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Dr Matthew Booker

Dr Matthew Booker

Dr Matthew Booker
BSc (Hons), MB ChB, DRCOG, PhD, DFSRH, MEd, FCIEA, MRCGP, FHEA, PGCert (Advanced Emergency Care), DipUMC (RCSEdin)

NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care

Office 1.07
Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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+44 (0) 117 928 7305



My research interests are in urgent and unscheduled care; in particular exploring patient and clinical decision-making processes that occur ‘out of hospital’, and in exploring the interfaces between primary- secondary- and ambulance-care. I have interests in the use of clinical technologies to aid decision-making in the urgent care settings, and in the evaluation of interventions to reduce avoidable admissions and manage demand for urgent care service. I am also interested in developing, testing and evaluating novel models of urgent care service delivery, including novel workforce models.

I am interested in the use of a variety of mixed-methods approaches, qualitative approaches (including thematic analysis, qualitative synthesis/meta-synthesis, Conversation Analysis and field ethnography) and Realist methods. 

I regularly teach and examine on the undergraduate medical programme, with a particular interest in emergency skills education & Life Support skills. 

Clinically, I continue to work part-time in routine and acute Primary Care, Unscheduled Care and Immediate (Ambulance) Care. 


Current projects I am involved with include:


Exploring Ambulance Use for 'Primary Care Sensitive' problems (NIHR Funded)

Exploring Ambulance Use for 'non-emergency' situations in children.

OPEN Study (Out-of-hours Prescribing, Enhancing Communication) - a study of antibiotic prescribing in OOH (NIHR SPCR Funded)

READY Paramedics (Realist EvAluation of the DeploYment of Paramedics in General Practice services) - a realist study of the models of paramedics working in primary care settings. (RCF Funded)

EMERALd (Ethnographic MEthods for Researching Acute heaLthcare encounters) - a review study of ethnography in acute care.

The use of video badges to record urgent care encounters - a study of the analytic and practical utility (NIHR SPCR Funded)

Impact of Health & Social Care Interventions on Unplanned Hospital Admissions, Timely Discharge & Wellbeing of Community Dwelling Older Population. (NIHR SPCR ESWG)

Use of Sub Cellular Fluctuation Imaging (SCFI) to determine rapid antimicrobial sensitivity in clinical samples for use in Urgent & Primary Care (EBI Finded)

ChiLd & AdoleScent Health Events in Combat Sports (The "CLASH" Study) 

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I am an academic GP with clinical interests in urgent and emergency healthcare. My current research explores the use of urgent and emergency medical services (particularly ambulance services). I am investigating how to optimise delivery of urgent community care to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions. I am using mixed-methods strategies to explore predictors and patterns of primary-care sensitive urgent care episodes, and how/why people choose certain forms of emergency care over alternatives. I also have teaching and research interests in resuscitation and prehospital care.

  • prehospital care
  • ambulance
  • unplanned admissions
  • urgent care
  • primary care
  • emergency care
  • resuscitation
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    Bristol Medical School (PHS)

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