REACH showcase event focusses on improving dissemination and impact of the Collaborative’s research findings

  • 28th October 2022

The Research in Emergency Care, Avon Collaborative Hub (REACH) is an interdisciplinary collaboration across the University of the West of England (UWE) and the University of Bristol (UoB), supported by Bristol Health Partners, commissioners and service providers in the south west region.

On 17 October 2022, REACH held its second annual showcase event attended by over 60 clinicians, researchers, commissioners, and patient and public contributors.

This year the focus was on engagement, dissemination, and impact of research findings.  REACH’s co-directors, Professor Sarah Purdy (UoB) and Professor Jonathan Benger (UWE) chaired the afternoon, and presenters included REACH members and guests from leading urgent and emergency care units across the UK. Professor Suzanne Mason (University of Sheffield) opened the event, delivering a keynote presentation on building an academic unit.

Following presentations, delegates discussed how REACH can improve the impact of its work. This provided useful direction for REACH with suggestions including:

  • pro-actively engaging a broader range of health professionals that span all the domains of REACH’s work, particularly in relation to optimising patients for whatever element of unscheduled or emergency care they go on to receive
  • having a relentless focus on the outcomes that really matter to patients and carers
  • disseminating findings quickly and engaging in more diverse strategies, for example podcasts, or video abstracts.

All suggestions made at the event will be discussed with the REACH team, and where possible incorporated into planning for the coming year and beyond.

REACH would like to warmly thank all attendees for their time and support.


“It exceeded my expectations”

“Full of great tips!”

“It was nice to come back and talk to the REACH collaboration, you are unique in the UK for having this creative interface” Professor Daniel Lasserson (speaker)


Watch the full event or use the time stamps below to choose a section from the programme below.

Event programme

Professor Sarah Purdy, OBE
Co-Director of REACH, Professor of Primary Care and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience, University of Bristol.
(Time stamp: 00:54)

Keynote Address
Professor Suzanne Mason
Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Sheffield and NIHR Senior Investigator
(Time stamp 4:54)

Showcase of REACH’s engagement and impact 2021- 2022

Stakeholder engagement for the READY Paramedics study (paramedics working in general practice)
Dr Behnaz Schofield, Senior Research Fellow, University of the West of England, @BehnazSchofield
(Time stamp 34:23)

‘Showcase and future focus event for Pre-hospital Birth’: behind the scenes
Dr Laura Goodwin, Senior Research Fellow, University of the West of England @Laurakgoodwin
(Time stamp 48:55)

Patient and Public Involvement in REACH: Successes, challenges, and everything in-between.

Dr Kim Kirby
Lead Research Paramedic at South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, Senior Research Fellow, University of the West of England, @FrankandErrol
(Time stamp 1:03:45)

Empowering the next generation of emergency care researchers: The Emergency Care Incubator Symposium
Professor Edd Carlton, Consultant Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol, @EddCarlton
(Time stamp 1:17:32)

Approaches to dissemination, publicity, engagement, and impact from leading Urgent and Emergency Care academic units across the UK

Changing acute care delivery, one patient at a time.
Professor Daniel Lasserson, Professor of Acute Ambulatory Care, University of Warwick. @DanLasserson
(Time stamp 1:45:00)

Lend me your ears: opportunities and challenges in research dissemination.
Dr Alison Porter, Associate Professor in Health Services Research, Swansea University. @SwanseaAlison
(Time stamp 1:58:26)

PRIME Centre Wales ‘Knowledge Mobilisation, Dissemination and Impact strategy’
Dr Micaela Gal, Knowledge and Mobilisation Lead, Cardiff University
(Time stamp 2:09:00)

Feedback following breakout rooms to discuss improving dissemination and impact of findings
Professor Jonathan Benger CBE MD FRCS FRCEM, Co-Director of REACH, Professor of Emergency Care, University of the West of England, Bristol
(Question setting time stamp 2:25:30,
Feedback time stamp 2:30:17)

Closing remarks
Professor Jonathan Benger CBE MD FRCS FRCEM
(Time stamp 2:36:24)