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Dr Sarah Purdy, Reader in Primary Health Care at the University of Bristol, was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians recently for improving patient services at the interface between primary and secondary care in research.

Spcr elected fellow of rcp

The SPCR would like to congratulate Dr Purdy on this celebrated award and for her work on reducing avoidable hospital admissions. 

Dr Purdy said she felt honoured for being nominated "I am a GP and not a Physician, and it is therefore very nice to be recognised by a group of fellow clinicians who are external to one's own field of work." 

Which features of primary care affect unscheduled secondary care use? A systematic review was recently published in the BMJ.

It is particularly pleasing given my area of research  - in the past it has sometimes felt as thought there is a difference in perceptions in primary and secondary care.   This perception is changing and clinicians are starting to work together to address the problems of increasing numbers of admissions across hospitals and primary care and I like to think that this award reflects that in a small way.


- Dr Sarah Purdy