The King’s Fund estimates that 1 in 6 emergency medical admissions could have been treated without the need of a hospital bed overnight in an acute hospital, and estimates that between £96-238 million could be saved by reducing these hospital admissions[1].

Developing training based on this work to help ensure that the right decisions about which patients are suitable for ambulatory care models it is a key step in realising these savings.

…I am surprised at the profound effect it [working at the EMU] has had on my personal and professional development. I have been lucky enough to be able to continue my work at the EMU as ‘Researcher in Residence’…
Dr Sara McKelvie[2].

The project is ongoing at the time of writing but has already shown that an RiR post can play a key role in clinical teams, helping to support clinical audit and quality improvement work, and promoting research within the EMU teams.

This role has shown how an individual with skills from General Practice, with training and support from the NIHR CLAHRC Oxford, can help lead change and support quality improvement at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and promote academic primary care.


[1] https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/sites/default/files/field/field_publication_file/data-briefing-emergency-hospital-admissions-for-ambulatory-care-sensitive-conditions-apr-2012.pdf

[2] http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1755738015593563