The Research in Emergency Care, Avon Collaborative Hub (REACH) webpages are now live on the Bristol Health Partners site.
REACH launched in October 2020 and is a collaborative research hub to improve the delivery of emergency care in Bristol and the surrounding area.
Both universities have well-established research programmes in urgent and emergency care. At UWE, through the Centre for Health and Clinical Research, the focus is on emergency hospital admissions, hospital care and ambulance services, while at the University of Bristol, through its Centre for Academic Primary Care, the emphasis is on general practice and community-based services.
REACH will align researchers from the two universities to create a more formal collaboration. They will work closely with local health and care providers and commissioners, sharing priorities, expertise and resources to coordinate and strengthen research capacity, development and infrastructure.
The research hub will build on the collaborative work that our Avoiding Hospital Admissions Health Integration Team (ITHAcA HIT) did. The HIT was set up in 2012 and closed in 2020.