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Local Services and contacts

Click on your area below to see a number of local options you can access for support. Your Public Health contact can provide evidence-related support, depending on your local Public Health offer. Your local librarian will be able to advise and signpost you to many resources, or may even carry out an evidence search for you.  Your GP Clinical Evidence Fellow can also provide advice.  You can find out more about this role on the Evidence Culture page.


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Let us know what you think…

With your feedback, we can continue to develop and refine this site with useful tools and techniques for evidence-based commissioning. After using this guide, please share what you’ve found to be useful, and any ideas for improving the site.

How have you used evidence?

Many people learn from reading real-life case studies; theory is not always straight forward to put into practice.

If you would be willing to share how you have used evidence to inform a service development, please email and we’ll get in touch to find out the details.

Any Queries?

For any other issues or queries relating to the Evidence Toolkit, contact Sian Jones on

You will receive a response within 2 working days.

Who are we?

Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative (APCRC)

The Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative (APCRC) has been responsible for supporting primary care research across the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire area since 2003.

Over the last six years it has expanded its role to promote the use of evidence and evaluation in healthcare commissioning with an increasing emphasis on knowledge mobilisation.

Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative (APCRC)

West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN)

Funded by NHS England and the West of England healthcare organisations, WEAHSN bring together the regional health service community, industry, higher education, research bodies, patients and the wider public to work in partnership and take patient care and experience to new levels.

Its membership covers the geographical footprint of Bristol, South Gloucester, North Somerset, Wiltshire, Swindon, Bath & North East Somerset and Gloucester.

One of 15 AHSNs introduced across England from April 2013, WEAHSN aims to deliver measurable gains in health and wellbeing across the West of England; to make a meaningful contribution to the regional and national economy; and to build a learning and delivery network to accelerate innovation and improvement, and change healthcare culture.

West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN)


The National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West (NIHR CLAHRC West)

The National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West (NIHR CLAHRC West) works with partner organisations, including the NHS, local authorities and universities, to conduct applied health research and implement research evidence, to improve health and healthcare across the West.

CLAHRC West undertakes applied health research projects across the NHS, in collaboration with partners across the region and nationally. The research it does must have a real world application and fall into one of its broad thematic areas of ‘improving the management of chronic health conditions’ and ‘public health interventions and population health’. The 13 NIHR CLAHRCs primarily focus on research targeted at chronic disease and public health interventions.

CLAHRC West brings together universities, local authorities, NHS hospital trusts, clinical commissioning groups, patients and members of the public, and third sector organisations to focus on research to improve health and healthcare for local people.


Thank you to our partners

We would like to thank our partners for supporting the development of the Evaluation and Evidence toolkits.  This includes commissioners, service improvement leads, GPs and practice managers from Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group, North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group; Bristol Public Health (Bristol City Council), South Gloucestershire Public Health (South Gloucestershire Council) and North Somerset Public Health (North Somerset Council); Primary Care Library Services (North Bristol Trust), University of Bristol, NIHR CLAHRC-West, University of the West of England and the West of England Academic Health Science Network. We would also like to thank everyone who was involved in the testing of this tool – your views were invaluable to shaping its direction.

All resources and graphics on this website are © West of England Academic Health Science Network, APCRC and NIHR CLAHRC West 2016. We are happy for you to reuse any of these materials so long as it is not for commercial purposes and you include credits to all three organisations with links back to the originating page(s) on this website. For further information, please email