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After two intense days of presentations, networking and tweeting at the South West SAPC conference in Bristol, SPCR researchers left the event with a couple of lucrative awards.

SWSAPC provides a wonderful opportunity for each department to showcase their research and to foster collaborative relationships between institutions. - Lily Lai

Sam Watts, researcher at the University of Southampton, has been named the 'Young researcher of the year'. Sam’s feasibility study on the design and evaluation of a psychological support intervention for managing distress in prostate cancer formed part of his PhD studies. Sam is currently trialling the intervention at the Urology Department at University College London Hospitals NHS Trust.

One of two 'Best poster' prizes was awarded to Alison Gregory from the University of Bristol for her poster "It really was a roller coaster”: the impact of domestic violence on the survivor’s social network.  Alison's doctorate research explores the health and wellbeing implications for friends and family members of domestic violence survivors. 

The School's presence was given a boost by trainee Lily Lai, who not only presented her doctorate work, Chinese herbal medicine and polycystic ovary syndrome: A randomised feasibility study in the UK (ORCHID study), she also participated as the School's social media representative and kept everyone informed of latest developments with regular tweets.

Lily spoke about the opportunity to meet and share research, "As a SPCR-funded PhD student, I found it particularly helpful to discuss my research area with fellow primary care researchers and to see the clear impact that funding from the School was demonstrating in the wider research community.  Next year's SWSAPC will be held in Birmingham and will be, I am sure, yet another great opportunity for SPCR to showcase their work to the community!"

Researcher Katherine Tucker from the University of Oxford presented her study on self-monitoring of blood pressure in pregnancy to doctors and experts in the field of hypertension. Her project considers the self-measuring of blood pressure in a home setting that will allow pregnant women multiple measurements with little or no disturbance of lifestyle. Reflecting on the conference, Katherine said it was Clare Goyder's presentation that most impressed her "she gave a very eloquent talk at the prize plenary session about diagnostic error and improving the decision making process to minimise this."