Few eligible patients get access to publicly funded weight management programmes in England

  • 28 September 2023
Primary care data on more than 1.8 million adults with overweight or obesity found that only about three per cent were referred to weight management interventions. Of the more than 1.8 million adults in England with a recorded diagnosis of overweight or obesity, only three per cent are referred to…

Patient safety and surgical innovation – why new isn’t always better

  • 25 September 2023
Jane Blazeby, Professor of Surgery, University of Bristol, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston and the National Institute for Health and Care Research Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR Bristol BRC), talks about the research she’s led to explore and address optimism bias and other issues in surgical innovation.

Developing online remote screening for memory problems

  • 21 September 2023
This blog was written by Victoria Gabb, a researcher from the Research into Memory and the Brain (ReMemBr) group at the Bristol Brain Centre in Southmead Hospital. In it, she reflects on working with a patient and public involvement (PPI) group to develop an online screening tool…

Three stages to building reciprocal relationships with community groups: the CHICO guidance

  • 18 September 2023
Three key stages to help researchers involve racially marginalised community groups more effectively in their work are explained in a new paper published in Research Involvement and Engagement. The co-produced guidance, which focuses on building reciprocal relationships with communities, is the result of the ‘Checklist for inclusive…

Updated process to oversee the safe introduction of new surgical procedures

  • 17 September 2023
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has worked with researchers from the surgical and orthopaedic innovation theme at the Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (Bristol BRC) to create a flow diagram outlining an updated process for overseeing the safe introduction of new surgical procedures. The…

Weight management intervention for adolescents wins ASO Ken Clare Award for involving public in obesity research

  • 15 September 2023
An intervention aimed at helping adolescents manage their weight has won the Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) Ken Clare Award for excellence in patient and public involvement and engagement with obesity research. The intervention is part of the AIM2Change study and was jointly developed by Bristol…

Improving diabetes management in children and young people from underserved communities

  • 12 September 2023
Children and young people with diabetes from families in underserved communities have higher blood sugar levels than average. Providing flexible, family-focussed support and addressing socio-cultural and emotional issues could improve how they manage their condition, according to a series of papers published as part of the Diversity…

Applying a commercial determinants perspective to suicide and self-harm prevention

  • 10 September 2023
Nearly 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s more deaths than due to HIV, malaria, or war. Effective methods for preventing suicide exist but they are not being implemented. We need to ask why. Suicide and self-harm are important public health issues the world over.

Funding awarded for research into shared decision making in surgery

  • 5 September 2023
The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) has awarded the North Bristol NHS Trust and the University of Bristol almost £150,000 to conduct research into improving shared decision making in surgery. The NIHR Programme Development Grant award will enable the study team working within the…