On Saturday 18th September 2021, I attended the Student Symposium for Research in General Practice (SSRGP), a virtual conference organised by students, for students, in support by the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). The day was designed to be an introduction to the world of research and academia in general practice and to help break down barriers for students to enable them to get involved in research.
A periodic look into what the team at SAPC is upto.
A note on resilience
For many of us, the last year has been a challenging one, whether at work or at home, as we faced the reality of a pandemic like no other.
Another year, another conference! The last time I attended a SAPC conference was the regional South-West one that we hosted in Bristol – about a week before the first lockdown kicked in, and normality abruptly ended. Indeed, I suspect it was actually the last big face-to-face meeting many of us attended. This time, Leeds beckoned. But rather than jumping on the train to the “grim north”, I descended the stairs to my rather grimmer basement (yes, my wife has kicked me out the dining room), for two days of online conference. What to expect?
I am delighted to have been awarded the SAPC PhD Prize 2021. As a Health Psychologist and Behavioural Scientist, one of my research interests is in how routine medical services and procedures can impact on mental wellbeing and health behaviours. Often, my work means working collaboratively with a range of stakeholders in policy, primary care, and population health.
Over the last four years, I’ve been focussing on the psychological impact of women receiving different test results at cervical cancer screening.
I attended the SAPC Primary Care Mental Health conference for the first time on 26 May 2021. Having attended a few conferences and events online over the last year, I have found they generally work well with online platforms and this was no exception. It was great to have a chance to present an update of my work, and answer some of the great questions that followed. It was even better to listen to a series of fantastic presentations and keynotes from peers and leading primary care researchers.
The contribution of patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE) in the Primary Care Mental Health conference, May 2021
The need for new approaches to undergraduate teaching in general practice was brought starkly into focus by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. A range of novel educational resources, developed by SAPC Heads of GP Teaching (HoTs), in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Medical Schools Council (MSC), has proved invaluable in supporting medical students’ learning in general practice.
Members of the SAPC Mental Health Special Interest Group (MH SIG) ‘met’ virtually for an hour on 5th February 2021. This informal meeting was attended by 13 primary care academics. The aim of these virtual meetings is to bring together academics with an interest in primary care mental health in order to discuss ideas for future research, present ongoing work and provide a forum for support.
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has been commissioned by NHS England to accredit GP practices as 'veteran friendly'. Being accredited means that a practice can better identify and treat veterans, refer them, where appropriate, to dedicated NHS services.
Looking back on what has been a challenging year, I am sure we are all ready for a break, and I do hope everyone is able to get some down-time, hopefully with people who are special to you (within COVID-19 restrictions).
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic so many of our colleagues found themselves working harder than ever and facing challenges and changes in working practices which allowed little brain space for anything else.