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A periodic look into what the team at SAPC is upto.

Reflections on 2020 from SAPC Chair Carolyn Chew-Graham

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. 

Working together but not in the same way: how we’ve been adapting to virtual public and patient involvement

2020 has been a year of changes as to how we work on lots of levels and working with public contributors in developing, managing and disseminating research has led to new opportunities and some challenges. As the lead for the Patient and public involvement and participatory research approaches in academic primary care SAPC special interest group it has made me think about how the new ways we are working impact on the public involvement we are able to do.

Reflections at a challenging time…..

I’m sure we’ll agree that it is a strange time for all of us.

Last week was ‘Mental Health Awareness week’ and members of the MH Special Interest group  would have been attending the Primary Care Mental Health conference at the University of York on 21st May. You can find the submitted abstracts on the SAPC website 

A Primary Care Scientist’s view of 2020

I have sat on the SAPC executive for 4 years now, and I have the honour of being the joint lead Primary
Health Care Scientists (PHoCuS) with Dr Julia Hiscock, University of Bangor. Primary Care Scientist is a
catchall term for the >50% of the Academic Primary Care (APC) workforce who are not general
practitioners. This group includes academics involved in both education and research. We are diverse,
with different professional backgrounds e.g. allied health professionals and nursing, social sciences