Upcoming APEx Seminars

Contact apexseminars@exeter.ac.uk for further details or if you wish to book a place‌.




Academic year 2019/20

Title and Speaker

Wednesday 18 March 



Flyer SM & JB


** postponed **

Dr Sam Merriel, GP and Clinical Senior Research Fellow, UEMS

"Multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging for prostate cancer diagnosis in primary care"


Dr Jess Bollen, Clinical Trials Unit, University of Exeter

“REACT: REtirement in ACTion. A randomised controlled trial of a community-based physical activity intervention to prevent mobility-related disability for retired older people”

Wednesday 6 May 



Flyer HA

Professor Helen Atherton, Associate Professor of Primary Care Research and Digital Health Lead at the Unit of Academic Primary Care, Warwick Medical School Biog HA

"Caring remotely? The rise of digital patient facing services in general practice"‌

Wednesday 20 May



Flyer CC

Dr Chris Clark, Clinical Senior Lecturer in General Practice, UEMS

“20 years of inter-arm difference: what have we learned?”


Wednesday 17 June



Dr Gary Abel, Senior Lecturer, UEMS

"Title TBA"

Wednesday 8 July



Dr Bianca Wiering, Postdoctoral Research Associate, CMH

"Guideline discordant diagnostic care: when do primary care referrals not reflect guidelines for suspected cancer?"


Dr Mayam Gomez-Cano, Postdoctoral Research Associate, CMH

"Awareness and use of online appointment booking in general practice: analysis of GP Patient Survey data"

APEx is no longer routinely offering video links to Truro due to low attendance rates there and the unnecessary blocking of a room. If you particularly want to join by video link for one of the seminars please email apexseminars@exeter.ac.uk and we will try to arrange this. 





Wednesday 11 March

JS07 - Lunch, 12:30-13:00

EMS G18 - Seminar, 13:00-14:30

Flyer AM&MM

Professor Albert Mulley, MD, MPP & Margaret Mulley, Dartmouth Institute, New Hampshire, USA

"Primary care as the foundation for sustainable health systems: Making choices matter for health and wellbeing."

Wednesday 15 January



Flyer SR

Professor Sue Richards, Professor of Primary Care Research, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
"A primary care response to frailty: mind the (evidence) gap"




Wednesday 11 December

JS07 Smeall

12.30 for 13.00-14.00

Flyer Journal Club


A new initiative: three journal articles up for discussion


1. Zeraatkar et al led by Dr Chris Clark


2. Minchin et al led by Professor John Campbell


3. Bohren et al led by Dr Emma Pitchforth 



Wednesday 27 November

JS07 Smeall

12.30 for 13.00-14.00 Flyer JB GD Nov 19

Dr Jo Butterworth, NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow, UEMS

"Interventions for involving older patients with multimorbidity in decision-making during primary care consultations: A Cochrane systematic review" Abstract JB


Grace Dibben, PhD student, UEMS

"Cardiac rehabilitation and physical activity levels in heart failure" Abstract GD

Wednesday 16 October 

JS07 Smeall

13.00-14.00 Flyer CH Oct 19

Professor Claire Hulme, Professor of Health Economics, University of Exeter Medical School

"Challenges for economic evaluation when doing research with people with learning disabilities: The OK Diabetes Study" Abstract CH

Wednesday 18 Sept

JS07 Smeall

13.00-14.00 Flyer Stubbs

Dr Brendon Stubbs, Head of Physiotherapy, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation trust and a clinical lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London Biog BS

"Physical activity and serious mental health conditions: evidence, mechanisms and implementation"

Monday 3 June 

JS07 Smeall



Dr Zelalem Mengistu, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Urogynaecologist, University of Gondar, Ethiopia


Dr Emma Pitchforth, Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow in Primary Care, CMH

"Women’s health in Ethiopia: doing  more for women with pelvic floor disorders" ‌Flyer ZMEP


Wednesday 15 May

JS07 Smeall, 14.00-15.00  

Flyer BD 15 May

Joint seminar with Exeter Clinical Trials Unit from 2.00-3.00 with refreshments from 1.30pm

Dr Ben Darlow, Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice, University of Otago, Wellington New Zealand

"The Low Back Pain in General Practice randomised trial and implementation study"

Wednesday 3 April 


JS07 Smeall Flyer 3/4

Dr Mieke Rijken, Senior Researcher, Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL) 

"Identifying persons with multimorbidity who are most in need of proactive person-centred care in general practice" 

Tuesday 2 April 2019


JS07 Smeall Flyer CRUK

Dr Elizabeth Smethurst, Research Funding Manager, Early Detection Research, Cancer Research UK

"Early detection research at Cancer Research UK" 

Wednesday 20 March


JS07 Smeall Flyer 20/3


Dr Sarah Walker, Research Fellow, UEMS

“Exercise Training for Chronic Heart Failure (ExTraMATCH II): Our experience of performing an Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis”

AND Ellie Williams, BCLinSci student, UEMS

“Completing a systematic review summarising screening tools used to predict physical frailty in adults aged 65 years and over. A dissertation project” 

 Friday 8 February


JS07 Smeall Flyer RMcM

Professor Richard McManus, Professor of Primary Care Research, University of Oxford 

“Should clinicians measure blood pressure in 2019?” Abstract McManus

Tuesday 22 January


G18 St Luke's Flyer 22 Jan

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners

A future vision for general practice Abstract HSL




Wednesday 28 November 

13.00-14.00 - joint seminar

JS07 Smeall Flyer 28 Nov

Judit Konya, Academic Clinical Fellow UEMS

Exploring the role of peer-led group-based interventions in the care of adult sexual abuse survivors

and Sinead McDonagh, Research Fellow UEMS

To beet or not to beet? That is the question - a brief review of dietary nitrate as a potential ergogenic and therapeutic aid

Wednesday 31 October


JS07 Smeall Flyer 31 Oct

Professor Willie Hamilton, Professor of Primary Care Diagnostics (DISCO), and Dr Raff Calitri, Trial Manager, UEMS 

"Cancer diagnostic trials in primary care - ECASS and ERICA" Abstract 31 Oct 18

Wednesday 26 September

JS07 Smeall Building

Workshop: Measuring patient safety in general practice: the NIHR Patient Safety Toolkit Project and related initiatives Patient Safety flyer Co-organised by APEx, SW AHSN and RCGP Tamar Faculty

Registration and coffee 08.40 Workshop programme

Close 12.00 for lunch

Please register to help with refreshment numbers


Wednesday 26 September

JS07 Smeall

13.00-14.00 Flyer AA

Professor Tony Avery, Dean and Head of School of Medicine, University of Nottingham

"Making a difference with your research: towards improving patient safety in primary care"

Wednesday 27 June

JS07 Smeall Building, St Luke's Exeter

10.30-11.30 Flyer DRT

Professor David Thompson, Professor of Nursing, Queen's University Belfast Bio DRT

Psychosocial interventions in cardiovascular disease Abstract DRT


Wednesday 20 June

JS07, Smeall Building, St Luke's Exeter (video conferencing to F083 Knowledge Spa)

13.00-14.00 Flyer JS

Dr Jane Smith, Senior Lecturer in Primary Care, UEMS

Dr Leon Poltawski and Rachel Winder, Research Fellows for ARRISA-UK study, UEMS

The At-Risk Registers Intergrated into primary care to Stop Asthma crises in the UK (ARRISA-UK) trial: progress and plans for future work ‌

Wednesday 9 May

JS07, Smeall Building, St Luke's Exeter (video conferencing to F083 Knowledge Spa)

13.00-14.00 Flyer CD

Professor Chris Dickens, Professor of Psychological Medicine, UEMS

Why do people with long-term conditions get depression: unpicking the neurocognitive mechanisms Abstract CD




Wednesday 4 April 2018

JS07, Smeall Building, St Luke's Exeter (video conferencing to F083 Knowledge Spa)

13.00-14.00 Flyer DK

Dr David Kessler, Reader in Primary Care, Bristol Medical School

A randomised trial of the addition of mirtazipine for patients with depression in primary care who have not responded to antidepressant treatment Abstract DK

Wednesday 21 March  2018

JS07, Smeall Building, St Luke's Exeter (NO VC to Truro)

13.00-14.00 Flyer LM & AP

Dr Luke Mounce, UEMS Research Fellow (DISCO)

SPOtting Cancer among comorbidities (SPOC): do pre-existing conditions delay diagnosis of cancer? Abstract LM


Antoinette Davey, Researcher and PhD student (HSPRG)

Time-dependent variation for PRO measurements in patients with chronic health conditions: a systematic scoping review Abstract AD

Wednesday 21 February 2018

JS07 Smeall Building, St Luke's Exeter

13.00-14.00 Flyer EP

Dr Emma Pitchforth, Senior Research Fellow in Primary Care, UEMS

Community-based social innovations for healthy ageing: evidence from middle income countries Abstract EP

Wednesday 10 January 2018

JS07, Smeall Building, St Luke's Exeter (with video link to F083)

13.00-14.00 Flyer TM


Tim Malone (1), Niall Macleod (2), Andrew Gunther (3)

1. NHS Research Fellow, RD&E; 2. GP, Exeter; 3. Senior Planning & Public Health Officer, Torbay Council. All NHS England/Public Health England Sustainability and Health Ambassadors for Devon 

"It's the sustainability, stupid!" - why health and social care need a new snowclone to survive 



Wednesday 6 December 2017

JS07, Smeall Building, St Luke's Exeter (with video link to F083)

13.00-14.00 pm Flyer Ford


Dr Joe Ford, Postdoctoral Research Associate, UEMS with Professor Rose McCabe and Professor Katrina Wyatt, UEMS Bio Ford

Mental health in GP/patient consultations Abstract Ford

Wednesday 15 November 2017 13.00-14.00

JS07 Smeall Flyer 15 Nov

Dr Tim Holt PhD MRCP FRCGP, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford Biog TH

Overcoming barriers to anticoagulant uptake in atrial fibrillation: lessons from the AURAS-AF trial

Wednesday 18 October 2017 13.00-14.00

JS07 Smeall ‌

Sam van Beurden, UEMS Researcher

The ImpulsePal: An app a day keeps the cravings at bay


Jeff Lambert, UEMS Researcher

The pilot evaluation of a web-based intervention for physical activity and depression Abstract JL

Friday 29 September 2017


JS07 Smeall  Flyer RL

Dr Richard Lehman, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Birmingham Bio RL

Sharing Medicine Abstract RL

Friday 15 September 2017 


JS07, Smeall

Alison Marsh, Resarch Programme Manager, Clinical Innovation and Research, Royal College of General Practitioners

RCGP Impact from Research


Wednesday 14 June 2017 


JS07, Smeall ‌

Jaheeda Gangannagaripalli, Researcher, Health Services & Policy Research, UEMS Biog

Exploring the safety of an electronic prescribing system in an Intensive Care Unit: A mixed methods approach Abstract JG

Jonathan Evans MRCS, MD Student, Health Services & Policy Research, UEMS & Orthopaedic Registrar J Evans biog

Optimising Interventional Treatment of Tennis Elbow J Evans abstract

Wednesday 24 May 2017


JS07 Flyer JC

Professor John Campbell, Professor of General Practice and Primary Care, UEMS & Director of APEx Biog JC

Calling time on the consultation Abstract JC

Wednesday 26 April 2017 


NC12  Flyer

Professor Clive Ballard, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean

Dementia: Prevention, Treatment and Care Abstract Flyer

Wednesday 15 March 2017

13.00-14.00 Flyer SLP

Assoc Prof Philip Evans, Dr Kate Sidaway-Lee and Sir Denis Pereira Gray, St Leonard's Research Practice, Exeter Biogs SLP

Continuity - is it the key to care? Abstract SLP

Wednesday 22 February 2017

13.00-14.00 Flyer

Assoc Prof Colin Greaves and Dr Jane Smith, UEMS researchers Biogs

The Community-based Prevention of Diabetes (ComPoD) randomised, waiting list controlled trial of a voluntary sector-led diabetes prevention programme Abstract

‌Wednesday 18 January 2017 Flyer2


Dr Rupert Payne, Consultant Senior Lecturer in Primary Care, University of Bristol

Polypharmacy - a necessary evil? Biog & abstract



Wednesday 14 Dec 2016

13.00-14.00 ‌Flyer

Dr David Llewellyn, UEMS Biog

Identifying patients with dementia: from clinical judgement and simple tests to precision medicine Abstract


Wednesday 30 November 2016

13.00-15.30 Flyer

Professor Marc N Elliott PhD, Senior Principal Researcher, RAND & Dr Gary Abel PhD, Senior Lecturer, UEMS Biogs

"Handling patient survey data in healthcare - massaging the data or sound practice?"

Wednesday 16 November 2016

13.00-14.00 Flyer

Dr Leon Poltawski and Associate Professor Colin Greaves, UEMS ‌ Biogs CG LP

Getting to grips with the psychology of weight management: lessons learned from developing and delivering the SkiM (Skills for weight loss and Maintenance) intervention Abstract

Wednesday 9 November 2016

13.00-14.00 Flyer

Dr Gary Abel, UEMS  Biog

Diagnostic activity indicators for cancer in primary care Abstract

Wednesday 2 November 2016

10.00-11.30 Flyer

 Dr Tove A Hanssen, Honorary Research Fellow, Complex Inverventions Research Group, UEMS

 Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROs) in clinical trials - an introduction

Wednesday 12 October 2016


Dr Sue Richards, UEMS

Providing psychological care in cardiac rehabilitation settings: a tale of two halves. Findings from an updated Cochrane review, and NIHR HTA funded pilot study ‘CADENCE’ 

Wednesday 14 September 2016

1.30-2.30 Flyer

Professor Paul Little, Professor of Primary Care Research, University of Southampton Biog

Nepal, Ivan Illich, and flesh-eating killer bugs: the journey of a clinical researcher

Wednesday 22 June 2016

10.30-11.30 Flyer

Dr Ian Porter Biog

"Using Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) for the routine management of multimorbidity in primary care: results of a feasibility study" Abstract


Dr Charlotte Bramwell ‌

"Multimorbidity  - models of care" Bio CB

Thursday 2 June 2016


Dr Evan Kontopantelis Biog

"Primary Care Databases: challenges with analysing electronic health records" ‌

Friday 29 April 2016

13.00 Flyer

Dr Alex Harding Bio AH

"How do medical students learn technical proficiency on hospital placements? The role of learning networks" Abstract AH

Wednesday 20 April 2016

13.00 ‌

 Dr Joanne Reeve ‌Biog

"OPTIcare - applying a science of generalism to tackling problematic polypharmacy" Abstract


Wednesday 6 April 2016

13.00 Flyer - Gibbons

Dr Chris Gibbons

"Transforming patient-reported outcome assessment: the role of adaptive tests and tailored feedback" Abstract CG

Wednesday 23 March 2016

13.00 ‌

 Amy Backhouse Biog

"Key components in models of community-based interventions coordinating care in dementia: a mixed studies systematic review" Abstract

Sarah Price Biog

"The Clinical Practice Research Datalink: how much symptom information is lost in the free text" Abstract

24 February 2016

13.00 Flyer

Professor John Campbell Biog

"Patient feedback: useful in transforming primary care?" Abstract

Wednesday 20 January 2016

13.00 Flyer

 Dr Helen Lloyd

"Integrating service design, evaluation and research: a strategy to improve person centred coordinated care" Abstract



Wednesday 2 December 2015

13.00 Flyer

Professor Lyne Cloutier ‌

"Nursing research in hypertension: a Canadian perspective"  Abstract

Wednesday 25 November 2015





"Using Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) for the routine management of multimorbidity in primary care: Results of a feasibility study" Abstract

Dr Caroline Jenkinson & Mary Carter Biog

“The MIR Trial:  lessons learned from conducting a CTIMP in general practices” Abstract

Tuesday 17 November

13.00 ‌


Dr James Sheppard JS

"Blood pressure measurement in the GP's office: Is it a complete waste of time?"

Wednesday 21 October

Flyer RT


Professor Rod Taylor, Professor of Health Services Research, UEMS Biog

"The role and evidence base for priamry care in the provision of cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention services" Abstract

 Thursday 17 September

Flyer 2 CS

Professor Chris Salisbury, Professor of Primary Health Care, University of Bristol  Biog 

"Multimorbidity: Re-designing health care for the people who use it" Abstract

Wed 24 June 

Sarah Bailey

"Thrombocytosis: an important marker of cancer in primary care?"‌   &

Dr Lindsey Anderson Biog

"Cochrane cardiac rehabilitation reviews - working with Cochrane: lessons learned"‌

Wed 20 May,


Professor Chris Dickens

"The challenges of integrating primary care for people with physical and psychological health problems" Abstract


Wed 15 April  Flyer

Professor Chris Hyde, Dr Bijay Vaidya (Consultant Physician, RD&E) Biog and the UNTEST team

"Ordering of thyroid function  tests in primary care - is six-fold variation too much and should we do anything about it?" Abstract

Wed 25 March, 13.30-14.30, 
Professor Richard Byng Biog 

"Complex interventions for complex problems: from offenders to multimorbidity, developing and evaluating innovative models of care" Abstract

Wed 25 February


 Jemima Dooley

 "'You've got Alzheimer's Disease' - delivering a diagnosis of dementia" Abstract

& Jenny Wingham - Biog

"Including caregivers in designing a home-based intervention for heart failure management: what do they need?" Abstract

Wed 28 January

Professor Victor Aboyans Biog

"Ankle-Brachial Index, the most ubiquitary marker of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular risk: 45 years of research" Slides



Tue 24 June

Presentations to SAPC, Edinburgh Primary Care SAPC Presentations Edinburgh 2014

Fri 23 May

Professor Jose Valderas

“Using patient reported outcome measures in Primary Care: evidence and challenges”

Valderas presentation

Fri 18 July

 Marc Elliott

Ethnic differences in clinical quality of care in the US    BiogMarc Elliott CV

Mon 22 Sep

Professor David Mant "Producing evidence that helps" David Mant Seminar precis and David Mant biography

Wed 22 October

Professor Willie Hamilton 

 "(How) can GPs improve cancer outcomes?" Abstractand Biog

 Wed 3 December

 1. Dr Leon Poltawski

"Weight loss maintenance: a qualitative synthesis and implications for interventions" Abstract and Biog

2. Dr Luke Mounce "Impact of multi-morbidity and clinical complexity on the quality and safety of Primary Care in England: Development of a protocol" Biog

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