2017 Workshops and Special Sessions

See also Special Interest Groups (Wednesday morning) at the SAPC ASM 2017

Summary of workshops and masterclasses

Wednesday 12th July

14:10 – 15:40 during parallel session 1

  • Workshop 1 - GP Workforce Pipeline

Thursday 13th July

09:00-10:30 during parallel session 2

  • Postgrad masterclass

14:25-15:55 during parallel session 3

  • Workshop 2 - Critical appraisal and peer review

Friday 14th July

09:55-10:55 during parallel session 4

  • Workshop 4 - What's worth hanging on to in UK GP?
  • Workshop 6 - Research potential - choosing GP

Programme change: Workshop 3 has been withdrawn and Workshop 6 has moved to this slot from elevator pitch session 3

11:20-12:20 during elevator pitch session 3

  • Workshop 5 - Recruitment and retention
  • Workshop 7 - Electronic health data

Workshop details

Wednesday 12th July

14:10 – 15:40 during parallel session 1

Workshop 1

The GP Workforce Pipeline- Supporting Medical Students towards Careers in General Practice and to the Timely Celebration of the Retirement Clock

Facilitated by:

Caroline Anderson, GP and Associate Professor, Nottingham Medical School;

Sharon Spooner, GP and Academic Clinical Lecturer, University of Manchester;

Emily Fletcher (Project Manager)/John Campbell (GP and Chief Investigator), The ReGROUP project, University of Exeter Medical School


In this workshop we will focus on 3 key aspects of building and maintaining the UK general practitioner workforce: encouraging recruitment to GP careers during medical school studies; increasing recruitment to GP training programmes; and retention of experienced GPs.


We will review the importance of getting and keeping on track with GP Recruitment, Retention and Retirement as they impact on whole careers, by briefly presenting recent research projects as a backdrop for considering three over-arching questions:

  1. Where are we now? - current GP workforce situation in each of our research areas will set the scene for sub-group discussions:
    • i. Medical students – influencing their orientation towards GP work while attending medical school (Caroline)
    • ii. F2 career choices – Manchester study – what are F2 doctors’ preferences and perspectives and how can these be shaped by their early experiences of medical work? (Sharon)
    • iii. Retention -of experienced trained GPs Exeter ReGROUP study findings (Emily/John)
  2. Where do we need to be? – projected workloads, new models of care, skill mix etc (Emily/John)
  3. How do we get from here to there? 

Sub-groups facilitated by each of the 3 presenters will focus on discussion of topics most relevant to one of the 3 areas – drawing on group knowledge, experience and ideas to generate potential strategies, solutions and proposals for further discussion or action.

Round-up reporting back

Discussion points and actions to take forward – what, where and by whom?

Thursday 13th July

09:00 – 10:30 during parallel session 2

2F – Postgraduate Masterclass: Educational Research in Primary Care


Dr. Sophie Park

Panel Members:

Prof. Peter Bower, Prof. Kay Mohanna and Dr. Anne-Marie Reid


This session is a new and exciting addition to the SAPC ASM programme, hosted by the SAPC Education Research SIG.

This session aims to:

  • Facilitate challenging and supportive discussion of postgraduate research-in-progress about education research in primary care.
  • Support current and future engagement in this field through showcase and development of on-going postgraduate research in this field
  • Foster collaborations across primary care and education research to strengthen methodological approaches.


  • Brief introduction to the session, work of the educational research SIG and panel members
  • Each doctoral presentation will last 10 minutes. Presenters will outline which elements they would welcome feedback about (e.g. research questions; epistemological framework; method; analysis)
  • Each presentation will be followed by a 20 minute discussion with the cross-disciplinary invited panel and audience.
  • To finish, there will be a 15 minute structured discussion about ‘next steps’ for educational research in primary care and how the SIG can further support this field at both regional and national level.

Intended Audience:

All welcome. We particularly welcome cross-disciplinary perspectives to broaden understandings about how particular topics might be problematized and methodologies used to produce knowledge. Submission of abstracts were open to current masters and doctoral researchers in educational research in primary care.

Workshop 2

14:25 – 15.55 during parallel session 3

Critical appraisal and peer review: an introduction


Prof Roger Jones Editor BJGP 


Dr Euan Lawson Deputy Editor BJGP

Selective publication of research papers on the basis of well-conducted peer review is an important means of ensuring the quality and reliability of the evidence base for general practice and primary care. The British Journal of General Practice is committed to training and supporting its reviewers through the provision of online material, workshops, and feedback on review quality.

In this workshop the Editor and Deputy Editor of the Journal will briefly describe the the process of peer-review, the essentials of critical appraisal, and the assessment of review quality, as the basis for discussion and question and answer sessions.   

The educational objectives of the workshop are to provide less experienced reviewers with an introduction to peer review, signposting them to resources and introducing them to the principles of critical appraisal, and to make them aware of some of the current issues in peer-review for medical journals.    

Friday 14th July

09:55 – 10:55 during parallel session 4

Workshop 3 - WITHDRAWN - Spreading the workload? Future directions of research for the non-clinical workforce in primary care

09:55 – 10:55 during parallel session 4

Workshop 4

What’s worth hanging on to in UK general practice?


Jess Drinkwater, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds 

George Freeman, Imperial College London 

Joanne Reeve, Warwick Primary Care, University of Warwick 

on behalf of the SAPC Personal Care Special Interest Group

At a time of significant change in the organisational structure of general practice, our aim is to ignite debate about the key organisational features that we cannot afford to lose in order to maintain person centred primary care. Our outcome will be a research agenda to evaluate the change in general practice over the next 5 years.   

09:55 – 10:55 during parallel session 4

Workshop 6

SAPC Research Potential – Choosing GP


Lindsey Pope, University of Glasgow

Hugh Alberti, University of Newcastle

Alexandra Davidson, Univeristy of Cambridge

The joint HEE and Medical Schools Council Report ‘By choice, not chance’ challenges us to consider how we support medical students towards future careers in general practice. It recognises how essential collaboration is to addressing the current GP recruitment crisis and that this responsibility lies with not only medical schools but also those organisations that are key in shaping the future of General Practice including the GMC, RCGP, SAPC, HEE and the Medical Schools Council.  To start addressing this challenge, a GP career symposium was held in Keele in January 2017 which enabled colleagues from around the UK and Northern Ireland to present their work to date and to start to consider more collaborative pieces of work.    But how can we best use an evidence based approach to move forward from here?    


-              to collectively reflect on recent national reports and studies which have discussed medical student and junior doctor career choices 

-              to identify areas to target nationally for further research into this area to and to agree how to progress these as a matter of urgency 

-              to consider the responsibility of SAPC and the Head of Teaching Group to address this challenge  

11:20 – 12:20 during elevator pitch session 3

Workshop 5

How can medical schools improve recruitment and retention of GPs teaching medical students in General Practices?


Dr John Barber, University College London,

Dr Hugh Alberti, Newcastle University,

Prof Robert McKinley, Keele University

Some medical schools are experiencing increasing challenges in recruiting and retaining GP teachers. Recent qualitative research gathering the perspectives of GP teachers about the facilitators and barriers to participation in undergraduate teaching in primary care and a recent questionnaire to heads of GP teaching seeking ‘top tips’ for recruiting and retaining GP teachers have identified ways to increase GP teacher numbers. Informal discussion between academic GPs at different medical schools suggests schools may be using very different methods to recruit GP teachers. The SAPC ASM offers an opportunity to bring members of UK primary care departments together to discuss ways we can all improve our recruitment and retainment of GP teachers.   

11:20 – 12:20 during elevator pitch session 3

Workshop 6 - now moved to 09:55-10:55

11:20 – 12:20 during elevator pitch session 3

Workshop 7

Supporting high quality research using electronic health data from multiple GP software systems


Daniel Dedman

Helen Strongman

Helen Booth

Rachael Williams

Clinical Practice Research Datalink

Electronic healthcare records (EHR) are increasingly used in epidemiological studies and to support screening, recruitment and data collection for real-world clinical trials. This presents a huge opportunity for primary care research, but also challenges related to the variability in data collected from different GP software systems. The aim of this workshop is to identify areas where data collection differs between software systems and to generate research questions that will enable better understanding of how to overcome these differences. The output of this workshop will be used to support researchers to deliver high quality and robust evidence based on routinely collected EHR data from multiple sources.  

Friday 14th July

At the close of the conference

13.30 til 15:00

Workshop 8

Online patients' communities in primary care research: ethics and research methods


Dr Anna De Simoni, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, QMUL

Prof Neil Coulson, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham

Prof Richard Ashcroft, School of Law, QMUL

Prof Gunther Eysenbach, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto; Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Toronto, Canada 

Dr Matt Jameson Evans, Co-founder of HealthUnlocked 

Prof Chris Griffiths, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, QMUL  


•             To raise awareness of online patients’ communities and their potential as source of data in primary care research; 

•             To provide an ethical framework for research on online patients’ communities;  

•             To begin an important dialogue in regards to using online patients’ communities to complement other primary care research approaches.   


Afternoon - at the close of conference til 15:00

Doctoral masterclass

There will be 3 speakers who will deliver a ten minute presentation on their doctoral work highlighting the particular area or issues they wish to discuss. An invited panel of primary care academics will offer feedback and discussion.

Open to all conference delegates to attend as audience and discussants.