PRIME Centre Wales Annual Meeting 2020

3rd November 2020, Online

We were delighted to welcome guests to the sixth PRIME Centre Wales Annual Meeting, held 3rd November virtually hosted by Bangor University and held completely online.

To mark the a beginning renewed funding period for PRIME Centre Wales for 2020-25, this year's meeting focussed on celebrating some of the centre's key impact achievements to date, and looking to the future with new research areas, as well as welcoming the Wales School for Social Prescribing Research.

Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, this year's meeting was held completely online and we were delighted to welcome over 100 delegates from Wales and beyond including the USA, Canada, Italy, and France.

The full programme is available to view here.

Plenary presentations from the day 

Adrian Edwards
Professor of General Practice, Cardiff University & Director,
PRIME Centre Wales 

Director’s welcome and overview for the next 5 years 
(PRIME Centre Wales and our new themes) 

Clare Wilkinson 
Professor of General Practice at Bangor University & Assoc. Director, PRIME Centre Wales 

Update on the Centre’s efforts to support the response to Covid-1 

Helen Snooks 
Professor of Health Services Research, Swansea University & Assoc. Director, PRIME Centre Wales 

Making an impact in primary and emergency care through PRIME Centre Wales research 

Carolyn Wallace 
Professor of Community Health and Care Services, USW & Director, WSSPR 

The Wales School for Social Prescribing Research (WSSPR) 

Thania Acaron
Dance movement psychotherapy researcher & Movement for wellbeing Lecturer, USW 

Movement and wellbeing 
 

Joyce Kenkre Professor of Primary Care USW & Assoc. Director, WSSPR 
John-Wynn Jones, Retired rural GP, and recent Chair of WONCA Rural Health

International developments in the delivery of universal health care coverage 

Mari James & Bridie Evans 
On behalf of the SUPER Group 

Service Users for Primary and Emergency care Research 

Elevator pitches

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.

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

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.

The audience was asked to vote for their favourite pitch at the end of the session - the top 3 pitches were:

  1. The juxtaposition of the natural and the medical in noisy breathing at the end of life: a qualitative study with healthcare professionals (P2P) 
    Annie Hendry, Bangor University 
  2. ‘Function First’: How to promote physical activity and physical function in people with long-term conditions managed in primary care? A study combining realist and co-design methods. 
    Rebecca-Jane Law, Bangor University 
  3. The rapid adaptation of the ThinkCancer! intervention and trial in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 
    Alun Surgey, Bangor University

1. TIME Study Progress and Early Recruitment Data 

Jenna Jones, Swansea University 

2. The association between rurality, deprivation and time to help-seeking for cancer symptoms: a secondary analysis of cross-sectional survey data 

Georgina St Pier, Cardiff University 

3. A characterisation of patient safety incidents by eye care practitioners 

Elinor MacFarlane, Cardiff University

4. Awareness and Beliefs About Cancer (ABACus): randomised controlled trial of a targeted cancer awareness intervention for adults living in deprived areas of the United Kingdom 

Yvonne Moriarty, Cardiff University 

5. The juxtaposition of the natural and the medical in noisy breathing at the end of life: a qualitative study with healthcare professionals (P2P) 

Annie Hendry, Bangor University 

6. ‘Function First’: How to promote physical activity and physical function in people with long-term conditions managed in primary care? A study combining realist and co-design methods. 

Rebecca-Jane Law, Bangor University 

7.  The impact of Advanced Paramedic Practitioners in Primary Care 

Stella Wright, Betsi Cadwaladr UHB

8. Patients’ experiences of seeking urgent care at emergency departments 

Michelle Edwards, Cardiff University 

9. Innovative recruitment in primary care during COVID-19: the Combined Raman and FiT study (CRaFT) 

Claire Hurlow, Swansea University 

10. The rapid adaptation of the ThinkCancer! intervention and trial in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Alun Surgey, Bangor University 

11. Is there an ambulance on the way? How ambulance services managed the demand peaks during COVID-19 

Mark Kingston, Swansea University 

Posters from the day

The breaks  featured a number of posters showcasing the recent research of the PRIME Centre Wales team: