We were delighted to welcome delegates to our annual showcase at the Wellcome Collection on 13 November. The event was the culmination of some excellent research delivered in 32 parallel orals and four plenaries, 55 poster presentations and a keynote by the Vice-Chair of the RCGP, Professor Martin Marshall.
Highlights show the growing quality and quantity of evidence supporting primary care practice, as well as far-reaching impacts made through policy engagement and public involvement."
- Prof Richard Hobbs, SPCR Director
The welcome address and breakdown of research highlights by the School's Director, Professor Richard Hobbs, was followed by the first two plenaries of the day from Irene Petersen (UCL) and Tony Kendrick (Southampton).
Parallel sessions were divided into eight themes: Chronic disease & Comorbidity, Older people & Ageing, Digital Health, Health Services Delivery, Cardiovascular disease, Evidence Synthesis Working Group, Diagnosis & Education, and Health and Wellbeing.
Delegates were invited to judge the posters this year, making the post lunch poster session a particularly busy area. The final plenaries by Milica Blagojevic-Bucknall (Manchester) and Jenni Burt (Cambridge) closed proceedings.
The atmosphere at the event was enthusiastic with members making the most of the networking opportunities. Every year feedback suggests that these meetings are significant information sharing events and pivotal spaces to discuss future collaborations. The break away rooms were used as meeting areas and a new SPCR working group was conceived during the lunch break - more information about this will be posted soon.
Congratulations to the poster prize winners:
1st: Victoria Welsh (Keele) for her poster 'Multisite pain and falls in older people'
2nd: Nicola Small (Manchester) for her poster 'How was it for you? Developing a participant experience of trials questonnaire: a qualitative study of participant and professional perspectives
3rd: Carol Sinnot (Cambridge) for her poster 'Operatiomal failures in primary care: A critical interpretive synthesis of system-level problems affecting general practitioner's work.
Highly commended went to Laura Swaithes and Annabelle Machin
Final Honours students (above) Jana Bourhill, Charlotte Robinson and Imogen Jury joined us at the event. Jana presented her research in a parallel oral while Charlotte and Imogen presented their posters. They are being supervised by School trainees (past and current) Ben Fletcher, Charlotte Albury and Joseph Lee at the University of Oxford. Read more about the students here.
The event brought delegates from across the School together to share research and reinvigorate opportunities for future collaboration. Thank you to all those who attended and presented. The programme committee deserves a special thank you for reviewing the many abstracts and offering to Chair sessions.