Useful Information

Supporting General Practice careers

Professor Val Wass led a recent task force review to examine what could be done to promote GP careers within medical schools. Academic Primary Care, and the Society for Academic Primary Care, are recognised to play a key role in this agenda. This article outlines the key recommendations from the report and the work that SAPC is doing, in conjunction with partners, to address them.

Applying for a fellowship?

Fellowships are one route to developing a research portfolio towards becoming a leader in health research. They can be a useful way of funding people’s time, research projects and training development. Fellowships are available from a range of funders to support people at different points in their research path. Fellowship support Talking to people who have been through the process of applying and being awarded fellowships as well as talking to people who have helped others develop applications may help you to avoid the common pitfalls and demystify the process. There is a list of SAPC...

First workshop of the Behaviour Change SIG

The Behaviour Change Special Interest group held their first network and training day in October 2016 with a workshop focused on the Person-Based Approach to developing behaviour change interventions in primary care. The workshop was kindly hosted by the University of Southampton with support from the Centre for Clinical and Community Applications of Health Psychology (CCCAHP) and the Academic Unit of Primary Care and Population Sciences (PCPS). Thirty-two academics and six speakers joined Dr. Sarah Tonkin-Crine (Oxford) and Dr. Ingrid Muller (Southampton) from across the country with...

SAPC ASM 2016 highlights and video interviews

The premier primary care research meeting in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC) meeting, was hosted by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Here is a round up of some of the talks that caught Domhnall's attention.

Building an Academic Primary Care Publishing Community

Outlines SAPC commitment to building a community of primary care publishers - optimising the impact of the work we do through collaboration, offering career development opportunities to the APC community, and offering SAPC members benefits eg through reduced open access publishing fees. We start our new round of affiliations with a new partnership with the Journal of Comorbidity

Mentorship feedback - mentees

Quotes from mentees of their experience of the SAPC mentorship programme "It has been invaluable for me – I’ve had a good relationship with my mentor who has understood my needs well. I’ve been through a lot of changes in the past 2 years- having a baby and changing employer, and my mentor’s support has been crucial." *** "I have been very pleased with the way that the mentoring scheme went and I feel that I benefited greatly from being able to discuss work and career-related issues with someone who was not directly involved in my work and had no detailed knowledge of it. Explaining issues in...

Mentorship feedback - mentors

Quotes from SAPC mentors of their experience of the mentorship programme "For me being a mentor is about supporting academic staff to fulfil their potential in their terms. I see my role as facilitative, involving listening, questioning, synthesising and commenting, in that order. I very much enjoy it. Given the very demanding and often insecure environments that many researchers currently work in, helping people to explore their work priorities and goals, whilst at the same time placing them in the context of the rest of their lives, is very gratifying. It also makes you review and reflect...


The Annual General Meeting of the Society for Academic Primary Care will take place from 12.30 to 13.25 on Thursday 7th July 2016 during the 45th Annual Scientific Meeting at Dublin Castle. Here are the papers: Agenda Paper A - draft minutes from AGM 2015 Oxford Paper B - Officers' report Paper Ci - Treasurer's report Paper Cii - Accounts year end 31 May 2016 Paper D - Head of Teaching group report (HoTs), Head of Departments group report (HODs) will be given as a verbal report at the AGM Venue: Poddle Room, Printworks Building, Dublin Castle Copies of all the papers will be handed out at the...

Early careers networking event

19th May, University of Manchester The SAPC early careers working group held their first networking and career development day on the 19th of May, kindly hosted by the University of Manchester. Fifteen researchers and five speakers joined Dr Helen Atherton (Warwick) and Dr Rebecca Morris (Manchester) from across the UK, with attendees coming from as far as Southampton and Glasgow. We kicked things off by getting everyone talking – Joanne Reeve, Chair of SAPC and Associate Clinical Professor at Warwick hosted a session on your ‘2 minute pitch,’ forcing us all to think about how we sell...

SAPC Elevator pitches - Top Tips

Telling someone in three minutes why your work matters is a skill that will be new to many of us. Here we offer a brief introduction to elevator pitches - what they are, how to do them, and why this is an important skill to learn.