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Professor Sarah Purdy

Professor Sarah Purdy

Professor Sarah Purdy
B Sc, MB BS, M.D.(Lond.), M.P.H.(Harvard), F.R.C.G.P., FRCP, FRCP Edinburgh

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience)

Area of research

Unscheduled care and avoidable hospital admissions

Beacon House,
Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1QU
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 42 83180

Research summary

Sarah leads a research programme exploring predictors of, and interventions for, unscheduled care use and avoidable hospital admissions. Unplanned hospital admissions are one of the biggest challenges facing the NHS. They represent around 65 % of hospital bed days in England (34m bed days and 5 million emergency admissions in 2009/10) and despite the implementation of a large number of programmes aimed at reducing these admissions the numbers are growing rapidly year on year. Sarah's programme of research focuses on predicting and reducing risk factors for unplanned hospital admission and on the effectiveness of interventions to reduce admission. These ...

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Sarah is a Professor in the Centre for Academic Primary Care and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience at the University of Bristol. She is also Director of NIHR CLAHRC West and leads the Bristol Health Partners Avoidable Admissions Health Integration Team (HIT). 

From 2015 to 2019 Sarah was Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Head of School for Bristol Medical School. Sarah led on the creation of the Medical School bringing together the former Schools of Social and Community Medicine and Clinical Sciences and the medical education team and subsequently providing leadership for research and teaching within ...

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