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