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Edition #17  Summer 2020

Message from Centre Director, Professor Adrian Edwards

I’m delighted to be welcoming you all again to read our latest Newsletter as we develop into our new (second) 5 years funding period. The new developments centre particularly on the extra funding for the new Wales School for Social Prescribing Research, led by Prof Carolyn Wallace at University of South Wales – and of course what we are doing to provide high quality urgent research that addresses the COVID-19 pandemic.
PRIME colleagues have been successful with two important UK research applications regarding COVID-19, as well as several other applications underway, and research and implementation work in progress. Prof Kate Brain’s study on early cancer diagnosis is described below, examining public attitudes to cancer symptom presentation, and how to minimise the risk of late diagnosis caused by the COVID-19 impact.

Profs Helen Snooks, Alan Watkins and colleagues have also been successful with an application to evaluate the impact of altered 999 triage protocols – another key area of primary and emergency care that experienced significant changes at the height of the COVID-19 impact.

Prof Clare Wilkinson, Dr Marlise Poolman at Bangor University, and Prof Annmarie nelson at Cardiff University continue their work with Welsh Government to fast track the implementation of the CARIAD intervention for home-based palliative care.

Dr Fiona Wood and others at Cardiff University are working with our former PRIME colleague Dr Rhiannon Phillips, now at Cardiff Met on a national survey of public experiences of the pandemic, including perceived risk, behavioural and lifestyle impact and patient safety implications.
Collectively PRIME is rising to several challenges from COVID-19 in the primary and emergency care sector. The benefits of the infrastructure funding to be able to do this quickly and effectively are clear. Once again we thank our funders and our public, national and international advisors for their support and direction.

We also thank our public, patient, NHS and social care and other academic contributors for this wonderful collaboration tackling the highest priority research challenges that are fundamental to an effective and high value health service for the people of Wales.

Supporting the response to Coronavirus

UK-wide research looking at impact of Covid-19 on early cancer diagnosis

Researchers at Cardiff University have launched a UK-wide project to investigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on diagnosis of cancer. The initial message to “stay home, protect the NHS, save lives” and the suspension of cancer screening programmes sent a strong message that “cancer can wait”, said the researchers.

The 18-month research project will look at how these messages have affected people seeking medical help for early signs of cancer or for screening. Working closely with researchers at Cancer Research UK, King’s College London and the University of Surrey, the study will look at public attitudes and behaviours, exploring key issues that could lead to more cancers occurring or being diagnosed at a late stage.

Principal investigator Professor Kate Brain, a health psychologist and Lead for research in screening, prevention and early diagnosis at PRIME Centre Wales and Wales Cancer Research Centre, said:

“The impact of Covid-19 on UK public attitudes towards cancer - translating into delayed referrals, missed screening and late-stage cancer diagnosis - is likely to be considerable. From early on in the pandemic the ‘stay home, protect the NHS, save lives’ message, along with the halting of national cancer screening programmes, sent a strong message to the public that ‘cancer can wait’.

“It’s important that we now look at how this has affected people’s attitudes and behaviours to all aspects of cancer - from putting off visiting their GP with worrying symptoms to missed screening. We hope our research will help to mitigate any negative effects of the pandemic on cancer attitudes and behaviour." Read full story.

What triage model is safest and most effective for the Management of 999 callers with suspected COVID-19

Congratulations to Professor Alan Watkins, Professor Helen Snooks and colleagues from PRIME's emergency, unscheduled and pre-hospital care work package on being awarded funding from the Medical Research Council UKRI COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call to investigate what triage model is safest and most effective for the Management of 999 callers with suspected COVID-19. The study builds on existing collaborative links between PRIME Centre Wales, SAIL, Swansea Trials Unit, Stirling University, Kingston and St George's Medical School, and ambulance services in Wales, East of England and East Midlands.
999 emergency ambulance calls related to COVID-19  increased enormously at points during the coronavirus pandemic. In some areas, at some times, the volume of calls tripled. Ambulance services cannot send an ambulance to every caller within a reasonable timeframe and not every patient with suspected COVID-19 can – or should – be taken to hospital.

If the right patients are not sent an ambulance or are left at home, they could suffer serious harm or death. But, if every patient is taken to hospital, Emergency Department and inpatient services may be overwhelmed and patients exposed unnecessarily to risk of infection. Ambulance services use different models to sort  - or triage – callers, but little is known about what model of triage works most safely and effectively during a pandemic.

The team will survey all UK ambulance services and use results to categorise triage models used in the call centre and on scene during the 2020 pandemic. They will then retrieve anonymised linked outcomes of patients treated within different models from NHS datasets, including deaths; hospital and ITU admissions; Emergency Department attendances; and COVID-19 diagnosis. Health services staff will be interviewed to understand experiences and concerns.

They will deliver findings quickly to help implement the best model for sorting and treating 999 callers with suspected COVID-19 symptoms.

Professor Helen Snooks who co-leads the study comments:
"We are delighted to have secured funding to support ambulance services to provide the safest and most effective emergency care to patients with suspected and confirmed COVID 19. We will work with our NHS and academic partners to provide evidence quickly, and in policy friendly formats, to ensure that it is useful for development and implementation of triage models during any further waves of this, or future pandemics."

Decision-making during pandemics and other serious illness

At a time of COVID-19 impact on older people around the world, Victoria highlights the issues around decision-making, proposing that 'early discussions between older people, their families and care providers about their priorities and preferences are needed now more than ever'.

Dr Victoria Shepherd, Research Fellow at Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University has written an editorial on Decision-making during pandemics and other serious illness, featured in 'Geriatrics, Gerontology and Aging', the scientific publication of the Brazilian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (SBGG).

Read the editorial at:

Other PRIME news of interest


Findings from the CARiAD feasibility study published

Lay carer administration of as-needed subcutaneous medication to control symptoms in the last days of life of a loved one wishing to be at home when they die was acceptable and feasible, but low recruitment overall and low retention in the usual care group indicate the success of a future trial may be uncertain.
The CARiAD study explored the feasibility of testing the clinical effectiveness of the intervention of lay carer administration of as-needed subcutaneous medication for common breakthrough symptoms in people dying at home in the UK to inform the design of a future definitive trial.
Most people in the UK would prefer to die at home, but only half of them achieve this. This usually depends on having able and willing lay carers (family or friends) to help look after them. Once swallowing is not possible, medicine is given continually under the skin (syringe driver). If common problems such as pain, vomiting or agitation break through, health-care professionals attend to give extra doses. The wait for a health-care professional to arrive can be distressing.
In the UK, it is legal (but not routine) for lay carers to give needle-free subcutaneous injections themselves. We reworked an Australian carer education package for UK use. The best way to find out if this would work well is to do a randomised controlled trial. This is a test in which, at random, half of the people taking part receive ‘usual care’ and the other half receive the ‘new care’ or intervention. A pilot randomised controlled trial (a ‘test’ trial to see if a larger one is worth doing) was carried out to determine if lay carer injections were possible in the UK.
This new practice was safe, acceptable and welcomed. Carer confidence increased rapidly, symptom control was quicker and the interviews backed up these findings.
Recruitment was low owing to overstretched health-care professionals. Only certain families were picked. Dyads in the usual-care group often wished they were in the intervention group. Carers found it difficult to complete some of the questionnaires that were used to measure the effect of the intervention.
Therefore, uncertainty remains as to whether or not a full trial should proceed. Because the practice is already legal, some areas in the UK are already undertaking it. We plan to study what makes this practice possible or less possible to achieve.

Dr Marlise Poolman, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Palliative Medicine at Bangor University and PRIME co-lead for the supportive and palliative care work package comments:

"The CARiAD research team is grateful to the CARiAD participants (patients and carers) for giving their time when it was at its most precious. This enabled us to learn so much about the practice and the role it can potentially play in future to ensure best palliative care for those wishing to be at home when they die and their families."

Poolman M, Roberts J, Wright S, Hendry A, Goulden N, Holmes EAF, Byrne A, Perkins P, Hoare Z, Nelson A, Hiscock J, Hughes D, O’Connor J, Foster B, Reymond L, Healy S, Lewis P, Wee B, Johnstone R, Roberts R, Parkinson A, Roberts S, Wilkinson C. Carer administration of as-needed subcutaneous medication for breakthrough symptoms in people dying at home: the CARiAD feasibility RCT. Health Technol Assess 2020;24(25)

Strengthening families in post-pandemic India

A new University of South Wales and PRIME Centre Wales led research project, funded by the Welsh Government, will help strengthen families in post-pandemic India.

‘Strengthening health systems to support family resilience in post-pandemic India’ will be led by health and social care researchers at PRIME, University of South Wales in collaboration with Manipal University Jaipur, the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences in Rishikesh, and CMC Vellore. It will follow the model of FRAIT Wales, which formulated a uniform way of assessing the resilience of families and the impact on children’s health and development.

Now incorporated into Welsh Government’s Healthy Child Wales Programme, which is designed to support parenting and healthy lifestyle choices, FRAIT Wales is used by health visitors across Wales to support their decision making and care planning around whether further intervention is needed. 

Professor Carolyn Wallace, who is working on the project alongside Professor David Pontin and Dr Wahida Kent, said: “There is no standard tool for community nurses in India to assess resilience in families with children under the age of six, so this project will help to work out what support a family needs in order to strengthen their ability to bounce back from crisis." 

Read full story on USW website.

Congratulations to PRIME staff on academic promotions

We are delighted to announce the academic promotion of PRIME Centre Wales members based at the Division of Population Medicine, School of Medicine, Cardiff University. These are as follows:

This is a fantastic achievement for the three superb colleagues, and also for PRIME Centre Wales.

It’s important to note the comprehensive process that goes on for these promotion applications. After a detailed application document, the application is appraised first by the School and then by College with usually five external professorial references.

Professor Adrian Edwards, Director of PRIME comments:
"Whilst we have known the outstanding calibres and CVs of the colleagues ourselves, it is hugely satisfying and affirming for all when this has been validated by the range of external perspectives, based on the reputations both nationally and internationally for their work."

We offer Fiona, Kathy and Natalie our congratulations on their achievements.

Congratulations to Delyth Price, new PRIME first author

Congratulations to Delyth Price, Research Administrator at PRIME, Division of Population Medicine, Cardiff University School of Medicine, on the achievement of being published as first author of recently published paper in the peer reviewed journal, BMC Medical Research Methodology.

Delyth's paper looks at the challenges of recruiting emergency department patients to a qualitative study, drawing upon learning gained from the project: 'Evaluating effectiveness, safety, patient experience and system implications of different models of using GPs in or alongside Emergency Departments' (or GPs in EDs study for short).

The study, led by PRIME Centre Wales and funded by the NIHR involves a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the Universities of Cardiff, Swansea, Warwick, Imperial, Oxford, and Macquarie University, Australia, tasked with investigating the effectiveness of different GPs in EDs models.

Commenting on the paper's findings Delyth said:

"PRIME was a really supportive environment in which to take part in my first big research study and to get the help I needed to secure my first publication. The paper’s findings can help future researchers plan for effective patient recruitment in similar settings, to capture the important views and experiences of patients."

As part of PRIME's commitment to developing the next generation of researchers in Wales, Delyth was encouraged and supported to take the lead in writing this paper which adds to the methodological evidence for improving patient recruitment in different settings, with a focus on qualitative research in emergency departments.

Professor Adrian Edwards, Director of PRIME Centre Wales and also lead for the study adds:

"A key PRIME objective is to develop capacity in primary and emergency care research so we are particularly pleased when new researchers start to make their mark, which is what Delyth has achieved – many congratulations to her."

PRIME Centre Wales at HSR UK 2020

Following a responsive shift to hosting this year's HSR UK Conference to be held online rather than face-to-face, the event attracted a record number attendees from around the world who were able to join the event free of charge.

We were delighted to support the event, with PRIME Centre Wales colleagues based at Swansea University involved in the delivery of several sessions. A selection of the session are available to view at:

  1. Rabeea’h Aslam – Oral presentation: Co-design of a logic model describing components, mechanisms of change and potential impacts of case management for people who frequently call ambulance services
  2. Bridie Evans – Oral presentation: 'Collecting experience-based expertise when planning prehospital care research: a stakeholder event about evaluating paramedics working in care homes'.
  3. Ashra Khanom – Oral presentation: 'InFORM: Improving care for people who Frequently call 999: co-production of guidance through an Observational study using Routine linked data and Mixed methods'.
  4. Ashra Khanom – Oral presentation: Health Experiences of Asylum seekers and Refugees (HEAR): findings and recommendations from a qualitative study.
  5. Mark Kingston – Oral presentation: 'Preliminary Exploration of the Role of paramedics in Care Homes (PERCH)'.
  6. Alison Porter –  Oral presentation: 'Emergency Admission Risk Prediction (EARP) tools in primary care to reduce emergency admissions to hospital: the gap between evidence and practice'. 
  7. Helen Snooks – Oral presentation: What are emergency ambulance services doing to meet the needs of people who call frequently? A national survey of current practice in the United Kingdom
  8. Helen Snooks – Chair of Plenary session: Remaking Urgent And Emergency Care: The Contribution Of Research
  9. Helen Snooks – Chair of Panel session, Penny Gripper and Ashra Khanom, panel members: Who makes high use of the emergency ambulance services and how are services responding to meet the needs of these patients?
Professor Helen Snooks, Associate Director of PRIME comments:

"Academic conferences have also been transformed this year, with one of the main conferences in our field, HSRUK, going entirely online.

We were involved in the delivery of several sessions for the on-line HSRUK conference this year with many team members taking part in live streamed plenaries, chairing live sessions and delivering recorded presentations – all new to team members who worked hard to ensure that sessions were all of an exceptionally high professional standard."

PRIME Centre Wales Annual Meeting 2020 

Call for abstracts for elevator pitches

We are pleased to announce the call for abstracts is now open for the Elevator Pitch session at the forthcoming PRIME Annual Meeting 2020 .

This year's meeting will be held completely online, and take place:
Tuesday 3rd November

If your abstract is accepted, we will support and guide you through the process of pre-recording your 3 minute presentation ahead of the meeting. 

Your presentation will then be broadcast at the meeting, and you will be asked to be on hand (online on the day) to answer questions from the audience.

Attached is a document containing guidance and a template for writing your abstract.

Please send your completed abstracts by:
8th September

Abstracts will be peer reviewed and we'll let you know outcomes by 18th September.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries.

CF PROSPER: Making choices about having children when living with Cystic Fibrosis

The CF PROSPER research team are interested in women’s experiences about making decisions about having children​.
The project aims to generate new evidence about pregnancy for women with Cystic Fibrosis and their healthcare teams to help inform their choices about pregnancy.

The team will also be creating a decision support tool to help women and their partners make decisions about starting a family that fit with their own individual needs and preferences. 

Please take part or share the survey link below:

Open for entries: Public Involvement Achievement Award 2020

Application deadline: 14 August 2020

Entries are invited for the 2020 Health and Care Research Wales Public Involvement Achievement Award

For the fourth year running we are looking to present an award to identify, promote, and celebrate the excellent public involvement taking place across the Health and Care Research Wales infrastructure.

Recent publications

Pell B, Thomas-Jones E, Bray A, Agarwal R, Ahmed H, Allen AJ, Clarke S, Deeks JJ, Drake M, Drinnan M, Dyer C, Hood K, Joseph-Williams N, Marsh L, Milosevic S, Pickard R, Schatzberger T, Takwoingi Y, Harding C, Edwards A. PRImary care Management of lower Urinary tract Symptoms in men: protocol for development and validation of a diagnostic and clinical decision support tool (the PriMUS study). BMJ Open 2020;10:e037634. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-037634

England E, Deakin CD, Nolan JP, Lall R, Quinn T, Gates S, Miller J, O’Shea L, Pocock H, Rees N, Scomparin C, Perkins GD. Patient safety incidents and medication errors during a clinical trial: experience from a pre-hospital randomized controlled trial of emergency medication administration. Eur J Clin Pharmacol (2020).

Young RS, Deslandes P, Cooper J, William H, Kenkre J, Carson-Stevens A. (2020). A mixed methods analysis of lithium-related patient safety incidents in primary care. Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety. Vol. 11, 01.06.2020.

Davies F, Wood F, Bullock A, Wallace C, Edwards A. Training in health coaching skills for health professionals who work with people with progressive neurological conditions: A realist evaluation. Health Expect. 2020; 00: 1– 15. 

Price D, Edwards M, Carson-Stevens ACooper A, Davies F, Evans B, Hibbert P, Hughes T, Rainer T, Siriwardena N, Edwards A. Challenges of recruiting emergency department patients to a qualitative study: a thematic analysis of researchers’ experiences. BMC Med Res Methodol 20, 151 (2020). 

Poolman M, Roberts J, Wright S, Hendry A, Goulden N, Holmes EAF, Byrne A, Perkins P, Hoare Z, Nelson A, Hiscock J, Hughes D, O’Connor J, Foster B, Reymond L, Healy S, Lewis P, Wee B, Johnstone R, Roberts R, Parkinson A, Roberts S, Wilkinson C. Carer administration of as-needed subcutaneous medication for breakthrough symptoms in people dying at home: the CARiAD feasibility RCT. Health Technol Assess 2020;24(25)

Veronesi G, Baldwin DR, Henschke CI, Ghislandi S, Iavicoli S, Oudkerk M, De Koning HJ, Shemesh J, Field JK, Zulueta JJ, Horgan D, Fiestas Navarrete L, Valentino Infante M, Novellis P, Murray RL, Peled N, Rampinelli C, Rocco G, Rzyman W, Scagliotti GV, Tammemagi MC, Bertolaccini L, Triphuridet N, Yip R, Rossi A, Senan S, Ferrante G, Brain K, van der Aalst C, Bonomo L, Consonni D, Van Meerbeeck JP, Maisonneuve P, Novello S, Devaraj A, Saghir Z, Pelosi G. Recommendations for Implementing Lung Cancer Screening with Low-Dose Computed Tomography in Europe. Cancers 2020, 12, 1672.


Barnes E, Bullock A, Moons K, Cowpe J, Chestnutt IG, Allen M, Warren W. A whole-team approach to optimising general dental practice teamwork: development of the Skills Optimisation Self-Evaluation Toolkit (SOSET)Br Dent J 228, 459–463 (2020).



Date: 9-11 September 2020

The Virtual AfroPHC Workshop to be held 4-7pm over three days 9th-11th September 2020. The theme is “Building Teamwork for PHC in Africa”. It is intended to be a truly interactive African experience that is free and open to anyone interested in building PHC in Africa. Please see more details and register for the AfroPHC Virtual Workshop at

The focus will be on addressing three questions

  • Who are we? Getting to know the ambulatory primary health care (PHC) team in Africa
  • What does the community expect from ambulatory PHC service delivery in Africa?
  • Who should be part of the PHC team and how should the PHC team work in ambulatory PHC service delivery in Africa?

The workshop webpages will be open five days before the meeting to allow registered participants to see each other’s short video answers, including panellists. The sessions will be characterised by robust moderated discussion with panellists, group discussions and then group feedback. This will be punctured by short videos and online team games. 

Our aim is to bring together national leaders of the PHC team: nurses, clinical officers, doctors, community healthcare workers, community leaders and all PHC team members to ensure we truly build teamwork in African PHC. Your role in this will be critical! We hope to issue a joint statement to the UN General Assembly later in September.

Centre for Trials Research Stakeholder Event

Date: 10 September 2020, 10:00-16:00
Venue: Zoom / online

We warmly invite you to the first Centre for Trials Research all-day Stakeholder Event on Thursday 10th September. This public-facing Centre-led online event comprises 4 one-hour sessions and provides a lay-friendly introduction to the Centre for Trials Research and the research lifecycle. Each session will involve some presentations and panel discussion.

This will be run online and once registered you can join for many of the sessions as you like.

There are 4 themes throughout the day: Inclusivity, Novel design, Efficiency, and Maximising use of existing data. This will be introduced by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University and the Minister for Health and Social Services in Wales.

Online registration for the event is here:

Implementing the Primary Care Model for Wales

Date: Morning, Tuesday, 15th September 2020

Policy Forum for Wales keynote seminar with Alex Howells, Chief Executive, Health Education and Improvement Wales, Dr Peter Saul, Joint Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners Wales
and Professor Ann John, National Advisory Group on Suicide and Self-harm Prevention; Dr Elise Lang, Velindre NHS Trust; Dr Kelechi Nnoaham, Cwm Taf University Health Board; and Andy Swinburn, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust. 

Of course we expect discussion on the day to reflect the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on primary care in Wales, on those working in or alongside primary care, and on the communities, individuals and households it serves. 

In this context, we expect discussion on areas such as:

  • what can be learned from innovation in practice and delivery, and service adaptation during the crisis that can be taken forward,
  • extra support that may be needed into the future for elements of primary care services and service users - particularly in vulnerable groups,
  • how primary care will need to develop in terms of resilience and planning in the wake of the pandemic, and
  • lessons and insights for the development of policy and its implementation.

Further information & registration:

Register for the Health and Care Research Wales digital conference

Date: 7 October 2020
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

On 7 October Health and Care Research Wales will be holding our biggest, most exciting conference completely online.
You can register and view the programme on the Health and Care Research Wales website now.



PRIME Centre Wales Annual Meeting 2020: Call for Abstracts for elevator pitches

We are pleased to announce the call for abstracts is now open for the Elevator Pitch session at the forthcoming PRIME Annual Meeting 2020 .

This year's meeting will be held completely online, and take place:
Tuesday 3rd November

If your abstract is accepted, we will support and guide you through the process of pre-recording your 3 minute presentation ahead of the meeting. 

Your presentation will then be broadcast at the meeting, and you will be asked to be on hand (online on the day) to answer questions from the audience.

Attached is a document containing guidance and a template for writing your abstract.

Please send your completed abstracts by:
8th September

Abstracts will be peer reviewed and we'll let you know outcomes by 18th September.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries.

Funding opportunities


New NIHR global health research funding open to Welsh researchers

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will be launching five funding initiatives over the next year to support global health research, alongside the global focus on COVID-19. All five initiatives will be open to applicants from Wales.

Further information:

COVID-19 Research Programme

Our new research programme seeks to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in two distinct areas.

The Health Foundation has launched a new research programme, which seeks to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in two distinct areas. This programme aligns with our strategic priorities and complements the existing research funding landscape.  

We’re prioritising funding for UK-focused projects that explore:  

  • how health and social care service delivery has changed in light of COVID-19 
  • the impact of COVID-19 on health inequalities and the wider determinants of health.  

We are inviting projects to apply for funding of between £100k–£200k per project for a duration of up to 12 months (including set-up time).   

We will fund highly applied research that has direct relevance to policy and practice and we welcome applications from multidisciplinary teams combining expertise from a broad range of disciplines. 

We want the findings of this research to inform policy and/or service delivery decisions about the future of health and care services, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Applications involving patients, the public and people with lived experience are strongly encouraged.  

Closing date: 30 September 2020

Further information:


Québec-Wales joint call for projects

The Welsh Government and the Government of Quebec have launched a funding call to support organisations in Wales and Quebec, Canada, to form collaborations and partnerships that contribute to recovery efforts from COVID-19.

Projects focused on the areas of life sciences, cyber security, artificial intelligence and aerospace will be prioritised.

Deadline: 24 August 2020


RCGP Annual Research Grants

The RCGP Scientific Foundation Board have opened their call for Annual Research Grants. The deadline is 31st July 2019. These are relatively small grants of up to £30,000 but we have had some success with these in the past, particularly from our Academic Fellows.

The SFB is our charitable funding body and awards grants for research projects whose findings will be of direct relevance to the care of patients in the general practice setting. Any GP, primary healthcare professional or university-based researcher may apply for a grant for scientific research to be undertaken in the UK.

Applications for PAGs will be reviewed quarterly according to the following calendar:

  • Quarter 3: deadline for submissions 31 August 2020, applications reviewed by 30 September 2020
  • Quarter 4: deadline for submissions 30 November 2020, applications reviewed by 31 December 2020

A maximum of three applications per quarter will be funded.
Further information:

RCGP support for researchers

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is supporting researchers to implement academic primary care findings into practice for GPs.

The Research programme includes:

  • Scientific Foundation Board grants
  • RCGP Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Fellowship
  • RCGP Research Ready®
  • RCGP Impact from Research
  • Influencing research
  • Research awards

The new Impact from Research programme offers to partner on research projects and support impact and dissemination through a range of activities.
Further information:


The Dunhill Medical Trust 

These support research projects that are important to understanding the mechanisms of ageing, treating disease and frailty and identifying and developing new and effective ways to improve the lives of older people. The grants also support research into treating diseases and conditions that disproportionately affect older people but are less well-funded.



Health Services and Delivery Research Programme

The commissioned workstream invites applications in response to calls for research on specific questions which have been identified and prioritised for their importance to the NHS and patients. Proposals may include primary research, evidence synthesis, or feasibility and pilot studies. See our current funding opportunities or download a list of potential future research topics currently being developed

Health Technology Assessment Programme

The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme funds research about the clinical and cost effectiveness and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care in the NHS.

Public Health Research Programme 

The PHR programme invites applications from researchers whose studies will generate new knowledge on the benefits, costs, acceptability and wider impacts of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. 

The researcher-led workstream offers researchers the opportunity to submit proposals on topics or research questions within the programme’s remit.


Clinical Innovation Hub - Accelerate projects

The Clinical Innovation Hub is a partnership between Cardiff University and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.  The Clinical Innovation Hub is a partner of the Accelerate project, Clinical Innovation Accelerator (CIA). Accelerate is a consortium £24M programme led by the Life Sciences Hub Wales in collaboration with Cardiff University, Swansea University and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.  

It is funded by the Wales European Funding Office (WEFO) and will utilise EU Structural Funds to identify innovation projects that meet an unmet clinical need.

The awards are open to academia, industry, students and healthcare professionals. Innovations could take the form of new technologies, products, processes or services to deliver economically viable solutions for adoption into routine health and social care delivery, for patient benefit, health economic benefit and to stimulate economic growth with attendant socio-economic benefits in Wales.

Support that Accelerate can offer:

  • Funding for “Pilot” (6-12 months and <£20K) and “Platform” (12-18 months and < £150K) projects
  • Access to future funding opportunities/initiatives
  • Clinical input - Buy out and attract in kind NHS staff R&D time
  • Human resource - Clinical Innovation fellows, project management, business management, cost benefit analytics and  research technologist assistance
  • Collaborations  - Industry/Academic/Clinical partner
  • Advice & Guidance - A Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) of Clinical Innovation experts, including devices and intellectual property experts
  • Access to leading Welsh University, University Health Boards and Trusts - patients, facilities and personnel
  • Funding /deadlines: Support and awards operate on an always open basis with funding anticipated until 2021 so you can apply at any time.  If you would like further information on submitting a proposal or have an innovative idea that you think would benefit from the advice or support for Cardiff University applicants, please contact Barbara Coles:

Further information: 

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

Collaboration enquiries are welcomed at:

Our mailing address is:
PRIME Centre Wales

Cardiff University School of Medicine
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