School for Primary Care Research August/ September news 
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Significance of primary care
research is emphasised by 
Professor Dame Sally C. Davies 

Professor Dame Sally C.Davies spoke to invited guests and trainees about the significance of primary care research at a dinner to celebrate the School's renewal on 21 September. She illustrated research impact with examples from the School's contributions over the past nine years. The dinner was held at Somerville College, Oxford, after two guest lectures by Chris Ham (The King's Fund) and Graham Watt (Glasgow University). Read more and view pictures

Patient Safety Toolkit

Over the last three years researchers from seven departments within the SPCR have developed, piloted and implemented a 'patient safety toolkit' for general practitioners. The research team was recently selected in the RCGP Spotlight Project competition and a website has been created to host the patient safety toolkit so that the tools can be available to all general practices. The initiative is also supported by the NIHR Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. Read more

The Patient Safety Toolkit can be found here

Related article on RCGP Spotlight competition including Q&A with Tony Avery and Kate Marsden

BARACK-D recruitment exceeds 400

Led by the Primary Care CTU at the University of Oxford's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, and with seven recruitment centres across the country, BARACK D aims to determine whether an established cardiovascular medication, spironolactone, can reduce cardiovascular risk and the decline in renal function. The trial aims to recruit 2910 participants through 300 GP practices across the country.
At the end of September the trial had reached a milestone by recruiting 430 participants. Read more.

Finding symptom relief during periods of delayed antibiotic prescription

A new treatment approach for tackling urinary tract infection has been developed by researchers at the University of Southampton testing a treatment with a long established history in herbal practice. The School funded ATAFUTI study is supporting the trial through quality control analysis, antimicrobial testing of the HMP, and investigation into its mode of action. The clinical trial was developed to find out if either Bearberries or Ibuprofen can be used during a period of delayed antibiotic prescription to provide symptom relief. Read more.

 PRIMER's second Patient Hack Day

Patient Hack Day 2015 took place on 30 September with members of the public pitching their ideas for research projects to an audience of researchers and other public members. After getting into teams the groups used a research tool kit to turn these ideas into early stage research proposals. It provided an opportunity for non-researchers to see how the process of research works and to think about the potential challenges, and for researchers to see the inspiring ideas that the public have based on their real life experiences of interacting with the NHS. PRIMER's website.

Publication wins research paper of the year award

A research paper on cancer co-authored by members of the School, and funded by the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research programme, has won 'Research Paper of the Year' award by the Royal College of General Practitioners. The paper "Preferences for cancer investigation: a vigentte-based study of primary care attendees" was published in The Lancet Oncology in 2014 and highlighted public preference for testing and investigation for cancer even at low levels of risk.

Authors: Jonathan Banks, Sandra Hollinghurst, Lin Bigwood, Tim Peters, Fiona Walters and Willie Hamilton. Fiona Walters is the SPCR training lead for the University of Cambridge. Sandra Hollinghurst received funding for a study looking at the relationship between multimorbidity and use of health care resources in the UK. She also co-supervises SPCR trainee Mairead Murphy. Willie Hamilton convened the School's Cancer theme from 2006 to 2008, when he was based at the University of Bristol.

Supporting friends and family of DV victims

A booklet aimed at helping friends and family members to support victims of domestic abuse has been written by Dr Alison Gregory from the University of Bristol and is being distributed to hundreds of locations across the city. Read more

Reduction in antidepressant prescriptions

Study shows that GPs have responded to the introduction of NICE guidelines and QOF measures that encourage more targeted use of antidepressants, despite antidepressant prescribing in primary care increasing since the financial crisis. Read more.

Congratulations to

Hazell Everitt (Southampton), above, for co-authoring 'The Oxford Handbook of General Practice, 4th edition' awarded highly commended in the Primary Health Care section of the BMA Book Awards. Read more.

Hazel Everitt will also receive the 2016 RCGP John Fry Award for promoting the discipline of General Practice through research and publishing. Hazel will receive her award at the 2016 RCGP Spring Meeting. 

Lily Lai, Andrew Flower, Philip Prescott, Michael Moore and George Lewith (Southampton) on receiving second prize for a poster presentation at the Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCCM) conference on 10 September, for their poster: 'Setting up herbal medicine trials in the United Kingdom: Lessons from a randomised feasibility study for Chinese herbal medicine and polycystic ovary syndrome.'


Evan Kontopantelis (Manchester) and Fiona Stevenson (UCL)
International leadership in primary care programme: as good as it sounds?

Edmore Chamapiwa (Manchester)
Developing your post-doctoral career: The art of communicating your science

Kamal Mahtani (Oxford) This blog has been reproduced (with permission) from #whyGP
#whyGP? How about #whyacademicGP?

Katie Yon and Marta Buszewicz (UCL)
Do junior doctors at Foundation level receive sufficient training about patients presenting with physical symptoms with no clear organic basis?

Jennifer Liddle (Keele)
What is it like to be diagnosed with gout?

If you would like to write a blog for the School, please contact Kate Farrington

NIHR begins roll out of mandatory ORCID iD requirement

As from 23 September 2015, a digital identifier that distinguishes researchers - an ORCID iD - will become mandatory for all new NIHR personal award applications.

An ORCID iD is a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) containing a unique 16-digit number, which is available to researchers through registering on the Open Researcher and Contributors ID (ORCID) repository; an open, not-for-profit, community-driven initiative to resolve authorship confusion in scholarly work. Researchers can use this unique identifier to correctly distinguish their publications and other research activities from others who may have the same, or similar, name. Read more.

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