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Edition #5  November 2016

Recent news of interest


PRIME Centre Wales Annual Report 2015-16

PRIME Centre Wales (Wales Centre for Primary and Emergency Care Research) has had an busy first year.

We've recently published our annual report, detailing some of the exciting advances that we've made.

You can download the report here or read by clicking below:

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Photo prize at Health and Care Research Wales Conference

Researchers from PRIME Centre Wales were awarded best photo in the 'Having an impact' category in the Health and Care Research Wales photo competition, awarded at the Health and Care Research Wales Conference held 13th October, Swalec Stadium, Cardiff.

The photo entitled, 'Seeing my cells' captures Grace McCutchan at the Greenman festival with Tenovus Cancer Care in their ice-cream van laboratory, as part of the team's research engagement activities.

The team were taking 'cheeky cell-fies' of cheek swabs from members of the public to show the participants' cells under a microscope. The was a 'teachable moment' to offer advice to members of the public on how to keep cells healthy and reduce cancer risk.

Grace (pictured above, right), a postgraduate research student at Cardiff University, comments:
"Green man festival was brilliant and it was great to talk to so many people about Tenovus and share our research".

Prof Helen Snooks @Collaborate2016

Professor Helen Snooks was among the guest speakers at Collaborate 2016 conference held 19th October at Swansea University.

Collaborate 2016 was dedicated to celebrating and promoting collaborative projects and partnerships across industry, academia, Government, health boards and other organisations in the life science community.

Bringing together representatives from across the region and beyond, the event was hosted by the Swansea University Medical School, ARCH Programme Team, ABM and Hywel Dda University Health Boards.

Prof Helen Snooks' presentation entitled: 'Collaborating for successful research that makes a difference in the real world' can be viewed on the PRIME Centre Wales news page.


Pharmacy Research Wales launches a new strategy for research in Wales

19 October 2016

The Pharmacy Research Wales collaboration is delighted to be formally launching ‘Pharmacy Research for Wales: a 5 year strategic action plan for research in Pharmacy’. 

There is room for improvement in the way the NHS in Wales uses the £800 million it spends on medicines each year. It is of vital importance that much needed new services and initiatives in the use and safety of medicines are underpinned by high quality evidence of clinical and cost effectiveness.

The pharmacy research workforce must be ready to meet these current and future demands. The strategy therefore seeks to increase the capacity and capability of pharmacy professionals in Wales by creating equity in the research training opportunities available to pharmacy professionals and to harness the unique, patient-focused perspectives that they can bring to medicines use research. 

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Forthcoming events of interest

PRIME Centre Wales Annual Meeting 2016

Date: 15 November 2016, 10:00-16:00
Venue: Wrexham Ramada Plaza, LL13 7YH

Colleagues and researchers in primary and emergency (including unscheduled) care are invited to attend the Health & Care Research Wales funded PRIME Centre Wales Annual Event 2016. The Bangor Institute for Health & Medical Research (BIHMR) at Bangor University are delighted to host the next PRIME Centre Wales Annual Event 2016.  

The aims of the event are to promote the exciting and innovative research progress made by PRIME Centre Wales in its first year, to facilitate networking and collaboration, and to raise awareness of PRIME Centre Wales in North Wales.

Further information


Collaborative Working Across Health & Social Care

Date: 25 November 2016
Venue: University of South Wales, USW Conference Centre, Treforest Campus, Pontypridd, CF37 1DL

This inaugural event is aimed at those responsible for shaping future services within health and social care. It will focus on collaborative working to meet the needs of patients with long term conditions.

Further information


RSA Wales: A New Social Capital Agenda

Date: 10 November 2016
Venue: Senedd, Cardiff Bay, CF10 4PZ

Can we build a new social capital agenda - new ideas for transforming the relationship between social capital, social media, citizenship, and well-being?

Wales and the rest of the UK has a long-term crisis. Fewer people are getting involved in doing things, running things, or just hanging around with each other. This Fellow-led event will look at how we help each other to help each other, or what’s formally known as ‘social capital’.

This special event at the Senedd, Cardiff, sponsored by Jane Hutt AM, features:

  • Professor Ian Hargreaves CBE of Cardiff University on the ‘Creative Citizen in a Digitally Divided Age'
  • Professor Joyce Kenkre of PRIME Centre Wales, University of South Wales on ‘Putting Social Back into Communities - Creating Social Capital to Boost well-being’
  • Andy Green FRSA on ‘the Barry IdeasBank - an Engine for Building Social Capital’
  • Luke Loveridge FRSA on ‘Cardiff Citizen Tech Pioneers’
  • Other key contributions sharing trailblazing new ideas and innovative thinking.

Registration and further information


Research Design & Conduct Service - Annual Writing Retreat

Date: 4-6 January 2017
Venue: Metropole Hotel and Spa, Llandrindod Wells

This event is a unique opportunity for health or social care professionals across Wales to attend a 3-day Residential Grant Writing Retreat.

The Research Design & Conduct Service (RDCS) Retreat provides a supportive environment for teams of two or three people (at least one of whom should be a health or social care professional working in Wales) to develop high quality research proposals prior to application to national peer-reviewed funding streams.

(Sponsorship may be available from PRIME Centre Wales for collaborative grant applications).

Further information

Funding opportunities


RCN Foundation Professional Bursary Scheme

Bursaries of up to £5,000 are available for activities which focus on:
  • primary care nursing
  • long term/chronic conditions
  • blood cancer New – funding received by Leukaemia Care
This includes, for example, obesity, mental health, children's/young people's services, older people and dementia.

Open to all nurses and midwives currently registered in the UK, and health care assistants/assistant practitioners based in the UK, who will be undertaking their learning and development in the UK, between Spring 2017 and Spring 2018.
Deadline: 11 November 2016
Further information


PiCRIS 2016/17 scheme launched

Health and Care Research Wales are pleased to announce the launch of the 2016/17 Primary Care Research Incentive Scheme (PiCRIS).

The aim of PiCRIS is to increase capacity in primary care in Wales to support high quality research. The funding scheme aims to engage general practices in research and help practices to access the necessary training and support required to embed research into their day to day work.

Contact your local R&D office for the application form and guidance documents.

Deadline: Closing date for applications to local R&D offices has been set locally and will differ, however they must all be returned completed to Health and Care Research Wales b Friday 25 November 2016.


Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships programme (KESS II) - Cardiff University

Collaboration enquiries with PRIME Centre Wales welcomed

Cardiff University schools are invited to submit applications for PhD, MRes and MPhil studentships under the KESSII programme for enrolments after 1 January 2017.

The KESSII programme is a pan-Wales initiative supported by M£26 of European Social Fund support via the Welsh Government.  Under this programme, Cardiff University has at least 24 PhD and 35 MPhil / MRes studentships to allocate, to start within the next two academic years. We are particularly keen to recruit one-year MPhil projects.                                                                                  

Projects must be undertaken in collaboration with an external partner from the West Wales and the Valleys Convergence region of Wales, who can contribute c.K£3.5-5 cash per year (depending on size).  Funding will support RCUK-level stipends and project expenses of c.K£3 per year. Fees are not an eligible KESSII project cost.  Studentships must be awarded to EU/Home students only, who live or work in the West Wales and the Valleys Convergence area at the time of application and registration.

Further details are outlined in the KESS2 Information sheet , Application Form and Company Factsheet.

Deadline: Project applications may be submitted via Cardiff University School Research /PGR Offices at any time before 12th December 2016.

Please direct any queries to

Efficiency Through Technology Funding 2017-9

Project proposals are invited against two funding themes:
  • Rapid evaluation projects - to test the real world impact of new products and services on efficiency and effectiveness. These projects must complete within nine months, with a funding requirement of £50k to £200k.
  • Scale-up projects - to accelerate the adoption of products and services which demonstrate significant improvements in efficiency and effectiveness, to national or regional level. These projects can run for up to three years with a minimum funding requirement of £200k.
Examples of currently funded projects can be viewed here.
Related documents: Contact:
Deadline: 30 November 2016

PRIME Centre Wales website features listings of regularly updated funding opportunities of interest:

Collaboration enquiries are welcomed at:

Recent publications

Patient perspectives and quality of life issues whilst undergoing intermittent or continuous androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer: a mixed methods systematic review
Nafees Din, Andrei Stanciu, Ruth Lewis, Richard Neal, Eila Watson, Clare Wilkinson. PROSPERO 2016:CRD42016046503 

Improving early diagnosis of symptomatic cancer
Hamilton W, Walter FM, Rubin GR, Neal RD. Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology (2016) doi:10.1038/nrclinonc.2016.109 Published online 26 July 2016

Barriers to cancer symptom presentation among people from low socioeconomic groups: a qualitative study
McCutchan G, Wood F, Smits S, Edwards A, Brain K. BBMC Public Health (2016) 16:1052 DOI 10.1186/s12889-016-3733-2

The double edged sword of ovarian cancer information for women at increased risk
Smits, S, Boivin, J, Menon, U, Brain, K. Ecancermedicalscience. 2016; 10: 650. Published online 2016 Jun 30. doi: 10.3332/ecancer.2016.650

Long-term psychosocial outcomes of low-dose CT screening: results of the UK Lung Cancer Screening randomised controlled trial
Brain K, Lifford KJ, Carter B, Burke O, McRonald F, Devaraj A, Hansell DM, Baldwin D, Duffy SW, Field JK. Thorax. 2016 Nov;71(11):996-1005. doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-208283. Epub 2016 Jul 28.

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