New PHoCuS leads from January 2018

SAPC are delighted to announce that we have two new PHoCuS Leads – Professor Suzanne Richards and Dr Julia Hiscock. In January both are taking over from Professors Christine Bond and Sandra Eldridge, who have decided to stand down as our PHoCuS Leads. During this time, Christine and Sandra have energised the work of SAPC in supporting and promoting the role of Primary Health Care Scientists in academic primary care. They instigated and led our very successful mentor programme and promoted the PHoCUS champions. We would like to thank them for their time and energy developing this important work. We know, however, that the PHoCuS work is in very safe hands with Suzanne and Julia.

Suzanne is Professor of Primary Care Research at the University of Leeds. She specialises in health services research, with a particular interest in mixed methods research and the assessment of patient experiences and outcomes in complex healthcare settings. My research interest is in ‘Ageing Well’, and I am involved in evaluations of health and social care services intended to monitor, promote and/or maintain the health and well-being of older people.

Julia Hiscock is a Research Fellow with Bangor University, based at the North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research in Wrexham.  A medical sociologist, her research involves asking sociological questions about how we can understand the ways that people manage their health in their everyday personal lives and the practices that they use to cope with illness and health concerns.  

We look forward to working with Suzanne and Julia and to hear their plans to develop SAPC’s important PHoCuS work.