SAPC ASM 2018 - London

47th annual scientific meeting

10-12 July 2018 at City of London

Call for abstracts - closes 18th February 2018

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

Themes: Learning from Europe and Populations on the Move

Key dates

Abstract submission deadline: Sunday 18th February 2018

Tuesday 10th July 2018 - small group meetings: HODs, HOTs, Old HODs, Special Interest Groups - at QMUL's Charterhouse Square Campus

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. 

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).  

For our 2018 programme the Scientific Committee is particularly interested to receive abstracts outlining research, education and policy relating to our two conference themes: Learning from Europe and Populations on the Move.   

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. 

We welcome contributions which focus on the methodological challenges this presents. As in previous years we will also consider abstract submissions which stretch the full breadth of primary care.

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

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
Showing : |


Day 1 : Tuesday 10th July


Exact timings to be confirmed.

Venue: Charterhouse Square

Meetings for:

HODs, HOTs, Old HODs

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)


Registration opens


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 at the following venues:

Map of conference venues and nearby hotels

Tuesday 10th July 2018:

  • Charterhouse Square for Heads of Department (HODs), Heads of Teaching (HOTs), Old HODs, Special Interest Groups (SIGs) - these meetings will take place during the day (timing to be announced on the schedule)
  • The Great Hall, St Bartholomew's Hospital - drinks reception early evening

Wednesday 11th July 2018

  • Barbican Centre, Milton Court and Frobisher Crescent - session during the day
  • The Tower Hotel - Tower Bridge: conference dinner 7.30 fo 8pm

Thursday 12th July 2018

  • Barbican Centre, Milton Court and Frobisher Crescent - session during the day

Directions to Barbican Centre

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 Station.

Getting around London and sightseeing