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James Lind Alliance - broken bones in older people Priority Setting Partnership

17 November 2017

The broken bones in older people Priority Setting Partnership brings together all those involved and affected by broken bones in the leg to prioritise ongoing research needs. 

They are asking patients, their relatives and healthcare professionals for the questions they want answered by research. Read more and complete the survey

EURIPA Chronic Care Model - Survey completion request for primary care professionals

12 November 2017

In the process of developing primary healthcare in accordance with the principles of a Chronic Care Model (CCM), there is a need to estimate individual biopsychosocial needs of patients, which may help determine the management of patient care. It is noted that this needs assessment is a variable with impact on life quality rather than clinical or sociodemographic factors, as it is also associated with the level of care provided, the status of health, quality of life and medical costs.

Most importantly, one of the methods to measure equal access to health care for the chronically ill is the assessment of the reports of unmet health needs for any reason. Prevalence of unmet needs vary from 2.6% to 34.6% among those over 65 years old with a disability (Newcomer et al. 2005). In Europe it was found that the unmet needs of Europeans aged 50 years and more are the result of lack of care, poor access to healthcare services and the high costs of healthcare (OECD 2012).

The purpose of this questionnaire is to explore the possibility of EURIPA undertaking a future European project on a CCM with a focus on the needs of stakeholders (patients, caregivers, PC professionals) in rural areas. The results will be presented during the EURIPA workshop within WONCA Europe Conference 2017 in Prague: Chronic Care – exploring the needs of patients, caregivers and primary care professionals from rural settings

Please complete the survey athttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7FQT7ZN


Rural and Remote Health - new website available

11 November 2017

A new website has been launched for Rural and Remote Health, the international, electronic journal of rural and remote health education, practice and policy.

Visit the website at: https://rrh.org.au/

Importance of health and social care research in Wales underlined with new funding commitment

10 November 2017

The importance of health and social care research in Wales has been underlined with a major funding commitment.

Funding for all elements of the Health and Care Research Wales infrastructure has been renewed for a further two years, which will support the important work of the organisation’s Centres, Units, Infrastructure Support Groups and Clinical Trials Units. Read more


Wonderful Welsh Women - Kate Brain

9 November 2017

Dr Kate Brain, Lead for screening, prevention and diagnosis in primary care research in PRIME Centre Wales and Wales Cancer research Centre, has been named 'Wonderful Welsh Woman' of the week by Chwarae Teg.

Chwarae Teg is a charity which has been working since 1992 to help ensure that women in Wales can enter the workplace, develop their skills and build rewarding careers.

Read her inspirational interview  along with her three tips for success at: https://www.cteg.org.uk/8266/


2018 Annual NHS R&D Forum: Call for abstracts now open

Date: 14 - 15 May 2018
Venue: Celtic Manor, Newport

Deadline for presentation abstracts: 1 December 2017
Deadline for poster abstracts: 9 January 2018

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Programme Content Committee. Those accepted for an oral presentation will be grouped to create sessions with two to three speakers.

Posters accepted for display will be shown for the two days of the Annual Forum in the Poster Zone sponsored by the Research Quality Association (RQA).

Health and Care Research Wales is the event partner for the 2018 Annual NHS R & D Forum. 
Read more and submit your abstract


Professor Kenkre helps set primary care priorities for Europe

6 November 2017

Professor Joyce Kenkre, Professor of Primary Care at University of South Wales and Associate Director of PRIME Centre Walesappeared at the seventh European Rural Isolated Practitioners Association (EURIPA) health forum in Crete recently to help set the priorities for research.

EURIPA is a representative network organisation founded by family doctors to address the health and wellbeing needs of rural communities and the professional need of those serving them across Europe. 

Joyce led a workshop to set the priorities for research and put in place a process for research collaboration across Europe, with 20 countries represented at the forum.

Professor Kenkre is pictured opposite with with the Greek minister for Health Dr. Andreas Xanthos and Professor Christos Lionis of the University of Crete. Read more


A unique opportunity to help influence social care research in Wales

31 October 2017

Applications close: 24 November 2017

Senior social care professionals, third sector professionals and members of the public are invited to join the Social Care Research All Wales Prioritisation Panel.

The Panel advises Health and Care Research Wales on the importance of submitted research proposals and their potential to help Health and Care Research Wales to achieve their aims. Read more and apply


Have your say on the future of research relevant to Living With and Beyond Cancer

Survey closes: 15 November 2017

More and more people are living with the consequences of cancer and its treatment - what the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) has termed 'Living With and Beyond Cancer'. 

The NCRI is working on a project to address the current lack of research in this field. A new survey has been opened for patients, the people who look after, or have looked after them, and the professionals who work with them. The aim is to identify the most important questions that research should address. Read more and take part

How Wales is reaching out to the international life sciences industry

27 October 2017

Health and Care Research Wales has produced a new brochure in order to promote the nation to life sciences companies from across the globe as the ideal place to undertake research.

The Research in Wales brochure highlights the clinical expertise and excellent basis for research and innovation within the Welsh NHS and its potential to play a significant role in creating better therapies and technologies. Read the full story and download the brochure

Have your say in the social care training needs analysis

19 October 2017

This survey aims to determine what the research learning and development needs are for social care researchers and what is currently available across social care research within Wales.

Through the training needs analysis, Health and Care Research Wales seeks to discover just what research skills, knowledge and behaviours social care researchers require to enhance their research practice. Read more and participate

New call: Primary Care Research Incentive Scheme (PiCRIS) applications now being accepted

18 October 2017

Health and Care Research Wales is pleased to announce that applications to its Primary Care Research Incentive Scheme (PiCRIS) for 2017/18 are now being accepted.

PiCRIS is a funding scheme established by the Health and Care Research Wales Support Centre. Its purpose is to increase capacity in primary care in Wales to support high-quality research and create a strong primary care research base and culture.

The scheme offers support, mentorship and funding to general practices across Wales to provide them with an incentive to make research part of daily routine. Read more and apply

Health and Care Research Wales annual report highlights positive work from across infrastructure

18 October 2017

Cutting edge and influential research from across the Health and Care Research Wales infrastructure has been featured in the organisation’s newly-released annual report.

The 40-page report, which is available in English and Welsh, also highlights some of the innovative studies being undertaken and showcases how public involvement and engagement is central to health and social care research in Wales. Read more and access the report


PRIME Centre Wales screening, prevention and diagnosis in primary care research recognised in Health and Care Awards

18 October 2017

Dr Kate Brain, lead for research into screening, prevention and diagnosis in primary care at PRIME Centre Wales and Wales Cancer Research Centre, reached the finals in the South Wales Argus Health and Care Awards held 19 October for the study 'Development and pilot evaluation of the Tenovus health check: A targeted cancer awareness intervention for people from deprived communities'.

Cancer survival outcomes are lower in deprived areas including South East Wales, partly due to low awareness and negative beliefs about cancer. The project aimed to develop and evaluate a ‘health check’ (touchscreen questionnaire).

The ‘Health check’ is a community outreach intervention originally developed by Tenovus Cancer Care, with the aim of improving cancer awareness and help-seeking behavior among adults living in communities most affected by cancer. The project was undertaken to develop and pilot an adapted ‘Health Check’, working in partnership with the charity, communities and other stakeholders.

The project has ensured a partnership including local communities, health boards, public health, and third sector organisations committed to reducing socioeconomic inequalities in cancer outcomes which will impact positively on the healthcare system through improving quality of care and service delivery.

This award recognises excellent research that has made a “real difference to people’s lives”. Whether it’s evidence that has changed practice in the NHS, public health or social care, or novel treatments that have been clinically tested and accepted, the judges want to hear about research that has made a significant and measurable impact. Read the full story on the South Wales Argus website


New guidance set to improve access to research

16 October 2017

Through a number of key stakeholders, including Health and Care Research Wales and the National Mental Capacity Forum, Welsh Government has developed ‘Research and Impaired Mental Capacity in Adults.’ This downloadable publication is an easy-to-read guide for researchers who seek to engage in health and social care studies.

The guidance underpins all principles of the Mental Capacity Act, a key piece of legislation in England and Wales which aims to empower, protect and support people with impaired or fluctuating mental capacity and sets out the responsibilities of professionals, families and wider society. Read more and download

Abstract call: South West SAPC Regional Meeting 2018

Date: 13th and 14th March 2018
Venue: Plymouth,  Building primary care for the future - research, education and practice 

We are pleased to let you know that registration and abstract submission for the South West SAPC Regional Meeting are now open, and would be grateful if you could please circulate information about the event and encourage attendance.

The South West Regional Meeting of the Society for Academic Primary Care will take place at the University of Plymouth in 2018, hosted by the Community and Primary Care Research Group, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. The conference opens at 12:00 on Tuesday 13th March and closes at 14:00 on Wednesday 14th March, and we will also host a post conference student and trainee workshop which will include presentations.

We will be delighted to receive abstracts from senior and early career researchers, educators, teachers and students, as well as individuals involved in service development, from the academic primary care community.

Submitted work can include research in progress as well as educational or service developments.

Abstract submission deadline extended to: Tuesday 28th November 2017, 5pm.

For further details about the conference, registration and to submit your abstract, please visit https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/south-west-society-for-academic-primary-care-regional-meeting-2018.

PRIME Centre Wales research study awarded Impact prize at Health and Care Research Wales Annual Meeting 2017

13 October 2017

The ‘When should I worry?’ information booklet developed by Dr Nick Francis, PRIME Centre Wales was named winner of the Impact Award at the Health and Care Research conference held 5th October.

Dr Nick Francis developed the booklet on the management of respiratory tract infections (coughs, colds, sore throats, and ear aches) in children for use in primary care consultations, and training for clinicians on communication skills and use of the booklet.

Respiratory tract infections (RTIs) are the most common reason for children to consult in primary care. Many RTIs are self-limiting but use scarce healthcare resources. Consulting can also lead to pressure to prescribe antibiotics, and unnecessary use of antibiotics drives the spread of antibiotic resistance – a key public health concern.

Parental beliefs, fears, and expectations play an important part in both consulting behaviour and determining whether an antibiotic is prescribed. Addressing parental concerns safely through enhanced information provision could reduce use of primary care consultations and help prevent the development of antibiotic resistance.

The 'When should I worry?' booklet and training have been rapidly taken up in the NHS and abroad. The website, which includes clinician training and electronic versions of the booklet in 14 languages and regional variations, is promoted as part of many national antibiotic stewardship campaigns (e.g. the Royal College of GPs TARGET Toolkit http://www.rcgp.org.uk/TARGETantibiotics).

Judges were impressed with the quality and number of entries but were unanimous in their decision. Pictured are Dr Nick Francis who led the research and PRIME Centre Operations and Communications Manager Angela Watkins, who has supported ongoing roll-out of the booklet to general practices across the UK.

A short video of Nick Francis explaining the premise of the booklet can be seen here.

The event’s awards attracted dozens of high quality entries and judges faced some particularly difficult decisions in selecting the winners. See the full list of winners here.

Health and Care Research Wales annual conference 2017 photographs and presentations

13 October 2017

If you the Health and Care Research Wales annual conference, a selection of photographs as well as keynote, workshop and showcase presentations to the Health and Care Research Wales website website.

Follow this link to view them.


Huw Williams at Annual Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Conference 2017

10 October 2017

Dr Huw Williams, Clinical Research Fellow at Cardiff University presented findings from 'Sub-optimal care for patients in the out of hours primary care setting at the end of life: A mixed methods study' at the Marie Curie annual Palliative Care Research Conference with the Palliative Care Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, held 6th October.

The abstract has been published in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care:

Williams H, Noble S, Kenkre J, et al. 2 Sub-optimal care for patients in the out of hours primary care setting at the end of life: a mixed methods study. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2017;7:A347-A348.

The meeting was an opportunity to learn more about the people who support those at the end of life and their families, carers and communities #Peoplewhocare. Read more about the day here


The new NHS R&D Forum Resources Exchange is now live 

5 October 2017

The exchange is a searchable and categorised library, mapped to the Forum R&D Functions Wheel. It aims to share knowledge and resources for practice in all the essentials of running health & care R&D departments and research across the UK.

All resources have been collated and categorised by members of the Forum working groups. The current collection is only the start. If they find that something is missing, then users can submit a resource. Read more and explore the exchange

Tackling the problem of overstretched emergency departments

29 September 2017

Parademics, doctor and nurse in A&E

Two medical research teams, led by Professor Adrian Edwards, PRIME Centre Wales, Cardiff University, and Professor Jonathan Benger, University of the West England (UWE Bristol), have agreed to collaborate on complementary emergency care projects.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has funded both studies to report on how using general practitioners (GPs) in emergency departments (EDs) can improve patient outcomes.  Read more

Have your say, and help shape the next decade of health and well-being in Wales

25 September 2017

Public Health Wales wants to hear your views about what we can do in Wales to help people avoid physical and mental ill-health. Everyone in Wales is being urged to visit www.staywellinwales.com to say what’s important to you, your friends and your communities, and what you think will help people live healthier, happier and longer lives. Find out more

WHO publishes new report in collaboration with Public Health Wales

13 September 2017

The World Health Organization’s Health Evidence Network (WHO HEN) and the European Office for Investment for Health and Development have published a new report on ‘Investment for health and well-being’ in collaboration with Public Health Wales. Find out more

Researcher interview: Dr Stephanie Smits

Dr Stephanie Smits, is a Research Associate funded PRIME Centre Wales and Wales Cancer Research Centre (WCRC), working within the screening, prevention and early diagnosis theme and building on existing strengths in cancer.

Stephanie was recently interviewed as part of Cardiff University’s talent programme Future Leaders in Cancer Research for clinical and non-clinical early career cancer researchers who have a proven record of research and who are within five years of completing their PhD.  

Read the interview here

2018 Annual NHS R&D Forum: Call for poster and presentation abstracts now open

Deadline for presentation abstracts: 1 December 2017

Deadline for poster abstracts: 9 January 2018

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Programme Content Committee. Those accepted for an oral presentation will be grouped with similar themed presentations to create sessions with two to three speakers.

Posters that are accepted for display will be shown for the two days of the Annual Forum in the Poster Zone sponsored by the Research Quality Association (RQA).

Delegate bookings open: On or around 15 November 2017

Further information and details on how to submit


‘WICKED’: A research programme to promote prompt referral for suspected cancer in Wales

20 August 2017

GPs in Wales have the opportunity to shape the understanding and improve the early referral of suspected symptomatic cancers in Wales. WICKED (Wales Interventions and Cancer Knowledge about Early Diagnosis) was introduced in May this year. This research programme is funded by Cancer Research Wales, led by Profs Richard Neal and Clare Wilkinson with a research team based at the North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research, Bangor University. The overall aim is to develop and evaluate a primary care intervention to expedite the diagnosis of symptomatic cancer in Wales. More information about it is available on our website: http://wicked.bangor.ac.uk/

We are recruiting GPs working in Wales to take part in a 30 minute telephone interview, which will explore beliefs and experiences about managing the signs and symptoms of cancer. We are especially keen to talk to GPs with 30 or more years of experience as well as GPs working in particularly rural and deprived areas. We will be recruiting practice teams to take part in practice-based focus groups too.

We will also be contacting all GPs in Wales to invite them to participate in a short online survey, so look out for a ‘WICKED survey’ email in the coming weeks. The survey is designed to explore your beliefs, behaviour, and preferences about identifying, investigating and referring patients with cancer signs and symptoms.

To thank you for your time we will send you a £30 Amazon voucher, and we will donate £30 to Cancer Research Wales. Alternatively, we can donate £60 back to the charity if you’d prefer not to receive the voucher. Participating in research, and reflecting upon cancer diagnoses may be an activity you are able to include in your appraisal portfolio. A certificate of participation will also be provided.

Email the ‘WICKED’ programme manager for more information or if you would like to take part: Maggie Hendry m.hendry@bangor.ac.uk

Look out for a ‘WICKED’ email – coming soon! We look forward to hearing from you then,

the WICKED research team.


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GPs - Are you looking for the best treatment to lower your patients' blood pressure? 

18 August 2017

If your patient is between 18-65 years they could take part in a project to find how treatment for high blood pressure should be 'personalised'.

Blood pressure experts, supported by the Medical Research Council and the British Hypertension Foundation, are running a clinical trial that will help find the best treatment for each individual. 

Patients must have high blood pressure and can be on up to three antihypertensive drugs. They will be screened before being accepted onto the study. Once enrolled they will be asked to attend our study clinic in Cardiff every four weeks. 

For more information, please visit the Ancestry and biological Informative Markers for stratification of Hypertensionour (AIM HY) website (http://www.aimhy.org.uk/).

Alternatively email coulsonjm@cardiff.ac.uk or call 02920 716944 and ask to speak to Dr. James Coulson for more information.

Survey: Living with and beyond cancer

Closing date: 15 October 2017

More and more people are living with the consequences of cancer and its treatment. The National Cancer Research Institute is working on a project to address the current lack of research on living with and beyond cancer. They'd like you to complete a survey for patients, carers, and health professionals, to help identify future research priorities. Read more and take part

PRIME Centre Wales Annual Event - Call for Abstracts

Following last year’s great success we are pleased to announce the call for abstracts for the Elevator Pitches session to be held at the PRIME Centre Wales Annual Event on October 24th 2017

The abstracts must fall in to one of the following categories:

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

Full details are included in the attached guidelines

The deadline for submission of abstracts is the 15th September 2017. Please return all abstract submissions to e.m.baker@swansea.ac.uk

Please note, although all tickets have been booked for this event if you would like to be added to the waiting list please email Emma Baker on e.m.baker@swansea.ac.uk to have your name included. You will be contacted in due course with further information.

11th Annual RESEC Cymru joint policy reception

11 August 2017

The 11th Annual Research in Specialist and Elderly Care (RESEC) Cymru joint policy Reception was held 10 August, hosted by the Lord Mayor at the City Mansion House, Swansea. Prof Dame June Clark and Prof Joyce Kenkre, PRIME Centre Wales Associate Director, hosted the evening which saw Welsh Government Care Minister Rebecca Evans AM (pictured speaking opposite) cover a range current health and social care issues and current proposals in Wales.

The 25 invited guests drawn from Academia, the third and statutory sectors participated in a Q&A session led by Professor Kenkre, who was appointed to the new role of Associate Trustee in recognition of her support of RESEC Cymru plus individual contributions in social care and health improvements in Wales and beyond.

Research in Specialist and Elderly Care (RESEC) is an established charity dedicated to improving the quality of research in specialist and elderly care. The research aims to provide the evidence base for addressing the issues affecting an increasing older population, including prevention of ill health, loneliness and isolation within communities.

Public Involvement Standards Consultation: Easy read booklets now available

11 August 2017

Over the past year a set of six core standards and indicators for public involvement in research have been developed and drafted by the National Public Involvement Standards Partnership. They would now like your help to review and improve the draft standards and indicators.

Easy read booklets about the standards and survey are now available, along with a Welsh language version of the consultation.

The deadline for responding to the survey has been extended to 6 October 2017 for people or groups using the easy read booklets. For other respondents, the closing date is 1 September 2017Read more and take part

PRIME Centre Wales recruiting lay members for SUPER group

2 August 2017

Are you interested in research about primary care and emergency care?

Would you like to work with researchers in Wales to plan and carry out research on these topics?

We are recruiting patients, carers and members of the public to be involved in research carried out by members of PRIME Centre Wales, the research centre which develops and undertakes research about primary and emergency care services. These are the health services you receive from your local health centre, at home or when you call 999. 

We are looking for people with different backgrounds and experiences to reflect the diverse perspectives of people who live in Wales. We are setting up a group to advise us, work with us and be involved in research proposals and projects. We will offer an honorarium to acknowledge your commitment and reimburse expenses you incur by being involved. We can also provide a mentor to give support and advice to anyone who has not been involved in research before.

Further information and application:

 

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Health and Care Research Wales photography competition 2017 

Health and Care Research Wales are looking for photographs of health and social care research in Wales, showcasing what makes research extraordinary. Deadline - 08th September 2017 

Find out more 

Two new Health and Care Research Wales Awards for 2017 

24 July 2017

Health and Care Research Wales Impact Award 2017—Supporting Research in Wales
Deadline 12:00 on 1st September 2017 

Health and Care Research Wales Public Involvement Achievement Award 2017
Deadline 17:00 on 15th September 2017 

 

PRIME screening prevention and diagnosis research at CRUK Early Diagnosis Research Conference 2017

21 July 2017

Researchers from PRIME Centre Wales and Wales Cancer Research Centre working in the Screening prevention and diagnosis research workpackage recently attended the Cancer Research UK's Fourth Biannual Early Diagnosis conference held in London, 23-24 February 2017.

Dr Kate Brain presented observations from the UK Lung Screening Trial in the main session, reporting that those who went on to have further tests, or a repeat scan, were twice as likely to quit smoking, suggesting that screening offers a teachable moment in high-risk individuals. 

Dr Stephanie Smits described feasibility testing of a health check intervention. The interactive touchscreen questionnaire delivered by lay advisers to raise cancer awareness and encourage timely help-seeking among adults living in deprived communities has provided insight on participant recruitment, data collection methods, and reach to low socioeconomic groups. 

Dr Grace McCutchan presented findings from her PhD study, and was awarded for the Patient Panel Award for her poster: 'Development of a lung cancer awareness intervention targeted at socioeconomically deprived communities'.  Grace’s poster described a community-based educational intervention to increase lung cancer symptom knowledge, modify negative beliefs and encourage timely symptom presentation in deprived groups by exploiting strong social networks in the community.  The patient panel described it as a great example of going out into a community and working with them and getting people to talk to each other.  

Presentations and further information about the conference is available at: cruk.org/EDRC


Smokers who engage with CT lung screening are more likely to quit

14 July 2017

Lung cancer has the highest mortality of all cancers in the UK. Deaths from lung cancer could be reduced using regular CT screening (lung scans) and by helping people stop smoking. A PRIME Centre Wales trial looking at the effect of CT lung screening on smoking cessation in smokers who have a high-risk of developing lung cancer, has found that they are more likely to quit than those who were not screened. Read more


MRes Studentship opportunity: Prescribing lifestyle changes for cardiovascular health

University of South Wales KESS MRes Studentship USW MINI 20748

Here is an exciting opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of a prescription form developed to modify health-harming behaviours, improve health and wellbeing and reduce long term cardiovascular risk. A secondary aim is to create a published version for distribution and use in Primary and Secondary care consultations.

Deadline for applications: 13th August 2017

Further informationhttp://gro.southwales.ac.uk/media/files/documents/2017-07-17/KESS_2_advert_template_Mres_20748_.pdf


South Wales Argus Health and Care Awards 2017

Nominate a colleague. Or perhaps even yourself!

This award recognises excellent research that has made a real difference to people’s lives. Whether it’s evidence that has changed practice in the NHS, public health, social care, or novel treatments that have been clinically tested and accepted, the judges want to hear about research that has made a significant and measurable impact. Read more and nominate your award winners

£21 million investment in research to increase opportunities for patients and develop the treatments of tomorrow

13 July 2017

Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport, Vaughan Gething, has announced that over £21 million will be invested over the next year by Welsh Government, to help NHS Wales researchers develop future treatments. 

This funding will ensure that Welsh patients can participate in clinical trials and global drug discovery programmes. With this investment, Wales will remain the competitive international destination for research in which more than 17,000 patients participated in almost 480 studies during the last year. Read more 

Call for abstracts - 5th Forum of the Vasco da Gama Movement (VdGM), the European Network for New and Future Family Doctors

Please see attached for details of call for abstracts for the 5th Forum of the Vasco da Gama Movement (VdGM), the European Network for New and Future Family Doctors, will take place in Porto, Portugal, on January 26th and 27th 2018.

The theme, “Stronger together: charting the course to navigate the future”, evokes the need for Family Doctors need to work together, with patients, local communities and other health professionals and stakeholders, to find ways to provide the best possible care. 

The deadline for submissions is September 15th, 2017.

For more information, please visit: http://vdgm.woncaeurope.org/5vdgmf/welcome. 

NIHR Themed Review: Advancing Care - Research with care homes

12 July 2017

The National Institute for Health Research Dissemination Centre (NIHR DC) carry out regular reviews of current research on a particular theme, and yesterday saw the launch of their latest review which is of research with care homes: http://www.dc.nihr.ac.uk/themed-reviews/advancing-care.htm 

‘Advancing Care’ provides an overview of NIHR funded studies involving care homes, with case studies and links to published results and study protocols, across three themes: Living well; Ageing well; .Dying well 

The NIHR are keen to share the review with researchers, clinicians, and especially those providing care in care homes, so please feel free to share with anyone interested in this area. Hard copies are available upon request from disseminationcentre@nihr.ac.uk

£21 million investment in research to increase opportunities for patients and develop the treatments of tomorrow

Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport, Vaughan Gething, has announced that over £21 million will be invested over the next year by Welsh Government, to help NHS Wales researchers de-velop future treatments. 

Find out more 

Identifying research priorities in the field of bleeding disorders

'Stop the Bleeding' needs your help!

Deadline: 31 July 2017

They want to find out what matters to patients, carers and clinicians in the field of bleeding disorders. Please go to their online survey to tell them which questions you think are the most important to be answered by research. Read more and take part

Public Involvement Standards Consultation - now live

Get involved. Have your say. Make a difference.

Closes: 1 September 2017

Over the past year a set of six core standards and indicators for public involvement in research have been developed and drafted by the National Public Involvement Standards Partnership. We would now like your help to review and improve the draft standards and indicators, and have set up a consultation. Read more and contribute


HRA releases six eLearning modules 

The modules are relevant to all for nations of the UK and cover key areas of research regulation, helping to protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health and care research. The first three topics are: medical devices, research involving participants lacking mental capacity, and use of the HRA Schedule of Events. 

Find out more 

“Better understanding the diseases of today will help us develop the personalised treatments of tomorrow” – Vaughan Gething

7 July 2017

Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport Vaughan Gething has launched a new Genomics for Precision Medicine Strategy. This is designed to ensure that people across Wales have access to quicker, more accurate diagnosis through enabling clinicians to better understand a patient’s individual disease by analysing their genes. Read more

Tell us about your experience of physiotherapy in our new priorities survey

6 July 2017

Anyone with an injury, illness, condition or disability should have the chance to achieve the best possible outcome and quality of life.

The James Lind Alliance is helping the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy to carry out a Priority Setting Partnership. This is a way of working with researchers and the public to decide the priorities for physiotherapy research.

They would like anyone with experience of physiotherapy in the UK to tell us what questions need answering. That way they can make sure research focusses on the most urgent needs of patients and promotes health and well being.

Further information & survey link



Sarah Wallace awarded Best Poster at WONCA Europe 2017

3 July 2017

Sarah Wallace, researcher at University of South Wales was awarded 'Best Poster' at WONCA (World Organization of Family Doctors) Europe Conference, held in Prague, 28 June - 1 July 2017.

The aim of the poster entitled 'The Women’s Advocacy Project: A Protocol for Supporting Participatory Evaluation' was to provide an overview of the evaluation of the Women’s Advocacy Project. Through the use of a participatory evaluation design service user’s, stakeholders and project workers are key contributors to the design and delivery of the project. Sarah has recently completed her PhD (supervised by Joyce Kenkre, Carolyn Wallace and PRIME Centre Wales).

On receiving the award, Sarah commented:

"I was very pleased to have been accepted to display my poster at a WONCA Europe 2017 (a conference for General Practitioners from across Europe) as it offered a positive means in which to promote the work of the project. I was therefore delighted to have won the award for best poster”.

The poster is available to view here.


@ResearchWales magazine

Showcasing health and social care research in Wales

30 June 2017

Featuring a wealth of articles across many subjects, including: social care research; child tooth decay; ADHD; a study on new mothers; a new approach to student health and well-being, and teenage inactivity. Read more and download

National Survey for Wales - Population Health

30 June 2017

The latest release on 'National Survey for Wales 2016/17: Population Health – Lifestyle' is now published on the Welsh Government website: http://gov.wales/statistics-and-research/national-survey/?tab=el_home&topic=population_health&lang=en


Best Oral Presentation prize awarded to Mark Kingston at Swansea University Postgraduate Research Conference 2017

29 June 2017

As part of his PhD, Mark Kingston, Research Officer in PRIME Centre Wales at Swansea University completed a national survey of the use of emergency admission risk prediction tools in primary care, gaining responses from 174 of the 235 UK health boards and clinical commissioning groups (74%).

The survey explored the availability of tools, factors influencing adoption, how tools are used, and whether their introduction has prompted service changes.

After presenting the survey findings at the Postgraduate Research Conference, “Access to emergency admission risk prediction tools: a cross sectional survey of UK health boards and CCGs.”

Mark received the Best Oral Presentation prize which includes a £500 travel bursary. Further presentations of the work will be made at the Health Services Research UK conference in Nottingham (June 2017), and the Society for Academic Primary Care conference in Warwick (July 2017).

A journal article on the work is also being prepared.  The work was part funded by ABM UHB Pathway to Portfolio scheme, and findings will support future grant applications.

Supervisors: Professor Helen Snooks, Dr Alison Porter and Professor Hayley Hutchings.

If you would like any further information relating to this please contact Mark on m.r.kingston@swansea.ac.uk


Designing safer systems of care delivery for older patients

8 June 2017

A PRIME Centre Wales study published in Age and Ageing, identified incidents when poor communication between secondary and primary care, and failures within primary care, led to patient harm.

This study suggests new multidisciplinary community based care communications, with improved access to specialist geriatric advice, may improve complex clinical decision making and management of multiple serious health conditions, thereby reducing harm to older patients. Read more


Pharmacy Research Lead Scoping Exercise Report 2017

June 2017

In November 2015, a 5-year strategic plan was published for Pharmacy Research in Wales by Pharmacy Research Wales. An integral part of this strategy was to develop a research workforce for pharmacy across the managed and non-managed sectors in Wales. In order to fulfil this goal, one of the main recommendations was to ‘establish local research leadership roles,’ initially within each of the eight localities (i.e. seven Local Health Boards, plus one NHS Trust) in Wales. 

In order for these new ‘research lead’ roles to be successful, it is important to identify the key attributes required of these individuals. The role will involve leading and facilitating pharmacy research locally. Further educational materials may be required to train the workforce; however, first we need to understand what knowledge, skills, experience and behaviours the ‘pharmacy research leads’ need to demonstrate. 

The aim of this scoping exercise was to establish what knowledge, skills, experience and behaviours are required of a pharmacy research lead in order to inform the job specification and provide a framework for the design of a development programme for these new posts. 

A half-day workshop was held in March 2017 in order to scope the key attributes required for an individual to be able to effectively lead pharmacy research within each Local Health Board in Wales. Fifteen participants from England and Wales, considered to have expertise in this area, engaged in the workshop activities to prioritise the knowledge, skills, experience and behaviours required for this role. 

Download the full report: Pharmacy Research Lead Scoping Report, April 2017


Single IRAS form to replace separate ethics and R&D application forms on a UK-wide basis

From the evening of 28th June 2017 a combined IRAS form that merges REC and R&D forms will be used across the UK. The streamlined single system is a result of the work of the Four Nations NHS/HSC Compatibility Programme and contributes to making it easier for applicants to undertake research in the NHS/HSC. Adoption of the single IRAS form UK-wide will save time and effort for applicants and sponsors and help build UK-wide consistency.

For more information click here


Innovation Award for Mental Health First Aid course at University of South Wales

23 May 2017

The team behind the Mental Health First Aid course at University of South Wales has scooped the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) award for their innovative training approach.

Dr Mark Richardson, Dr Hannah Mawson, Dr Carolyn Wallace (PRIME Centre Wales lead for Social Care) and Owain Jones, won the award alongside Sheree Williams from Torfaen Mind and Dr Penny Llewellyn, now retired from the University, in recognition of their work on the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training package.

The MHFA is an internationally recognised approach for not only providing mental health first aid, but also to tackle stigma and promote awareness of mental health across communities.

Working with Training in Mind (TiM) – which specialises in mental health and wellbeing training – USW developed the first ever Level 4 accredited version of the MHFA for Wales, reflecting the original vision of Mental Health First Aid Australia, which aimed for a “community where everyone has the first aid skills to support people with mental health problems”.

The newly accredited module offers funded opportunities for local community participants living in what are otherwise termed ‘hard to reach’ areas, to access the training.

The course has been delivered in a range of venues, such as a local prison, local community groups, organisations across the social housing sector, with teachers, social workers and USW students.


Research participants needed for group interviews

Caring for people who have dementia in community hospitals: A longitudinal ethnographic study of health-care workers’ everyday decision-making’.

Request from Paul Brownbill:

15 May 2017

As part of my PhD study at the University of South Wales, and in conjunction with Wrexham Glyndwr University, I are conducting a study which explores decision-making regarding people with dementia, who are in-patients in community hospitals in Wales. The study has both University of South Wales ethical approval, and NHS R&D research governance approval.

I am keen to include both healthcare professionals, and family/friends/carers of people living with dementia who have experience of being involved in decisions about care for people living with dementia whilst working in Community Hospitals in Wales. The findings from the study will help with the aim of the project which is to develop an understanding of what, and how decisions are made in Community Hospitals for, with and about people with dementia.

It is hoped that there will be three 1-hour group interviews, which will take place at a convenient location, each consisting of approximately 6 people. Food and drinks will be provided at each group interview. The group members would be as follows;

Group 1: Friends, relatives, carers and those voluntary sector organisations who assist friends, relatives and carers. These people will have experience of different aspects of caring for someone who has dementia and has been a patient in a community hospital.

Group 2: Community healthcare professionals (e.g. District nurses, and community hospital nurses, healthcare support workers) who haveexperience of working with people who have dementia and who have participated in careplanning within the community hospital.

Group 3: Allied health/community professionals (e.g. Occupational therapists, Physiotherapists and Social workers) who have experience of working with people who have dementia and participated in careplanning within the community hospital.

All views are very important to me, and hopefully this will be an interesting, informative and useful experience for those kindly agreeing to participate.

If you have any questions, or would like more information about the study, please contact Paul Brownbill, University of South Wales, paul.brownbill@southwales.ac.uk

Thank you in advance, and best wishes,

Paul


Do you know what's Rural health?

12 May 2017

New WONCA educational video on rural health is available to view below and on youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUmcAvSRsPA


SAGE Methods Minute 

Spotlight on: Promoting Your Research through Social Media 

SAGE Methods Minute have released a video and articles of tips and tricks to help spread the results of your research through Social Media. 

For more information click here

International Health Strategy launched 

Public Health Wales is pleased to share the newly published International Health Strategy: ‘Nationally Focused, Globally Responsibly’. In line with the organisational Strategic Plan, the international work over the next ten years will be shaped by three strategic priorities:

  1. Maximise applied international learning and support innovation for public health
  2. Develop globally responsible people and organisations
  3. Strengthen Wales’ global health approach 

To view the strategy please see attached.

Review of literature on social enterprises in social care

The School of Social Care Research, at Swansea University is reviewing academic literature regarding social enterprise organisations, as part of wider research in the social care sector. It is hoped this review will contribute to the emerging debate regarding social enterprise, assisting practitioners, providers of social care services and policy makers to understand the potential social enterprise organisations may have in supporting citizens in Wales.

One aspect of the research focusses on the relationship between social enterprise organisations, the concept of co-production and the extent to which co-productive approaches within social care services can be extended. This is of current interest given the implementation of the Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014,  and the Well Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. Both of these Acts signal a significant shift in the focus of public services from  deficits and dependency,  to an  emphasis on the inherent strengths of individuals and the need to build resilient communities.

Social enterprise organisations that embed co-productive values, can provide a model for developing citizen directed support and establish new relationships between statutory services within local government, citizens and communities. This shift from a welfare to an  enabling state, is  beginning to emerge and one which requires further research and debate.

This  review of current research about social enterprise will help inform and hopefully contribute to this debate about how social care services can be re-shaped for the 21st Century.

If you would like further information, or would like to share your thoughts on this subject, please contact Heather Tyrrell. Email heathertyrrell23@gmail.com


Health and Social Care Review Survey

Have your say on the future of health and social care in Wales… 

Following the events we have been posting about on behalf of the Welsh Government Review into Health and Social Care, here is a link to the survey for the general public as well as professionals to contribute their views to the Review. The interim report is being collated and the Review will carry on over the rest of the year to start developing solutions for the future in light of the input and findings.

http://gov.wales/newsroom/health-and-social-services/2017/170320questionnaire/?lang=en


Survey by the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Sophie Howe, the first Future Generations Commissioner for Wales wants to hear what you have to say about the most important issues and challenges facing Wales in the future and who you think can help tackle them.

Sharing your experience should take less than 10 minutes:
http://eu.sensemaker-suite.com/Collector/collector.gsp?projectID=FGCWALES&language=en#Collector


PiCRIS Newsletter, May 2017

The new edition of PiCRIS News including updates on the new Primary Care Research Incentive Scheme (PiCRIS) 2016/17 Scheme which began April 2017 and profile of the featured practice, the Practice of Health, is available to download and view here and below:

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Tweetchat on public involvement in research

#WhyWeDoResearch
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Date: 19 May 2017
Venue: Twitter

How to get the public involved in research
All are welcome to join Health and Care Research Wales and members of the public in the Tweetchat. We'll answer your questions and provide tips and tricks on how to get the public involved in research.  The Tweetchat is part of Health and Care Research Wales' week long programme of activities to celebrate International Clinical Trials Day 2017. Read more


A map of domestic abuse and sexual violence services supporting men in Wales

4 May 2017

An interactive map of domestic abuse and sexual violence services supporting men in Wales has been developed by Sarah Wallace, PhD Researcher at University of South Wales as part of her investigation of men experiencing domestic abuse and current service provision (Wales).

The interactive service map and accompanying information leaflet provides the contact details, opening times and types of support provided by domestic abuse and sexual violence services in Wales supporting men. 

All service information was re-checked between October and November 2016.

The map is available at
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zAV88zLPt4Lk.kVycmA6JTRTc  


RCGP Scientific Foundation Board – recruitment of new Board members

The Scientific Foundation Board (SFB) is the charitable funding body of the College. It awards grants for research projects whose findings will be of direct relevance to the care of patients in the general practice setting.

The SFB is now looking to recruit two new members (an academic GP and a non-clinical health service researcher) to join the Board in late 2017 or early 2018.

Baseline time commitment:

  • Review of annual grant applications of up to £20,000 between July and September and attendance at annual SFB meeting
  • Ad hoc review of grant applications as directed by the SFB Chair, throughout the year
  • Standard tenure is three years
  • Reimbursement: Travel expenses for attendance at the SFB annual meeting at Euston Square, London.

New members will be expected to be available for the SFB meeting on 29 November 2017, and to score grant applications within a timeframe of one month from appointment in late September.

Deadline for applications: 31 July 2017 

For more information please visit the RCGP website: http://www.rcgp.org.uk/SFB  or contact us by email SFB@rcgp.org.uk or telephone 020 3188 7594.

International Journal of Population Data Science

4 May 2017

Call for new submissions:

IJPDS is an electronic, open access, peer-reviewed journal focussing on the science pertaining to population data. IJPDS is now accepting new submissions and publishes on a continual basis. Please see the author guidelines for the types of manuscript accepted. There are no article processing fees at present.

Call for submissions for a special issue:

As well as general submissions, IJPDS is calling for manuscripts for a special issue on Cross – centre Working in Data-intensive Research. There are two categories:

  1. Outcome based cross – centre research
  2. Practical issues in cross – centre working

The closing date is 30th September 2017. Please refer to the author guidelines. There are no article processing fees for this special issue.

Findings from a study to assess the feasibility of evaluating the impact of Solva Care

April 2017

Solva Care is a community led project to improve people’s health and quality of life. The project was set up in 2015 in response to community demands for local support services for individuals and families, identified through a community survey and meetings.

Solva Care coordinates a team of volunteers who visit older and more vulnerable people who need help with daily tasks. Volunteers also help carers by looking after their loved ones for a short while.

This research project was carried out by Swansea University. We wanted to find out whether it was possible to collect information from different sources which could be used to describe Solva Care and any difference it has made. Read more


Anwen Cope awarded Prize at British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry Spring Conference 

21 April 2017

Dr Anwen Cope has been awarded the 2017 Roger Anderson Poster Prize and the Oral Health Promotion Prize at British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry Spring Conference for her research poster: Dental Public Health in Action: Assessing the Feasibility of Using Routinely Collected Data to Produce Antibiotic Prescribing Profiles for General Dental Practitioners in Wales. 

Anwen is a Speciality Trainee in Dental Public Health Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and was awarded her PhD at Cardiff University in 2014, supervised by Ivor Chestnutt, Fiona Wood, and Nick Francis at PRIME Centre Wales.


Implementing shared decision making in the NHS: lessons from the MAGIC programme

18 April 2017

An analysis by Natalie Joseph-Williams and colleagues from the MAGIC programme published in the BMJ argues that shared decision making requires a shift in attitudes at all levels but can become part of routine practice with the right support.

Adoption of shared decision making into routine practice has been remarkably slow, despite 40 years of research and considerable policy support. In 2010, the Health Foundation in the UK commissioned the MAGIC (Making Good Decisions in Collaboration) programme to design, test, and identify the best ways to embed shared decision making into routine primary and secondary care using quality improvement methods.

Read the full analysis on the BMJ website


Preventing tooth decay in children

13 April 2017

Applying fluoride varnish to children’s teeth is just as effective at preventing tooth decay as the alternative method of sealing teeth and could save the NHS money, concludes a study led by Professor Ivor Chestnutt, PRIME Centre Wales lead for oral health and primary dental care and Professor and Hon. Consultant in Dental Public Health/Associate Dean for Post Graduate Studies at Cardiff University.

The ‘Seal or Varnish?’ study, in collaboration with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Community Dental Service, treated just over 800 children with either fissure sealants or fluoride varnish to discover which treatment is most effective and offers the best value for money for children aged 6-7 years.

Read the full article on the Journal of Dental Research website


RCN Wales Nurse of the Year Awards 2017 - Call for Nominations

13 April 2017

The Royal College of Nursing in Wales will be holding its 6th annual RCN in Wales Nurse of the Year Awards in City Hall, Cardiff on Wednesday 15 November 2017. This esteemed ceremony showcases how valuable the nursing contribution is within health care in Wales and is a unique opportunity for individuals to be recognised for their outstanding achievements, including their positive influence on best nursing practice and improving patient care. 

Do you know the next RCN in Wales Nurse of the Year 2017? If so, celebrate their achievements, share their story and give them the recognition they deserve – nominate your health care hero today! 

This year, there are 17 award nomination categories. In addition to the prestige associated with these awards, category winners will receive a trophy as well as a monetary award on the night, and the overall winner will receive the accolade of the RCN in Wales Nurse of the Year 2017. 

All qualified nurses and midwives registered to practice in Wales, pre-registration nursing students and health care support workers are eligible to enter. 

You can complete a nomination form via the RCN Wales website: www.rcn.org.uk/wales/get-involved/awards 

The closing date for entries is 25 June 2017


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In physiotherapy? Join a new Priority Setting Partnership

31 March 2017

The James Lind Alliance and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy are looking for more organisations to join their new Physiotherapy Priority Setting Partnership (PSP).

The purpose of this new venture is to help these organisations to find out what patients, carers and healthcare professionals think are the most important unanswered questions for research to address.

The PSP aims to identify unanswered questions about physiotherapy and to form a list of top ten questions for researchers to answer. The findings will be used to inform funders on where their grants and awards are best directed.

For further information, contact the Physiotherapy PSP by email


GP views needed on medicines management in care homes

24 March 2017

Researchers at Swansea University are seeking the views of GP prescribers views on medicines management in care homes as part of a study which aims to improve outcomes for residents in care homes. 

To find out more, please contact:
Mel Story m.storey@swansea.ac.uk

Study website:
www.swansea.ac.uk/WWADR

Study information video:
https://youtu.be/E_CPDgsmA4s


News from the Support and Delivery Event

24 March 2017

Were you unable to attend the first annual Support and Delivery event on 21 March at Cardiff City Stadium?

Health and Care Research Wales have summed up all the key initiatives which were launched on the day, including:

  • Support & Delivery Strategic Framework 2017 - 2022
  • Learning and Development fund
  • Job Shadowing programme
  • #MyResearchCareer induction packs

Find out more here

Should family members be given more power to help relatives dying at home?

15 March 2017

It makes sense that people with terminal illnesses would want to be cared for, and die, at home. Familiar surroundings, with family and friends, are what people generally prefer and can bring comfort at the end of life.

Read the full article in the Conversation written by Professor Clare Wilkinson, PRIME, Bangor University here

Antibiotics Not Effective for Clinically Infected Eczema in Children

14 March 2017

Estimates suggest that 40 percent of eczema flares are treated with topical antibiotics, but findings from a study led by PRIME Centre Wales and Cardiff Universitysuggest there is no meaningful benefit from the use of either oral or topical antibiotics for milder clinically infected eczema in children. 

Eczema is a common condition, especially in young children, and affects around 1 in 5 children in the UK. Eczema sometimes gets worse, or ‘flares’, and having particular bacteria on the skin may contribute to causing some of these flares. Quite often eczema flares are treated with antibiotics, although there was very little research to show whether antibiotics are helpful or not. 

The CREAM study was designed to find out if oral (taken by mouth) or topical (creams and ointments applied to the skin) antibiotics help improve eczema severity in children with infected eczema. All children also received standard eczema treatment with steroid creams and emollients (moisturiser) from their doctor.  Read more

Survey: Healthcare professionals' understanding of legislation governing proxy consent for research

7 March 2017

The Cardiff Centre for Trials Research is inviting health and social care professionals to take part in a survey. The survey is designed to capture views and understanding of how decisions are made for people who are unable to provide their own informed consent for research, in England and Wales. Read more and participate

Grace McCutchan awarded Best Poster

25 February 2017

Grace McCutchan was awarded Best Poster at the Cancer Research UK Early Diagnosis Conference, 23-24 February 2017 in London.

The poster entitled 'Development of a lung cancer awareness intervention targeted at deprived communities in Wales' is based on Grace PhD study project. Grace is supervised by Dr Fiona Wood, Dr Kate Brain and Professor Adrian Edwards.

On receiving the award Grace said:

"I was so surprised to win best poster, but absolutely delighted!"


The National Institute for Health Research Dissemination Centre supports NHS decision makers across Wales

10 February 2017

The NIHR Dissemination Centre has been set up to make health research evidence easier to reach for those who need it. Each week they publish three or four new ‘Signals’ – short summaries of health research that has appeared recently in peer-reviewed journals. Read more and sign up


Learned Society of Wales Medals 2017- Call for nominations now open

02 February 2017

Please see link below for information regarding the call for nominations for the four Learned Society medals on offer this year. 

Do you know a brilliant early career researcher? This is the opportunity to help celebrate outstanding research in Wales, across academia and industry. The call for nominations for the Learned Society of Wales Medals 2017 is now open, and anyone can make a nomination. 

Please see the link below for a detailed breakdown and background on each medal and how to nominate: 

https://www.learnedsociety.wales/medals/


Policy, Research and International Development (PRID) publishes a guide to health economics

27  January 2017

A Guide To Health Economics: a concise desktop handbook written for Public Health Wales by health economist at Bangor University has been launched and has intended to be a useful resource to provide an introduction and define key economic terms.

For more information click here

James Lind Alliance - broken bones in older people survey

27 January 2017

The broken bones in older people Priority Setting Partnership is asking patients, their relatives, and healthcare professionals for the questions they want answered by research. They want your views to guide research and to help them improve the care for older patients who suffer broken bones. Read more and take part


Improving the early diagnosis of cancer in disadvantaged communities

24 January 2017

Dr Kate Brain, lead for research into screening, prevention and diagnosis in primary care at PRIME Centre Wales and Wales Cancer Research Centre has been awarded £486K for a health check project aimed at improving the early diagnosis of cancer in disadvantaged communities. 
Read more


Why do people visit GP for coughs and colds?

6 January 2017

HealthWise Wales launch new survey to ease winter pressures on NHS in Wales.

Researchers at PRIME Centre Wales are working with HealthWise Wales to better understand why some people visit their GP for minor ailments such as coughs and colds.

Members of the public are being asked to sign-up to a HealthWise Wales survey to share their experiences and views on the subject. Read more