News & events updates from Wales Centre for Primary and Emergency (including Unscheduled) Care Research
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Edition #3  April 2016

PRIME Centre Wales is an all-Wales centre with members from Bangor University, Cardiff University, University of South Wales, and Swansea University, funded by Health and Care Research Wales, Welsh Government.

Recent news of interest

PRIME Centre Wales research leaders selected for new health care group
Health and Care Research Wales has announced the appointment of a new group of Health and Care Research Wales Senior Research Leaders, including a number of staff from PRIME Centre Wales including Adrian Edwards (Cardiff University), Kerry Hood (Cardiff University), Richard Neal (Bangor University), Helen Snooks (Swansea University). Read more

Care at the Scene - Research for Ambulance Services

The role and the scope of ambulance services has changed radically over recent decades. The ambulance service is now expected to provide complete pre-hospital care.

The majority of 999 calls are not traffic accidents or heart attacks. More typically, calls involve people with complex and ongoing health problems experiencing a crisis. This could be an elderly person with heart failure and diabetes having had a fall, someone with lung disease experiencing breathlessness or a person at risk of suicide ringing in distress.

Care at the Scene brings together recent research evidence on urgent and emergency care, focused on the ambulance service. Almost 40 studies are featured in this themed review (22 completed, 17 ongoing) which were funded by the NIHR in the last ten years. Read more

Researcher interview: Rhiannon Phillips

PRIME Research Fellow Interview in Your Involvement Matters Newsletter

Dr Rhiannon Phillips, Research Fellow at PRIME Centre Wales is interviewed in the first edition of 'Your Involvement Matters' newsletter produced by the Involving People Network at Health and Care Research Wales. Rhiannon discusses public involvement in the breastfeeding peer support study currently being conducted by Cardiff University, Swansea University and Public Health Wales.

Read the full story in pages 13-16 of the newsletter.

Largest ever Welsh health research project launched

HealthWise Wales, which is the largest research project of its kind and designed to better understand the health of people living in Wales, was launched in February. HealthWise Wales is a confidential research study, which aims to develop an in-depth knowledge of the health of the nation - the information gained will be used to help the NHS plan for the future. The study hopes to recruit 260,000 people aged 16 and older over a five-year period. HealthWise Wales will involve large numbers of people in Wales in health and social care research. Read more

Forthcoming events of interest


Welsh International Symposium on Emergency Medicine

Date: 16th - 17th May 2016
Venue: City Hall, Cardiff CF10 3ND

The symposium themes on day 1 will cover the interface and challenges facing emergency departments and acute medical receiving units. On day 2, the focus will be on Innovation and Trauma.

In the United Kingdom, acute medicine and emergency medicine are two different but very closely related and overlapping specialties.  Many of the sessions and lectures address challenges in these two areas. Read more


7th Welsh Conference of the primary care of diabetes

Date: 19th May 2016
Venue: Jury's Inn, Cardiff

Speakers include:
  • David Millar-Jones (GP, Cwmbran and Chair, Primary Care Diabetes Society)
  • Stephen Lawrence (GPwSI, Kent)
  • Pam Brown (GP, Swansea)
  • Julia Platts (National Clinical Lead for Diabetes and Consultant in Diabetes and Medicine, Cardiff).
Read more

Centre for Innovative Ageing Open Day

Date: 23rd May 2016
Time: 11:00 - 14:30
Venue: Council Chamber, Singleton Abbey, Swansea University

The open day will explore the research and educational links with third sector, business as well as community engagement and will give you the chance to meet with academics, research staff and students from the CIA to discuss how the Centre can help address your needs for a changing population. Read more

Welsh Ambulance Service Trust Workshop: Research & Innovation in Pre Hospital Care

Date: 26th May 2016, Midday to 16:30
Venue: The Tramsheds, University of South Wales


  • Dr Brendan Lloyd, Executive Medical Director, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust
  • David Halliwell, Paramedic - Immersive environments 
  • Nia Roberts - Intellectual property: Myths and misconceptions
  • Ian Pallister, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Professor of Trauma 

Also includes:

  • Technology Challenge Scheme & Innovation workshop: Developing and making ideas a reality funding opportunities 
  • Discussion panel 

Register at Eventbrite on:

New routes to integrated care: The challenges of assistive technologies, teleheath and telecare:

Date: 21st June 2016
Venue: University of Manchester

The 1st UK Conference of the Telehealth Quality Group. Organised by Dr Malcolm Fisk who is internationally well known for his work on telehealth and care. The day promises to be very interesting with keynotes by Prof. Andrew Sixsmith and Laura Ryan. Read more

Funding opportunities

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

Recent publications

Molluscum contagiosum and associations with atopic eczema in children: a retrospective longitudinal study in primary care.
Olsen JR, Piguet V, Gallacher J, & Francis NA. (2015b). The British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners, 66(642), e53–e58.

Community based interventions to prevent fatal overdose from illegal drugs: a systematic review protocol.
Okolie C, Evans BA, John A, Moore C, Russell D, Snooks H. BMJ Open 2015;5:e008981

International variation in adherence to referral guidelines for suspected cancer: a secondary analysis of survey data.
Nicholson BD, Mant D, Neal RD, Hart N, Hamilton W, Shinkins B, Rubin G, Rose PW. British Journal of General Practice, Online First, Published Jan 2016.

Using existing trial data to inform the development of core outcome sets and improve efficiencies in research.
Thomas, K. S., Bradshaw, L., Montgommery, A. A., Francis, N. A., Ridd, M. J., & Santer, M. (2015). Trials, 16(Suppl 2), O74.

Recruitment to oral steroids for the resolution of otitis media with effusion in children (OSTRICH) study: challenges of a randomised controlled trial in secondary care sites across Wales and England.
Waldron, C.-A., Thomas-Jones, E., Harris, D., Shepherd, V., Cannings-John, R., Hood, K., et al. (2015). Trials, 16(Suppl 2), P119.

Quality of Life impact of childhood skin conditions measured using the Children's Dermatology Life Quality Index (CDLQI): a meta-analysis.
Olsen JR, Gallacher J, Finlay AY, Piguet V, & Francis NA. (2015). The British Journal of Dermatology.

Supporting shared decision making using an Option Grid for osteoarthritis of the knee in an interface musculoskeletal clinic: a stepped wedge trial.
Elwyn G, Pickles T, Edwards A, Kinsey K, Brain K, Newcombe RG, Firth J, Marrin K, Nye A, Wood F. Patient Education and Counseling. 2015 Oct 30. pii: S0738-3991(15)30092-6. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2015.10.011. [Epub ahead of print].

Analytic laboratory performance of a point of care urine culture kit for diagnosis and antibiotic susceptibility testing.
Bongard E, Frimodt-Møller N, Gal M, Wootton M, Howe R, Francis NA, Goossens H, Butler CC. (2015). European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases: Official Publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology, 34(10), 2111–2119.

Children's Toothbrushing Frequency: The Influence of Parents' Rationale for Brushing, Habits and Family Routines.
Trubey RJ, Moore SC, Chestnutt IG. Caries Res 2015;49:157-164

The association between parents' perceived social norms for toothbrushing and the frequency with which they report brushing their child's teeth.
Trubey RJ, Moore SC, Chestnutt IG. Community Dent Health. 2015 Jun;32(2):98-103.

Identifying priorities for improved child healthcare: a mixed methods analysis of safety incident reports.
Rees P, Edwards A, Powell C, Williams H, Hibbert P, Makeham M, Luff D, Parry G, Sheikh A, Donaldson L, Carson-Stevens A. BMJ Quality & Safety 11/2015; 24(11):730-731.

Opportunities for incident reporting.
Williams H, Cooper A, Carson-Stevens A. BMJ Quality & Safety 11/2015.

Involving older people in a multi centre randomised trial of a complex intervention in prehospital emergency care: implementation of a collaborative model.
Koniotou M, Evans BA, Chatters R, Fothergill R, Garnsworthy C, Gaze S, Halter M, Mason S, Peconi J, Porter A, Siriwardena AN, Toghill A, Snooks H. Published in Trials 16:298

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