PRIME Centre Wales Annual Meeting 2019

27th November 2019, Cardiff

We were delighted to welcome guests to the fifth PRIME Centre Wales Annual Meeting, held 27th November hosted by Cardiff University at Park Plaza, Cardiff. 

Following our previous years' rotating focus on two of PRIME Centre Wales’ research workpackages, this year's event programme featured:

  • Palliative and supportive care launch of new workpackage for 2020 - featuring presentations by co-leads Annmarie Nelson, Marie Curie Professor of Supportive and Palliative Care; Scientific Director, Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre; Marlise Poolman, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Bangor University, who offered an overview of work to date and future direction of research in PRIME.

    We were delighted to welcome guest speakers: 
    • Idris Baker (pictured opposite), Welsh National Clinical Lead for palliative and end of life care & Consultant in Palliative Medicine who presented a Welsh Government and End of Life Board perspective of palliative and supportive care research in Wales. 
    • Ian Lewis, Head of Strategy and Initiatives, National Cancer Research Institute talked about palliative and supportive care research in the context of primary care and the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI).
    • Mr Jim Fitzgibbon, public member speaker for palliative and supportive care who offered a carer’s/family member perspective. 

The afternoon featured a choice of parallel workshops/poster session:

  1. Novel Participatory Methods in Qualitative Research
    Delivered by: Fiona Wood, Harriet Quinn-Scoggins, Amber Jordan, Denitza Williams, Becki Law

  2. No research about us without us’: how public and patient involvement is essential in PRIME research
    Delivered by: SUPER group members: Mari James, Barbara Harrington, Lindsay Haywood, Mary Nettle, Pam Brannigan, and PRIME colleagues: Bridie Evans, Carolyn Wallace

  3. Methods for reviewing large bodies of evidence
    Delivered by: Ruth Lewis, Stefanie Disbeschl, Matthew Jones

  4. Global collaboration for primary care research
    Delivered by: John Wynn-Jones, Joyce Kenkre

  5. Parallel poster session 
    Delivered by: Adrian Edwards and WP representatives

The day closed with an elevator pitch style research innovation and dangerous ideas session, featuring 11 pitches from a range of speakers, with a prize awarded for the top three pitches.

Best elevator pitch to: 

  1. Jess Roberts, Bangor University, for research findings pitch: CARer-ADministration of as-needed sub-cutaneous medication for breakthrough symptoms in homebased dying patients: a UK study protocol (CARiAD)

Runner-up to: 

  1. Pamela Smith, Cardiff University for research findings pitch:  Recruitment of hard-to-reach smokers using a novel social media strategy

  2. Chris Moore, Welsh Ambulance Service Trust for dangerous idea pitch 'Prehospital Recognition and Antibiotics for 999 patients with Sepsis (PhRASe): Feasibility Study Interim Results'

Posters profiling PRIME led and supported research projects were also displayed - a selection can be viewed further below.

The full programme is available to view here.


Plenary presentations from the day 

Please click on the link to view slides (pdf).

Annmarie Nelson, Marie Curie Professor of Supportive and Palliative Care; Scientific Director, Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre (pictured opposite);
Marlise Poolman, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Bangor University

Launch of new work-package from 2020: ‘Palliative & supportive care’ and profile of exemplar project: CARiAD

Guest speaker: Ian Lewis, Head of Strategy and Initiatives, National Cancer Research Institute (pictured opposite)

Palliative & supportive care research in the context of Primary Care and the NCRI

Kathryn Hughes, PRIME Senior Clinical Research Fellow & GP, Cardiff University (pictured opposite);
Harry Ahmed, Director, Academic Fellows Scheme, Cardiff University & GP

Infections & antimicrobial resistance research in PRIME Centre Wales

David Gillespie, Deputy Director of Infection, Inflammation & Immunity, Centre for Trials Research Trials, Cardiff University (pictured opposite);
Rhiannon Phillips, Lecturer in Health and Wellbeing Psychology School, Cardiff Met University

Exemplar project: PACE C-reactive Protein Guided Antibiotic Prescribing for COPD Exacerbations

Workshop slides

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Novel Participatory Methods in Qualitative Research

Delivered by: Fiona Wood, Harriet Quinn-Scoggins, Amber Jordan, Denitza Williams, Becki Law

In this workshop we discussed a number of novel participatory methods that have been used by PRIME researchers. These included ‘time-lines’, ‘life-grids’, ‘draw, write and tell’ and ‘serious Lego play’. We explored how these methods have been used, to what effect, and how the data might be analysed. Workshop participants will get an opportunity to work with a partner using one of the methods.

Methods for reviewing large bodies of evidence

Delivered by: Ruth Lewis, Stefanie Disbeschl, Matthew Jones

This will include a presentation of the methods for reviewing large bodies of evidence using a recent review of prognostic factors for lung cancer survival as an exemplar. Participants will then have the opportunity, working in small groups, to think about which methods they would use for reviewing the evidence for a series of scenarios. We will then discuss these as a group.

Images from the day

Elevator pitches

A call for abstracts for elevator style pitches attracted a range of submissions across the categories of:

  • Research findings
  • Research ideas
  • Innovation in research
  • Dangerous ideas

Each slot lasts 5 minutes :

  • 3 minutes' presentation
  • 2 minutes for questions
  • up to 3 slides including the title slide 

The speaker has 3 minutes to put forward their key argument about why their work matters (why someone should want to come and find out more). The format encourages people to present ideas differently.  This type of presentation is useful for engaging new audiences and is a useful skill for people to develop, as well as good format by which to showcase a range of ideas and so invite further engagement.

  1. A definitive randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation of a community-based Rehabilitation package following hip fracture
    Innovation in research
    Matthew Jones, Bangor University
  2. Collaboration and engagement in research - HEAR: the health experiences of asylum seekers and refugees
    Research findings
    Ashra Khanom, Swansea University
  3. PERCH: Preliminary Exploration of the Role of paramedics in Care Homes
    Dangerous idea
    Mark Kingston, Swansea University
  4. InFORM: Improving care for people who Frequently call 999: co-production of guidance through an Observational study using Routine linked data and Mixed methods
    Innovation in research
    Ashra Khanom, Swansea University
  5. What is the role of primary care in reducing the decline in physical function and physical activity in people with long-term conditions? Findings from a realist synthesis with co-design
    Research findings
    Rebecca Law, Bangor University
  6. Recruitment of hard-to-reach smokers using a novel social media strategy
    Research findings
    Pamela Smith, Cardiff University
  7. CARer-ADministration of as-needed sub-cutaneous medication for breakthrough symptoms in homebased dying patients: a UK study protocol (CARiAD)
    Research findings
    Jess Roberts, Bangor University
  8. Prehospital Recognition and Antibiotics for 999 patients with Sepsis (PhRASe): Feasibility Study Interim Results
    Dangerous idea
    Chris Moore, Welsh Ambulance Service
  9. Wales as a laboratory: Family Resilience (FRAIT) in India
    Dangerous idea
    Carolyn Wallace & David Pontin, University of South Wales
  10. Flexing the logic model
    Dangerous idea
    Alison Porter & Mark Kingston, Swansea University
  11. Involving the SUPER group to produce the best proposals
    Dangerous idea
    The SUPER Group (Service Users for Primary and Emergency care Research)