News & events updates from Wales Centre for Primary and Emergency (including Unscheduled) Care Research
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PRIME Centre Wales is a collaboration between researchers from the former Thematic Research network for emergency and UnScheduled Trauma care (TRUST) and Wales School for Primary Care Research (WSPCR).  We are 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.

Welcome message from the Directors

We are delighted to welcome you to the first PRIME Centre Wales e-bulletin.

Primary care is the point of first contact with healthcare services. It covers a range of clinical contexts including general practice, unscheduled and emergency care, and community settings where dental, medical, nursing, Allied Health Professions, and social care interface. 95% of NHS encounters are in primary and emergency care. More and increasingly complex healthcare will be delivered within communities as international priorities focus on ways to cope with unsustainable demand and cost. Primary and emergency care are brought together in this Centre because of their interdependency – interventions in one domain will have wider effects and must be evaluated for their effects on the whole healthcare system.

High quality research is vital to inform patient care, re-design services and identify cost saving opportunities for the NHS. PRIME Centre Wales builds on existing areas of scientific excellence in Wales with core research themes centred on long term conditions, patient centred and prudent health care, infections and antibiotic resistance, emergency and unscheduled (including pre-hospital) care, patient safety and health care improvement, as well as prevention, screening and early diagnosis.

We were delighted to welcome many of you to our 1st Annual Meeting, 22nd September (see recent events section below for further details), and look forward to working with you in the future.

Yours sincerely,
Professor Adrian Edwards, Director, PRIME Centre Wales (Cardiff University),
Professor Joyce Kenkre, Associate Director, PRIME Centre Wales (University of South Wales),
Professor Richard Neal, Associate Director, PRIME Centre Wales (Bangor University),
Professor Helen Snooks, Associate Director, PRIME Centre Wales (Swansea University).
PRIME Centre Wales Directors (left to right): Professors Richard Neal, Joyce Kenkre, Helen Snooks and Adrian Edwards (Lead).

Forthcoming events

PRIME Centre Wales
Long Term Conditions Consensus Meeting

Tuesday 10th November 2015
St Mary's Priory, Monk St, Abergavenny, Gwent NP7 5ND

Bringing together researchers, representatives from government, local authorities, commercial sector, third sector, community members and their supporters/carers – to identify the research issues, prioritise these and establish how they can be collectively delivered.

PRIME Centre Wales
Guest Lecture: Sir Liam Donaldson

'Patient safety - today's challenges, tomorrow's opportunity'.

Tuesday 10th November 2015, 13:00-14:00

Michael Griffiths Lecture Theatre, Health Park Campus, Cardiff University School of Medicine CF14 4XN

Professor Sir Liam Donaldson is recognised as an international champion of patient safety and public health. He was the foundation chair of the World Health Organisation World Alliance for Patient Safety, launched in 2004. He is a past vice-chairman of the World Health Organisation Executive Board. He is now the World Health Organisation’s Envoy for Patient Safety and Chairman of the Independent Monitoring for the Polio Eradication Programme. In the UK, he is currently Chair of Health Policy at Imperial College London and Chancellor of Newcastle University.

Stop Pressure Ulcer Day

Welsh Wound Innovation Centre

Thursday 19 November 2015


Patient Experiences 10:30am / 12:30pm / 14:30pm
Welsh Wound Innovation Centre, Rhodfa Marics, Ynysmaerdy, Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF72 8UX

Come for an hour and raise your awareness and understanding of Pressure Ulcers on Stop Pressure Ulcer Day Thursday 19 November and don’t forget to bring a friend.

To attend:

Securing NIHR funding in Wales

The NIHR is running a series of free, one day workshops for researchers in Wales interested in finding out more about opportunities to secure funding from NIHR research programmes. These events, run in conjunction with Health and Care Research Wales, Welsh Government, are open to both previous applicants and researchers who are potentially new to NIHR.

Workshops are being held in the following locations:

  • Bangor – Thursday 12 November 2015
  • Swansea – Thursday 19 November 2015
  • Cardiff – Friday 20 November 2015
  • Aberystwyth – Wednesday 25 November 2015
Further details:

Recent events

PRIME Centre Wales 1st Annual Meeting

22nd September 2015, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Primed for research - collaborate, listen, engage...

The aim of this event was to bring together primary and emergency (including unscheduled) care researchers and stakeholders and offer a stimulating forum to share areas of research strengths, identify opportunities for collaboration, and inspire all to take forward.

We were delighted to welcome guest speakers:

  • Professor Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services, Welsh Government
  • Professor Jean White, Chief Nursing Officer, Welsh Government
  • Professor Niro Siriwardena, Professor of Primary and Pre-Hospital Health Care, University of Lincoln
  • Mr Simon Denegri, NIHR National Director for Patients and the Public in Research and Chair, INVOLVE
  • Dr Ruth Hussey, Chief Medical Officer, Welsh Government
  • Breakout workshops
  • Dr Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief, The BMJ
Photos and presentations from the day are available to view at:

PRIME Centre Wales Social Care Consensus Meeting

Monday 5th October 2015, 10:00 - 15:00
Future Inn Cardiff Hotel

The meeting aimed to bring together health and social care researchers, representatives from government, local authorities, commercial sector, third sector, community members and their supporters/carers to identify the research issues, prioritise these and establish how they can be collectively delivered.

Following the consensus exercise, the priorities agreed on are currently being drafted by the workshop leads, Joyce Kenkre and Carolyn Wallace and will be shared with the group for feedback. Following feedback, the priorities will be further refined, shared with key stakeholders including the School for Social Care Research and made publicly available.

Further information and presentations from the day can be viewed at:

Funding Opportunities

Visit the PRIME Centre Wales funding opportunities web page for a list of relevant current research funding opportunities:

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Research Faculty

PRIME Centre Wales wishes to maximise its opportunities and potential through actively encouraging the participation of all involved in the development of primary, unscheduled and emergency care research in Wales.

If you are interested in joining the Centre's Faculty, and share / find out about research collaboration opportunities, please let us know by completing the online sign-up form:

Our mailing address is:
PRIME Centre Wales
Cardiff University School of Medicine
Institute of Primary Care and Public Health
Cardiff, Wales CF14 4YS
United Kingdom

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