February news update from the School for Primary Care Research
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After the release of the REF 2014 results in December, case studies illustrating impact and highlighting the key strengths of individual research projects were published in the Panel Overview Reports by the Higher Education Funding Council for England on 23 January. Read more.

Can collaborative care alleviate depression and anxiety in patients suffering from multimorbidities? 

New research published in the BMJ shows how patients with mental and physical multimorbidity can benefit from integrated models of collaborative care delivered by practice nurses and psychological well-being practitioners in primary care. Read more.

TOAST recruitment target is reached

The Treatment Options without Antibiotics for Sore Throat (TOAST) project, a collaborative study organised through Oxford, Southampton and Bristol Universities, has reached its initial recruitment target of 566 randomized patients across 40 practices on time. Read more.

Some antidepressants may be associated with an increase in suicide and self harm 

Findings from the SPCR funded study published in the BMJ on 18 February indicate 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 more.

£500,000 grant to improve prescribing safety in the East Midlands 

Researchers at the University of Nottingham, responsible for developing and testing the PINCER intervention (an IT-based pharmacist-led intervention which has been shown to reduce prescribing errors in general practices), have secured further funding to improve prescribing safety in the East Midlands. Read more.

The impact of domestic violence on friends and relatives of survivors

The annual South West Public Health Scientific Conference highlighted both service and university based public health research and evaluation from across the South West. Post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Bristol, Dr Alison Gregory, attended the event in Weston-Super-Mare on 3 February where she presented a poster entitled: “It really was a roller-coaster”:  the impact of domestic violence on the adult friends and relatives of survivors. Read more.

How to win at academic presentations: top tips on what to say and how to say it 

Blog by Dr Sarah Knowles

Post-doc research fellow Dr Sarah Knowles' blog was chosen by LSE's The Impact Blog. Organised by the LSE Public Policy Group, the hub encourages debate, shares best practice and keeps the impact community up to date with news and events. It is open to anyone interested in maximising the impact of academic work. Read the blog.

Sitting on the other side of the table
Blog by Dr Amanda Lewis

Dr Amanda Lewis was asked to sit on the interview panel for the NIHR SPCR Launching Fellowship Awards in 2013. She wrote a blog explaining the process and highlighted key aspects to consider when putting together an application and pointers on what to expect from the interview. Read the blog. 

SPCR Studentship and Fellowship Opportunities 

Application information for Studentships, GPCP Fellowships, Post-doctoral Fellowships, and ST3 Academic Clinical Fellowships. is available on the website.

Multimorbidities in older people

Multimorbidities in older people themed call is now open. The NIHR has issued a call for research into the evaluation of interventions or services delivered for older people with multimorbidity.  Multimorbidity is defined as the co-occurrence of two or more chronic conditions in one person.

The closing date for applications is 1pm, 20 May 2015. For further information and to apply, please visit

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Networking and dissemination

Sophie Orton, University of Nottingham, will present 'Smoking in the Home After Childbirth: Prevalence and Determinants’ at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. 25 - 28 February 2015.

Kate Bowker, University of Nottingham, will present 'Changes in the rate of nicotine metabolism across pregnancy: a longitudinal study’, also at the SRNT Annual Meeting in Philadephia.

Janice Atkins, UCL, will present ‘Principal Component Analysis of Dietary Patterns and the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality in Older British Men’
at the Epidemiology and Prevention Conference in Baltimore. 3 - 6 March 2015.

Dan Green, Keele University, will present 'Developing OA phenotypes and predicting changes in hand conditions over time in older people' at the Osteoarthritis Research Society Internation (OARSI) World Seattle. 30 April - 3 May 2015.

SPCR members presenting at the SAPC SW conference in Birmingham, 5 - 6 March 2015

Grace Moran (Oral)
'Missed opportunities to prevent stroke and transcient ischemic attach (TIA) in primary care

Ashley Bryce (Oral)
'Prevalence of, and risk factors for, antimicrobial resistance in paediatric urinary bacteria - a systematic review and meta-analysis'

Alison Gregory (oral)

'On the outside looking in: the shared burden of domestic violence'

Helen Atherton (Elevator pitch)
'Email for clinical communication between healthcare professionals and patients: A Cochrane review update'

Katherine Tucker (Elevator pitch)
'Under pressure: Can self-monitoring of blood pressure in pregnancy be used to detect and manage gestational hypertension? An individual patient data meta analysis'

Sam Watts (Elevator pitch)
'The PROstate Cancer Support Intervention for ACTIVE Surveillance (PROACTIVE): A qualitative pilot feasibility study'

Magdy El-Gohary  (Elevator pitch)
'Liver Disease Early Detection (LDEDs)'

Gemma Lasseter (Elevator pitch)
'Accessing the public's willingness to provide informed consent for their identifiable medical records to be accessed for different types of research'

Susan Kirkpatrick (Elevator pitch)
'Overcoming barriers to anticoagulant therapy in atrial fibrillation: qualitative study within a randomised trial of a reminder system'

Jane Vennik (Elevator pitch)
'Implementing autoinflation as a treatment for glue ear in primary care: A qualitative study using the normalisation process theory'

Mairead Murphy (Elevator pitch)
'Outcomes arising from Primary Care: A Dephi Consensus Study'

Hazel Everitt (Elevator pitch)
'Antibiotics for Insomnia: A Cochrane review'

Lily Lai (Elevator pitch)
'Chinese herbal medicine for oligomenorrhoea and amenorrhoean polycystic ovary syndrome: A randomised feasibility study in the United Kingdom'

Adam Geraghty (Elevator pitch)
'Development of an Internet Intervention for Emotional Distress in Primary Care Patients'

SPCR Annual Trainees' Event

21 and 22 September, St Anne's College, Oxford

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