SAPC ASM 2019 - Exeter

48th annual scientific meeting

3-5 July 2019 at Forum, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

Primary Care: Arriving? Or departing?

Abstract submission deadline: Sunday 17th February 2019 - CLOSED 

Author notifications will be emailed by the end of April 2019

Early bird registration until: Friday 3rd May 2019

Registration tickets and bursaries


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Call for abstracts for information - submission now closed

Conference chair: Professor John Campbell

Scientific Programme chair: Professor Jose M Valderas

Scientific Programme co-chair: Professor Willie Hamilton

Clinical, organisational, policy, educational and methodological research for the primary care of the future

40th anniversary revisit of the Alma-Ata declaration on primary health care.

Come and join us

The University of Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care (APEx) are delighted to be hosting the 48th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC)

This annual conference showcases the latest research and education in academic primary care from the UK and around the world in keynote presentations, parallel sessions of verbal presentations, posters, workshops and symposia. The programme will also feature lightning presentations (short 5 minute slots), poster pitches, a creative arts stream and "The Solution Room" - an early careers workshop.

The declaration of Alma-Ata of 1978 was of landmark importance in respect of primary care. Not only did the declaration incorporate an important definition of primary health care, but political and strategic action was encouraged for governments around the world. Primary care as a clinical and scientific discipline has continued to develop globally since that time.

Late 2018 sees a renewed vision for primary health care in the WHO Astana declaration, and in light of this, our conference theme considers whether primary care has now “arrived” or is “departing” with important work still to do, areas to develop, and healthcare systems to influence. Globally, primary care still offers great advantages for patients, populations, and the global public at large.

With the ongoing rise of chronic illness, keynotes addressing the challenge of the tide of diabetes and the importance of antimicrobial resistance will provide an important platform for our scientific consideration. Set against this, a view from the inside regarding the revised Alma-Ata declaration will provide the platform for an exciting, probing, and relevant conference exploring the evidence base for our clinical discipline.

We look forward to welcoming you to Exeter in July 2019.


This annual conference brings together junior to senior researchers and educators, from the UK primary care community and from around the world. It is a platform to showcase the latest research on any subjects relating to primary care. 

We welcome some of the world’s most experienced, leading experts in the field of primary care research and education, and we warmly invite students: Medical students, along with nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy students; the health service pioneers of the future.

The conference provides a fantastic opportunity for both current and future academics to come together to discuss cutting edge and exciting new research; to help shape the future of primary care.



Wednesday 3rd July opening session 13.00 - 14.00
Thursday 4th July 09.00 - 09.45
Friday 5th July 09.00 - 09.45
6th Helen Lester Memorial Lecture Wednesday 3rd July 17.30 - 18.15
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Day 1 : Tuesday 2nd July


HODs and HOTs meetings


HODs and HOTs dinner

Day 2 : Wednesday 3rd July


HODs and HOTs meetings (Heads of Department and Heads of Teaching)


Registration desks open


Special interest group meetings




Conference sessions


6th Helen Lester Memorial Lecture


Conference drinks reception, afterwards free time to dine out with colleagues

Day 3 : Thursday 4th July


Primary Health Care Scientists Meeting (PHoCuS) coffee, tea and pastries available


Conference sessions, SAPC AGM will be held at lunchtime


Conference dinner

Day 4 : Friday 5th July


Conference sessions

13:30 conference closes, takeaway lunch


Forum, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

More about  the conference venue: The Forum, Streatham Campus, at the University of Exeter

Travelling to the conference 

We recommend travelling to Streatham Campus, University of Exeter by train but should you be driving parking is available for free at Holland Hall (student accommodation) or in pay and display car parks on the rest of the Campus from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. 

Restaurants in/near Exeter

Exploring Exeter, Topsham and Devon generally

Conference team