Engagement with other organisations

Why is it important for SAPC to engage with other organisations?

Our engagement work supports the aims of the society: to advance primary care through education and research; build and support a vibrant academic primary care workforce; and, create impact through supporting collaborative action. Our engagement activity has an important role in:  

  • Communicating the aims of SAPC
  • Obtaining wider support for and sharing information about the work we do
  • Developing collaborations with organisations who have shared and complementary interests

Who we engage with?

  • Clinicians and clinical academics.
  • Academics. We have long standing relationships with, for example, the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPGRG). We have recently established links with the Scottish School for Primary Care and European Forum for Primary Care and Society for Social Medicine. We aim to continue to strengthen links with medical schools as well as develop links with the newer medical schools to promote general practice and academic primary care.
  • Policy makers (e.g. Health Select Committee Primary Care Inquiry Report)
  • Professional bodies. We have a long standing relationship with the Royal College of General Practice (RCGP), the professional membership body for family doctors in the UK and overseas. RCGP aims to improve patient care, clinical standards and GP training. Working closely with RCGP is imperative in building and supporting a vibrant primary care workforce. A major piece of work on implementing GP scholarship between SAPC and RCGP (led by Prof Jo Reeve) will be launched in early 2018. Heads of Teaching are also working closely with RCGP on promoting GP careers particularly through the College Student Strategy Working Group. We aim to widen our engagement with other health care professional bodies in the next 12 months (e.g. Royal College of Nursing, Royal Pharmaceutical Society). Do get in touch if you have ideas for collaborative working.
  • Media. SAPC is affiliated with Journal of Comorbidity, recognising our common interests in scholarship related to comorbidity and multimorbidity. We also have a good working relationship with the British Journal of General Practice

How do we engage with stakeholders?

  • We hold an annual national conference and regional conferences.
  • We have a number of groups working with different members of the discipline to identify and address career support needs (Academic Clinical Foundation doctors, Primary Health Care Scientists (PHoCUS members and academic GPs).
  • Policy engagement is primarily through activities of the APOSTLE group, a senior leadership group comprising members of SAPC executive committee and Heads of Departments and Heads of Teaching, RCGP/CIRC, NIHR, SPCR and Deaneries.
  • We work with organisations individually to promote each other’s work (e.g. publications and events)

If you are interested in working with SAPC, please contact Sue Stewart (Secretariat) office@SAPC.co.uk or Clare Jinks (Engagement lead) (c.jinks@keele.ac.uk)