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Dr Matthew Booker

Dr Matthew Booker

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

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 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 pre-hospital and urgent care settings, and in the evaluation of pre-hospital interventions to reduce avoidable admissions. I am also interested in developing, testing and evaluating novel models of urgent care service delivery.

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

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

Clinically, I continue to work part-time in routine and Acute Primary Care. I am a responding Ambulance Doctor for South West Ambulance Service, through involvement with the British Association of Immediate Care (BASICS). I instruct and assess on a number of emergency and urgent care courses, including Advanced Life Support. I have interests in planning for and evaluating strategies to mitigate large-scale health incidents, and promote resilience. 

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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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