We have a mentoring scheme for academics that allows us to help enhance your career. Details of the mentors and their areas of interest are described
Together with Christine Bond , I lead the SAPC Primary Health Care Scientists (PHoCuS) group to provide focus for and support non-medically qualified members of the Society. The request for this group to be established came from two medically qualified SAPC members - Professor Helen Lester and Professor Peter Croft. We have to thank both of them for helping us establish the group, Helen for her vision and belief in the added value PHoCuS members brought to APC and Peter for identifying a start-up fund of £5k. Annual scientific meetings We organise PHoCuS meetings at the SAPC Annual Scientific...
The heads of teaching of general practice and primary care in medical schools in the UK and Ireland
The heads of departments of general practice and primary care in medical schools in the UK and Ireland
SAPC is leading a work stream, in conjunction with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) who are committed to supporting research active general practice ( see document ‘RCGP: The 2022 GP. A Vision for General Practice in the Future NHS’ ). The work stream aims to understand and develop the eGP role and is keen to work in partnership with the wider primary care community.
Speaking to the media can be a particularly effective method to allow your research to reach thousands or even millions of people, through TV, press, blogs and social media. It offers unique opportunities to create public awareness of an issue, help promote informed debate around a topic, raise the profile of work to funding bodies and decision-makers, increase the impact of the research and it may even encourage the next generation of scientists.
The SAPC has strong links with a number of international academic primary care organisations around the world and is open to international membership
Combined clinical and academic training programmes invest in people early in their career who can implement their acquired skills throughout the major part of their career. The valuable translation from practice to research and vice versa becomes a quality inherent in clinician researchers who have finished their combined program. Whilst combined research training in General Practice has developed strongly and consistently over the last decade, compared to other specialities, research capacity remains relatively modest especially at the doctoral level and post-doctoral level.
Public & Patient Involvement (PPI) within academic primary care - This is an important topic in academia to ensure that research remains relevant to the British public and that patients have a say in what researchers work on. SAPC has been involved in a national project to develop a publication that showcases good examples of PPI in primary care research and provide advice and inspiration to others. Led by Benjamin Brown
Next early career networking event for SAPC members 30th January 2018 - sign up SAPC is committed to supporting primary care researchers throughout their career and especially at the earlier stages. We have an early career academic working group, comprised of members of the SAPC executive committee, and external members, both clinical and primary healthcare scientists, researchers and educationalists. We work as a group to ensure that SAPC addresses the challenges facing early career academics in primary care. The group is led by Becci Morris.