SAPC ASM 2018 - London

47th annual scientific meeting

10-12 July 2018 at City of London

The 47th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Academic Primary Care

Themes: Learning from Europe and Populations on the Move


Hotel bookings and map

The call for abstracts is now closed. 

The closing date was 18th February 2018 - thank you to everyone who has submitted work.  Submitters will be notified by the end of April of the outcome of the peer review process.

Key dates

Sunday 18th February 2018 - abstract submission deadline

Friday 4th May 2018 - earlybird registration deadline - after that you can still register but at a higher rate

Tuesday 10th July 2018 - HODs, HOTs, Old Heads, Early career workshop, Special Interest Groups - at the Barbican Centre

and the Helen Lester Memorial Lecture at the Robin Brook Centre, Bart's Hospital, West Smithfield

Wednesday 11th July and Thursday 12th July - two day conference at the Barbican Centre


Queen Mary University London

Conference chairs: Professor Stephanie Taylor and Professor Anita Berlin

Scientific chair: Dr Deborah Swinglehurst

Our team at Queen Mary University London are hosting the annual conference which showcases the latest research and education in academic primary care, and provides an opportunity to share relevant methodological developments. 

Scientific programme

The Conference programme will be dedicated to providing opportunities to share your work through oral presentations, posters, symposia and workshops. By popular demand we will also continue some of the new features from the 2017 programme (e.g. the doctoral masterclass).  

We are keen to showcase the academic work of our international primary care colleagues in Europe and beyond.  We also plan to include a special emphasis on the challenges faced by populations on the move: migration, displacement, homelessness, delivering cross-cultural primary care, for example. Preference will be given to papers which highlight primary care as expert generalism and which embrace the complexity of delivering person-centred care. 

The call for abstracts is now closed but you can still see the text for abstract submission and the different types of presentation.

Social programme

We have organised a social programme which will provide a chance to network with colleagues and make new friends. This will begin on Tuesday 10th July at the drinks reception which will be held in The Great Hall at Barts – a great opportunity to see this wonderful building. It will continue on Wednesday 11th July with the conference dinner at The Tower Hotel in its magnificent location next to Tower Bridge and The Tower of London.

Our team will also provide some extra activities such as a run and walking tours.

We hope that you will come and join us in July 2018 to enjoy the conference and take the opportunity to explore London.

The Audience

This annual conference brings together researchers and educators from the primary care community in the UK and around the world to showcase their latest studies on any aspect or issues relating to primary care. This is a great opportunity for you to share your work, join the conversation and shape the future of primary care. 

Social Events

Drinks reception: Tuesday 10th July 2018 at The Great Hall, Barts - dine out afterwards at a restaurant nearby - example list of restaurants near Smithfield Market from Open Table

Conference dinner: Wednesday 11th July 2018 at The Tower Hotel by Tower Bridge, drinks reception overlooking the Thames



5th Helen Lester Memorial Lecture Tues 10th July 5.45pm
Weds 11th July 9am - Populations on the move – Bridging divides
Thursday 12th July 9am - Primary Care: exclusion, inclusion and community - a Turning Point perspective
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Day 1 : Tuesday 10th July


HODs and HOTs meetings at The Barbican Centre


Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings will last one hour and will be scheduled throughout the afternoon (13:15 is the first slot). 

The following groups will meet: Compassion, Digital technologies, Education research, Genetics, Learning disabilities, PPI, The Self, Sport as Medicine, Statistical group (times tbc)

Old HODs - time to be confirmed


Early Career Workshop at The Barbican Centre


Registration at The Great Hall, Barts


The Helen Lester Memorial Lecture, Robin Brook Centre, West Smithfield, by The Great Hall, Barts


Drinks reception at The Great Hall, Barts 

Day 2 : Wednesday 11th July


Conference sessions at the Barbican Centre


Conference dinner at The Tower Hotel by Tower Bridge, in the Thames Suite with drinks reception overlooking the river

Day 3 : Thursday 12th July


Conference sessions at the Barbican Centre


City of London

The conference will take place in the City of London (details below).

Hotel bookings and view Map of Hotels

Map of conference venues

Conference venues

Tuesday 10th July 2018:

  • Barbican Centre for Heads of Department (HODs), Heads of Teaching (HOTs), Education Research Group (follows the HOTs meeting), Early careers workshop, Special Interest Groups (SIGs) - these meetings will take place during the day (timing to be announced on the schedule)
  • Registration from 17.00 at The Great Hall, St Bartholomew's Hospital 
  • Helen Lester Memorial Lecture 17.45-18.30 Robin Brook Centre, St Bartholomew's Hospital
  • The Great Hall, St Bartholomew's Hospital - 18.30-20.00 drinks reception - dine out afterwards at a restaurant nearby - example list of restaurants near Smithfield Market from Open Table

Wednesday 11th July 2018

Thursday 12th July 2018

Directions to Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Please use the Silk Street entrance.  If travelling from the Barbican underground cross Aldersgate Road and walk along Beech Street (under the tunnel) at the end turn right into Silk Street and you will see the entrance to the Barbican Centre, there is generally quite a bit of traffic on this route. For a route with less traffic and more pedestrian areas walk from Moorgate Underground Station.

Getting around London and sightseeing



Conference team