March 2016 news update
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Celebrating a decade of
primary care research

Wellcome Trust, London
Tuesday, 22 November 2016

To mark the ten year anniversary of the School, you are invited to share your research with fellow researchers from across the School and invited guests from across the sector.

Call for abstracts is now open

The submission deadline is midday, Monday, 2 May, 2016. 

Find out more and Submit an abstract

We are interested in both completed research and ongoing research projects. From the abstracts submitted, plenaries will be chosen and ten abstracts will be awarded gold status for displaying high impact research conducted thus far. Abstracts are welcomed from work funded or part-funded by the School, or recent work with a major contribution by a funded or part-funded SPCR investigator.


Antibiotic resistance in children is high and associated with previous antibiotic use 

Antibiotic resistance in children with urinary infections is high and could render some antibiotics ineffective as first-line treatments, warns a study published by The BMJ today.

Lead author and School trainee, Ashley Bryce, PhD student at the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol, highlights that “Prevalence of resistance to commonly prescribed antibiotics in primary care in children with urinary tract infections caused by E coli is high, particularly in countries outside the OECD, where one possible explanation is the availability of antibiotics over the counter.” Read the article.The findings have been reported on by high profile press including The Guardian (Antibiotic resistance) Read more.
The Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group (TAG) is surveying researchers, health professionals and the public to identify the unanswered questions about the prevention and treatment of tobacco addiction. Read more 

Cochrane TAG’s “Twentieth Anniversary Priority Setting” (taps) project seeks the views of researchers, health professionals, policy makers, smokers and ex-smokers to determine tobacco research priorities for the next few years - not just for Cochrane TAG, but for the whole research community, and will be published in a reputable journal to help inform future research funding.

Please complete the online survey:

Some anti-depressants may be linked to suicide and higher risks of self-harm

Research at the University of Nottingham suggests that some types of antidepressants may be associated with an increase in suicide and self-harm in people aged 20 to 64 suffering from depression. Read the press release from the University of Nottingham. The article Antidepressant use and risk of suicide and attempted suicide or self harm in people aged 20 to 64: cohort study using a primary care database was published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

How has the management of depression changed since 2006?

In a recent study, researchers at the University of Southampton explored the effects of the economic recession, NICE guidelines, and the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) to find out how the management of depression has changed since 2006.

Millions of anti-depressants are prescribed every year and more than half of people taking them have been doing so for two years or more. How do patients know that it is the right time to stop? Withdrawal symptoms are often confused with a return of the original depression so careful tapering of medication is crucial. Read more. Professor Tony Kendrick was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Inside Health on 8 March.


Implementation science applied to maternal health: tobacco and alcohol use in pregnancy workshop

Montevideo, Uruguay. February 22-25, 2016. Sophie Orton, University of Nottingham


Supporting Research Capacity Building in Sri Lanka

WONCA south Asia region (hosted by the Sri Lankan College of General Practitioners). February 11-16 February, 2016. Toby Helliwel, Keele University

Flipping their learning, and your teaching (UCL Blog)
Melvyn Jones, University College London

If you haven't already seen familiar faces in the NIHR SPCR film, you can view it here.

Expressions of interest to attend the NIHR's 10th anniversary conference 

The NIHR will be showcasing achievements and looking at future plans at the NIHR at 10 Conference on Wednesday 18 May 2016 at the QEII Centre, Westminster, London. They are inviting you to register your interest in attending the NIHR’s 10th anniversary conference Read more.and complete the online form, by Friday 8 April 2016.

Academic Clinical Lecturer Post in General Practice

The Appointments Committee for Clinical Lecturers in the School of Clinical Medicine invite applications for a NIHR Clinical Lecturer in General Practice, in the Primary Care Unit, Department of Public Health and Primary Care to take up the appointment as soon as convenient. Applicants should have had suitable experience and training in General Practice.  They should be of the standing required for an Honorary Contract of Service with the NHS East of England as a Specialist Registrar.  The appointment will be for 4 years. The successful candidate will be recommended for an honorary clinical contract with the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Cambridge and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group or another appropriate NHS body.
The Clinical Lecturer will be required to undertake research, clinical work and training and also teaching duties as assigned by the Head of Department. The field of research will be determined by the successful applicant in discussion with the Head of the Primary Care Unit (Professor Jonathan Mant).
The post is for four years. The successful candidates will need to take up the post by 31 March 2017.
Further information:


Recent publications

Achieving change in primary care—causes of the evidence to practice gap: systematic reviews of reviews Lau R, Stevenson F, Ong BN, Dziedzic K, Treweek S, Eldridge S, Everitt H, Kennedy A, Qureshi N, Rogers A, Peacock R, Murray E, (2016), Implementation Science, 11:40

Understanding tensions and identifying clinician agreement on improvements to early-stage chronic kidney disease monitoring in primary care: a qualitative study Simmonds R, Evans J, Feder G, Blakeman T, Lasserson D, Murray E, Bennert K, Locock L, Horwood J. (2016), BMJ Open Renal Medicine, 6:3

Drugs for smoking cessation Hartmann-Boyce J. (2016), BMJ, 352

Antidepressant use and risk of cardiovascular outcomes in people aged 20 to 64: cohort study using primary care database Coupland C, Hill T, Morriss R, Moore M, Arthur A, Hippisley-Cox J. (2016), BMJ

‘She believed in me’. What patients with depression value in their relationship with practitioners. A secondary analysis of multiple qualitative data sets Percival J, Donovan J, Kessler D and Turner K. (2016), Health Expectations, DOI: 10.1111/hex.12436

Primary healthcare practitioners' diagnostic and antibiotic prescribing decisions in children's consultations for respiratory tract infections Horwood J, Cabral C, Hay AD. (2016), BJGP

Are topical antibiotics an alternative to oral antibiotics for children with acute otitis media and ear discharge? Venekamp RP, Prasad V, Hay AD., (2016), BMJ, 352

A cohort study of trends in the prevalence of pregestational diabetes in pregnancy recorded in UK general practice between 1995 and 2012 Coton SJ, Nazareth I, Petersen I. (2016), BMJ OPen, 6: 1

Does collaborative care improve social functioning in adults with depression? The application of the WHO ICF framework and meta-analysis of outcomes Hudson JL, Bower P, Archer J, Coventry PA. (2016), Journal of Affective Disorders, 189, 379 - 391

NIHR identity guidelines

Important information about press releases


The new NIHR identity guidelines will be made available soon. Included in the guidelines is information about issuing press releases and the procedures to be followed.

This is an important reminder that press releases for NIHR SPCR funded work should be approved by the NIHR. Notification of a press release should be sent via the School's Communications Officer Kate Farrington to the NIHR at least 28 days before it is issued and a draft of the release should be sent at least 14 days beforehand. It is important that funding is acknowledged early on in the release and the NIHR boilerplate and notes to editors included at the end. Thank you.
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