NIHR Bristol BRC Director’s Fund award for three new research projects

  • 14 December 2023
Three new research projects have secured funding from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Bristol Biomedical Research Centre’s (Bristol BRC) Director’s fund. The Director’s Fund supports exciting new projects across all our research themes which we hope will be developed into something that could directly benefit patients.

Bristol researcher wins BHF Research Story of the Year for work on children’s heart plaster

  • 7 December 2023
A University of Bristol researcher who has developed a new type of ‘heart plaster’ that could improve the way surgeons treat children living with congenital heart disease has won this year’s British Heart Foundation (BHF) Research Story of the Year. The award is part of the charity’s annual Heart Hero…

Second survey to improve international burns care launched

  • 6 November 2023
People are being asked to complete an online survey to help identify the top ten global burns research priorities and improve burns care around the world. The survey is part of an international partnership set up to give a louder voice to burns patients, carers and clinicians. The…

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.

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…

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…

Study reveals surgeons need to improve how they communicate with patients about innovative procedures

  • 14 August 2023
Patients are not given sufficient information about the novel status of a procedure, possible uncertainties or potential risks when deciding to go ahead with the procedure, a study published in the Annals of Surgery has found. The study, funded by the National Institute for Health and Care…

Significant variations in hip fracture health costs and care between NHS hospitals and regions, study finds

  • 11 July 2023
There are significant variations in healthcare spending and care delivery across NHS hospitals in England and Wales following hip fracture, a new study aimed at understanding how hospital care impacts patients’ outcomes and costs has revealed. The study, led by the University of Bristol and funded by…