June 2016 news update
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Leadership and impact at SAPC ASM 6-8 July

A great line up of SPCR research is scheduled at this year's SAPC ASM including results from over thirty five SPCR funded studies. In addition to the plenary,poster and elevator pitches, School members will be chairing sessions, workshops and special interest groups.

SIG leads include Rebecca Morris (Patient and public involvement and participatory research approaches in academic primary care); Ingrid Muller and Sarah Tonkin-Crine (Behaviour change); Sophie Park and Nada Khan (Education research); Jo Protheroe (Health Literacy); Gill Rowlands, Chris Salisbury, Matt Ridd (Personal care: Continuity of care); Fiona Stevenson (Interactive workshop with Roger Jones on getting qualitative research into print).

Find out more about what delegates can look forward to here.

Professor Debbie Sharp awarded OBE 

Professor Debbie Sharp has been awarded an OBE for services to primary care in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Debbie is Professor of Primary Health Care in the Centre for Academic Primary Care. at the University of Bristol. She was previously Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer at the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’ in the Department of General Practice, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry.

She took up the foundation chair in Primary Health Care in Bristol in 1994, the first woman to be appointed to a substantive chair in medicine in Bristol and built up a world-class department over the next sixteen years.

One of her greatest successes has been developing a cohort of young academic GPs and seeing them flourish. She took the Centre for Academic Primary Care into the NIHR School for Primary Care where it has continued to prosecute internationally recognised research. Read the full press release from the Centre for Academic Primary Care.

Read the full Birthday Honours list

New Regius Professorship awarded in recognition of high quality research 

World leading research on ageing at Newcastle University's Institute for Ageing was recognised by the Queen as part of her 90th birthday celebrations. A new Regius Professorship was created, one of twelve in the country, which recognises exceptionally high quality research.

Professor Louise Robinson, Director of the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, said: “I am delighted that we are able to join in the celebrations for Her Majesty’s 90th birthday with this award of a Regius Professorship in Ageing to Newcastle University. 

“It celebrates the increasingly important role of research into how we can help people age healthily and the breadth and depth of ageing-related research led by Newcastle University Institute for Ageing.” Read the full press release from Newcastle University.

Patient Safety Toolkit shortlisted for Patient Safety Award 

The Patient Safety Toolkit, developed, piloted and implemented by researchers across seven School for Primary Care Research departments, has been shortlisted for the 2016 Patient Safety Awards, in the 'Improving Safety in Primary Care' category.

Professors Tony Avery (University of Nottingham) and Stephen Campbell (Greater Manchester PSTRC) presented the Patient Safety Toolkit to a judging panel in London on 8 June. The winner will be announced on 5 July at the conference in Manchester. In a press release, the Patient Safety Awards said "An extraordinary high-standard of entries were submitted for this year’s awards, which demonstrates the continued commitment to improving patient safety. There were over 650 submissions, of which 170 made it to the final cut, which means that there is fierce competition for these coveted awards." Read more

President's Doctoral Scholar 

Yumna Masood has been selected as the Faculty of Medicine's 2016 President's Doctoral Scholar at the University of Manchester. Yumna will be a SPCR funded doctoral student starting at the Centre for Primary Care, University of Manchester, in October this year. Her main research interest lies in the field of primary care and community mental health. Read more.

Confidentiality, continuity of care and treatment-related safety emerge as cross-cutting major threats to patient safety 

By exploring patients’ perceptions and experiences, researchers have identified a wide variety of factors perceived to impact on patient safety in primary care. The findings of a recent study published in Family Practice could help to better understand patient safety in primary care, as current frameworks are largely based on health professionals’ perspectives. Read more
Above: Ben Ainsworth "The sun came out on the final day during a great seminar on how to effectively involve patients in research, so we took the opportunity for a trainee photograph."



The ‘TUTOR-PHC’ Experience: Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research – Primary Health Care 2016.
Ben Ainsworth


EULAR 2016 - a primary platform to exchange scientific and clinical information
Shula Baker

SAPC's first early careers networking event

The SAPC early careers working group held their first networking and career development day on the 19th of May, kindly hosted by the University of Manchester.

Fifteen researchers and five speakers joined Dr Helen Atherton (Warwick) and Dr Rebecca Morris (Manchester) from across the UK, with attendees coming from as far as Southampton and Glasgow. Read more.

EULAR 2016 

The EULAR Annual European Congress of Rheumatology took place in London from 8 to 11 June this year aiming to improve interaction between patients, medical doctors, scientists, health professionals.The core science activity was poster presentations and poster tours and one of these was presented by SPCR trainee Shula Baker from Keele University. She presented her PhD study on social paticipation as an effect mediator in the association between musculoskeletal pain and mental health. "I found it inspiring to get such a diverse range of health professionals, patient advocates and researchers who share a common interest in rheumatology together in one place." Read Shula's blog here.

James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership on primary care patient safety

  • Do you use or provide primary healthcare services (such as a GP, community nurse, pharmacist or dentist)?
  • Are you interested in patient safety?  
  • Do you want to have your say? 
If so, the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC and James Lind Alliance invite you to take part in a new research project which will gather and prioritise ‘unanswered’ questions about patient safety in primary care.
Taking part is simple: all you need to do is complete a short online questionnaire.

Please see for more information.

Safer Primary Care: A shared responsibility for system-wide learning

7 – 8 March 2017 | Manchester, UK

The NIHR Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, in partnership with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and The University of Manchester is pleased to announce its flagship event, “Safer Primary Care: A shared responsibility for system-wide learning”, taking place in Manchester on 7 and 8 March 2017. This will address recent developments in patient safety in primary healthcare services and the Greater Manchester PSTRC’s research outcomes over the last five years.
Confirmed speakers include:
  • Professor Anthony Avery, GP and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham
  • Professor Richard Roberts, GP and international expert and consultant on health system reform and primary care redesign based at the University of Wisconsin and former President of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA)
  • Professor Aziz Sheikh, Professor of Primary Care Research and Development and Co-Director of Medical Informatics, The University of Edinburgh
  • Charles Vincent, Professor of Psychology at the University of Oxford, NIHR Senior Investigator and Emeritus Professor Clinical Safety Research, Imperial College London
Call for papers
Papers and posters will be invited from researchers, healthcare professionals and PhD students with an interest in patient safety in primary care. Submission areas will be wide, to include general practice, informatics and medication safety.
Registration and abstract submission will open in late August. Further information on the registration and abstract submission process and a draft programme is now available on the dedicated website.

Follow the PSTRC’s Twitter account @GM_PSTRC (#SaferPrimaryCare) for further updates.
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