RESEARCH: Four acute trusts in the South West are taking part in a study that aims to identify how decision making and clinical experience can reduce unnecessary admissions.

The study, which has received funding of £429,000 from the National Institute for Health Research, is led by the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry.

The research team will work with acute admissions teams at Royal United Hospital Bath Trust, Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust, Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust and Plymouth Hospital Trust.

It will run for 24 months and aims at making recommendations for best practice and cost savings across the NHS and beyond.

The research project will include an analysis of wider health care systems, including care pathways, the role of clinical teams, governance and commissioning. The research team will interview lead clinicians and managers, model patient pathways, and estimate associated costs.