary Care? Davies R, Booker M, Ives J, Huntley A. Funder: SPCR (2022-2026).

Completed projects

  • Improving the interactions in urgent care of researchers with patients, clinicians and health service managers: developing training workshops to support knowledge co-production sustainability. Baxter H. Funder: NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Fellowship (2018-2021)
  • Using video to explore context and communication in urgent 'primary care sensitive' health encounters: a pilot study using body worn video badges to investigate admission decisions. Booker M, Heawood A, Barnes R, Purdy S. Funder: NIHR School for Primary Care Research (2018-2020)
  • Accessing urgent care with dementia. Dooley J, Booker M, Creavin S, Barnes R. Funder: NIHR School for Primary Care Research Launching Fellowship (2018-2020)
  • Development of a sub-cellular fluctuation imaging (SCFI) anti-microbial susceptibility testing device for use in community healthcare settings. Booker M, Antognozzi M.  Funder: Bristol AMR (2019)
  • Investigating the impact of the introduction of a named GP assigned to patients 75 and over on their continuity of care and emergency hospital admission. Tammes P, Morris R, Chalder M, Payne R, Purdy S, Salisbury C. Funder: NIHR School for Primary Care Research (2017-2018)
  • Using the researcher in residence model to facilitate collaboration between academia and the telecommunications industries. Baxter H, Davies B. Funder: Elizabeth Blackwell Institute (2017)
  • A patient-orientated hospital discharge summary to promote self-care in older patients: a mixed-method study to determine suitability and outcome measures’. Huntley A, Davies B, Steiner M, Johnson R, Baxter H, Purdy S, Richfield EFunder: Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Research for Health Challenge Scheme (Awarded November 2017)
  • Supporting Access to First Aid Education (SAFE Project). Mytton J, Booker M, Baxter H, Bowen L, Davies B. Funder: British Red Cross (BRC) (2016-2017)
  • Exploring 'primary care sensitive' contacts with the ambulance service: a mixed methods ethnographic study. Booker M, Heawood A, Barnes R, Purdy S. Funder: NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship (2013-2017)
  • Managing uncertainty to reduce emergency bed days in older patients: the role of social isolation and connectedness. Chalder M, Purdy S, Marno P, Hanratty B, Lasserson D. Funder: Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative RCF (2015-2016)
  • Managing uncertainty to reduce emergency bed days in older patients: evidence synthesis and feasibility testing. Huntley A, Chalder M, Heawood A, Metcalfe C, Hollingworth W, Benger J, Purdy S. Funder: NIHR Programme Development Grant (2015-2016)
  • Do comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) toolkits performed in a community setting prevent hospital admissions and improve health outcomes? Baxter H, Huntley A. Funder: Elizabeth Blackwell Institute (2016)
  • A tool to examine where an admission has been avoided. Helen Baxter and Alyson Huntley in collaboration with Bristol and South Gloucestershire CCGs Funded by APCRC. Supported by the ITHAcA HIT (March 2016 - December 2016)
  • SR case management unplanned admissions for heart failure. Huntley A.
  • Early phase development of a primary care device to detect rapidly antibiotic resistance in common bacteria. Massimo Antognozzi, Ariel Blocker, Helen Baxter and Niamh Redmond. Funded by BristolBridge Supported by the ITHAcA and Rubicon HITs. (April 2016 - June 2016)
  • Discharge from secondary into primary care for elderly patients: clinical decision making and risk management, Helen Baxter, Sarah Purdy, Bethany Simmonds, Fiona Fox, Kyra Neubauer, Peter Goyder, Ali Heawood, Sabi Redwood, Sandra Hollinghurst, Sean Cowlishaw, Ann Sephton, Sarah McCracken, Mark Hemmings (Funded by: Avon Primary Care Research collaborative)
  • Exploring urgent care service use by children with asthma in Bristol. Chalder M, Purdy S, Heawood A, Dangerfield B. Funder: Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative RCF (2014-2015)
  • Out-of-Hours Test Results Project, Ben DaviesHelen BaxterAlyson Huntley, Helen England, Mike Taylor, Christopher Dykes and Sarah Purdy (Funded by Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative)


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