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SW SAPC 2022: Primary Care - Coming Together

SW SAPC 2022

SW SAPC 2022 was hosted on 10th and 11th March by Exeter. Thank you to all of our keynote speakers, session chairs, presenters, and attendees for such a brilliant conference.

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.

Given the ongoing uncertainty caused by Covid/Omicron we took the decision to move the SW SAPC conference onto an online platform.

Keynotes: Thank you to Trish Greenhalgh, Ruth Garside, and Angela Wood.

Many thanks to our Organising Commitee, and Gary Abel, Conference Chair.



Best long talk: James Sheppard, Oxford

Best short talk: Sharon Dixon, Oxford

Best ECR talk: Iwan Jones, Southampton

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.

Angela Wood is Professor of Health Data Science at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge. She has key leadership roles for major data-driven initiatives: she is director of Biostatistics of the BHF Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit, Cambridge; is appointed co-Leader of the Population and Quantitative Science theme for the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre; and serves as the co-Leader of Data-Analysis Work-packages in BigData@Heart and the BHF Data Science Centre CVD-COVID-UK Consortium.

She is the principal statistical advisor for a number of international consortia based on individual participant data including the Emerging Risk Factors Collaboration relating to cardiovascular disease and the EPIC-CVD European case-cohort study. She has led major new national training efforts in health data science and serves on the national training teams for Health Data Research UK and the Alan Turing Institute, as well as contributing to teaching and supervision of students across the Cambridge biomedical campus.

She has co-authored 100+publications, predominantly in methods and applications related to epidemiological studies. She is an expert in the statistical aspects of missing data, risk prediction, longitudinal data and joint modelling, measurement error, meta-analysis, and Mendelian randomisation. She has received methodological grants from the MRC, British Heart Foundation and Alan Turing Institute and has been a key biostatistical co-investigator in major grants awarded by the British Heart Foundation, MRC, NIHR and EU FP7.

A message to presenters


We are looking forward to hearing more about your research at South West SAPC.  You will have been offered either

a)       a 10 minute oral presentation followed by up to 5 minutes for questions, or

b)      a short (3 minute) presentation with up to 2 minutes for questions. 

For either presentation type, we request that you follow the instructions for presenters below.

The session chairs will operate the slides for each presenter In order to streamline the sessions and avoid technical difficulties as far as possible. You will need to ask the chair to advance each slide.

To this end, we ask that:

  • Presentations be prepared in Microsoft PowerPoint.  We recognise this may not be your program of choice, but it will be necessary to ensure the chairs can operate everyone’s slides.
  • Use of animations or transitions, e.g. with different text/images appearing on slides at different times, be minimised.
  • Pleaseprepare your slides in Widescreen format to facilitate combining presentations together within sessions.

Presenters giving short talks are advised to plan the timing of their talk with care. Whilst we appreciate that some people use more slides than others, in most cases keeping to a maximum of 3 slides is appropriate.

To allow us to compile slides for each session into a single presentation please email your slides to by 4th March at the latest.


Registration opened on 4th October 2021

Registration is now closed, as of 14th February 2022


Costs - £40 for both Thur and Fri + social events.




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.

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