South West Society for Academic Primary Care Regional Meeting 2018
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The South West Regional Meeting of the Society for Academic Primary Care will take place at the University of Plymouth in 2018, hosted by the Community and Primary Care Research Group, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. 

The conference opens at 12:00 on Tuesday 13 March and closes at 14:00 on Wednesday 14 March. 

We are seeking external session chairs. If you are interested, then please contact for more information.

Conference features

  • Oral presentation sessions
  • Poster presentation sessions
  • Elevator pitches
  • PHoCuS Group Meeting (primary healthcare scientists)
  • Conference dinner at the National Marine Aquarium (and optional tour)

Invited keynote speakers

  • Dr Tess Harris, Professor of Primary Care Research, St George's University of London
  • Val Wass OBE, Emeritus Professor of Medical Education, Keele University
  • Gene Feder, Professor of Primary Health Care, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol

Please scroll down for the biographies.

Registration and booking

Register your place via the eStore link above. Please note that space is limited and you are advised to register early to guarantee your place.

Contact for any queries.

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Abstract submission

The theme for the 2018 SW SAPC Meeting is "Building primary care for the future – research, education and practice”.

We particularly welcome applications for clinical, service development, workforce and educational research presentations at the conference.

Oral presentations will be clustered by topic into parallel sessions and are restricted to ten minutes in length, with up to five minutes for discussion. Elevator pitches are restricted to three minutes, with two minutes for discussion. Poster sessions will include opportunities for presenters to give short (one minute) introductions. 

We also encourage abstracts from medical students and others in training and will offer additional opportunities for presentations during the post conference student and trainee workshop. Abstracts from students and trainees can be based on an experience of teaching, service change, audit or clinical work, accompanied by a commentary based on relevant literature. Please contact for more information.

Abstract submission has now closed.

Poster presentations

We encourage poster submissions (A0 portrait) and will display electronic posters on screens throughout the conference. In addition, presenters will have the opportunity to give a short (one minute) introduction to their poster.

What is an elevator pitch?

If you had three minutes in a lift with member(s) of the academic primary care community, how would you convince them to visit you to find out more about your work?

An elevator pitch is a different way of presenting your work – with a different structure, and some different emphasis in content. You have three minutes to explain why your work matters using no more than three slides.

More information about elevator pitches can be found on the SAPC Elevator pitches - Top Tips webpage.

Authors of successful submissions will be informed in January 2018.

Dr Tess Harris 

Professor of Primary Care Research, Population Health Research Institute, St George’s University of London (SGUL) and part-time GP, Sonning Common Health Centre, Oxfordshire

Tess is a member of the Primary Care Epidemiology Group within the research institute, and specialises in primary care trials in physical activity and primary care database research. She was principal investigator on two recent NIHR funded primary care pedometer-based walking interventions, PACE-Lift and PACE-UP which were both effective and cost-effective at increasing physical activity levels in adults and older adults. 

Tess has edited a book on managing older people in primary care, currently sits on three NIHR Trial Steering Committees and also serves on the Primary Care Community Interventions Panel for the HTA Programme of NIHR.

More about Tess on her SGUL profile

Professor Val Wass OBE, FRCGP, FRCP, MHPE, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Medical Education, Faculty of Health, Keele University

Val retired after five years as Head of the School of Medicine at Keele University to take up a consultancy role as Emeritus Professor at Keele.

Originally she worked in Paediatric and Adult Nephrology for ten years before developing a strong interest in holistic generalist patient care and moving to train in General Practice. After 11 years as a GP in Kent she joined Academic Medicine at Guy’s, Kings and St Thomas’s Medical school as a senior lecturer, and then became Professor of Community Based Medical Education, University of Manchester before moving to Keele. 

Val has worked extensively across the UK and in more than 25 countries. She is author of the Health Education England report: By choice not by chance: supporting GP careers in general practice for medical students.

Professor Gene Feder OBE, University of Bristol

Gene qualified at Guy's Hospital medical school, following a BSc in Biology and Philosophy from the University of Sussex. He trained as a GP and was a principal in Hackney for 21 years until moving to Bristol. His research started with the health and healthcare of Traveller Gypsies, followed by studies on the development and implementation of clinical guidelines, management of chronic respiratory and cardiovascular conditions in primary care and health impact of domestic violence. Current research focuses on the healthcare response to domestic violence. Gene’s methodological expertise is in randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews, collaborating with epidemiologists and social scientists on cohort and qualitative studies. He has chaired four NICE guideline development groups and the WHO intimate partner violence guidelines and in 2017 was awarded an OBE for services to healthcare and victims of domestic abuse.

Community and Primary Care Research Group

Our research is conducted through the involvement of practitioners, and the public, who are instrumental in helping to develop focused research questions and in designing projects.

We use a range of research methods, qualitative and quantitative, to solve pressing and often complex research problems. Our research is often directed towards those individuals who are the most excluded or disempowered, have mental health problems and have difficulty accessing services.

Community and Primary Care Research is led and co-ordinated by Professor Richard Byng.

About Plymouth

Plymouth is located on the border between Devon and Cornwall on the south-west coast of England. The region is an area of outstanding natural beauty and amongst the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. Plymouth is a vibrant, compact city by the sea. The University and its facilities enjoy a central city location and thus is within walking distance of hotels and the famous Barbican and Hoe, boasting numerous fine restaurants and pubs, in a rich historical setting.

Conference venue

The University is located at the heart of the city of Plymouth, with excellent rail and road links. The campus boasts an extensive range of modern conference facilities including state of the art lecture theatres, exhibition venues, galleries, meeting and breakout rooms.

The University’s dedicated conference and events team work with delegates to provide a comprehensive support package so that the conference is a success. Our meeting rooms offer the ideal space for focused presentations or group work, away from usual working environments.

Travelling to Plymouth

There are hourly trains from London Paddington that take between 3-4 hours, the driving time is similar.

GWR will be offering discounted conference rail travel to SW SAPC delegates, further information will be available late 2017.

The nearest airports are Exeter and Newquay, both of which are approximately an hour (40-60 miles) away and are near or have access to train stations that have direct links to Plymouth. Bristol airport is two hours away by car or train.

London Gatwick and Heathrow are four hours away by car with good rail and National Express coach service links.

Plymouth also has an international ferry port serving France (Roscoff) and Spain (Santander).


Please note that you will be required to select and pay for your own accommodation separately to your conference package. 

Please see the options below for information on our preferred accommodation partners.

For alternative accommodation options please feel free to have a look at where you will find a wide selection of hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfast accommodation across the city. Please note that preferential conference rates will not be available when selecting alternative accommodation.

Jurys Inn
(50 Exeter Street, Plymouth PL4 0ZA)

Based just a five minute walk from the main conference venue and close to Plymouth Barbican and the City Centre, Jurys Inn is approximately a ten minute walk from Plymouth train station.

  • £80.00 bed and breakfast single occupancy

This may be booked by emailing or calling +44 (0)1752 631000.

Directions to Jurys Inn

Copthorne Hotel
(Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 1AR)

Located just a five minute walk from the main conference venue and five minutes from the train station. This hotel is a two minute walk from the City Centre and ten minutes from Plymouth Hoe.

  • Bed and breakfast: £72.00 (standard room based on single occupancy, car parking and wi-fi)

Delegates can call the hotel on +44 (0)1752 224161 and quote 'University of Plymouth' to make their booking.

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