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‘Best practice’ programme that has helped GPs refer thousands of victims of domestic violence to specialist services announces ambitious plans to expand

‘Best practice’ programme that has helped GPs refer thousands of victims of domestic violence to specialist services announces ambitious plans to expand

21 November 2017

A highly successful, evidence-based domestic violence and abuse identification and referral programme (IRIS – Identification and Referral to Improve Safety) developed by researchers at the University of Bristol has launched as a social enterprise.

Suicide and self-harm prevention app launches in Bristol

Suicide and self-harm prevention app launches in Bristol

20 November 2017

A new app to help people who are considering self-harm or having suicidal thoughts is launching in Bristol on 30 November. The distrACT app is designed to give easy, quick and discreet access to general health information and advice about self-harm.

Older cars in urban areas not to blame for harmful emissions

Older cars in urban areas not to blame for harmful emissions

16 November 2017

Research for the RAC Foundation has added weight to the argument that scrapping the oldest cars owned by people living in towns and cities would have negligible effect on air quality.

Discontinuity of care puts older patients at risk of emergency hospital admission

Discontinuity of care puts older patients at risk of emergency hospital admission

15 November 2017

Older patients who do not see the same GP over a period of time are at higher risk of emergency hospital admission than those who see the same or a small number of GPs, according to new research.

Primary care is key to optimising value in healthcare

Primary care is key to optimising value in healthcare

14 November 2017

Balancing improvements in health against the cost of such improvements in primary care is vital to achieve a cost-effective and efficient healthcare system, finds a new report by University of Bristol researchers and published in the BMJ.

Breastfed babies are less likely to have eczema as teenagers, study shows

Breastfed babies are less likely to have eczema as teenagers, study shows

13 November 2017

Babies whose mothers had received support to breastfeed exclusively for a sustained period from birth have a 54 per cent lower risk of eczema at the age of 16, a new study shows.

HIT events stir debate at Healthy City Week 2017

HIT events stir debate at Healthy City Week 2017

8 November 2017

Creating a Bristol that works for people of all ages and abilities was at the core of Health Integration Team (HIT) events during Healthy City Week this year. Healthy City Week ran from 7-14 October, and included ‘HIT Monday’, as well as other HIT events...

Bristol Health Partners' contribution to Digital Bristol Week

Bristol Health Partners' contribution to Digital Bristol Week

8 November 2017

Bristol Health Partners took part in two events as part of Digital Bristol Week 2017. The week, which was organised by the BBC Academy, brought together people working in digitally creative industries across a range of sectors.

Electronic GP consultations: not quite there yet

Electronic GP consultations: not quite there yet

7 November 2017

Online GP consultation systems as they currently stand are unlikely to take the pressure off GPs and practices, despite NHS England’s drive to promote them through a £45 million fund.

Latest events

An overview of the different types of dementia

An overview of the different types of dementia

23 November 2017

Do you want to know more about the different types, such as Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy Bodies and others? If so, this is an opportunity to find out more about the different types of dementia.

Health and social care from the front bench, back bench and research bench

Health and social care from the front bench, back bench and research bench

23 November 2017

Mark Drakeford, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, National Assembly for Wales will give this University of Bristol Centre for Research in Health and Social Care lecture.Mark Drakeford has worked as a frontline public sector worker, acade

Eating Disorders Health Integration Team patient and public involvement evening

Eating Disorders Health Integration Team patient and public involvement evening

28 November 2017

Join the Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (EDHIT) at their patient and public involvement evening, to use your experiences to create a better future for anyone affected by eating disorders. Be part of: improving eating disorder servicesrais

West of England AHSN annual conference 2017

West of England AHSN annual conference 2017

30 November 2017

All senior leaders working in the health and care sector today are involved in large-scale system change of one kind or another, from service and pathway improvements to delivery of Sustainability and Transformation Plans.

Launch of the distrACT app: an app to help people who self-harm

Launch of the distrACT app: an app to help people who self-harm

30 November 2017

The distrACT app is aimed at people who are considering or already self-harm, offering them quick access to advice and support. It has been created by practising medical doctors together with young adults and experts in self-harm and suicide prevention.

Complexity approaches and writing for impact: Professor Alex Clark seminars

Complexity approaches and writing for impact: Professor Alex Clark seminars

4 December 2017

Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship: Professor Alex Clark, University of Alberta The University of Bristol's Department of Population Health Sciences has secured a Benjamin Meaker fellowship Professor Alex Clark can visit department. During the two

How to reduce risk of developing dementia: A New Year's resolution

How to reduce risk of developing dementia: A New Year's resolution

14 December 2017

Would you like to find out more about how to reduce your risk of developing dementia? If so, this is an opportunity to find out more and to think about setting some New Year's resolutions for 2018 to help you achieve this.

Health: The design, planning and politics of how and where we live conference

Health: The design, planning and politics of how and where we live conference

25 January 2018

This conference reflects a broad set of interrelated concerns about health and the places we inhabit. It seeks to better understand the interconnectedness and potential solutions to the problems associated with health and the built environment.

NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre launch symposium

NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre launch symposium

1 February 2018

This scientific symposium marks the launch of the National Institute for Health Research Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). Researchers, clinicians and patients will talk about the research being carried out at Bristol BRC and how this exciting sci

Public lecture and debate: Can surgical research improve health?

Public lecture and debate: Can surgical research improve health?

1 February 2018

Surgery is one of the most important treatments offered to patients, with over 4.7 million operations carried out in the UK every year, according to the Royal College of Surgeons. There are over 17,000 surgeons in the UK, who have trained for many years t

Physiotherapy Pain Association introductory course

Physiotherapy Pain Association introductory course

10 March 2018

Psychologically informed approaches to physiotherapy assessment and management of pain A two-day course run by the Physiotherapy Pain Association in collaboration with Pain Training and Education Tutors: Dr Pete Gladwell and Emma Bartlett This cour

Our research

Bristol's health research is internationally recognised, with particular strengths in population health, neuroscience, infection and immunity and cardiovascular medicine.

From saving hundreds of thousands of babies' lives through groundbreaking research into cot death, to developing cutting edge technologies through the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and SPHERE, Bristol's health research makes huge differences to people's lives.

Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research

Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research (EBI), co-funded by the Wellcome Trust and the University of Bristol, brings together leading researchers from disparate fields to collaborate on solutions to the most pressing health problems of the 2...

University of Bristol

Bristol Robotics Laboratory

Bristol Robotics Laboratory

BRL is a unique collaboration that harnesses the strengths of its university partners, and brings together the best expertise from industry and the academic community to spearhead Britain’s efforts to be a world leader in modern advanced robotics.

University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), University of Bristol

Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children

Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children

ALSPAC, or Children of the 90s, has been charting the health of 14,500 families in the Bristol area since the early 1990s in order to improve the health of future generations. ALSPAC is a world-leading birth cohort study.

University of Bristol

WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments

WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments at the University of the West of England promotes healthy and sustainable settlements through research, teaching, consultancy, knowledge exchange and publications.

University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)

Centre for Research in Biosciences

Centre for Research in Biosciences

The Centre for Research in Biosciences at the University of the West of England brings together world class researchers working in the fields of biomedicine, bio-sensing technology, agri-food plant and environmental science.

University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)

Vesalius Clinical Training Centre

Vesalius Clinical Training Centre

A unique, world class facility at the University of Bristol for practically-based understanding of anatomy for clinical practice, providing the highest standards of training and development for healthcare professionals.

University of Bristol

Centre for Appearance Research

Centre for Appearance Research

UWE's Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) strives to make a real difference to the lives of the many hundreds of thousands of people with appearance-related concerns both in the UK and across the world.

University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)

Cancer research at University of Bristol

Cancer research at University of Bristol

The University of Bristol is working with Cancer Research UK on a number of projects, including a five year programme to reduce the burden of cancer, and the colorectal tumour biology group which looks at cell survival mechanisms and chemoprevention.

University of Bristol

Helping people with rheumatoid arthritis manage their fatigue

Helping people with rheumatoid arthritis manage their fatigue

Research at UWE has led to a process of measuring fatigue in people with rheumatoid arthritis which has been adopted internationally in clinical trials, and informed interventions that have improved quality of life for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)

Cardiovascular science

Cardiovascular science

Cardiovascular science in Bristol comprises more than 230 researchers and clinicians from across the University of Bristol and NHS trusts, working to translate basic scientific research into novel clinical practice, improving patient outcome and care.

University of Bristol, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West

NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West

NIHR CLAHRC West works with its partner organisations, including the NHS, local authorities and universities, to conduct applied health research and implement research evidence, to improve health and healthcare across the West.

University of Bristol, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Bristol's research in 2014-15

Bristol's research in 2014-15

In 2014-15, both universities performed strongly in health subjects in the Research Excellence Framework. The NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West and a new synthetic biology research centre, BrisSynBio, launched.

Cot deaths: saving more than 100,000 young lives worldwide

Cot deaths: saving more than 100,000 young lives worldwide

Cot deaths in the UK have fallen by 80 per cent following groundbreaking research by Peter Fleming, Professor of Infant Health and Developmental Physiology and his team at the University of Bristol.

University of Bristol

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