Useful Information

Start a Special Interest Group - SIG

If you have an idea for a SIG, you need to submit an application form to SAPC Executive. The proposal must come from an SAPC member. Your application should detail why the topic is relevant to primary care/academic primary care, and why establishing a SIG would be supportive/necessary to take the work forward.

List of Mentors 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

Support for non medical members - the PHoCuS group

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...

Heads of Teaching (HOTs)

The heads of teaching of general practice and primary care in medical schools in the UK and Ireland

Heads of Department (HODs) group The heads of departments of general practice and primary care in medical schools in the UK and Ireland

How we support GPs with extended roles

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.

Top tips for Media Engagement

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.

Academic careers for GP trainees: an introduction

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.

Patient and Public Involvement in Academic Primary Care

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