Annual Report 2022 Education Research

We are grateful for the on-going support provided by SAPC for the education research special interest group. We continue to aim to support the scholarly development of primary care education research through:

●Providing an opportunity to present and discuss work in progress

●Capacity building through dialogue, presentations and mentoring

●Maximising stakeholder and PPI involvement in primary care educational research

●Stimulate discussion about future research ideas and foster collaborative opportunities


We met twice this year, once at the ASM in July and again before the HOTs/HODs meeting in December 2022. Both meetings were hybrid enabling both F2F and remote participation.


The Summer meeting was limited to a 90 minute workshop slot due to programming / timetable difficulties. However, we still had a productive discussion in Preston. We focused on PPI and stakeholder involvement. Emily Owen (UCL) presented a case example from an SPCR funded project about collaborative and integrated working between GP and community pharmacies. Small group discussions focused on a range of topics including

●Assessment (esp MLA)

●Cross-disciplinary working and learning with allied HCPs

●Expert by experience involvement in primary care med ed

●How we learning in the general practice setting



Groups were invited to discuss:

●How process and methods shape what is knowable?

●How you might engage with and include PPI and stakeholders?

●How existing evidence relates to your work?


Our Dec ‘22 meeting was held in Warwick and the programme included:

●Laura Emery: International graduate in postgraduate GP training: can trainee experiences help us understand differential attainment?

●Ben Jackson: Finding mechanisms in qualitative analysis

●Rebecca Barnes: Challenging sexism in medical schools - a work in progress

●Joanne Harris: Professional identity formation at medical school - a qualitative study to explore the effect of cultural factors on professional identity formation of medical undergraduates


We also had a small group discussion which supported participants to think about a chosen topic and how they might research it.

●In your small group, consider a topic or problem you are planning to research.

●What are your methodological options so far?

●Consider how 2 or 3 different methods would (re) shape your possible:

○Research questions

○Problem possible to examine

○Overall theoretical approach

○Operation of methods

○Opportunities for PPI / stakeholder involvement

○Analysis approaches

○Potential knowledge claims

●Feedback to the group



Thanks to all who continue to support and participate in the group and to SAPC for their support.




Prof Sophie Park (Chair)

Prof Hugh Alberti (Deputy Chair). 

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