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A partnership and panel event to support School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) FR15/16 applications.


Between 12th-14th July I had the opportunity to attend the Eighth NIHR Doctoral Training Camp in Leeds. This three-day camp involved meeting and working with other trainees from Research Centres and Schools within the NIHR.


In a move to promote best practice in public involvement, the SPCR has funded six pilot ‘pre-grant’ involvement workshops to support potential FR15 and FR16 funding bids.


I heard about this workshop after helping out Bethany Bareham at a training event for PGR students in Newcastle University (read about it here). I found one of the issues raised in that event with regards to how to engage with a bigger variety of people during PPI activities fascinating.


Two individuals are paid for by the SPCR to attend the Oxford Leadership Programme every year. This year researchers Drs Alyson Huntley and Sarah Tonkin-Crine attended the first week of events at St Hughes' College, Oxford, this year. This is what they had to say:


For 25 years, I have been a frustrated researcher. Like many, I came into the field of research to make a difference. But as the years passed, I realised that research had little influence on healthcare policymaking or practice.


The SPCR recently hosted 6 workshops to promote patient and public involvement in the early stages of study design, to support potential FR15 and 16 funding bids. One such workshop titled 'Clinical trials- online recruitment and electronic health records' was attended by public contributor Eric Deeson, who has written about his experiences on the day.


Increasing multimorbidity and the rising numbers of guidelines focussing on how to treat specific medical conditions have led to widespread polypharmacy (the use of multiple medications in one individual).


My cohort consisted of 14 trainees including myself, with participants from all over Canada and also two from Australia. We were from a wide range of backgrounds – psychology, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, family medicine, health services research – which made for some really interesting discussions.