School for Primary Care Research September news update
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Gaining career insights at the annual
SPCR trainees' event

The annual trainees’ event was well supported this year with over 70 delegates attending a range of talks and poster presentations from 19 to 20 September.

The Queen’s College in Oxford houses a modern lecture theatre set within old stone walled gardens and magnificent 675 year old architecture. Undoubtedly, the popularity of talks such as those given by Sophie Park and Sarah Tonkin-Crine on the academic support offered by Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC); and the career progressions of Elizabeth Murray and Peter Bower, gave the early career researchers much food for thought when considering their own futures. Read about the presentations and the Tweets #spcrtrainees here

Living with multiple health problems launched on 

A new online resource has been launched to help patients with several long term conditions to not only self-manage their treatment approaches across multiple conditions but to help influence the tailored nature of treatment required by NICE in the new guidelines. The research was co-funded by the School for Primary Care Research, the Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, and the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinician Scientist Award. See the resource.

E-cigarettes can help smokers quit

Jamie Hartmann-Boyce was lead author on a recently published updated NIHR Cochrane Review that provides an independent assessment of the best available evidence to date about electronic cigarettes for quitting smoking.
Read the NIHR news
Read the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences news.
Jamie is research associate of the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group and currently a School funded DPhil student.

Long-term sustainability of the NHS 

Professor Kath Checkland, from the University of Manchester's Institute of Population Health, met with a select committee in Parliament on 6 September to provide insights on the long-term sustainability of the NHS. Alongside Sir Muir Gray, Kath responded to questions about the management of multi-morbidity and providing healthcare for the elderly, funding for CCGs, demand management and the integration of healthcare to benefit patients.

View the piece on parliamentlivetv here.

Making better use of blood pressure self-monitoring 

Doctoral researcher Benjamin Fletcher and researchers at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge have had their publication 'Self-monitoring blood pressure in patients with hypertension: an internet-based survey of UK GPs' featured in the August edition of BJGP. The research presents the findings of a survey (with 300 GPs) to assess current practice of using self-monitoring of blood pressure (SMBP) for the control of hypertension. Read the feature here.

NIHR Signal
“Case management” can prevent people with heart failure being admitted again 

Case management that is initiated in hospital and led by specialist nurses may reduce unplanned hospital re-admissions and length of hospital stay for adults with heart failure, say research findings from School funded research recently selected as a NIHR Signal. Read more.

Cancer prevention – developing risk based interventions in primary care 

"I have no doubt that having been awarded the SPCR
award strengthened my application and both feed into
my long-term aim to find ways to incorporate risk
scores for cancer into routine primary care."

Dr Juliet Usher-Smith, Clinical Lecturer at the Primary Care Unit at the University of Cambridge has been awarded a Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Prevention Fellowship of almost £450k for her research entitled 'Developing a very brief intervention to promote behaviour change for cancer prevention in primary care.' Read more.


SPCR members are invited to join Cambridge Primary Care Unit for Professor Mary Dixon-Woods' Inaugural Lecture

‘What’s new (and what isn’t) in improving quality and safety in healthcare’ 

Professor Jonathan Mant, Head of the Primary Care Unit at the University of Cambridge, is delighted to invite NIHR SPCR members to attend the Inaugural Lecture of Professor Mary Dixon-Woods, RAND Professor of Health Services Research.
Tuesday 11th October 2016 at 18:00, in the Martin Cohen Lecture Theatre, Li Ka Shing Centre, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, CB2 0RE -View Map

If you are able to attend, please register, using this quick link: What’s new (and what isn’t) in improving quality and safety in healthcare’

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