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General Practice Management After Transition Events (GP-MATE) - Developing an intervention to assist older patients’ communication with their GP practice after discharge from hospital in order to improve patient safety

GP Mate1Being discharged from hospital carries risks. Older people who often have complex ongoing health needs are most at risk. Over 5 million patients aged 75 or older come home from English hospitals each year. Our previous research showed 1 in 13 are being harmed in their ongoing care. Older patients and their carers have a key role to play in preventing these harms. GP-MATE will be designed to help empower them to take a more active role in their general practice care after coming home from hospital.

We are looking for primary care staff to take part in:

If you can help, please email the study lead on

Funded by

NIHR Advanced Fellowship Award

Research team members

Dr Rachel Spencer, Dr Zakia Shariff


Professor Jeremy Dale, Professor Frances Griffiths, Professor Graeme Currie (WBS)Link opens in a new window


1st September 2021 – 31st August 2025

External Links

Our literature review has been published here.Link opens in a new window

You can find more information about GP-MATE by clicking on the following links:

To read more about GP-MATE, including a plain English summary, please click hereLink opens in a new window

To find out more about testing GP-MATE, including how we'll be collecting information from clinical records and how to opt out, please click hereLink opens in a new window

To find out more about our patient experience film, please click hereLink opens in a new window


Dr Rachel SpencerLink opens in a new window

r dot spencer dot 2 at warwick dot ac dot uk

We are currently recruiting general practice sites to take part in testing GP-MATE.

Enquiries: Dr Zakia Shariff

zakia dot shariff at warwick dot ac dot uk