Special interest groups

SAPC hosts and supports a number of Special Interest Groups (SIGs). SIGs are an important part of our work to achieve impact through collaboration

Dr Jo Protheroe, SAPC Treasurer is our SIGs lead. Here she describes how we support our SIGs and how you can get involved.

To find out more about setting up a new SIG, click here

Click on each of the titles below to read more about the SIGs that we currently support

Health Literacy

To raise the profile of Health Literacy in the UK; and to share skills, ideas and develop new research in the field of HL in the UK and internationally

Mental health - "No health without mental health"

If you wish to be added to the Google group for this SIG to receive updates please email Nancy Horlick (Bristol) to ask to be added.

Virtual meeting on Mental Health Awareness Day - 9th October 2020

We are planning a virtual meeting from 2pm to 3pm on 9th October.  More details will be added here soon.

20 places will be available.

2020 conference:

Mental Health: person and place

Primary Care Mental Health Research Conference
was to be held Thursday 21st May 2020, University of York

Palliative care

To stimulate palliative care research in primary care and to consolidate a sound academic research base for palliative care in the community.

Personal Care

Healthcare which focuses on the whole person and their illness, rather than a disease or condition.

Prescribing and Medication Optimisation

VIRTUAL MEETING - 10am Friday 17th July 2020

The SAPC Prescribing and Medication Optimisation Special Interest Group (SIG) are proposing to hold an initial introductory meeting by Zoom on Friday 17th July 2020, 10.00-11.30.

Contact Ian Maidment or Rupert Payne (details below) if you wish to join the meeting.

The group aims to bring together academics and clinicians working on prescribing and medication optimisation, including related education, to develop research ideas, promote collaboration and support dissemination.

Sexual and reproductive health

Contact Richard Ma, Imperial

The Sexual and Reproductive Health group aims to promote research excellence and capacity in sexual and reproductive healthcare in primary care.

The inaugural meeting will be held on Wednesday 12th July (11.45-12.45) at the SAPC ASM 2017.  We will use this inaugural meeting to discuss future plans for this group.

Teaching - Near Peer Teaching in Primary Care


To provide opportunities for networking and collaboration amongst individuals from across undergraduate and postgraduate institutions who are passionate about promoting near-peer teaching in primary care settings.