PiCRIS News - Issue 3, March 2015

PiCRIS News has been created to promote research activity in primary care and to share relevant information amongst our NISCHR Research Practices and wider network of PiCRIS collaborators.

Download the latest edition here.

The 2015 Bevan Prize for Health and Wellbeing 

Nominations are now open for the third annual Prize which will recognise those who have made an outstanding contribution to health and wellbeing in the past year.

The Prize, which is sponsored by UNISON, will be awarded to an individual and an organisation that have made an exceptional commitment to advancing health and wellbeing in their field, as well as embody the founding principles of the NHS. A third prize will be awarded for lifetime achievement at the discretion of the judges.

Participants can be self-nominated or nominated by a third party.

Nominations are now open until 5pm on Monday 11th May 2015.

The prize will be awarded in London in July.

For more details please see:

Primary Care Research Incentive Scheme (PiCRIS) 2015 - practices announced

March 2015

The successful practices of the NISCHR AHSC Primary Care Research Incentive Scheme (PiCRIS) 2014/15 have now been announced, see full list available for download below.

PRIME Centre Wales

Following the recent infrastructure funding call by NISCHR, the Wales School for Primary Care Research is delighted to announce that funding has been awarded for the new PRIME Centre Wales (Wales Centre for Primary & Emergency Care Research).

PRIME Centre Wales launches in April 2015, and will be virtual research centre and partnership between the Universities of Cardiff, Bangor, Swansea and University of South Wales, funded by NISCHR, Welsh Government. It is a multi-disciplinary collaboration of primary and emergency care disciplines.

Further information to follow shortly.

Cancer Research UK Annual Research Prizes

The Cancer Research UK Research Prizes recognise and reward outstanding cancer research leaders. The prizes honour those who have made exceptional advances, and nurture the next generation of research leaders. Nominations are invited for:

  • The Future Leaders in Cancer Research Prize
  • The Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research Prize
  • The Translational Cancer Research Team Prize

Nominations are not restricted to CRUK-funded researchers.

The deadline for nominations is 31 March 2015.

For more information please visit the Cancer Research UK website.

SAPC Conference 2015

Society for Academic Primary Care 44th Annual Conference:  8th -10th July 2015 University of Oxford

This is the annual showcase conference for everyone involved in research or teaching in primary care.  Come and present your work – the abstract submission deadline is 10.00am Monday 23rd February 2015.

For full information and registration visit:

Contact more information.

RCGP Research Paper of the Year Award (for papers published in 2014)

The RCGP is pleased to offer you the opportunity to submit research papers for the Research Paper of the Year Award 2014. The award recognises an individual or team of GP researchers that have undertaken and published an exceptional piece of research relating to general practice or primary care.

To submit a research paper for RPY 2014 (to be awarded in 2015), please complete this form.

Deadline for submissions:  12 pm, 2nd March 2015

Please visit the website for further details: or contact /phone: 0203 188 7594

Welsh Crucible 2015 - Call for Applications

The call for applications has now opened for Welsh Crucible, the award-winning programme of professional and leadership development for the future research leaders of Wales. Applications are invited from early to mid-career researchers in any discipline, with 3-9 years’ postdoctoral research experience (or equivalent).  Applicants should be based in Wales and working either in a Welsh University or in research and development in business/industry, or the public/charity sector.

Applications can be sent to by 27th February 2015.


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PiCRIS News - Issue 2

PiCRIS News has been created to promote research activity in primary care and to share relevant information amongst our NISCHR Research Practices and wider network of PiCRIS collaborators.

Download the latest edition here.

WONCA News - September 2014

Read the latest news from World Organization of Family Doctors below.

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13th World Rural Health Conference April 15th-18th 2015 Abstract submission

Abstracts are now being accepted for the 13th Wonca World Rural Health in Dubrovnik next year (April 15th-18th)

This is the third time that the World Conference has come to Europe and we are looking forward to welcoming guests from across Europe and throughout the world.

North Wales & Powys Research Support Service

The Research Support Service is based within the North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health (& social care), and is part of the Institute of Medical & Social Care Research, College of Health & Behavioural Sciences.
NWORTH is a NISCHR core funded and UKCRC fully accredited Clinical Trials Unit.

For more information, please see the leaflets available for download below.

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1 July 2014

Download the first edition of PiCRIS News, 1 July 2014.

Contact, Help, Advice and Information Network (CHAIN)

24 July 2014

CHAIN is a successful online mutual support network of over 13,500 people working in health and social care. The Network originated 14 years ago in the NHS Research & Development programme in England. It is multi-professional and cross organisational, and is designed to connect like-minded health and social care practitioners, educators, researchers and managers. CHAIN now covers the whole of the UK and is also becoming international, with smaller satellites in Australia, Canada, Scandinavia, Italy, Spain and members in 40 other countries worldwide. CHAIN is a not-for-profit organisation; the network is free to join and use; and its costs are met by a consortium of stakeholders.

CHAIN is open to anyone working in health and social care. Involvement in the family of organisations involved in health & social care; being willing to share experience and aspirations, and being prepared to respond to other members' questions are the only criteria for joining CHAIN

See full details at:

Job opportunities - Swansea University

21 May 2014

Statistician/Research Assistant
Centre for Innovative Ageing, College of Human and Health Sciences
Salary Scale: £27,318 - £28,972
Applications are invited for the position of Statistician/Research Assistant in the Centre for Innovative Ageing within the College of Human and Health Sciences reference AC00823
Closing date: 30 May 2014

Fixed Term Research Officer (AC845)
Older People and Ageing Research and Development Network (OPAN Cymru), reference AC00845
Salary:  £31,644 to £36,661 per annum 
Contract Type Fixed Term Contract
Closing Date: 09 June 2014

Health Technology Challenge Wales

May 2014

The Health Technology Challenge aimed to develop cross sector collaborative research projects focusing on medical technologies that look to translate innovative research in material sciences and engineering towards bio-medical applications. The project was specifically aimed at encouraging cooperation between universities and the NHS and the success of this pilot has inspired us to develop the scheme for 2014 into an ‘All Wales’ challenge. 

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Vacancies:  Panel Chair, Panel Member and Board Members 

May 2014

The NIHR are currently recruiting GPs to join their Boards and Panels for the NIHR Evaluations Trials and Studies research programmes. NIHR Boards and Panels provide the well-rounded view needed to prioritise important research questions for NIHR research commissioning, and also to make funding recommendations on project applications. Membership of a board or panel involves detailed review of research briefs and other papers online in preparation for meetings, which are usually held in London two or three times a year. The NIHR have several opportunities for GPs with an interest in research. Details of each role along with a relevant contact are available on the website:

Applications for Panel and Board Member posts close 1pm, 27 May 2014.
Applications for Panel Chair posts close 1pm, 20 June 2014.

For further information please contact Helen Payne on

Academic Training Programme Director

14 April 2014

Outstanding individuals are being sought to fulfil the role of Academic Training Programme Director for all academic programmes that are recruited to by the Wales Deanery. The Academic Training Programme Director will play an important part in the direction and delivery of academic training programmes in Wales.  Please note that a remuneration sum of £3,000 has also been allocated to this position.

The Academic Training Programme Director will work closely with the Associate Dean for Academic Careers, the Wales Deanery Dean and Deputy Dean, the various academic leads for programmes such as the Welsh Clinical Academic Track (WCAT) and Academic CMT programmes, the various University Academic Leads (Bangor, Cardiff, Swansea and Glyndwr) and the Wales Deanery WCAT Specialty Manager to ensure the delivery of high quality academic training programmes.

Closing date: 12th May 2014

For further details see:

Job opportunity: NISCHR AHSC Industry Manager

14 April 2014

The National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR) Academic Health Science Collaboration (AHSC) is seeking an experienced and dynamic manager to provide maternity cover for the NISCHR AHSC Industry Manager.

NISCHR AHSC was established by NISCHR, Welsh Government to facilitate collaboration between NHS organisations, universities and industry in Wales, to combine clinical research; clinical care and education to create world leading improvements in healthcare.

The post is fixed term until: 31/01/2015
Full details available at:

NISCHR Research Practice Mentor (South East Wales)

03 April 2014

Expressions of Interest 

NISCHR AHSC is inviting expressions of interest for the role of an additional Regional Mentor in South East Wales for NISCHR Research Practices as part of the Primary Care Research Incentive Scheme (PiCRIS). The role will cover General Practices engaged in research in the South East region of Wales.

For full details, click here.

NISCHR Primary Care Research Incentive Scheme - Update

From 1st April 2014, any GP practice in Wales wishing to register for the Affiliate Level will be able to do so at any time of the year (rather than having to wait for the annual call for applications for the funded levels).

Further information is provided in the leaflets below and the webpage:

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Aneurin Bevan Health Board: Research & Development Conference 


“Informing and Improving Practice”

Tuesday 24th June 2014 

To be held at the Christchurch Centre, Old Malpas Road, Newport.
The R&D Conference Committee are calling for Abstracts for presentation at the above conference.

You are invited to submit abstracts on the following themes:-
  • Service improvement/developments arising from research
  • Innovative Research / Clinical Practice
  • Patient Safety
  • Patient Experience
  • Multidisciplinary Projects
Closing Date for submission is the 11th April 2014
Further information is available from: Michael Morgan on 01633 656353 or

RCGP & SAPC Yvonne Carter Award for outstanding new researcher - call for applications

Deadline for submissions: 31st January 2014

The award recognises the contributions of early career researchers in advancing the discipline of academic primary care. An annual award of £1000 is offered to support the development of international networks and partnerships for an early career researcher. The funding should be used to enable opportunities to meet and collaborate with researchers in other countries and to attend and present work at an international research meeting.

For further information about the Yvonne Carter Award please visit the website or alternatively, contact the CIRC team at

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Just Giving page created to raise money in memory of Prof Helen Lester

08 November 2013

A Just Giving page has been set up to raise money in memory of Prof Helen Lester and particularly to celebrate her work. Donations to the Prof Helen Lester award fund will a prize will be awarded annually to a UoB student on a clinical course who submits a piece of academic work which shows insight and originality in relation to the impact of health inequalities; adverse mental health; homelessness; and quality outcomes or a combination of the above, on the health of individuals or populations or on health policy.

Depending on the total amount raised donations may also be used to give a intercalating medical student an opportunity to do something they might not have been able to afford to do from buying a book to going on a course to supporting travel costs.

The Just Giving page IS NOW OPEN and will remain open until 31/1/2014. There is a solicitation on the page giving more detail about Helen, her family and her work.

GP over-reliance on assumption leads to over-prescribing of antibiotics

26 October 2013

Clinicians too often incorrectly assume patients want antibiotics for acute cough leading to unnecessarily high rate of antibiotic prescriptions.

GPs are relying too heavily on incorrect assumptions about patient needs when prescribing antibiotics, according to a Europe-wide study published today by Cardiff University and the University of Antwerp.

WSPCR welcomes Glyndŵr University

August 2013

The Wales School of Primary Care Research is delighted to welcome Glyndŵr University to the WSPCR partnership.

Dr Nick Francis provides expert comment to Daily Mail

August 2013

Dr Nick Francis, Senior Clinical Research Associate at the Wales School for Primary Care Research, and Cochrane Institute for Primary Care and Public Health, Cardiff University, provides expert comment for an article in the Daily Mail today which discusses the potential usefulness of the C-Reactive Protein (CRP) test by GPs when deciding whether to prescribe antibiotics.

The instant blood test to tell if you really need antibiotics. Daily Mail, 06.08.13, Pg 32.

Internet-based training could help in the fight against antibiotic resistance

July 2013

Antibiotic prescribing rates for acute respiratory tract infections could be significantly lowered using internet-based training for clinicians, new research has shown.

Primary Care Research Incentive Scheme (PiCRIS) 2012/13 - practices announced

May 2013

The successful practices of the NISCHR AHSC Primary Care Research Incentive Scheme (PiCRIS) 2012/13 have now been announced.

RAPP-ID study update

May 2013

News and updates on the first stage of the RAPP-ID (Development of RApid Point-of-Care test Platforms for Infectious Diseases) which launched on April 1 2011.

Research Design & Conduct Service

April 2013

The Research Design & Conduct Service recently gave a presentation to staff at the Cardiff School of Medicine to let people know about the services that they offer to health professionals who are in the process of developing research projects. The RDCS was funded in 2010 by the National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR), part of the Welsh Assembly Government. Their partner organisations are Cardiff and Vale University HB, Cwm Taf HB, Aneurin Bevan HB and Powys Teaching HB.

The aims of the service are:

  • To support the development of a research and evaluation culture within partner organisations
  • To support the development of a research methods training strategy for partner organisations
  • To provide links to experienced researchers for partner organisations 

Learn more about the RDCS by viewing the presentation below and by visiting their website:

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Raising money in memory of Professor Helen Lester

March 2013

We received sad news recently that Professor Helen Lester lost her battle with cancer. Helen
was a very supportive colleague, a guest speaker at our Primary Care Symposium in 2011. Our thoughts go out to her family. As a tribute, Robyn successfully braved the cold and completed the Atlantic College10k race on the 24th March in just under 56 minutes, raising £150 to donate to Helen's Charity - SHELTER.  He is very grateful to his Welsh Primary Care colleagues who pledged sponsorship.

New PhD studentship open to applications - University of Glamorgan
Title: The Development of Automated Technology to Measure Toe Pressure in Peripheral Arterial Disease

KESS PhD Studentship Reference: UoG MINI 10973

The central aim of this proposed project is to review the current literature on the measurement of peripheral blood pressure in the foot and develop concepts for an automated system to measure toe pressure which will allow a reliable assessment of the lower limb arterial supply of patients in primary care.

The main work to be carried out is:
To undertake a comprehensive review of the literature related to the development of an automated toe pressure device The development of the concept for a device using a toe-cuff for automated use – based on Pulse Volume or other technologies which could utilise previously developed electronic or pneumatic systems.

To download an application package please visit:
For any queries on eligibility, please contact: Leanne Crawley (EuRO), University of Glamorgan (
For informal enquiries or further programme information, please contact: Prof Joyce Kenkre ( or Dr Mark Williams (
Closing date for applications: 29th March 2013

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NISCHR AHSC Primary Care Research Incentive Scheme (PiCRIS)

January 2013

An exciting new development from the NISCHR AHSC was launched in the New Year with much support from the WSPCR. The scheme provides developmental and financial support for General Practices in Wales who want to be involved in quality research. It is hoped that the scheme will be run annually.

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Common Infections & Antibiotic Resistance in Cardiff News

January 2013

In this month' edition of Cardiff News, themed 'Charting our course: Research with worldwide impact' the Stemming the Tide of Antimicrobial Resistance (STAR) study is profiled on page 8, and the Common Infections & Antibiotic Resistance research team is featured in the 'Meet the Team' section on page 10.

Take a look at the articles in the pdf edition.

Bridging the age gap in breast cancer

October 2012

Glyn Elwyn and colleagues are collaborating with researchers in Sheffield on the NIHR funded Age Gap study.

DUTY study exceeds recruitment target

April 2012

Congratulations to the DUTY study team in exceeding their recruitment target of 6,000, recruiting 7,163 children in total! The Diagnosis of Urinary Tract infection in Young Children (DUTY) Study is led by Professor Chris Butler, and to derive and validate a clinical algorithm for the diagnosis of UTI, in children aged before their fifth birthday presenting to primary care with an acute illness.

For more information, visit the DUTY study profile page.

Funding awarded by Prostate Cancer UK

February 2012

Prostate Cancer UK have awarded £20K funding for a pilot randomised controlled trial of a nurseled psychoeducational intervention delivered in primary care to prostate cancer survivors (PROSPECTIV). WSPCR's Richard Neal and Clare Wilkinson are co-applicants on the study, which is led by Oxford Brooks University.

NISCHR Fellowship Success

March 2012

Dr Nick Francis has been awarded a NISCHR fellowship in investigate the variation in consulation rates for the management of bacterial skin and soft-tissue infections and other skin conditions associated with antibiotic use.

'The body gets used to them'

July 2012

Professor Chris Butler and colleagues have had a paper published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, exploring patients’ interpretations of ‘antibiotic resistance’.

Cancer intervals study findings featured in national media

April 2012

Work by Dr. Richard Neal, lead researcher from the North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research and Senior Lecturer in General Practice at Bangor University, has contributed to research revealing how often people consult their doctors before being diagnosed with cancer. The study in was picked up by national media and featured in the Daily Mail and was the first item on the BBC News Health (November 2011). Dr. Richard Neal was also interviewed by BBC Wales following publication in the Lancet.

WSPCR funds new Pathway Project 

October 2011

A new pathway project has been funded by WSPCR alongside Cardiff University's President's Research Scholarship, which aims to investigate the use of antibiotics for primary care dental problems. The successful applicant, Anwen Cope will be supervised by Prof Christopher Butler, Prof Ivor Chestnutt, Dr Fiona Wood, Dr Nick Francis.

R-GNOSIS study underway

October 2011

Work has started on the R-GNOSIS study: Resistance in Gram-Negative Organisms: Studying Intervention Strategies. WSPCR is leading the Primary care work package involving Wales, UK, Spain and the Netherlands.

New WSPCR funding scheme launched

September 2011

The WSPCR has launched a new flexible and responsive research funding scheme supported by NISCHR.  The focus of the funding is for either pilot projects or fellowships to develop high quality research proposals in primary care in Wales.  The total award budget is £120,000 per annum.

Please download the guidance notes for more information.

Respiratory tract infection booklet launched

May 2011

Dr Nick Francis, practicing GP and Senior Clinical Research Fellow within the WSPCR has launched a booklet for parents explaining common infections in children who are normally healthy. 

Aspirin in Perspective - the risk and benefits of aspirin prophylaxis

Seminar - The Main Lecture Theatre 1: Cardiff University: University of Wales Hospital
Tuesday 5th April 2011, 1.00 - 4.00pm

Aspirin is a well established drug for the reduction of vascular disease and since the first randomised trial was reported in 1974 Wales has held the initiative in research on aspirin.

North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health - NWORTH

February 2011

Robyn Davies had a great reception in North Wales when he met with some of members of the NWORTH leadership team; Dr. Huw Roberts, Unit Manager; Mrs. Rhiannon Whitaker, Associate Director (Scientific); Dr. Nefyn Williams, Associate Director (Clinical), practicing GP and joint R&D Director for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.