Full funded PhD studentship opportunity at Aberystwyth University

A person-centred frailty monitoring and management pathway for older adults in a rural GP surgery

Frailty is a health status that increases the risk and impact of adverse events and makes individuals more vulnerable to quick and sudden declines in functional ability, hospitalisation and death. The importance of frailty is increasingly recognized, and although frailty is not currently a clinical diagnosis, it seems likely to become one in the next 10 years. 

The PhD student is to support development and evaluation of a person-centred frailty monitoring and management pathway for older adults in a rural GP surgery, similar to current practice for obesity and diabetes management. Firstly, appropriate biomarkers of frailty (urine, blood, physical assessments, cognitive assessments, etc.) will be established. Secondly, its feasibility for implementation in a rural GP surgery will be determined. Finally, the feasibility of personalised interventions to prevent and reverse frailty will be evaluated in a rural GP surgery. 

The PhD student will be supervised by members of the Well-being and health Assessment Research Unit (, who work jointly with local GP surgeries in Ceredigion, MidWales, United Kingdom. The supervision team is well placed to provide the PhD student with experiences of working in academia alongside the practical experience of doing primary care based research.

Candidates for the PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities in a relevant discipline. They must demonstrate outstanding academic potential as measured normally by either a 1st class honours degree (or equivalent) or a Master’s degree with distinction (or equivalent). 

Those awarded a Margaret Wooloff Scholarship will receive a grant for up to three years which will cover their tuition fees up to the UK/EU rate of £4,407 per annum (2019/2020 rate).  A maintenance allowance of approximately £15,009 per annum and access to a travel and conference fund (max. £500 per annum) will also be provided. Scholarships commence in September 2020.

The deadline for applications is 1 July 2020.  Please contact Dr Marco Arkesteijn via initially for more information and how to apply. 

COVID-19 research in black, Asian and minority ethnic communities

21 May 2020

People from all minority ethnic groups (apart from Chinese and mixed-race groups) are at greater risk of becoming very sick with COVID-19 than the white population in the UK. In particular, black men and women are nearly twice as likely as white people to die from COVID-19. We need to understand why and tackle this urgently through health research.

Visit the COVID-19 research in black, Asian and minority ethnic communities pages on Be Part of Research to learn how to help encourage all BME communities to participate in COVID-19 studies.

Stroke Research Priority Setting Partnership

20 May 2020

Are there questions about stroke that you think are important for research to try to answer? Your questions could help to improve treatment, rehabilitation and prevention in the future.

Complete the Stroke Association web survey to have your say.

Antimicrobial resistance community needs assessment survey for a digital platform

On behalf of the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR), we invite you to take part in a needs assessment survey to guide the development and implementation of the digital platform for the JPIAMR - Virtual Research Institute.

Survey completion deadline: 31 May 2020

£4.8M funding announced for primary and emergency care research in Wales

5 May 2020

The Welsh Government is to invest £4.85m over the next five years on research into primary and emergency care in Wales, which will involve Swansea University.

The funding, through Health and Care Research Wales, will support large-scale, international quality research at Prime Centre Wales, an all-Wales Centre co-led by Swansea, Cardiff and Bangor universities and the University of South Wales.

The Centre has adapted the focus of its research to help tackle the unprecedented challenges of Covid-19, including launching projects to:

  • Look at the effect of “shielding letters” as a public health intervention, led by Professor Helen Snooks of Swansea University
  • Examine the impact of delayed diagnoses of cancer, a project led by Professor Kate Brain, a professor of health psychology from Cardiff University’s School of Medicine
  • Fast track the implementation of the CARiAD intervention for home-based palliative care, teaching lay carers to administer injections at home to a dying loved one, led by Professor Clare Wilkinson and Dr Marlise Poolman at Bangor University and Professor Annmarie Nelson and the Marie Curie Research Palliative Care Research Centre at Cardiff University
  • Look at the effects of coronavirus on all stages of pregnancy, a project led by Julia Townson of Cardiff University’s Centre for Trials Research
  • Analyse public experiences of the pandemic through a UK-wide survey, a joint project between Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan University

Read more:

JPIAMR-VRI Open invitation to participate in a Needs Assessment survey (closes 31st May)

13 May 2020 

On behalf of the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR) we invite you to take part in a needs assessment survey to guide the development and implementation of the Digital Platform for the JPIAMR-Virtual Research Institute (JPIAMR-VRI). 

Please follow this link to the survey or use the attached QR code to quickly access the survey.
It should take about 15 minutes to complete it.

Deadline to answer this survey is May 31st, 2020. 

Aim and ambition of the survey            

The aim is to ensure the JPIAMR-VRI Digital Platform meets the needs of the AMR research community and brings value to everyone who will use it.   It will help to identify developmental priorities and will bring an opportunity to collect innovative ideas that could become part of the Digital Platform development. 

Who should participate?

AMR researchers, members of research networks/projects, students/trainees, research Institute/Universities representatives, representatives of research funding organizations, AMR policy experts, healthcare providers in the field of AMR, AMR data or service provider/developer, private sector representatives interested in AMR Research. 

Why should you participate?

By participating in this survey, you are contributing to the building of a JPIAMR-VRI Digital Platform supporting excellence in research on AMR on a global scale with a One Health approach. 


Coping during coronavirus survey - invitation to take part

11 May 2020

The health threat from Covid-19 provides us with an opportunity to discover how people respond emotionally and behaviourally to health threats on a day to day basis. Most of what we know about how people cope is based on either information obtained after the event or asking them how they think they might have coped. The literature around how we cope with threats to our health is not clear.  

We have designed an on-line survey which will allow us to examine how people think, feel and cope with the Covid-19 threat. Findings from this survey could help to identify common coping methods and ways that may motivate people to maintain or adopt healthy behaviours or to help avoid unhealthy living.   

Please support this research by completing the survey and asking friends family and work colleagues in your groups to ensure we capture as many different peoples’ views as possible.  

Link here:  

Thank you, 
Prof. Chris Bundy on behalf of the Covid-19 Coping Research Group, Cardiff University 

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

8 May 2020

The research team are interested in women’s experiences about making decisions about having children​.

Please take part or share:

KESS 2 MRes opportunity

Developing a theory of change for a complex programme; a systematic framework for ensuring delivery of outcomes in a new Wellbeing Hub for the Nantlle Valley.

School of Health Sciences, Bangor University. 

Project ID: BUK2200

Annual Stipend: £11,472 tax free, paid over 12 months.
Each KESS study also includes a Postgraduate Skills Development Award and a generous travel and equipment allowance. 

Application Deadline: 22/05/2020 

Project Description

This is a research opportunity that may be attractive to a range of students as it covers a wide field of interests. Health and social care students with an interest in strategic change are an obvious set but so would business studies students interested in public and voluntary sector development, similarly ‘place based’ community development researchers or any students/researchers with a passion for how the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act may be delivered in practice.

Grwp Cynefin have been the lead organisation building a wider vision for Penygroes as a Centre for Well-being for the Nantlle Valley and wider local region.  Partners including Gwynedd Council, Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board, and a range of voluntary and  community organisations have produced a business case to create a new and innovative Wellbeing Hub to modernise and extend the reach of existing health and care services, embed prevention and community wellbeing into a new sustainable model for the future, and act as a crucible for change and regeneration of the wider area. Further information.

Wales plays key role in urgent COVID-19 research

1 May 2020

Wales is playing a key role in the UK-wide effort to find treatments for COVID-19 patients through research, with 11 urgent public health research studies already taking place and further studies being set up.

These studies – set up through Health and Care Research Wales and co-ordinated nationally – are being run right across Wales and are looking into multiple treatments for patients, identifying risk factors and specific genes for susceptibility of severe disease, all strengthening the evidence to help fight the disease.

Read more.

PRIME e-news bulletin - Spring 2020

4 May 2020

Read our message from Centre Director, Professor Adrian Edwards announcing our new 5 years if funding, and find out what the PRIME Centre Wales research team have been doing to support the effort against CORID-19 in the Spring edition of the e-news bulletin.

Read the bulletin here:

Sign up to receive our quarterly e-news bulletin here:

Social Prescribing: an alternative approach to reduce the reliance on the NHS and social care services in Wales 

23 April 2020

The Wales School for Social Prescribing Research (WSSPR) was officially launched at the start of April. 

Led by Director Professor Carolyn Wallace of the University of South Wales (USW) and co-chaired by Dr Sally Rees at the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), this virtual school based within PRIME Centre Wales aims to develop a social prescribing evaluation methodology. It builds on the work previously completed by the Wales Social Prescribing Research Network (WSPRN). The network itself has won more than £700k in funding bids to date. 

Professor Wallace comments:

"The rapidly growing enthusiasm for social prescribing and its potential to influence delivery of services in primary and community care have exceeded expectation, but the development of its evidence base and robust quality standards for evaluation have trailed,”

“There is variable evidence to suggest that social prescribing reduces the footfall to GP surgeries of between 15% to 28%. The evidence varies so much because the impact of social prescribing depends on the type of model used, the link workers and their backgrounds, the locality, and the assets available within the community.

“Social prescribing is incredibly important. It helps people connect with their community and improve their well-being.”

What is social prescribing? 

Social prescribing (SP) is a way of meeting the social, emotional and practical needs of people through services in the voluntary and community sector, rather than relying on health and social care services to provide a solution. People may be referred to a SP scheme for many reasons, such as bereavement, debt induced anxiety or social isolation. 

SP schemes use various activities that are typically offered by voluntary and community sector organisations. Examples include volunteering, arts activities, group learning, gardening, befriending, cookery, healthy eating advice, and a range of sports.

Read more

New app created to track coronavirus in Wales

17 April 2020

A new app has been created to help the NHS keep track of the spread of coronavirus in Wales. First Minister Mark Drakeford is appealing for people to log their daily symptoms, even if they are displaying no symptoms, on the app to help build a clearer picture of how the virus is affecting Wales.

Scientists from Kings College London and the Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) Databank at Swansea University will then work with the Welsh Government to analyse the data. Read Mark Drakeford's full statement on the app's website.

Launch of the Community Pharmacy Contractors COVID-19 Toolkit

Strategic Programme for Primary Care

April 2020

To support the retention of safe, efficient, and accessible pharmaceutical services, the Welsh Government have outlined a set of five key objectives:

  1. To protect the health and wellbeing of all pharmacy staff;
  2. To ensure community pharmacies continue to be available to dispense and supply repeat and acute prescriptions, with if necessary a reduction in hours pharmacies are open to the public;
  3. To support a move away from demand-led to more planned ways of working particularly in respect of repeat prescriptions;
  4. To reduce footfall in community pharmacies both to support social-distancing and reduce pressure on pharmacy teams; and
  5. To support the public to self-care, through improved access to online information or through telephone advice and medicines from their community pharmacist

Work has been underway with partners across Government, Health Boards, Community Pharmacy Wales, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, along with other key stakeholders to develop a range of measures to support meeting these objectives.

There is an expectation on community pharmacies, practices and clusters to work collaboratively in establishing the best patient and prescription journey, especially for symptomatic and COVID-19 positive patients and those requiring urgent palliative care medicines.

This toolkit compiles information that has so far been released in relation to each of these objectives. It also offers guidance and supporting information to enable the continuity of services by community pharmacies at this unprecedented time of pressure. Practical tips and templates have been included to help contractors navigate their way through the process.

Download the toolkit here: Community Pharmacy Contractor COVID-19 Toolkit.pdf

PRIME paper no.2 in top BMJ Quality & Safety articles of 2019

9 April 2020

Congratulations to Helen Snooks and colleagues in PRIME Centre Wales' emergency and unscheduled care research team on the announcement that their paper looking at the effects and costs of implementing predictive risk stratification in primary care, has been awarded second place the top ten BMJ Quality and Safety articles of 2019.

Across the National Health Service (NHS), predictive risk tools are being implemented in general practice to identify patients for case management, in part in hope that these tools might reduce emergency admissions. Here, Snooks et al. performed a stepped wedge trial across 32 practices in one Welsh health board to evaluate the costs and effects of the introduction of an emergency admission risk prediction tool (PRISM). Read more

State of the world's nursing report

Joyce Kenkre, Professor of Primary Care at the University of South Wales and Associate Director of PRIME, is a contributor to the first  State of the world’s nursing report release today, entitled: 'State of the world's nursing: Investing in education, jobs and leadership'.

Nurses are critical to deliver on the promise of “leaving no one behind” and the global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They make a central contribution to national and global targets related to universal health coverage, noncommunicable diseases, including mental health, emergency preparedness and response, patient safety, and the delivery of integrated, people-centred care, amongst others.

This State of the world’s nursing report, developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with the International Council of Nurses and the global Nursing Now campaign provides a compelling case on the value of the nursing workforce globally.

Read the report here:

Welcome to WSSPR

We are pleased to officially launch the Wales School for Social Prescribing Research, funded by Health and Care Research Wales and nested within PRIME Centre Wales. 

2 April 2020

WSSPR is a virtual all-Wales school which aims to develop a social prescribing evaluation methodology, building on the work previously completed by the Wales Social Prescribing Research Network (WSPRN).

WSPRN is a network of researchers and practitioners in Wales who are interested in social prescribing research, which sits inside WSSPR.

Please head over to our new website to learn more about us, our current projects and our research network -

You can also follow us on Twitter @WSSPRCymru or get in touch with us via. e-mail -

We look forward to working with you in the future. 

Professor Carolyn Wallace
Director of WSSPR

NWCR & Tenovus PhD Studentship Award

March 2020

We invite applications from principal investigators, with a track record of successful PhD supervision, to submit proposals for this jointly funded research award. NWCR and Tenovus Cancer Care (Tenovus) seek to fund a health services PhD research award which will aim to impact cancer policy or practice through the targeted area of psycho-social oncology.

Research proposals should address the interactions between the physical, psychological, social and behavioural aspects of the cancer experience for the cancer patient and care-givers.

This is an open call, but projects must seek to provide evidence to impact the cancers that are significant to the combined population of the two Charities – the North West of England and Wales. 

PhD studentship grants are awarded for up to three years with a maximum funding budget of up to £75,000

All applications will undergo rigorous external peer and scientific review.

Closing time and date 5pm, Monday 22nd June 2020.

Further information:

Get involved: UK public experiences during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

March 2020

HealthWise Wales is supporting a Cardiff Metropolitan University/Cardiff University study to collect people’s views about aspects of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The researchers would like to know whether it is having an impact on your day-to-day lives and what you think about the way that government and health services are responding to the pandemic.

Process for UK-wide COVID-19 research projects

27 March 2020

Health and Care Research Wales have now agreed a UK-wide process for all COVID-19 research projects with colleagues from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the other devolved administrations.
To apply for the funding, applicants need to go through the national portal.  More information, and a link to portal, is available here:
A single national process will avoid duplication and ensure proposals from across the UK are coordinated and prioritised as quickly as possible.  It is the route HCRW are using for all COVID-19 funding requests, and it also offers the opportunity for applicants to scale up their plans.

Health and Care Research Wales COVID-19 Statement

18 March 2020

Health and Care Research Wales has published a statement about the #COVID-19 outbreak which we will keep updated.

You can read it here:

Have your say – Evaluation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act,

March 2020

Please help with this evaluation of the Social Services & Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. What has changed for you?

The Welsh Government has commissioned a partnership between leading academics across four universities in Wales and expert advisers to deliver the evaluation of the ground-breaking Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. 

We are currently undertaking the process evaluation phase of the study which aims to understand how the Social Services and Well-being Act has been/is being implemented and delivered at a national, regional and local level. It will consider the role that the wide range of organisations that are impacted by the Act have had in this implementation, and identify factors that have helped or hindered its effectiveness.

Involving the public in health and social care research

March 2020

Aimed at the public, our new guide provides a simple explanation about public involvement in research. It outlines what public involvement is, how to get involved and why it’s important to improving future care.

Developed with members of the public involvement community, this guide will help researchers in their public involvement activities.

The guide can be downloaded from our website or we have a summary leaflet which can be requested by emailing the public involvement and engagement team

Submission is now open for the RCGP Research Paper of the Year (RPY) 2019 

March 2020

The RCGP Research Paper of the Year 2019 will be awarded in 2020.

The Research Paper of the Year (RPY) award gives recognition to an individual or group of researchers who have undertaken and published an exceptional piece of research relating to general practice or primary care. 

The overall winner will be selected from category winning research papers

Entries must be submitted under one of the following categories:

  1. Medical Education – related to primary care
  2. Health Service Research – including Public Health and Implementation
  3. Clinical Research

Further details on RCGP website:

Deadline for submitting papers: 15 March 2020

Blog post from Megan Elliott: What influences men to take part in weight loss programs?

25 February 2020

Men tend not to take part in weight loss programs but few studies explore why this may be. In this blog post, the lead author of a new qualitative study published today in BMC Public Health discusses her team's research which seeks to answer this question.

However, engagement of men in these weight loss programs is low. Men make up 11-25% of people who go to Counterweight, Weight Watchers, Slimming World and Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Clubs. With a greater prevalence overweight men compared to women in the UK, and rising obesity rates globally, this lack of engagement is concerning.

Our study, published in BMC Public Health, sought to understand what influences the engagement of men in weight loss services.

Read more.

    Research Evaluation Highlights

    Public Health Wales has published its latest annual Research and Evaluation Highlights report. The report makes for impressive reading, covering our involvement in innovative research and evaluation with significant impact on public health, policy and practice, both nationally and internationally.

    Read the report at:

    Conference 2020: Submit an abstract now!

    We’re pleased to announce that we are now welcoming abstract submissions for the Health and Care Research Wales conference 2020. We’re offering you the opportunity to facilitate a workshop, present at a parallel session or display a poster on the day.

    This year's conference theme is 'Making a difference: the impact of health and care research'.

    Deadline for workshop and presentation abstracts: 20 April 2020

    Deadline for poster abstracts: 20 May 2020

    PhD Studentship available – Centre for Trials Research Cardiff University 

    14 February 2020

    Cardiff University School of Medicine is funding a full PhD studentship as part of the MRC NIHR Trials Methodology Partnership, which will be based in the Centre for Trials Research.

    The TMRP brings together a number of national and international networks, institutions and partners undertaking clinical trials and trials methodology research. Our overall aim being to improve patient care by improving the way in which the healthcare evidence base is developed.

    Our PhD programme presents a unique opportunity to undertake training and research in major areas where clinical trials need to be improved to help increase the health of society. Projects are available at locations across the UK for candidates with qualifications in a variety of subject areas including statistics, mathematics, health economics, epidemiology, psychology, social science, computer science, informatics and health services research.

    The Centre for Trials Research is a UK CRC Registered Clinical Trials Unit with an active PhD program in both clinical topics and methods. It works in close partnership with other CTUs as well as the NHS and social care. Our methodological strengths lie in maximising secondary uses of data, efficient trials and novel designs. We also have a strong commitment to inclusivity in research to ensure that we produce research which is relevant to the whole population. We have four potential projects available which cover these areas: 

    PhD in Medical Statistics - Developing innovative approaches for adaptive design and analysis of clinical trials in type 1 diabetes based on “platform trials”

    Supervisors: Prof Adrian Mander & Dr Charlotte Wilhelm-Benartzi

    PhD in Medical Statistics – The development and application of modern modelling methods for microbiological data in clinical trials.

    Supervisors: Dr Dave Gillespie, Prof Kerry Hood, Dr Kathy Hughes & Dr Mandy Wotton (Public Health Wales) 

    PhD in Public Health – Conceptualising intervention participation to model understand and maximise effectiveness of complex public health trials

    Supervisors: Dr Jeremy Segrott, Dr Dave Gillespie, Dr Emily Hughes (Bangor University)

    PhD in Population Medicine – Increasing inclusivity in trials supporting decision-making about involving adults and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities in research

    Supervisors: Dr Fiona Wood, Dr Vicky Shepherd, Dr Rachel McNamara, Prof Kerry Hood

    This is a competitive process, with four projects advertised and only one studentship will be funded. Open to all UK/EU students without further restrictions. Full UK/EU tuition fees. Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum. Additional funding is available over the course of the programme and will cover costs such as research consumables and training. Applications from International candidates are welcomed if they can cover the difference in home/Eu fees (£4,407) and Overseas fees (£21,950). 

    Closing date for applications is the 20th March 2020

    KESS2 PhD Studentship, Bangor University 

    Exploring the development of a new Community Care Hub and implementation of this social model into primary care delivery in Wales.

    School of Health Sciences, Bangor University 

    Project ID: BUK2E039

    Annual Stipend: Doctoral Stipend starting at £14,628 p.a. for 2020/2021

    Each KESS study also includes a Postgraduate Skills Development Award and a generous travel and equipment allowance.

    Application Deadline: 14/03/2020 

    Project Description:

    Community Care Collaborative CIC (CCC) is a social enterprise health delivery organisation.   CCC aims to act as a vehicle to enable partnership working between the public, voluntary and private sectors to develop and deliver an innovative, person centred, social model of care transforming the traditional model of primary care in Wales.  CCC work for the benefit of the community and as an asset locked organisation any surplus income generated is reinvested in the enterprise.

    The aim of this PhD research studentship is to explore a new social model of care in primary care with the purpose of delivering a holistic, streamlined Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) service that meets the medical, social and psychological needs of the local community in Wrexham. This PhD project will evaluate a new Community Care Hub (CCH) in primary care to meet the health and wellbeing needs of the vulnerable and homeless in society. This research will engage with vulnerable, and hard to reach groups and those with complex needs to educate and empower both the people the organisation work with and the people they provide services to increase their resilience and ability to self-care. This new social model in primary care will act as a conduit for services and greater integration of healthcare services in Wrexham town and surrounding area. Findings will provide tangible evidence for CCC on the development of a new CCH and implementation of this social model into primary care delivery in Wales.

    Further information: Community Care Hub KESS-2-Scholarship-Advertisement.pdf

    George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling Annual Symposium

    Date: 3rd and 4th April 2020

    Call for Proposals: Storytelling and Mothers 

    We invite proposals for academic papers (15 minutes), panel sessions (45 minutes), workshops (45 minutes) and short performances (up to 15 minutes in length) for the fourteenth annual George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling symposium on the theme of storytelling and motherhood.  We are seeking contributions that address motherhood in relation to performance storytelling, applied storytelling and narrative in fields including, but not limited to: performance studies; storytelling studies; arts for health, wellbeing and social care; maternal studies; literary studies; and other related disciplines.  We would like to provide an opportunity to our wide range of attendees i.e. storytellers and practitioners from allied artforms, researchers, community workers, youth workers, post-graduate students and others, and welcome innovative formats for presentations.

    If you would like to contribute, please submit abstracts of not more than 300 words by Sunday 23 February to Georgina Biggs, Research Assistant, Performance and the Maternal, email:

    Further information:

    Combined Raman and FiT (CRaFT) - New study recruitment underway 

    7 Feberuary 2020

    This innovative Health and Care Research Wales funded study is looking to see if the combined test performance of a novel spectroscopy based blood test (Raman) in combination with quantitative FiT can help GPs determining presence of colorectal cancer in symptomatic patients. It also includes qualitative interviews with patients and GPs to understand the future benefit of such an approach.

    There are 16 sites open at present with another 8 Welsh sites in setup and 6 recruited to date. Recruitment will continue until mid-2021. The study won the Swansea University Outstanding Research and Innovation Collaboration award in January 2020.

    More sites are welcomed, please contact for further information.

    BJGP Open most read paper of 2019

    5th February 2020

    Congratulations to Robert Goldsmith, Advanced Practice Physiotherapist at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and PRIME Centre Wales colleagues for coming first in the British Journal of General Practice 'Top 10 Research Publications of 2019', announced on 31st January.

    The article 'findings from Robert's research undertaken as part of his RCBP First Into Research Fellowship, funded by Welsh Government. Read more

    Blog post from Dr Harriet Quinn-Scoggins

    15th Annual Scientific Meeting of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine, Bath, 16th-17th January 2020

    3 February 2020

    In January Dr Harriet Quinn-Scoggins, one of our PRIME funded Research Associates, attended the 15th Annual Scientific Meeting of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine and wrote a blog.

    Read the full post here

    Blog post from Professor Joyce Kenkre 

    Landmark declaration made by Rural WONCA and commitment of support for nurses and midwives worldwide to advance the goals of Nursing Now

    29 January 2020

    If we are to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the foreseeable future, it will be the rural and isolated parts of the world that will provide us with the greatest challenge. Although just under 50% of the global population live in rural areas, only 34% of the world’s nurses and 24% of the world’s doctors work in rural areas. 56% of the globe’s rural population do not have access to health whereas only 22% of those living in towns and cities are denied care.

    The Declaration of Astana emphasised the importance of primary health care in meeting the needs of those who are currently denied health care. The declaration went on to describe the primary care workforce as being multi-professional and multidisciplinary. The future of rural health care will be in the development of dynamic teams of professionals working together and bringing their different skills and knowledge to meet the needs of their patients and communities. 

    The 16th WONCA World Rural Health Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA) on the 15th October 2019 unanimously agreed a statement and a commitment to the importance of nursing in rural health care and to Nursing Now 2020.

    Read the full post on the Nursing Now website

    Greetings from Professor Nigel Stott at Oxwich

    Dear Colleagues,

    I’d like to share an update from recently catching up with Professor Nigel Stott and his wife Mary at their home in Oxwich. Nigel put primary care research in Cardiff and Wales on the map. He built up a very strong department of general practice from the 1970s onwards. The lasting interests include particularly infections and healthcare communications research that remain strengths in PRIME Centre today.

    His paper “The exceptional potential in each primary care consultation” (JRCGP 1979) is still one of the most highly cited papers in the primary care field.  Several of us – Clare Wilkinson, Chris Butler, Kerry Hood, Mike Robling, Fiona Wood myself and others – owe our formative years in research to Nigel, for which we are extremely grateful.

    Sadly, Nigel has had major health challenges in recent years. Communication is very difficult. He is however still extremely interested in what we are all doing in primary care research in Wales and follows our newsletters with great interest. Charlotte and I visited Nigel and Mary recently and were able to bring them fully up to date with progress! He was very appreciative, and sends best wishes to all in PRIME Centre, and encouragement to keep up this vital work improving primary and emergency care in Wales.

    Adrian Edwards
    Director of PRIME Centre Wales

    *NEW STUDY* Interested in decision-making, capacity, and informed consent in research?

    COnSiDER survey now open

    The Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University, are developing a Core Outcome Set to evaluate interventions to enhance proxy decision-making for research.

    To take part:

    Deadline extended: Let's celebrate our research stars!

    New deadline: 16 March 2020

    Nominations are still open for the Support & Delivery Impact Awards 2020. Let’s showcase the hard-working, high-achieving staff from the Support & Delivery Service that have made a difference to research in Wales. But we can only honour these research stars with your help.

    Put forward an individual or team who deserve recognition for a 2020 Support & Delivery Impact Award.

    Welsh Crucible 2020 is now open to applications

    The deadline for applications is midnight on 16th February 2020.

    Welsh Crucible is an award-winning programme of personal, professional and leadership development for the future research leaders of Wales.

    Funded by a consortium of Welsh higher education institutions and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), Welsh Crucible brings together thirty researchers each year in order to explore how they can work together to tackle the current research challenges facing Wales.

    For information on why you should apply to participate in this prestigious programme of personal, professional and leadership development, please click here. For details on the application process, please click here.

    If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us at

    SAPC 2020 Call for Abstracts - deadline 16th February 2020

    The University of Leeds, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, is hosting the annual SAPC conference, which showcases the latest research and education in academic primary care.

    You can share your work through:

    • Presentations: long orals (15 min slots: 10 min presentation + 5 min Q&A) or short orals (5 min slots: 3 min presentation + 2 min Q&A) - review criteria - abstract submission form - word count up to 450 words excluding title and authors
      • to submit a presentation abstract please set up a user account when prompted once you click on the submission form above 
    • Further information:

    Job Opportunity 

    Swansea Medical School are welcoming applications for a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer - Physician Associate.

    Join a rapidly developing, well-respected programme with 100% graduate pass rate (National Exam 2018 and 2019).

    Job Number:  AC03927
    Contract Type: Permanent
    Closing Date: 02-02-2020

    Salary for Lecturer: £20,513 to £23,765 per annum with USS pension benefits (Pro rata to £34,189 to £39,609)
    Salary for Senior Lecturer: £24,915 i £29,732 per annum (Pro rata £41,526 to 49,553 per annum with USS pension benefits).
    Hours of Work: 0.6FTE
    Contract: This is a Permanent Position
    Location: This position will be based in Singleton Campus

    Further information:

    Cancer Research Strategy for Wales consultation

    Deadline: 31 January 2020

    The Cancer Research Strategy for Wales is being developed, ready for delivery in 2020, following a recommendation in the Cancer Delivery Plan. 

    Professional and public opinions are being sought to ensure the Cancer Research Strategy for Wales is relevant, fit for purpose, and owned by all. To best capture all views on the developing strategy, two surveys have been developed: one for members of the public and one for professional working in the field.

    Carolyn Wallace appointed to Professor of Community Health and Care Service

    6 January 2020

    Congratulations to Dr Carolyn Wallace on her appointment to Professor of  Community Health and Care Service at University of South Wales.

    Community Health and Care Services focusses on the improvement of services in the community, including services in statutory health and social care, primary care, third sector, independent sector and the workforce.

    Carolyn has a specific interest in integration across health and social care. Her background as a nurse, NHS manager and currently as chair of Age Cymru Gwent has been key to understanding the context of both health and care community working environments.

    Carolyn is currently seconded for three days per week to PRIME Centre Wales where she leads on the social care cross cutting theme, co-leads the long term conditions theme and supports the Community Nursing Research Strategy for Wales.
    In 2011, Carolyn became the first nurse to win a place on the Welsh Crucible, an award winning leadership programme for researchers in Wales.

    In 2014 she developed the concept of family resilience for public health nurses working in Wales and leads the FRAIT (Family Resilience Assessment Instrument and Tool) team at USW.

    The FRAIT supports health visitors in their decision making, care planning and planning for further interventions and resources. All health visitors in Wales have been trained to use FRAIT since October 2017. Welsh Government are collecting the FRAIT data as part of their Healthy Child Wales Programme policy (WG, 2016).

    In 2017, Carolyn founded the All Wales Social Prescribing Research Network (WSPRN). She co-chairs the WSPRN with Judith Stone and Dr Sally Rees at the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA). The aim is to build the critical evidence for social prescribing in Wales. The research network has 296 members, of which a steering group of 20 from across Wales are research active. It supports three communities of practice in north, west and south east Wales and uses a translational model of research. A number of grants have been directly secured as a result of this work totalling over £720,000 to date.

    Further information:

    Successful international visit hosted by Prof Kate Brain and team 

    2 December 2019

    In November 2019 Professor Kate Brain (PRIME work package 4 lead, Cancer Screening, Prevention and Early Diagnosis), Dr Grace McCutchan (Research Associate in our WCRC sister centre) and Dr Harriet Quinn-Scoggins (Research Associate, PRIME work package 4) welcomed international colleagues Professor Bahr Weiss (Professor of Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt University, USA) and Dr Lam Trung (Director of Danang Oncology Hospital, Vietnam) to Cardiff University. The purpose of the visit was to further develop work on the successful NIH pilot grant ‘Understanding patient delay factors in Vietnam’ (PI Prof Weiss) and discuss future work and possible grant proposals. The long-term view of this ongoing collaboration is to establish psycho-oncology services and associated research in Vietnam. Read more

    HEAR study wins award at Swansea University Medical School Awards 2019

    Congratulations to Ashra Khanom and her team of researchers from asylum-seeking and refugee communities who have won the 2019 Swansea University Medical School award for outstanding contribution to outreach and public engagement, for their work on the HEAR study. The team were presented with their award on 29th November at the Swansea University Medical School Annual Awards at Fulton House on Singleton Parc campus.

    Read more on  the Swansea University website

    WONCA Rural's “Outstanding Service Award” to John Wynn-Jones

    October 2019

    The WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice Award for Outstanding Service to Rural Practice was presented to PRIME Steering Board Member, Dr John Wynn-Jones at the 16th WONCA World Rural Health Conference, Albuquerque October 2019.

    The award given to working rural family doctors who have made an exceptional contribution to rural health on both a global and local perspective, recognising a clinician’s exemplary service to their rural communities, to their professional colleagues and to the next generation of doctors. John Wynn Jones is one of these doctors.

    Read the full story on WONCA website:

    PRIME research in @ResearchWales magazine
    Issue 7

    Issue 7 of our @ResearchWales magazine is out now, featuring the latest health and social care research news from across Wales. 

    Read about:

    • the prestigious prize awarded PRIME Centre Wales' 'Seal or Varnish?' dental study on page 6,
    • and about how PRIME and the Centre for Trials Research worked with Welsh GP surgeries in the recruitment of patients for the PACE trial on page 7.

    Read your copy now.

    KESS2 Funded Master of Research Degree Scholarship

    Developing a conversation about identifying community needs to embrace well-being through social prescribing interventions

    School of Health Sciences, Bangor University 

    Project ID: BUK2201

    Annual Stipend: £11,472 tax free, paid over 12 months.

    Each KESS study also includes a Postgraduate Skills Development Award and a generous travel and equipment allowance.

    The NHS faces increasing pressure on resources as a result of an ageing population with chronic illnesses and complex issues as well as health inequalities. In primary care GPs spend almost a fifth of their time on social issues which don’t directly relate to the health of the patient eg financial difficulties, social isolation. GPs may not be in a position to are often assist patients with their social issues and evidence is emerging that holistic approaches linking social care to primary care may be cost effective in supporting patient’s needs.

    Social Prescribing (SP) can help patients through referring them to non-clinical services which promote health and well-being, boosts social inclusion and builds resilience through the development of social capital and build of community capacity. SP interventions may help reduce healthcare use to promote system sustainability and prevent unnecessary medicalisation of physical or mental health conditions.

    The beneficiaries of targeted schemes include the elderly, carers, or those with housing difficulties. Grŵp Cynefin would like to expand and offer SP interventions through the new community health and wellbeing hub within the Nantlle Valley community but need to identify the community appetite to embrace wellbeing improvements through co-design.    

    Application Deadline: 14/02/2020

    Further information: KESS-2-Scholarship-Advertisement_Conversation.pdf

    KESS2 Funded Master of Research Degree Scholarship

    Developing a theory of change for a complex programme; a systematic framework for ensuring delivery of outcomes in a new Wellbeing Hub for the Nantlle Valley.

    School of Health Sciences, Bangor University. 

    Project ID: BUK2200

    Annual Stipend: £11,472 tax free, paid over 12 months.

    Each KESS study also includes a Postgraduate Skills Development Award and a generous travel and equipment allowance. 

    This is a research opportunity that may be attractive to a range of students as it covers a wide field of interests. Health and social care students with an interest in strategic change are an obvious set but so would business studies students interested in public and voluntary sector development, similarly ‘place based’ community development researchers or any students/researchers with a passion for how the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act may be delivered in practice.

    Grwp Cynefin have been the lead organisation building a wider vision for Penygroes as a Centre for Well-being for the Nantlle Valley and wider local region.  Partners including Gwynedd Council, Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board, and a range of voluntary and  community organisations have produced a business case to create a new and innovative Wellbeing Hub to modernise and extend the reach of existing health and care services, embed prevention and community wellbeing into a new sustainable model for the future, and act as a crucible for change and regeneration of the wider area.

    There is no evidenced based “Theory of Change” available able to frame the broad outcomes of a change programme as ambition as this. It encompasses all the Wellbeing of Future Generation Goals and ways of working, as other major service redesign programmes have, but not on this scale in a new build facility across this range of services and sectors.

    Application Deadline: 14/02/20 

    Further information: KESS-2-Scholarship-Advertisement_Theory of Change Dyffryn Nantlle Wellbeing Hub.pdf

    KESS2 Funded Master of Research Degree Scholarship

    Community-based Optometric Referral Refinement & Monitoring for wAMD: Evaluation of Stakeholder Experience in Wales

    This is a funded MbyRes, including a generous stipend and tuition fees, with well-resourced circumstances for a successful scholarship.

    Here is an exciting opportunity to study a community-based Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (wAMD) referral refinement and treatment process, exploring its impact within a range of stakeholder groups. This could lead to entirely new approaches in the delivery of eyecare services.

    Deadline for applications: 26 January 2020

    Further information:

    Setting the standard for public involvement

    18 November 2019

    The final UK Standards for Public Involvement, which aim to improve the quality and consistency of public involvement in research, were released on Monday (18 November).

    Victoria Shepherd runner-up in 2019 Royal College of Nursing in Wales Nurse of the Year Awards 

    The 2019 Royal College of Nursing in Wales Nurse of the Year Awards were held in Cardiff on Wednesday 13 November, and we want to congratulate three research colleagues who were awarded:

    • Emma Mills, clinical research midwife at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, who won the Children and Midwifery Award
    • Hayley Forbes, community midwife at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, who won the Supporting Improvement Through Research Award
    • Victoria Shepherd, 2016-19 Health and Care Research Wales funded doctoral research fellow, who was runner up for the Supporting Improvement Through Research Award

    Results from the perineural local anaesthetic catheter after major lower limb amputation (PLACEMENT) trial have been published in BMJ Open. The study was funded by the Research for Patient and Public Benefit (RfPPB) Wales and involved researchers from Centre for Trials Research, the Research Design and Conduct Service and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

    PhD success - Victoria Shepherd

    25 October 2019

    NIHR Health and Care Research Wales Doctoral Research Fellow, Victoria Shepherd successfully defended her thesis in her viva on 24th October and has been awarded her PhD (subject to minor amendments).

    Huge congratulations to Vicky on completing such a well conducted and important study on supporting family members making proxy decisions for research involving adults who lack capacity.  

    Dr Ashra Khanom scoops 2019 Health and Care Research Wales Public Involvement Award

    4 October 2019

    Congratulations to Dr Ashra Khanom, Research Fellow at PRIME Centre Wales, Swansea University, and her team of researchers from asylum-seeking and refugee communities on winning the 2019 Public Involvement Achievement Award for their ground-breaking work on the HEAR study.  

    In its second year, the Public Involvement Achievement Award, organised by Health and Care Research Wales and presented at the annual conference, aims to celebrate the excellent public involvement in research taking place across Wales.

    In recent years, numbers of asylum seekers and refugees in Wales have increased but we know little about their healthcare experiences.

    The HEAR study (The Health Experiences of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Wales) investigated the health, wellbeing and healthcare experiences of adult asylum seekers and refugees in Wales, including the views and experiences of both healthcare recipients and providers. Read more


    PRIME Centre Wales at Health and Care Research Wales Conference

    4 October 2019

    Health and Care Research Wales held its 5th annual conference on 3rd October, at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, with the theme 'Partnership & Collaboration'. PRIME was among the exhibitors, and Swansea research team members were particularly active on the day, featuring in a range of the proceedings including:

    • Parallel session: Research collaboration on a bid - Professor Colin Dayan, Professor Helen Snooks, Dr Charles Musselwhite chaired by Beverly Luchmun
      This workshop featured case studies of successful collaborations on bids with industry, the third sector and the health service, and was followed by a facilitated question and answer session.
    • Public partnership presentation: INFORM study: Improving care for people who frequently call 999 - Penny Gripper and Dr Ashra Khanom
    • TED-style talk: Collaboration in applied health research – not an optional extra - Professor Helen Snooks
    • Showcase session: HEAR: The health and wellbeing of asylum seekers and refugees in Wales - Dr Ashra Khanom
    • Showcase session: Research collaboration for success on the front line of paramedic practice - Mark Kingston

    Coverage of the day is available on the Health and Care Research Wales website including presentation slides and audios from the day.

    Conception Project Survey

    Women who are pregnant and breastfeeding need information about the medicines or drugs they take. Together with the IMI ConcePTION project, we are developing better information for women in the future. If you are a woman with children, if you are or have been pregnant, or think you might want to be sometime in the future, you can also help us develop ways to communicate about safety and medicines.

    The Conception project is addressing some key questions for women of childbearing age. We should be very grateful if you could respond and circulate to your networks. The survey is totally anonymised.

    Survey link:

    PRIME Centre Wales Annual Report 2018-19

    We are delighted to share with you the Wales Centre for Primary and Emergency Care Research annual report for 2018-19.

    The report is available in English and Welsh, and can be viewed and downloaded via:

    Hard copies are also available - please contact to request your copy.

    Nominations are open - Let's celebrate our research stars!

    15 October 2019

    Nominations are now open for the Support & Delivery Impact Awards 2020. Let’s showcase the hard-working, high-achieving staff from the Support & Delivery service that have made a difference to research in Wales. But we can only honour these research stars with your help.

    That’s why we’re appealing to you to nominate an individual or team who deserve recognition for a 2020 Support & Delivery Impact Award. Nominate now.

    Advancing the science and practice of primary health care as a foundation for universal health coverage

    WHO call for papers

    Health systems face increasingly complex challenges, such as the growing burden of chronic noncommunicable diseases, multisource pollution, new epidemics and antimicrobial resistance. These challenges have prompted an important shift in focus from curative care to health promotion and disease prevention, as well as the development of new models of service delivery, financing and governance for primary health care.

    Global health stakeholders are pushing for renewed commitments to enhance primary health care in the 21st century, in light of the 2018 Declaration of Astana. The 2019 World Health Assembly adopted an ambitious resolution recognizing the role of primary health care in providing the full range of health services needed throughout the life course, including prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care.

    To tackle these challenges, the Bulletin of the World Health Organization will publish a theme issue on advancing the science and practice of primary health care as a foundation for UHC. The theme issue aims at providing a forward-looking view of the innovations, challenges and shared responsibilities in driving primary health care, and at filling gaps and fostering discussions around what is needed to implement a primary health-care vision towards UHC.

    We welcome manuscripts that capture learnings and experience in the implementation of primary health-care policies and interventions as well as the strengthening of primary health-care systems. 

    The deadline for submission is 30 November 2019.

    Further information:

    Abstract submission is now open for the South West Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) Conference 2020

    This annual conference brings together clinical and non-clinical academics, researchers and clinicians to share the latest primary care research findings from across the region and Wales.

    Please submit your abstract or workshop proposal at

    Abstract deadline: 8 November 2019

    Discover your role in health and social care research

    Health and Care research Wales is seeking input on our ambitions for public engagement and public involvement in health and social care research, set out in our ambitions document, through a survey.

    The survey will be open for responses until 27 November 2019.

    Visit the survey here:

    GPs; Primary care practice nurses; Other e.g. exercise professionals; People with long-term conditions - we need your views!

    Physical activity and physical function in general practice

    Your participation will help design a new way of working in GP surgeries to help reduce the decline in physical function and physical activity that can occur in people who have long term conditions (e.g. diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure).

    Telephone interviews will be held in September (at a time convenient to you) and will take a maximum of 1 hour.

    Participants will be gifted a £30 shopping voucher as thanks for taking part.

    You will also be invited to attend a co-design workshop taking place in Bangor, North Wales (travel & subsistence reimbursed):

    • Friday 11th October 2019
    • Monday 11th November 2019
    • Friday 6th December 2019

    To find out more about taking part, please contact Rebecca Law:

    The Function First study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research

    Academics call for structured drug monitoring in care homes

    11 September 2019

    Swansea University academics call for policy makers, regulators and healthcare professionals to adopt a structured medicine monitoring system after research showed a positive impact on the care of people living in care homes and taking mental health medicines.

    Professor Sue Jordan from the University’s College of Human and Health Sciences led the research which is newly published in the PLOS ONE journal. The study showed how care home residents’ adverse side effects were picked up more effectively by their nurses and carers when a structured monitoring system was used alongside administration of mental health medicines.

    Read more.

    Evaluation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014: framework for change report published

    5 September 2019

    The evaluation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 commenced in November 2018 and will run for at least three years.

    The evaluation will deliver an independent assessment of the implementation of the Act. It will look at how the Act has affected the well-being of people who need care and support, and their carers.

    The report covers:

    • an overview of some of the contextual factors that may impact on the implementation of the Act in Wales
    • a description of the framework for change
    • an explanatory narrative of the framework for change.

    View the report here:

    View the Framework for Change video here:

    Health and Care Research Wales sponsors award to recognise outstanding research delivery

    Closing date for entries: 16 September

    The Advancing Healthcare Awards Wales are open to healthcare scientists, allied health professionals and pharmacists across Wales, recognising and celebrating the achievements of all three professions. 
    Read more and enter the awards.

    Wales Dental Research Recognised as World Class

    19 July 2019

    A clinical trial carried out by the Community Dental Service in Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, in collaboration with the Dental Public Health Unit and the Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University, has received a prestigious award from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). 

    The work which compared the relative clinical effectiveness of commonly available preventive dental interventions received the William J. Gies Award in Clinical Research at the recent IADR scientific meeting in Vancouver, Canada. The prize is awarded to the best clinical paper published in the Journal of Dental Research, the most highly ranked dental journal in the world.

    Professor Ivor Chestnutt, who led the research and received the award on behalf of the study team commented:

    “This award demonstrates that we have the capacity in Wales to conduct impactful research that has implications for dental prevention, not only locally, but across the world. This work was facilitated by close collaboration between the NHS and Cardiff University and is just recognition of the tremendous efforts of a large team of clinical and research staff, in seeing the work to completion.  Assistance from Health and Care Research Wales in relation to funding and governance aspects of the work was also key to successful delivery.”

    The research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research and Health and Care Research Wales and formed an element of the oral and dental workstream of the Health Research and Health and Care Research Wales funded Primary and Emergency Care (PRIME) Centre Wales.

    The award winning paper can be accessed here  and the full report of the trial is here.

    Pictured is Professor Chestnutt (third left) receiving the award from Professor Rena D'Souza, President of the International Association for Dental Research, Prof William Giannobile, Editor of the Journal of Dental Research, and Professor Maria E. Ryan, President of the American Association for Dental Research.