University of Lincoln hosts Society of Academic Primary Care Trent Regional Conference

The Community and Health Research Unit and University of Lincoln hosted this year’s Trent Regional SAPC Spring sapc_lincoln1Conference at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel on Brayford Wharf in Lincoln. The conference included delegates from the Universities of Lincoln, Nottingham, Leicester and Sheffield and all over our region presenting and learning about the latest in primary care research and educational through orals, posters and workshops.

The conference keynote speakers were Chris Burton, Professor of Primary Care and Head of the Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care at the University of Sheffield, Aneez Esmail, Professor of General Practice at the University of Manchester and Navjoyt Ladher, clinical editor at The BMJ. The conference was chaired by Professor Niro Siriwardena, Professor of Primary and Prehospital Healthcare and opened by Professor Sara Owen, Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Social Science at the University of Lincoln. Prof Burton, new in post at Sheffield, gave the first keynote in place of Prof Nigel Mathers who was recovering from illness. Everyone wished Prof Mathers well for his convalescence and return to health.

Prof Owen’s opening talk focussed on the rapid development and expansion in science and health research and teaching at Lincoln. Chris Burton’s opening keynote focussed on ‘Complexity’, commonly used, misused and sapc_lincoln2misunderstood in healthcare and research. He described the mathematics of complexity as he had applied it in his research to issues such as frequent health service use and how these were described by ‘heavy-tailed’ or log-log distributions.

There followed a series of excellent morning oral presentations, workshops and posters. Before lunch, Prof Esmail gave another outstanding keynote, ‘The problem with patient safety – challenging orthodoxies’ He certainly did challenge the conventional approach to patient safety and described how conventional attempts to reduce harm, in particularly using a target-driven approach, could lead to poorer outcomes and how it was necessary, even important, to accept some risk for better outcomes.

After lunch and viewing of the excellent posters on display, we were treated to further oral presentations and another educational workshop. The meeting ended with our final keynote from Dr Navjoyt Ladher, clinical editor at the British sapc_lincoln3Medical Journal, who spoke eloquently about ‘Goldilocks medicine’ and the art of getting medicine right, particularly focussing on the harms of medicalisation and overtreatment. She went onto to talk about the editorial process at the BMJ, while encouraging primary care researchers to submit their studies to the journal.

The day ended with prizes awarded to the best poster, ‘Predictors of postpartum return to smoking: a systematic review’ by Sophie Orton, Tim Coleman, Tom Coleman-Haynes and Michael Ussher of Nottingham University, and the best oral presentation, which went to Michael Toze from CaHRU at the University of Lincoln for his doctoral research presentation, ‘Coming out in general practice: the experience of older LGBT patients’. Flowers, wine and a big vote of thanks went to Sue Bowler for her work organising the conference and making the day such a success, supported by the CaHRU team and members of staff from the other institutions involved.

By Niro Siriwardena


CaHRU attends regional SAPC meeting at Nottingham University

JolienposterMembers of the CaHRU team, Jolien Vos, Fiona Togher, Despina Laparidou, Viet-Hai Phung, Ana Godoy, Dr Coral Sirdifield, Dr Zahid Asghar and Prof Niro Siriwardena, recently attended the Spring Trent Regional Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) meeting at the University of Nottingham on 17 March 2015 representing the University of Lincoln. It promised to be an exciting day with CaHRU members giving three oral presentations and four posters.

Coral&AnaposterAn opening keynote by Professor Alan Ford from the University of Nottingham gave an overview of the challenges we face to innovate in teaching and learning. His talk was followed by a series of interesting parallels or the chance to attend a workshop. Parallel session captured research surrounding medical education as well as topics regarding care pathways, responsiveness in primary care and the development of a quality control framework for mobile app based health behaviour change interventions.

Fiona&NiroposterJust before lunch, time was allocated to poster viewing. Despina Laparidou presented a poster on the CADS:E3 study of dementia carers. Fiona Togher presented result from her doctoral work on the development of a prehospital Patient Reported Experience Measure. Ana Godoy and Coral Sirdifield displayed a poster on their analysis of the Quality and Costs of Primary Care (QUALICOPC) study in England, in particular on what patient’s value and what they experience in general practice. Jolien Vos presented the scoping review of her doctoral study on care navigation by older people with multimorbidity in a poster.

DespinaposterThe afternoon began with a keynote from Professor Chris Salisbury from Bristol University, focussing on the redesign of primary health care in the context of multimorbidity. Another series of parallels took place which featured research taking place within CaHRU. Ana Godoy presented a case-control study investigating the association of bisphosphonates and stroke, Coral Sirdifield presented a further analysis of QUALICOPC and Jolien Vos presented a qualitative study of telecare for patients with multimorbidity ongoing research.

The day came to an end with the announcement of the winners of the early career prizes and the CaHRU team looking back on a successful conference.

By Jolien Vos

CaHRU researchers present at EMS999 Research Forum Conference, Nottingham

Chiral_logoA team from CaHRU including Prof Niro Siriwardena, Fiona Togher and Viet-Hai Phung were represented at the EMS999 Research Forum Conference on Quality Improvement and Innovation Research in Prehospital Care in Nottingham on 4th February 2015. The conference, supported by the Health Foundation through their Spreading Improvement Programme, brought together the latest research and best practice in prehospital care. The conference featured several posters from ambulance services in England participating in the IMPACT-ASCQI project led by CaHRU.

Christopher Preston presentationProfessor Siriwardena kicked off the Conference with a keynote lecture on the evolution of quality improvement in prehospital care, ‘Prehospital quality improvement; past, present and future‘ which, innovatively, used some familial anecdotes to illustrate the links between principles of quality improvement and lessons for life!

Following the keynote was Richard Pilbery from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to talk about his experiences of speaking at the Paramedics Australasia Conference on the Australian Gold Coast. This was the prize that Richard won at last year’s EMS 999 Research Forum for producing the best poster. Following the first session, Matthew Booker from the University of Bristol presented his work on why ambulances are called for primary care problems followed by Mohammed Iqbal from EMAS on development of a novel pain assessment tool for improving prehospital pain management. Both presentations generated much interest, with Matthew winning the prize for best presentation at the end of the day.

photo3Just before lunch, Fiona Togher presented her poster, which showcased her doctoral study on development of patient-related experience measures for the ambulance service. The presentation was both well-delivered and well-received, with some thoughtful questions from the audience in response. In the afternoon, there was a workshop presented by Niro Siriwardena with Janette Turner from ScHARR on ‘Disseminating and Publishing Improvement Research’. This workshop was useful for all those with an interest in publishing articles, dealing with a number of themes including how to structure an article to which journals it should be pitched at.

The range and content of the posters and presentations demonstrated the continuing importance of the EMS 999 Research Forum for anyone with an interest in undertaking research in prehospital care.

Viet-Hai Phung

Quality Improvement and Innovation Research Conference, Nottingham 4 February 2015

The next pre-hospital, emergency and trauma care conference which brings together the latest research and practice in ambulance and prehospital care will take place on 4 February 2015 at Nottingham Conference Centre organised by  TRUST (the Thematic Research Network for UnScheduled and Trauma Care), the University of Lincoln, East Midlands Ambulance Service and the 999 EMS Research Forum.

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The invitation for abstracts for oral and poster presentations at the conference are now open with a deadline for submission of 14 November 2014. A prize of a funded trip to present work at an international conference will be awarded to the presentation judged to be highest quality research. Other prizes will be awarded for research most likely to affect practice and best poster.

The conference is relevant to healthcare practitioners (paramedics, doctors, nurses), health service managers, policy makers and academics. Conference registration (fee £40) will include access to all presentations and workshops, refreshments and lunch.

To download the submission and guidance form, please click here.

To register contact Susan Bowler: 

Online registration click here