Collaborate with REACH

REACH is a hub of expert researchers and clinicians in the field of urgent and emergency care. We work in partnership with NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, and have strong links to healthcare providers and services in the southwest of England, nationally and internationally.

We welcome continued growth through new collaborations, and by offering support to developing researchers and trainees. If you are a clinician who wants to get into research in this field, or a researcher seeking to collaborate, please contact us at REACHContact@uwe.ac.uk

Current research priorities

Following a consultation with attendees at our 2021 showcase event, and guidance from our steering group, REACH’s priorities for 2022 are:

  • Admission avoidance
  • Mental health
  • Digital transfer

Whilst focusing on these three areas, all our work will: align with local priorities, consider the impact of health inequalities on use and access to services, and focus on knowledge mobilisation.

Our core team

Co-directors

Delivery group

  • Dr Sarah Voss, Associate Professor in Emergency Care, University of the West of England
  • Dr Matthew Booker, NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care, University of Bristol
  • Dr Mark Lyttle, Consultant and Senior Research Fellow in paediatric emergency medicine based at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and the University of the West of England.
  • Professor Edd Carlton – NIHR Advanced Fellow and Emergency Medicine Consultant, University of Bristol
  • Dr Laura Goodwin, Senior Research Fellow, University of the West of England
  • Dr Behnaz Schofield Senior Research Fellow, University of the West of England
  • Dr Helen Nicholson, Senior Research Fellow, University of the West of England
  • Cathy Liddiard, Research Associate in Emergency Care, University of the West of England

Current PhD students

  • Alyesha Proctor, Advanced Paramedic Practitioner in General Practice and PhD fellow based at the University of the West of England. The PhD is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Academic Training Programme. The project aims to develop an intervention to support Paramedics in safely assessing and managing children with minor head injury.
  • Tom Roberts
  • Philip Braude

Previous PhD students

  • Kim Kirby, Paramedic at South Western Ambulance Service and Senior Research Fellow at University of the West of England. Kim followed the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Clinical Academic Training Programme at the University of the West of England. She completed her PhD in 2022 which focused on improving the ambulance response to patients who are at imminent risk of suffering, an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.