News & events updates from Wales Centre for Primary and Emergency (including Unscheduled) Care Research
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Edition #12 Spring 2019

Recent news of interest


Health and Care Research Wales Senior Research Leaders Announced

Congratulations to Adrian Edwards (PRIME Centre Wales Director and Professor of General Practice, Cardiff University), Helen Snooks (PRIME Associate Director and Professor of Health Services Research, Swansea University) and Kerry Hood (PRIME Executive Committee member and Professor of Trials, Cardiff University) who have all been selected to be part of the new group of Health and Care Research Wales senior research leaders.

Individuals have been appointed following a competitive process and assessment by an independent panel of senior UK health and social care experts.

Professor Snooks comments:

"I am delighted to receive this award which reflects the achievements of my team in the Swansea based section of PRIME, focussing on prehospital emergency and primary care, their interfaces and particularly the care of vulnerable groups.

The award will allow us to further invest in capacity building for research both in the academic and NHS settings, as well as ensuring opportunities for dissemination are used to maximise impact in the real world of policy and practice."

Health and Care Research Wales senior research leaders will act as ambassadors for Health and Care Research Wales and play a leading role in raising the profile of health and social care research in Wales on a national and international level.

Read more


Sanctuary seekers and health professionals in Wales call for accessible health and wellbeing services for all

Findings from the 'Health Experiences of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Wales (HEAR)' study led by PRIME researchers at Swansea University have been published in a new Public Heath Wales report.

The study found that people seeking sanctuary, including refugees and asylum seekers, are struggling to access health and wellbeing services in Wales.

People seeking sanctuary reported feeling their needs were not recognised, and that they had experienced problems navigating through services, including language difficulties and a lack of appropriate interpretation. 

Some respondents said the stress of being an asylum seeker or refugee contributed to their poor physical and mental health. 

In a survey conducted as part of the HEAR study, nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of respondents said they did not know how to contact, or had not heard of, the 999 ambulance service.

Read full story and report on the Public Health Wales website


PRIME Associate Director shortlisted in inaugural Welsh Women's Awards

Congratulations to Clare Wilkinson, Professor of General Practice at Bangor University and Associate Director at PRIME Centre Wales, who has been shortlisted in the inaugural Welsh Women's Awards 2019

Professor Wilkinson leads the North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research at Bangor University and conducts research into improving primary care and early cancer diagnosis for people in Wales.

Professor Wilkinson comments:

“I am honoured to be nominated among such outstanding women in Wales, it is a delight to see all the categories and the women who populate them".

Read more



Award at Cancer Research UK Early Diagnosis Research Conference

The WICKED research team, based at Bangor University, won the prize for the best scientific poster at the CRUK Early Diagnosis Conference in Birmingham 12th to 13th February.

The poster entitled "Development of a primary care behaviour change intervention to expedite the diagnosis of symptomatic cancer in Wales a multi-dimensional approach" presented by Stefanie Disbeschl, illustrated an overview of the work on the research programme to date.

On behalf of the team, co-leaders Clare Wilkinson and Richard Neal, said: 

'This is a terrific prize for the team to win, and a reflection of the quality of the research programmes to date, and the upcoming primary care feasibility trial.

Our goal is to improve cancer diagnosis through primary care in Wales. We are indebted to Cancer Research Wales for their funding, and for the support of PRIME Centre Wales'.

Read more about the WICKED study here.

The research team pictured opposite (left to right): Rebecca-Jane Law, Stefanie Disbeschl, Julia Hiscock, Ruth Lewis and Maggie Hendry).

Making decisions about research: How can we support families?

Victoria Shepherd, NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow at PRIME and CTR, Cardiff University recently hosted an event 'Making decisions about research for others - how can we support families?' held 25th March.

As part of her PhD, Victoria has been developing a decision-support tool to support making decisions about research for others with impaired capacity.

The aim of the event was to bring together family members, carers, researchers, research nurses and others with an interest in helping families make decision and ask them to consider the tool, and offer feedback before it is finalised. 

Following the day, Victoria has produced  a report from the event which summarises the discussion, available online at:

Speciality Leads Awards 2019-2022

PRIME Centre Wales staff will continue to have ongoing involvement with the Health and Care Research Wales Speciality Leads, with

Congratulations to PRIME colleagues:

  • Mr Nigel Rees (PRIME stakeholder lead for Welsh Ambulance Services Trust) and Dr Ceri Battle who have been announced as the new Speciality Leads for injuries and emergencies (taking over from Professor Helen Snooks, PRIME Associate Director)
  • Dr Andrew Carson-Stevens (PRIME lead for Patient Safety) announced as Speciality Lead for Primary Care, taking over from PRIME Director Adrian Edwards
  • Professor Ivor Chestnutt (PRIME lead for Oral and primary dental care) who continues in the role as Speciality Lead for Oral and dental heath.

Specialty Leads in Wales provide important strategic support as part of the Health and Care Research Wales Support & Delivery Service, building networks of principal investigators within their specialty and supporting the uptake of studies throughout Wales. They map onto the 30 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) therapeutic areas and provide strong UK-level engagement for Wales.

The full list of new leads can be viewed at:

Forthcoming events of interest




Cardiff University Festival of Data Innovation

Date: 3 May 2019
Venue: Cardiff University (Main Building, Park Place)

The Data Innovation Research Institute (DIRI) is delighted to announce our inaugural Festival of Data Innovation.

The festival is an opportunity for all interested in data science, AI, analytics and related disciplines, to meet, learn from each other and understand how DIRI supports research, teaching and engagement with industry.

Further information:


NICE Annual Conference 2019

Date: 9 May 2019
Venue: Manchester

NICE 2019: Transforming care celebrates 20 years of NICE’s commitment to innovation, excellence and evidence-based health and care.  

Bringing frontline staff and leaders from health and care together with the life sciences, healthtech and digital sectors, the event outlines NICE’s essential role supporting the delivery of high quality, fully-integrated, person-centred care.  

The plenary and parallel programme will explore topics ranging from how human factors affect patient safety, to proving the value of health apps and ensuring that mental and physical healthcare are truly integrated.

Further information:


RCBCWales Community of Scholars Showcase Event

Realising the Potential of Health and Care Research in Wales: From Ideas to Impact

Date: Thursday, 16 May 2019
Venue: The Assembly Room, City Hall, Cardiff, 9:30am- 2:00pm 


  1. To showcase RCBC’s success in building research capacity and improving health in Wales 
  2. To spotlight the impact of research conducted by health care professionals
  3. To provide opportunities for attendees to share research and impact opportunities

Further information: 


Aneurin Bevan UHB 10th Annual R&D Conference

Research for Clinical Futures Delivering “A Healthier Wales”

Date: 11th June 2019
Venue: Christchurch Centre, Newport.

Confirmed speakers include: Mrs Judith Paget (Aneurin Bevan UHB CEO), Mrs Hayley Heard, (Head of Bowel Screening Wales), Ms Consuelo Hartprieto (Aneurin Bevan UHB), Dr David Gillespie (Cardiff University), Mr James Knowles (Swansea University).

Call for Papers

Free paper abstracts for oral and poster presentations are invited.

Further information


Storytelling in Health 2: An International Conference

Date: 27th-29th June 2019

Thursday 27th PhD student day in the Atrium, Cardiff 
Friday 28th & Saturday 29th in Waterfront Museum, Swansea 

Talks, performances, workshops & fringe events from artists, patients, clinicians and academics

KEYNOTE PERFORMANCE Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver, aka renowned performance company Split Britches, will be bringing a new version of their show ‘the RUFF Story’ as the keynote premiere performance on Friday evening

PLUS great evenings with Beyond the Border presents on Thursday evening and People Speak Up on Saturday.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Dr Kathryn Mannix has spent her medical career working with people who have incurable, advanced illnesses. Starting in cancer care and changing career to become a pioneer of the new discipline of palliative medicine, she has worked as a palliative care consultant in teams in hospices, hospitals and in patients’ own homes, optimising quality of life even as death is approaching. See more at


Pip Hardy & Tony Sumner of Patient Voices and Susan Ashby & Rachel White from Keele University

We will also be welcoming speakers from the fields of health, storytelling and policy – See full programme at

More Information at

If you haven’t got your ticket yet then they are a few still available at

SAPC Annual Conference 2019

Primary Care: Arriving? Or departing?

Date: 3-5 July 2019

Venue: University of Exeter, UK 

The University of Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care (APEx) are delighted to be hosting the 48th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC)

Early bird registration until Friday 3rd May 2019.

Further information: 


The Welsh Stroke Conference

Date: 3rd & 4th July 2019
Venue: Cardiff Metropolitan University, Llandaff Campus, Cardiff

We encourage healthcare professionals from all disciplines connected with stroke care in Wales and further afield in England, Scotland and abroad to attend. This includes the doctors, nurses and all allied health professionals of all grades to attend and benefit from the excellent programme developed this year.

The audience is always highly motivated to learn about recent advances in stroke research, new developments in service delivery and to see the excellent range of scientific posters exhibited.

Our conference aims to:

  • Provide robust evidence-based learning
  • Improve service delivery
  • Further attendees’ overall knowledge and understanding of current local and international research and practice in care and management of stroke patients
  • Improve attendees’ skills in the treatment and care of stroke survivors
  • Inspire attendees to achieve personal excellence in care of stroke survivors
  • Take away new developments and ideas to progress their workplace services to stroke survivors
  • Ultimately improve stroke survivors’ clinical outcomes

Further information:

Funding opportunities


The Health Foundation - Insight Research Programme 2019

The Health Foundation are inviting researchers to submit outline proposals for research that advances the development and use of data from national clinical audits and patient, registries as a mechanism for improving health care quality in the UK under the Insight Research Programme 2019.

Deadline: 16th May 2019

Further information


EPSRC Healthcare technologies discipline hopping call

The principal aim of this call is to provide researchers, who have a permanent post in an eligible Organisation for Research Council funding, with an opportunity to spend time in a different research or user environment in order to better understand the need for and potential of research in engineering, physical sciences, mathematical sciences or ICT to have an impact in addressing health challenges.

The scheme is targeted at individual researchers who wish to develop their research in healthcare technologies by developing new skills and collaborations with other disciplines and end users. Researchers may come from core EPSRC research fields and hop into other relevant disciplines and/or user fields (users include industry, clinical or public sector environments). Researchers in other disciplines and/or organisations that hold appointments that make them eligible for EPSRC funding may also hop into an Engineering and Physical Sciences environment.

Funding: Proposals should be between 3 and 12 months in duration on a full-time basis.  Resources requested will principally include Principal Investigator (PI) salary, travel and subsistence, plus resources for the specific activities.

Deadline: 27 June 2019

Further information



Public Health Research Programme

Health Services and Delivery Research Programme


Cancer Research UK and EPSRC - Early detection innovation sandpit and award

Cancer Research UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council invite applications for their early detection innovation sandpit and award. This aims to catalyse new multidisciplinary collaborations to drive forward earlier detection of cancer.

Applicants must attend a three-day sandpit workshop where they will have the opportunity to network and form new collaborations spanning diverse research areas and organisations, work in broad multidisciplinary teams to generate new and innovative ideas, and pitch projects for seed funding to test the feasibility of their ideas. The theme for the July workshop is applying robotics and robotic technologies for diagnostic delivery and cancer early detection.

Funding: £100k and up to 1 year

Workshop dates: 14–17 July 2019

Deadline: 23 May 2019

Further information:


British Heart Foundation

Two new Fellowships for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals

The first call for applications for Research Training Fellowships for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals is now open.

Applications must be submitted no later than Thursday the 25th of April 2019. Any applications received after this date will be deferred to the second round, later in 2019.

Follow the links below for more information:


UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships

The UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) will grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world class. 

This cross-UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils' institutes and laboratories.

Closing date: 30 May 2019

Further information:

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

Collaboration enquiries are welcomed at:

Recent publications

Cooper A, Davies F, Edwards M, Anderson P, Cooke M, Donaldson L, Dale J, Evans BA, Hibbert P, Hughes T, Porter AM, Rainer T, Siriwardena N, Snooks HA, Edwards A. The impact of general practitioners working in or alongside emergency departments: a rapid realist review BMJ Open 2019;9:e024501. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024501

Ahmed H, Farewell D, Francis NA, Paranjothy S, Butler CC, Choice of Empirical Antibiotic Therapy and Adverse Outcomes in Older Adults With Suspected Urinary Tract Infection: Cohort Study, Open Forum Infectious Diseases, Volume 6, Issue 3, March 2019, ofz039,

Poolman M, Roberts J, Byrne A, Perkins P, Hoare Z, Nelson A, Hiscock J, Hughes D, Foster B, O’Connor J, Reymond L, Healy S, Roberts R, Wee B, Lewis P, Johnstone R, Roberts S, Holmes E, Wright S, Hendry A, Wilkinson C. CARer-ADministration of as-needed subcutaneous medication for breakthrough symptoms in homebased dying patients (CARiAD): study protocol for a UK-based open randomised pilot trial. Trials201920:105

Evans BA, Porter A, Snooks H, Burholt V. A co-produced method to involve service users in research: the SUCCESS model. BMC Medical Research Methodology (2019) 19:34

Evans HP, Anastasiou A, Edwards A, Hibbert P, Makeham M, Luz S, Sheikh A, Donaldson L, Carson-Stevens A. Automated classification of primary care patient safety incident report content and severity using supervised machine learning (ML) approaches. Health Informatics. March 2019. DOI: 10.1177/1460458219833102

Lynch CD, Hale R, Chestnutt IG. and Wilson NHF (2018) Reasons for placement and replacement of crowns in general dental practice. British Dental Journal, 225, 229-234 DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2018.541

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