Emergency Care theme

Emergency and critical care research focuses on immediately life-threatening conditions and emergency and urgent care.

Emergency care research focuses on improving patient outcomes in emergency and urgent care. It includes out-of-hospital settings as well as primary, community and out-of-hours care. The research theme is highly applied and patient-focused, and encompasses critical illness and injury, the complex health needs of an ageing population and emergency care in children.

As populations continue to grow and evolve, the way users interact with services changes; emergency and urgent care systems and workforce require redesign and redevelopment in response to changing demands on services.

Research focus

We aim to improve patient outcomes through research, innovative practice and system and workforce redesign in emergency care. This includes:

  • Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and emergency airway management
  • Acute pain management
  • Workforce, service delivery and organization in urgent care systems
  • Assessment of new technologies and techniques in emergency care, including diagnostics
  • The early management of life-threatening illness in children (eg, asthma, seizures)
  • Paediatric head injury
  • Improving the management of a major trauma
  • Pre-hospital assessment and management of patients with dementia
  • End-of-life care in the pre-hospital and emergency care context
  • The impact of drugs and alcohol, and reducing their harms
  • Reducing avoidable hospital admissions
  • Patient safety in emergency care.

Current funded projects


Cluster randomised trial of the clinical and cost effectiveness of the i-gel supraglottic airway device versus tracheal intubation in the initial airway management of out of hospital cardiac arrest.


Researching the impact of GPs working in or alongside the Emergency Department (GPED) on patient care, the primary care and acute hospital team, and the wider urgent care system.

Managing challenging behaviour associated with dementia in the Emergency Department

A study that explores Emergency Department staff members’ experiences of managing challenging behaviour exhibited by patients with dementia.


An investigation into cognitive and neuropsychological outcome measures that are most appropriate to assess future interventions designed to improve outcomes from out of hospital cardiac arrest.

Paramedic perceptions of bleeding in trauma

Details of the Paramedics Perceptions of Bleeding in Trauma and the Use of TXA project

Paramedic screening and referral intervention

Project details about the Paramedic Screening and Referral for EOL Care.


A study looking to provide an understanding of the barriers to health promotion activities undertaken by emergency department nurses and paramedics.


A regional collaborative hub in emergency care research led by co-directors from UWE Bristol and the University of Bristol.

READY paramedics: Preliminary work

Research project looking into the different ways that paramedics are working in GP Services in England.

READY paramedics: Realist evaluation

Research study that looks into the effect of the role of paramedics in General Practice has on factors such as patient care, safety and experience, staff workload and costs to the NHS.

Silver HIT

Research into factors that influence paramedic decision-making around conveyance of older people with minor head injury.

Temperature management of babies born in the pre-hospital setting

A study that looks at what percentage of babies born before arrival had temperature measurements recorded in their care records,


A new collaboration of Emergency Medicine trainees across the country coming together to work on pragmatic, clinically driven research projects.

The HOMEWARD project

A project studying people with dementia and one or more multimorbidities, and how to reduce avoidable emergency admission to hospital.

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