At BSMS we wonder how to contribute to an inclusive and just society, and to the improvement of health and healthcare in a globalising world. To achieve this mission, we reflect on current medical, ethical and socio-political themes in dialogue with various stakeholders but we also try to focus on changing observable behavior. We work together with those involved on value-driven transformations and practice improvements. Our work in primary care and medical informatics research helps us develop ways to evaluate and improve the health of all those in our society, particularly the most vulnerable.
Our teaching and research bring together a wide range of disciplines to address clinical and healthcare challenges. These disciplines include general practice, public health, epidemiology, statistics, psychology and sociology. We offer strong methodological skills in both quantitative and qualitative approaches, in particular for real-world evaluations or implementation research in pragmatic community-based randomised control trials, behaviour change, analysis of large data sets, survey design, and health outcome measurement.
We focus on the management of difficult and stigmatised problems such mental and sexual health issues (e.g. dementia), because we aim to support the workforce and these have the most unmet patient need. We develop our priority research areas in an ongoing dialogue with the field, practitioners, students, patients and CCGs. As there is currently a sense of crisis in the National Health Service and particularly in primary care, we believe new models of care urgently require study and implementation. Working with existing data sets enables us to understand causes of disease (for instance, thyroid cancer), as well as patterns of disease referral and management (for example, in ovarian cancer).