School for Primary Care Research February news update
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The NIHR at 10

2016 marks a decade since the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) was established. Throughout the last ten years it has contributed significantly to the health and wealth of the nation and is now the most comprehensive research system in the world. Read more.

The School was established soon after the NIHR in 2006 and will hold an event to coincide with wider 'NIHR at 10' celebrations during the year.

The showcase 'A decade of contributing to the evidence base for primary care' will take place at the Wellcome Trust, London,
22 November 2016.

The event aims to foreground high impact research, the successful capacity programme, the growth of the School into a nine department collaboration, and the increasing involvement of patients and the public.

The call for abstract submissions will open shortly.


A short film highlighting some of the key areas of research and training from around the School was produced recently. We would like to thank all those who participated.


SPCR trainees Vlad Berdunov and Dan Green who successfully completed their doctorates.

Eugene Tang, NIHR ACF at Newcastle University won NIHR DTF (Post stroke dementia identification and care of patients at risk of post stroke dementia).

Ben Ainsworth was selected to attend the TUTOR-PHC programme which starts with a trip to Quebec later this year.

Jane Vennik and Trishna Rachod were selected to attend the NIHR Doctoral Research Training Camp in July.


MRC Skills Development Fellowship

Following seedcorn funding from the School in 2015, Dr Luke Munford has successfully won a post-doctoral award from the MRC to research health and well-being in later life through measurement, predictions, and interventions. There is considerable policy interest in the UK and internationally in improving the health and well-being of older people, in part because it is a major driving factor in determining the demand on the health and social care budgets. The fellowship will investigate the health and well-being of the ageing population within the UK. Read more.

One in a Million

Funded by the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, one key output of the One in a Million study led by a team at the University of Bristol has been to create an archive of high quality video recordings, plus survey and electronic patient records data with permissions in place for reuse by other bonafide researchers. Kathrina Connabeer is the first official user: "I am a first year PhD student in the Social Psychology department at Loughborough University..." Read more.


The VOICES study (ViOlence: Impact on Children Evidence Synthesis), hosted at the University of Bristol, is a NIHR School for Primary Care Research funded investigation to find out what the impact of exposure to domestic violence is on children and the implications for a primary care response. The study is pleased to welcome Lisa Arai to the team of researchers next month. Read more.

Helping GPs with the early detection of Cancer

CANcer, Diagnosis Decision rules (CANDID) was the first collaborative project within the School to involve all partner universities. The five year study, led by Paul Little from the University of Southampton, aims to use clinical information from 20,000 patients across England and Wales who visit their GP with possible symptoms of early lung or colon cancer. In Oxfordhsire, 222 patients have been recruited at the Eynsham Medical Centre making them the biggest recruiters in the county to date. Study teams across the country have recruited over 8,200 patients. Read the NIHR Clinical Research Network: Thames Valley and South Midlands. Read more.

Proliferation of private online health companies

Editorial by Jessica Watson, Chris Salisbury, Helen Atherton, John Campbell, Brian McKinstry and Sue Ziebland Read


Johanna Spiers: Using Twitter to recruit to a study

View the study website at the University of Bristol 

Johanna Spiers: Who do GPs go to when they need help?



South West SAPC 2016 Cardiff 1-2 March 2016 - chairing and presentations by:

Nathan Hill, Samantha Williams, Adam Geraghty, Miriam Santer, Katherine Tucker, Richard McManus, Catherine Woods, Michael Moore, Ben Fletcher, Jane Vennik, Alastair Hay, Rupert Payne, Hazel Everitt, Ashley Bryce, Rachel Johnson, Rachel Ryves, Antje Lindenmeyer, Feroz Jadhakhan, Gail Hayward, Alysson Huntley, Matthew Ridd, Beth Stuart, Sara Ryan, Emma Teasedale and Rosie Stanford.

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