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Sept/Oct 2014

SPCR showcase

The second National Institute for Health Research School for Primary Care Research (NIHR SPCR) showcase took place on 26 September. Focusing on the theme of the event 'Promoting excellence and impact', presentations drew on the work of researchers and trainees from the eight member departments. 

"... sessions highlighted many of the tensions surrounding impact, focussing on how to create meaningful impact while maintaining a degree of pragmatism, and cautioning the necessity to reserve enough time for research into areas that drive you rather than those driven by the big funders."  Jamie Hartmann-Boyce and Brian Nicholson, Read more in the SPCR blog

The evaluations received point to two key strengths: the showcase brought together researchers from a diverse range of subjects and expertise; and, it saw a extremely strong representation of presentations from SPCR trainees. Read more. If you haven't yet completed an evaluation form, we would be very grateful for your feedback on the event. Evaulation form.
More showcase photos

SPCR Trainees' Annual Event

St Anne's College was the setting for the SPCR Trainees' Annual Event on Thursday  25 September. Poster presentations were interspersed with talks about funding by Drs Helen Harris-Joseph (NIHR Trainees Co-ordinating Centre, TCC) and James Sheppard (Oxford's Nuffield Department for Primary Care Health Sciences). Recruitment in Primary Care was discussed by Dr Rhian Hughes (Keele University) and trainees Dr Jane Vennik (University of Southampton) and Kieran Ayling (University of Nottingham). Read more.

RCGP Research Paper of the Year awarded to publication on long-term conditions in BMJ

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Research Paper of the Year (2013) in the Primary Care, Public Health, Service Delivery and Musculoskeletal category,was awarded to researchers from the Universities of Manchester, Keele and Southampton for their publication 'Implementation of self management support for long term conditions in routine primary care settings: cluster randomised controlled trial'. The paper was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) earlier this year and the award presented to co-author Anne Kennedy at the RCGP Annual Conference on 2 October. Read more.

Closing the second 'translational' gap between evidence and practice

The focus of the From Evidence to Practice: Implementing change in Primary Care workshop was to discuss the challenges within primary care of how to close the gap between evidence and practice. Designed for clinicians, health care professionals, health services managers, policy makers and academics, the event presented the findings of a two-year School funded study jointly led by Professors Elizabeth Murray and Pauline Ong. The event was organised by the E-Health Unit, Department of Primary Care and Population Health at UCL and the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre, Keele University.  Read more.

Why not become a reviewer for the BJGP?

The British Journal of General Practitioners would like to expand its database of clinical and non-clinical academic primary care reviewers. We are particularly keen to involve the new generation of primary care researchers in the Journal, and contributing to the peer review process is an important way of shaping the research future. Information and guidance about peer review can be found on the BJGP website, including a guide to critical appraisal. The BJGP now offers feedback to reviewers to help them improve their reviewing skills.

 Please consider registering with the BJGP as a reviewer, through our new website

OSAC trial is close to recruitment target 

Researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Oxford, Nottingham and Southampton have made great progress on the Oral Steroids for Acute Cough (OSAC) trial. The project tests the hypothesis that oral corticosteroids tablets (prednisolone) can reduce the duration of moderately bad or worse cough, and the severity of the unpleasant symptoms associated with a lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI). Read more.

One In A Million: A study about primary care consultations

A research team at the University of Bristol has embarked upon a study funded by the School to explore the potential links between the ways that different treatments are recommended during consultations and patient enablement and subsequent adherence to those recommendations. Read more.

Recent publications

Measuring experiences and outcomes of patient safety in primary care: a systematic review of available instruments. Ricci-Cabello I, Gonçalves DC, Rojas-García A, Valderas JM. Family Practice.

What is the current NHS service provision for patients severely affected by chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis? A national scoping exercise. McDermott C, Al Haddabi A, Akagi H, Selby M, Cox D, Lewith G.  BMJ Open. 
Increased risk of vascular disease associated with gout: a retrospective, matched cohort study in the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink. Clarson LE, Hider SL, Belcher J, Heneghan C, Roddy E, Mallen CD. Annals of Rheumatic Diseases.
The need for improved identification and accurate classification of stages 3-5 chronic kidney disease in primary care: retrospective cohort study. Jain P, Calvert M, Cockwell P, McManus RJ.  PLoS ONE.

Clear Migrant Definitions  and Classifications Important for Research on Violence Against (Im)Migrant Women? Khelaifat N, Shaw A, Feder G. Arts and Social Sciences Journal.

Observational longitudinal cohort study to determine progression to heart failure in a screened community population: the Echocardiographic Heart of England Screening Extension (ECHOES-X) study. Taylor CJ, Roalfe A K, Tait L, Davis RC, Iles R, Derit M, and Hobbs FDR, BMJ

Cost-effectiveness of a pharmacist-led information technology intervention for reducing rates of clinically important errors in medicines management in general practices (PINCER). Elliott RA, Putman KD, Franklin M, Annemans L, Verhaeghe N, Eden M, Hayre J, Rodgers S, Sheikh A, Avery AJ, Pharmaeconomics.

Addressing the evidence to practice gap for complex interventions in primary care: a systematic review of reviews protocol. Lau R, Stevenson F, Ong BN, Dziedzic K, Eldridge S, Everitt H, Kennedy A, Kontopantelis E, Little P, Qureshi N, Rogers A, Treweek S, Peacock R, Murray E. BMJ Open.

All SPCR articles should be approved by the NIHR Clinical Commissioning Facility (CCF) before they are published. Please send your articles to Claire Vaughan.


The NIHR Hub is being used by the SPCR to promote internal communications, initially between administrators. We have a School drive which includes administrative material such as SPCR poster and PPT templates, and the NIHR logo. The administrative leads in each department have a NIHR Google address and are able to access these files. Please contact Kate Farrington to sign up to the Hub or for more information.
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