Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions

SW SAPC 2022: Primary Care - Coming Together

SW SAPC 2022

The University of Exeter's Collaboration of Academic Primary Care (APEx) is delighted to be hosting South West SAPC on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th March 2022.

SW SAPC is the Society for Academic Primary Care's (SAPC) regional annual conference for clinicians and clinical and non-clinical academics in research centres across the south west to share the latest findings and activity in primary care research.





Important Dates

4th October 2021

Registration Opens

Call for Abstracts

26th November 2021 Abstract deadline 

14th January 2022

Outcome of Abstract submission 
11th February 2022 Registration Closes
10th and 11th March 2022 SW SAPC 2022 Exeter Conference


Registration opens 4th October 2021

Registration closes 11th February 2022



Dinner (including a drinks reception) will be on Thursday night.

Full delegate, & dinner : £215 

Full delegate, no dinner : £170


Day delegate Thursday, & dinner : £135

Day delgate Friday, & dinner : £135


Day delegate Thursday, no dinner : £90

Day delegate Friday, no dinner : £90


Dinner : £45 (you do not have to register for the conference to attend the dinner - plus ones are available) 


Costs exclude accommodation. We have reserved a number of rooms at the Mercure Rougemont for delegates - call early to reserve yours - see Venue and Staying in Exeter (below).


Instructions for presenters - tbc

Instructions for posters - tbc

You don't need to login or register to submit an abstract - just fill in the online survey.

Abstracts are limited to 350 words, excluding the title, author, and affiliation responses.

We welcome submissions from early career researchers.

We welcome abstracts outlining research, policy and education relevant to Primary Care.  The South West SAPC 2022 theme is “Primary Care - Coming Together”.

The deadline for abstract submission is 6pm on 26th November 2021.

You will be informed of the outcome of your submission w/c 14th January 2022.

Selected abstracts will be publicly available on our SW SAPC website.

Conference venue - Mercure Rougement, Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3SP

A special rate of £91 B&B has been agreed with the Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel for a limited number of double bedrooms on Thursday 10th March (and Friday 11th March too, if you're looking to explore Exeter for the weekend). Call the Mercure on 01392 410 237, ask to speak to Kat Moore, with the reference SWSAPC to book ahead.


Alternative accommodation suggestions:

Mercure Southgate, Southernhay East, Exeter, EX1 1QF

The City Gate Hotel, Iron Bridge, North Street, Exeter, EX4 3EA

Premier Inn Exeter City Centre Hotel, 2 Southernhay Gardens, Exeter, EX1 1SG

Hotel du Vin, Magdalen Street, Exeter, EX2 4HY

There are many hotels in and around Exeter Central.


Exeter - the heart of Devon

Central Exeter is home to the renowned Exeter Cathedral, Underground Passages, Royal Albert Memorial Museum and historic Quayside - see Visit Exeter to explore the many historical and cultural landmarks and venues that Exeter has to offer. Arts and Culture Exeter also has some brilliant ideas of ways to take in Exeter, such as the Sculpture Walk on Streatham Campus.


Trish Greenhalgh is Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences and Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford. She studied Medical, Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge and Clinical Medicine at Oxford before training first as a diabetologist and later as an academic general practitioner. She has a doctorate in diabetes care and an MBA in Higher Education Management. She leads a programme of research at the interface between the social sciences and medicine, working across primary and secondary care.

Her work seeks to celebrate and retain the traditional and the humanistic aspects of medicine and healthcare while also embracing the exceptional opportunities of contemporary science and technology to improve health outcomes and relieve suffering. Three particular interests are the health needs and illness narratives of minority and disadvantaged groups; the introduction of technology-based innovations in healthcare; and the complex links (philosophical and empirical) between research, policy and practice.  She has brought this interdisciplinary perspective to bear on the research response to the Covid-19 pandemic, looking at diverse themes including clinical assessment of the deteriorating patient by phone and video, the science and anthropology of face coverings, and policy decision-making in conditions of uncertainty.

Trish is the author of over 400 peer-reviewed publications and 16 textbooks.  She was awarded the OBE for Services to Medicine by Her Majesty the Queen in 2001 and made a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences in 2014. She is also a Fellow of the UK Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of General Practitioners, Faculty of Clinical Informatics and Faculty of Public Health.

Ruth is a social science researcher specialising in systematic review and evidence synthesis. She has over 15 years’ experience using quantitative and qualitative research methods to investigate a range of policy relevant health, social care questions and environmental questions. Her work has informed national policy customers including the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Home Office. Ruth's current focus is on appraising health benefits from the environment.  Recent projects have focused on nature-based social prescribing, including work for Defra, the development of a Handbook to support organisations to provide safe and effective nature based social prescribing interventions and an ongoing evaluation looking at how to scale up and embed nature-based social prescribing to support mental health.

The SW SAPC 2022 Organising Committee

Gary Abel

Emily Brown

Phil Evans

Willie Hamilton

Sam Merriel 

Sinead McDonagh

Luke Mounce

Sarah Price

Bethan Treadgold

Chloe Thomas

Bianca Wiering


Keynote speaker - Trish Greenhalgh

We are delighted to be welcoming Trish to deliver a remote talk as our first Keynote Speaker of the conference.

Keynote speaker - Ruth Garside

We would like to welcome Ruth Garside to deliver a talk at SW SAPC 2022.

Ruth is Associate Professor in Evidence Synthesis at The European Centre for Environment & Human Health.


Keynote speaker - Angela Wood

We look forward to welcoming Angela Wood on Day 2 of the conference.