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SAPC North and the new SAPC Northern Powerhouse

This year's Northern SAPC Conference saw the beginning of a new initiative - the SAPC Northern Powerhouse. The SAPC NPO is a network of networks - bringing together SAPC departments of Academic Primary Care within partners engaged in primary care schoalrship from across our region. To drive collaborative innovations in education and research that deliver sustained and sustainable primary care excellence.

So you want to be...an expert medical generalist

Tell someone you are training to be a doctor, and the response is often, “what will you specialise in?” Many doctors specialise in the management of specific conditions (e.g. diabetes or cancer) or of organ systems (e.g. cardiology, urology). But growing proportions of patients have problems that don’t fit neatly into these biomedically defined categories. Which is why we also need doctors who specialise in whole person medicine . These are doctors with the distinct skills and expertise of medical generalism [1]. Skills that enable them to safely construct robust, individually-tailored, whole-person explanations of illness experience; and so implement person-centred healthcare designed to enhance health-related capacity for daily living [2]. The NHS Long Term Plan [3] recognises that changes in our population – including growing numbers of older people living with (often multiple) chronic illness - mean we need to expand our capacity for medical generalist practice within modern healthcare – both in hospital and primary care settings. So what is medical generalism? What does the medical generalist do? What skills do they use to practice? And what do you need to know if you are interested in working as a medical generalist? This essay offers an introduction to how you can use your medical training to find out more about this most intellectually stimulating area of medical practice. It forms part of the Undergraduate Curriculum Guidance produced by SAPC and RCGP

2020 Baby friendly conference

The SAPC ASM 2020 will be the first SAPC ASM to be truly baby friendly. The whole conference will be baby friendly. In addition, there will be a dedicated fun baby room for parents and their babies, including: Soft play by Bounce and Wobble Baby changing facilities Separate private baby feeding space Live streaming of the main plenary sessions on a large screen Registered delegates will be able to bring a companion to aid you with your little ones whilst you attend sessions. There will be a separate free companion ticket and baby ticket (so we have an idea of numbers). The companion ticket...

2020 Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission deadline 16th February 2020 The University of Leeds, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, is hosting the annual SAPC conference, which showcases the latest research and education in academic primary care. You can share your work through: Presentations: long orals (15 min slots: 10 min presentation + 5 min Q&A) or short orals (5 min slots: 3 min presentation + 2 min Q&A) - review criteria - abstract submission form - word count up to 450 words excluding title and authors to submit a presentation abstract please set up a user account when prompted once you click on...

Paper published in BJGP - Teaching medical students in general practice is seriously underfunded

Authors: Joe Rosenthal, Robert K McKinley, Chris Smyth, John Campbell Although there is a standard national tariff for undergraduate teaching in hospitals, arrangements for teaching students in general practice are made locally, and vary widely across the UK. At a time of difficulty in recruiting new entrants to general practice, students‘ experiences of high-quality clinical placement in general practice are important in achieving greater interest in general practice as a career, but the workforce crisis is adding further pressure to these arrangements. Professor Joe Rosenthal and colleagues...

Reflections on a wonderful Annual Scientific Meeting

As incoming Chair of SAPC, I would like to reflect on what was a very successful ASM in Exeter. Thank you to Professors John Campbell, Jose Valderas, Willie Hamilton and their organising team for putting on a great event in glorious surroundings – and the sun helped! There were a number of highlights for me – firstly the Helen Lester Memorial Lecture given by Professor Gene Feder OBE (University of Bristol) presenting his programme of work on domestic violence. The second highlight was joining in the ‘NHS Big Cuppa’, on Friday 5th July, raising money for NHS charities. We raised £53.44, so...

2019 pitches

Guidance for making your pitch You can use slides as you wish, but you will not be allowed more than 3 minutes. Please save your slides in format 16 x 9. These can be emailed to office@sapc.ac.uk before 20th June. If you also have a poster please don’t just have a slide with your poster on as it is unlikely to be clear enough for the audience to see. Keep it simple Focus on one point and explain why it is important Consider which bits of methods are really important for the audience to know and stick to those. It is probably not very much. Don't Think just because you have put your talk on...

Education programme at SAPC ASM 2019

We are really pleased that teaching, training and educational research are so well represented at this year’s conference. Primary care educational research is clearly gaining in sophistication, strength and impact, with positive developments in terms of multi-institution work and collaborative focus on common goals. For example, research on the importance of authenticity and continuity in medical education and the role of medical schools in enhancing recruitment. This new vigour has in no small part been spearheaded by the enthusiasm and commitment of the Heads of Teaching at all UK medical...

SAPC Elections 2019

Seeking SAPC executive committee members In 2019, we will be holding an election for two general member places on SAPC Executive , to serve from July 2019-2022. Exeutive Members James Prior and Suzanne Richards' terms are due to end at the AGM in July 2019. They have both indicated that they would like to stand for re-election. We are delighted that Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham , Vice-chair will become Chair at the AGM in July 2019. The Executive team lead the work of SAPC to raise the profile of Academic Primary Care, build a vibrant workforce by helping people Get In and Get On in APC, and...

SAPC Principal Investigator of the Year Prize

The deadline for entries is 31st March 2019 How good is your Principal Investigator? It’s competition time! Here at SAPC, the search is on for the best, the most dedicated, and the most successful primary care Principal Investigator. But we’re not interested in grants, or papers, or prizes. Oh no: we’re interested in something much more important than that. We want to find the star PI who provides exceptional support, leadership and encouragement for their team through the highs and lows of research, careers and life. Does your PI pay particular attention to facilitating opportunities for...

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