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.
A periodic look into what the team at SAPC is upto.
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.
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.
WISE GP is a joint initiative between SAPC and the Royal College of GPs to recognise, strengthen and extend the professional scholarship that lies at the core of strong multidisciplinary general practice delivery.
The NIHR School for Primary Care Research have funded two internships to support development of the programme. One is exclusively reserved for an SAPC Primary Healthcare Scientist.
In this blog, Professor Carolyn Chew Graham and Dr Tom Kingstone reflect on how practice-based research can help clinicians tackle emerging new challenges.
To mark World Mental Health Day, members of the SAPC Mental Health Special Interest Group (MH SIG) ‘met’ virtually, for an hour, on 9th October 2020. This was an informal meeting, replacing the meetings that would have been held at the Primary Care MH meeting in York in May 2020 (https://sapc.ac.uk/file/2020-v2-sig-pcmh-conference-abstract-book-pdf) and SAPC Annual Scientific Meeting in July.
9th October 2020
Andrew Farmer is a former member of the SAPC Executive Committee. He has recently taken on the role of Programme Director for the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme, the largest funder of NHS facing clinical trials.
We are delighted to announce a new project launched in July 2020 in partnership between the Society for Academic Primary Care Heads of GP Teaching Group (HoTs), the Medical Schools Council, and multi-award winning TV production company Knickerbockerglory, producers of the Channel 5 television series GPs: Behind Closed Doors.