South West Society for Academic Primary Care Regional Meeting 2018

SAPC are keen to encourage as many people as possible to attend the Annual Scientific Meeting 2018 but realise that there are often financial constraints on departments and individuals in paying for the conference registration.

They have therefore identified a funding source within SAPC reserves that would allow the Society to provide a complementary registration at the ASM for one attendee at each regional SAPC conference.  This should be used to send a promising early career researcher to the ASM and it is hoped that these individuals can be identified through an outstanding oral presentation at the regional meeting. 

The prize winner will be the presenter and main author of the paper and should have no more than three years (whole time equivalent) research experience.

The South West Regional Meeting of the Society for Academic Primary Care took place at the University of Plymouth on 13-14 March 2018, and was hosted by the Community and Primary Care Research Group, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. 

Professor Jo Thomson-Coon's PowerPoint presentation, given during the Primary Healthcare Scientists (PHoCuS) group meeting on 'How to write a successful blog and make sure people read it' can be downloaded via the above link.

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)
  • SAPC run/jog - 07:15-07:45 on Wednesday 14 March

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

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Abstract submission

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

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

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

We also encouraged abstracts from medical students and others in training and offered additional opportunities for presentations during the post conference student and trainee workshop. Abstracts from students and trainees could 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.

Poster presentations

We encouraged poster submissions and displayed electronic posters on screens throughout the conference. In addition, presenters had 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.

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.

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 coordinated by Professor Richard Byng.