School for Primary Care Research October/November update.
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Renewed membership and funding for the
School for Primary Care Research

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has announced the new membership for its School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) with funding of over £30 million, over the next five years, to support the next phase of the
NIHR SPCR research and capacity programme. Read more.














NAPCRG 2014 in New York's Times Square!

Researchers and trainees will be representing the SPCR at the NAPCRG annual meeting in New York this week, and those whose publications were chosen as NAPCRG 'PEARLS' earlier this year will be presented with their awards at the prestigious international event.  See who is attending.

Recognition for outstanding research

Congratulations to SPCR researchers Anthony Harnden and Dan Lasserson who are now Professor and Associate Professor respectively. Read more.


SPCR study pivotal in leveraging further funding for COPD and co-moribidities 

Using clinial coding strategies that were developed in a School funded study, researchers have developed a longitudinal study to examine the effects of co-morbidities on COPD outcomes over a three year period. Read more.

PINCER intervention - an effective method for reducing a range of commonly made medication errors

Since the publication of the PINCER trial in The Lancet, researchers at the University of Nottingham in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Manchester, have secured further external funding to refine aspects of the PINCER intervention and increase the feasibility of large-scale rollout. Read more.

Maximising the capacity of PRO data to inform patient care

Recent SPCR funded research published by the Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO) Research Group, University of Birmingham, highlights a worrying lack of consistency in the design of trials that include PROs and potential research waste. Read more.

Improvements to primary research at the

Researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a search filter in MEDLINE (OvidSP) to assist healthcare professionals to promptly identify research studies relevant to particular areas in primary care. The findings have recently been published in Family Practice. Read more.

The role of the carer in supporting victims of domestic violence 

Friends and relatives have the potential to play a really valuable role in the lives of domestic violence survivors; research has shown that positive informal support can buffer against negative impacts on survivors' health, well-being and quality of life and can even be protective against future abuse.Read more.

Defining the prognostic value of the morning blood surge in clinical practice

Heart attacks and strokes occur more commonly in the morning hours. The reason for this is unknown but some researchers have suggested that the increased risk of heart attack and stroke may be caused by a much greater than normal rise in blood pressure just after waking – ‘An exaggerated morning blood pressure surge’. Read more.

Lee Lusted Award at the SMDM conference

Doctoral student Caroline Vass from the University of Manchester won the Lee Lusted Award in the Preference Assessment category for her poster at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making conference in Miami. Read more.


Going up - Elevator pitch prize

Elevator pitch by Daniel Green wins second prize at the MRC and NIHR Symposium. Read more


Patient and Public Involvement: Case Studies in Primary Care Research  has been published in time for the NIHR INVOLVE conference at the end of November. 

The booklet was developed to co-ordinate examples of involvement and engagement activities within primary care. Researchers from across the NIHR were asked to submit examples of where PPI had made a positive impact on their research.  Read more.


New SPCR blogs from

Derek Kyte (Birmingham)
International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) Conference in Berlin

Hilary Davies (UCL)
International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology and Therapuetuc Risk Management (ICPE) in Taipei
SPCR blog
SPCR research impact and PPI posters displayed at the showcase can now be viewed on the website.


News and Funding Opportunities

NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) November e-newsletter.

NIHR workshop on multimorbidities in older people Researcher briefing event

27 January 2015


INVOLVE 2014: Changing Landscapes, 26 and 27 November 2014. Register

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