Knowledge mobilisation at the University of Bristol
At the University of Bristol’s Centre for
Academic Primary Care, we conduct high-quality research on a wide variety of topics that
are relevant to healthcare practitioners and commissioners. For example, we regularly publish
papers on ways to reduce unplanned hospital admissions, how to reduce the amount of antibiotics
prescribed by GPs and how to improve care for patients with multiple conditions..
But GPs and commissioners often don’t read scientific journal papers which means our
research often does not reach the people that need it the most.
So we have taken an innovative approach to ensure that we not only answer the most important
research questions but also that our research reaches the people that need it
Many of our researchers are practicing clinicians, GPs for example.. This means they have a unique
insight into what research is needed in order to improve general practice
We have commissioners who spend time with our research groups learning about what we
do and assisting the researchers with their knowledge about the NHS and the commissioning
landscape. As well as commissioners coming to work in
academia, we also have researchers who work in commissioning. They work part-time at our
local CCG and help the commissioners access research.
We also have a communications officer who uses a variety of techniques to communicate
our work to clinicians and policy makers including newsletters, social media and websites
Knowledge mobilisation is about creating accessible and
useful knowledge by working collaboratively. It’s about researchers, policy makers and
clinicians working together to solve each other’s problems and generate the research
that is needed in order to make a difference. For us, knowledge mobilisation is about mobilising
people, building relationships and working together to make sure that knowledge is used