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Ten years of primary care evidence

The School celebrated ten years of primary care research at the Wellcome Collection on 22 November. We welcomed delegates from around the country with a programme packed with presentations and discussions about past, present and future research. The showcase highlighted the increased evidence base and impressive impact provided by the School to date as well as research that promises to add a lot more to this in the future.

The School's first Director, Professor Martin Roland, gave the keynote address 'How far has primary care research come and how far does it have to go?' in which he laid out key markers, turning points and the potential challenges for the future of primary care research.

The Welcome, Keynote and two Plenary presentations are available through the links below.

Welcome by SPCR Director, Richard Hobbs
Keynote address by Martin Roland

Plenary 1: Patricia Apenteng. Incidence of Venour Thromboembolism in care home residents
Plenary 4: Richard McManus. Targets and self-management for the control of blood pressure in stroke and at risk groups (TASMIN-SR): A randomised controlled trial.

Happy birthday SPCR 
Blog by Roger Jones, Emeritus Professor of General Practice at King's College London and Editor of the BJGP.

Images taken at the event, courtesy of John Cairns Photography, can be viewed here. These will be made available to download soon.

If you attended the event and didn't get around to completing an evaluation, we would appreciate your feedback. Please download the form here, and return by email or post by Friday 9 December. Thank you.

Care for people with Dementia given by Relatives at the End of life: The CADRE Study

The NIHR's Join dementia research spoke to SPCR funded fellow Dr Nathan Davies at the UCL's Primary Care and Population Health Department to find out more about the CADRE study and how it aims to support the carers of people with dementia. Read the interview


'Doctors as Patients'
Marta Buszewicz, UCL 
Dementia the leading cause of death in England and Wales?? What is really going on?
Nathan Davies, UCL

Tackling antibiotic use during the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week

During the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week (17 - 23 November), Professor Michael Moore contributed to a webinar (run by Public Health England) on 'Assessing the need for antibiotics' available here.

Michael Moore, has been conducting research to trial C-Reactive Protein (CRP) testing in doctors surgeries. It works by taking a small pin prick of blood from the patient and analysing it in around two minutes. The test then gives the doctor (GP) or nurse a better indication of whether antibiotics will clear up the chest infection.

Read the press release from the University of Southampton here.

Paul Little was involved in the TRACE collaborative to investigate the safe and effective management of primary care patients with acute cough while reducing unnecessary antibiotic use. This e-learning resource from TRACE and The Tipping Point features a 10 minute review of the 8 elements for an effective consultation. The intervention has shown to effectively and safely reduce antibiotic prescribing for patients presenting to primary care with acute cough (respiratory infections) in Belgium, England, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Wales.

2016 Lothar Beyer Prize

Professor Christian Mallen is co-author on a paper entitled "The Ariadene principles: how to handle multimorbidity in primary care consultations" awarded the German research prize for outstanding, completed or most advanced research work. The Dr Lothar Beyer Foundation was founded in memory of Dr Lothar Beyer and was established by the German Institute for General Medicine. The subject matter of the research papers for this prestigious German Research Prize for general medicine in 2016, is for outstanding general medical research and general medical education in education and training. 

James MacKenzie lecture: 'A prescription of safe and effective care'

The University of Nottingham's Professor Tony Avery gave this year's James MacKenzie lecture at the Royal College of General Practitioners Annual General Meeting on November 18 with the title: ‘A prescription for safe and effective care’.

The lecture highlighted some of the advances in therapeutics that place GPs at the forefront of reducing morbidity and mortality in the populations they serve. Read more and view the lecture.

Equipping GPs to tackle cancers effectively 

The University of Cambridge's Dr Fiona Walter has researched the detection of melanoma in primary care since 2007, alongside other major studies on the role of primary care in cancer prevention, diagnosis and follow-up care.

Between 2007 and 2010,  Fiona received School funding to conduct the MoleMate Trial to investigate the melanoma. She examined the effect of adding a diagnostic aid, the MoleMate system, to manage suspicious lesions. The findings influenced the revised NICE guidelines for suspected cancer in 2015 and underpinned the development of new approaches to the systematic use of best practice guidelines.

News about her research can be found on the Cancer Group site.

The MoleMate paper Effect of adding a diagnostic aid to best practice to manage suspicious pigmented lesions in primary care: randomised controlled trial won RCGP Research Paper of the Year Award in 2015. 

Driving improvements in primary care at the University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is the world-leader in research that uses the analysis of primary healthcare data to drive improvements in primary care, according to a study published in the journal BMJ Open. 

The investigation into research that uses healthcare data to drive improvements in primary care has shown that the UoN has produced the largest number of research publications using primary care databases of any institution in the world.

Professor Julia Hippisley-Cox, from the University of Nottingham's School of Medicine, was recognised as being amongst the top 10 in the field globally for her work using the QResearch clinical research database to predict risk of serious illness.

Read the paper by Paraskevas Vezyridis and Stephen Timmons
Evolution of primary care databases in UK: a scientometric analysis of research output concluded that the UK 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Glasgow GP Professor Graham Watt, who helped found the 'Deep End' project for practices in deprived areas, was awarded the first-ever ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the General Practice Awards. Professor Watt gave a presentation 'Is academic primary care an oxymoron?' at the School's Guest Lectures in 2015. Read the article in Pulse.

NIHR GMPSTRC Annual Report

The NIHR Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre released its annual report on 29 November. It features the PINCER intervention and Patient Safety Toolkit both developed from School funded studies. The report is introduced by the Director and SPCR training lead Aneez Esmail and includes the multimorbidity theme with led by Peter Bower. Read more.


SPCR researchers presented at the North American Primary Care Research Group conference in Colorado Springs from 12 to 16 November. The Acute Respiratory Infections theme was particularly well supported by SPCR members. These and other presentations can be found here.

Invitation to PhD students

PhD skills workshop on randomised controlled trials
St John’s College, University of Cambridge
21 February 2017

Draft Programme

10.30-11.00  Arrival and tea
11.00-11:30  Introduction to randomised controlled trials

                     Professor Jonathan Mant
11.30-12.00  Limitations and lessons from running a large trial in primary care
                     Professor Simon Griffin    
12.30-13.00  Process evaluation in randomised controlled trials
                     Dr Jenny Burt          
13.00-14.00  Lunch
14.00-14.30  Statistics for randomised controlled trials

                     Dr Katie Saunders
14.30-15.30  PhD student short presentations
15.30-16.00  Tea and networking event


Further information about the event and contact details can be found in the invitation. 

SPCR Studentships in primary care

Applications are invited for this national PhD studentship competition for three year awards from individuals with a strong academic record who wish to develop a career in primary care research. Awards are offered at all the partner universities within the SPCR: Bristol, Cambridge, Keele, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham Oxford, Southampton and University College London. More information

SPCR ST3 entry Academic Clinical Fellowships in primary care

Applications are invited from second-year general practice specialty trainees in English Deaneries (current ST2s) who wish to undertake clinical academic training starting in August 2017. Funding is now available to enable trainees to extend their training by a year, allowing part-time attachment to a University department during the ST3 and ST4 years.More information

NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer 

The Division of Primary Care at the University of Nottingham is recruiting a Clinical Assistant Professor in General Practice.

External Closing Date : 07 Dec 2016

Applications are invited from medically-qualified doctors who seek clinical academic training in General Practice.

The successful candidate in this NIHR funded Clinical Lectureship will work with internationally acclaimed research groups in the University of Nottingham's School of Medicine, in which they will be trained in the latest state-of-the-art techniques to improve health and well-being. Read more.

Yvonne Carter Award for Outstanding New Researcher 2017

The Yvonne Carter Award for Outstanding New Researcher 2017 call for applications is now open. More information

NIHR News and funding opportunities

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