November/December news update
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Evidence to Practice – Addressing the second translational gap for complex interventions in primary care 

Researchers across four School departments have been involved in a project to explore the causes of the evidence to practice gap (2nd translational gap) for complex interventions in primary care and what strategies are effective for closing the gap. The project, led by Professor Elizabeth Murray (UCL) and Professor Bie Nio Ong (Keele), completed last year and the team were invited to present their findings to the NIHR Evaluations Trials and Studies (NETSCC) on 18 November. Dr Hazel Everitt, Dr Anne Kennedy, Ms Rosa Lau and Professor Krysia Dziedzic presented the results and undertook a workshop regarding the implications for NETSCC in Southampton. The results will be used to inform NETSCC's further plans to enhance impact and implementation of the research they commission and fund. Read more.

A simple test can help point to serious illness in children

A systematic review conducted by Dr Susannah Fleming (Oxford) and published in PLOS One, has been selected as a NIHR Signal by the NIHR Dissemination Centre. The review found that the capillary refill test is useful in diagnosing serious illness or dehydration in children. The quick test, done by pressing on the nail bed, is used to monitor blood flow. Read more.

Highlighting antimicrobial resistance on That's Solent TV

Professor Michael Moore (Southampton) appeared on That's Solent TV in a film about the SPCR funded ATAFUTI project. Broadcast on 6 November, the film profiles the main areas of concern within antimicrobial resistance and the treatment of urinary tract infections. Filming took place on the Abbeywell Surgery in Romsey where recruitment is taking place.View the film and read more.


European Antibiotics Awareness Day

To mark European Antibiotics Awareness Day on 18 November, Prof Moore took part as an expert in the ‘I’m a Scientist Get me out of here’ Q&A in the Antibiotics Zone. You can read some of Michael’s answers to the questions here. 

Prizes and awards

PhD student Mairead Murphy has won best poster prize at the University of Bristol's sixth Population Health Symposium for her poster entitled: Development and cognitive testing of the PCOQ: A questionnaire to measure outcome in primary care. Mairead is supervised by Chris Salisbury and Sandra Hollinghurst at the University of Bristol. Read more.

Emily Wersocki (ST3 at Keele University) and David Jameson (ACF at University of Manchester), attended the SAPC North annual meeting on 26 and 27 November where they were awarded the 'Best research oral presentation' and 'Best research poster' prizes respectively. Read more.
Alison Gregory (above) is joint recipient of the Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) Corinna Seith Award for her SPCR funded PhD study on how domestic violence affects the friends and family members of the person in the abusive relationship. This research formed the basis of the winning paper entitled ‘On the outside looking in: the shared burden of domestic violence’. Earlier this year Alison produced a booklet 'It might be nothing, but it could mean everything: a guide for people who think their friend, relative, neighbour or colleague may be in an abusive relationship' which is being distributed across Bristol. Read more.



Making a difference - from evidence to impact

Jamie Hartmann-Boyce (Oxford DPhil student) and David Jameson (Manchester PhD student) write about the NIHR Trainees' meeting in Leeds on 24 + 25 November. 

Investment in GP reception staff and simplified systems could bring down A&E attendance
Emer Brangan, Research Associate, Centre for Academic Primary Care, University of Bristol

Treat the patient, not the test result: A 'handy guide' for GPs responding to AKI warning stage test results.
Tom Blakeman and Charlie Tomson on behalf of the Responding to e-alerts in Primary Care Working Group. Tom Blakeman is 
Clinical Senior Lecturer in Primary Care, Centre for Primary Care, University of Manchester and Charlie is Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Academic Renal Unit, University of Manchester.

Introduction to using conversation analysis to study
health care encounters

Image: Nick Smith

The 'Introduction to using conversation analysis to study health care encounters' short course will run again on 16-17th December 2015 at the University of Bristol. 

The course is a working introduction to analyzing recorded interaction between patients and providers in different health care settings. Participants will learn how to go about making recordings and gain practical experience in transcribing and analyzing them. By the end of this course participants will understand how to apply conversation analytic methods either as standalone projects or alongside other methods in health services research towards the improvement of patient care.

Applications invited for the RCGP Spotlight Project Programme - deadline 15 January 2016

The Royal College of General Practitioners is currently inviting applications to join the Spotlight Project Programme, for a start date of 1 April 2016.

Potential funders are invited to submit proposals for a one year programme of work that will focus on a specific clinical area; improving access to high quality information and guidance on this issue.
The RCGP is a network of more than 50,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. By working with the College, successful applicants will benefit from both its active and engaged membership and its reputation as the guardian of standards for general practice in the UK.
An example of a current programme is the Patient Safety Spotlight Project, supported by the NIHR Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. Outputs from the programme include a toolkit of resources for GPs across the UK and a series of events, such as the one pictured above. Held on 27 November 2015, the event was an opportunity for around 50 primary care professionals to deepen their knowledge of patient safety tools and hear from speakers including Professor Tony Avery, Professor Stephen Campbell and Professor Kadam Umesh.
To apply to the programme, applicants should return the Initial Expression of Interest Form to by 15 January 2016.
If selected to go to the second stage, a more detailed work plan will need to be submitted no later than 15 February 2016.
For more information, please click here or contact Verity Sharp, Senior Programme Officer on
Above: A Patient Safety event held in Kegworth and facilitated by the Vale of Trent RCGP Faculty on Friday 27 November 2015. The day was an introduction to the Patient Safety Toolkit with a specific focus on the Trigger Tool and the Patient Safety Questionnaire, as well as discussion about how the GPs could use the toolkit in their own practices.
The Patient Safety Toolkit, developed by researchers across seven School for Primary Care Research departments, received over 1468 downloads between its launch in August and October 2015. The toolkit is the focus of the RCGP’s Patient Safety Spotlight Project.

Early osteoarthritis of hip and knee priority setting partnership

The James Lind Alliance (JLA) recently launched a Priority Setting Partnership for hip and knee osteoarthritis which dealt with hip and knee replacement surgery, a treatment usually reserved for late stage disease.

A second PSP tackles problems relating to hip and knee arthritis occurring earlier in the development of the disease i.e. leading up to joint replacement. The new PSP will address research needs for any stage of the disease or treatment, except hip and knee replacement surgery. They would now like to know what questions you think we should be working on in the area of Early Osteoarthritis of Hip and Knee. For more information on how you can help follow this

Recent publications


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Launch of Round 6 of the  
NIHR New Media Competition

Interested in communicating the research you do? Then you may like to enter the
New Media Competition which enables you to enthuse audiences
about the research you are involved with.

The category for Round 6 is "Raising awareness of your research". We are looking for films that explain clearly why your research is important, what is actually being done and the impact that it may have or is having. Read more.