Andrew Carson-Stevens receives Yvonne Carter Award for Outstanding New Researcher 

10 April 2018

Dr Andrew Carson-Stevens, Lead for the Patient Safety research workpackage at PRIME Centre Wales, and Clinical Research Fellow at Cardiff University School of Medicine, has been awarded the the Yvonne Carter Award 2018. 

The annual Yvonne Carter Award for Outstanding New Researcher, presented jointly by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) recognises the contributions of earlier career researchers in advancing the discipline of academic primary care through research.

Asked what the RCGP / SAPC Yvonne Carter Award will enable him to do, Dr Carson-Stevens comments:

"Patient safety research is a relatively new academic field and I sought to grow the specialty at Cardiff University by founding the Primary Care Patient Safety Research Group (the 'PISA group'). The PISA group has trained over 45 clinical academics / health services researchers to independently use a mixed-method.

With many researchers coming from other universities or health organisations from around the world, I plan to use the RCGP / SAPC Yvonne Carter Award to develop a training package to enable others to utilise the PISA method and learn from their own patient safety incidents in primary care.

I will work with the Istanbul Faculty of Medicine in Turkey to design and implement an incident reporting system, and present lessons learnt at the WONCA European conference, allowing recruitment of additional partners to adopt methods for learning from patient safety incidents in primary care."

Academic primary care is a distinct discipline, which drives constant improvement in primary care through education and research. The £1,000 award is intended to enable the successful candidate to meet and collaborate with researchers in other countries, and to attend and present work at an international research meeting.

Professor Yvonne Carter CBE was an outstanding and inspirational leader who had a remarkable impact on academic general practice and this award was instituted to commemorate her contribution to primary care research.

An interview with Dr Andrew Carson-Stevens for RCGP/SAPC is available to view here.

New NIHR guidance on co-producing a research project

April 2018

Co-producing a research project is an approach in which researchers, practitioners and the public work together, sharing power and responsibility from the start to the end of the project, including the generation of knowledge. This guidance is a first step in moving towards clarity about what is meant by co-producing. 

Download the guidance

World Health Organization Healthy Cities Conference—call for abstracts

The call for abstracts refers to papers submitted by delegates for the Learning through Practice sessions and poster sessions during the 4 days of the conference. The conference takes place 1st-14th October 2018, Belfast.

6 main themes of the conference: People, Place, Participation, Prosperity, Planet, Peace.

Deadline for abstracts: Friday 13th April 

Further information

Wales School for Social Care Research - award of social care research capacity grants

28 March 2018

The Wales School for Social Care Research has announced the successful recipients of the social care research capacity grants, funded through Health and Care Research Wales.

The purpose of the funding scheme is to increase social care research activity and research-mindedness in social care organisations in Wales. The funding was available for the delivery of small scale research or pilot projects undertaken by a social care organisation with an academic co-applicant about a research topic relevant to social care practice.

Read more

Wales - World Leading on Investment for Health and Well-Being

28 March 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated Public Health Wales’ Policy, Research and International Development Directorate as a WHO Collaborating Centre on ‘Investment for Health and Well-being’.

The designation recognises Public Health Wales as a world leading authority on supporting investment in people’s health and well-being, driving sustainable development and promoting prosperity for all. 

Read more

NIHR Advisory group opportunities

Opportunities are available for experienced professionals to join a number of our panels and boards.

Membership of a board or panel involves detailed review of research briefs and other papers, as well as online preparation in advance of attendance at meetings, which are usually held in London. For more information about the roles available, please see the A-Z list below.

Applications close at 1pm on 19 April 2018.

Further information

New national standards launched across the UK to improve public involvement in research

22 March 2018

A set of national standards were launched this week at the 2018 Patients First conference and at the Involving People Network Annual Meeting 2018.

The standards were developed over 18 months by a UK wide partnership which brought together members of the public with representatives from the National Institute for Health Research (England), the Chief Scientist Office (Scotland), Health and Care Research Wales and the Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland), working with an independent expert. Full story

The 8th EURIPA Rural Health Forum - Call for abstracts

The 8th EURIPA Rural Health Forumwill be held in Maale Hachamisha, Israel between 14 - 16 November 2018. The theme for this year’s Forum is

    “The challenge of the vulnerable and ageing population in rural medicine”

and will focus on the importance of delivering quality medical care in remote locations to the old, incapacitated and deprived.
The abstract submission is now been open and this can be done directly from the website, closing 16th September:

Interim step in Wales to support Four Nations implementation of the Local Information Pack

16 March 2018

Researchers working across the whole UK should find it easier to set up and carry out health research across the NHS and Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland as a result of the Four Nations Compatibility Programme.

Sponsors of both commercial and non-commercial research will benefit from these changes, particularly when setting up studies with sites in more than one UK country. Full story

Presentation from WONCA at UN Commission on Status of Women

Investing in rural health workers for the economic participation and empowerment of rural women and girls

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

At the Commission's recent meeting held 13th March 2018, Dr Mayara Floss, member of WONCA Rural Seeds junior doctor newtork, spoke on: 'Investing in rural health workers for the economic participation and empowerment of rural women and girls'. The presentation is available to view here.

All Wales Continuous Improvement Community’s Annual Awards 2018

AcademiWales are delighted to launch the All Wales Continuous Improvement Community’s (AWCIC) Annual Awards 2018.

This is the 4th AWCIC Awards and following the successful format from the past couple of years again this is a stand alone event celebrating the important recognition of the hard work being carried out by the public service continuous improvement practitioners throughout Wales.

Deadline for nominations: 16th March 2018

Find out more

Calling all GPs - your views are wanted

7 March 2018

Mind are seeking the views of GPs on supporting people with mental health problems in general practice.

The survey can be accessed here.

PRIME E-News Bulletin Winter/Spring

The PRIME Centre Wales e-news bulletin Winter/Spring 2018 is out now - view it here.

Sign up to receive quarterly mailings here.

PRIME SUPER Group – update of activities 

22 February 2018

The SUPER group of patients, carers and public members has begun working with PRIME researchers. Members contributed comments and advice on four research proposals presented by researchers at a recent SUPER meeting.

SUPER stands for Service Users for Primary and Emergency care Research. The group's remit is to support PRIME Centre Wales. Members provide lay perspectives on health care services and managing health care needs to researchers who are developing, conducting and disseminating research about primary and emergency care services.

Their contributions strengthen the relevance, quality and dissemination of research on these topics. The group includes people with different backgrounds and experiences to reflect the diverse perspectives of people who live in Wales. Read more

New Plan to transform dementia care in Wales

14 February 2018

Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has today launched a new innovative action plan to ensure people with dementia can live as independently as possible in their communities.

Read more.

Opportunity to join the Health and Care Research Wales Board/Committee

11 February 2018

We are inviting Expressions of Interest from individuals wishing to become scientific members of the:

  • Research for Patient and Public Benefit (RfPPB) Funding Board
  • PhD Health Studentship Committee

In keeping with our remit, and to maintain an appropriate balance of methodological and topic-specific expertise, we are currently particularly interested in recruiting clinical and applied researchers with an interest in children’s health (paediatrics), health service and delivery research, primary care and public health. 

Read more and submit an Expression of Interest

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 16:00 on 6 March 2018

£100m plan to transform health and social services in Wales

6 February 2018

Health and Social Services Secretary Vaughan Gething has outlined how a new £100m fund will transform the way health and social services are delivered in Wales. The £100m Fund, announced as part of the budget, will help to deliver the recommendations of the Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care, published last month.

Read more

Aneurin Bevan UHB Research & Development Conference 2018 - Abstract submissions now open

Date: 19 June 2018
Time: 09:30 - 16:00
Venue: Christchurch Centre, Newport

Deadline for abstract submission: 6 April 2018

The theme of the conference is 'Research – Access All Areas'. You are invited to submit an abstract for either an oral or poster presentation on any of the following:

  • Innovative research that has led to a change in clinical practice
  • Patient experiences of research
  • Research that has led to service improvement/developments
  • Innovative grant applications

Read more and submit your abstract

MRes Studentship : Machine Learning in 3D Wound Care

University of South Wales KESS MRes Studentship USW MINI 21099

Here is an exciting opportunity to apply computerised machine-learning technology to improve the automated clinical assessment of chronic skin wounds and ulcers. This could lead to entirely new approaches in wound diagnosis, management and wound care treatment.

This is a funded MRes, including a generous stipend and tuition fees, with well-resourced circumstances for a successful scholarship. The selected candidate will apply their research and interpersonal skills and ambition to conduct applied research with the University of South Wales and GPC Ltd.

This research project will allow the student to develop transferable knowledge and skills in this most exciting and active field of applied health and wound care research.

Deadline for applications: 4th March 2018

Further information

MRes Studentship: An exploration of compassionate care from the perspectives of older people, carers and service providers

University of South Wales KESS MRes Studentship USW MINI 21087

An exploration of compassionate care from the perspectives of older people, carers and service providers Here is an exciting opportunity to conduct a multi-phase, mixed-method study, which could lead to entirely new approaches in future care delivery via gaining a better understanding of the concept of compassionate care for older people across the health and social care sector.

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

The selected candidate will apply their research and interpersonal skills and ambition to conduct applied research with the University of South Wales and Torfaen County Borough Council. This research project will allow the student to develop transferable knowledge and skills in this most exciting and active field of applied health and social science research.

Closing date for applications: 25th February 2018

Further information

Nurses, Doctors and Pharmacists asked for views on medicines management

5 February 2018

Medicines management, medicines monitoring and medication safety are important aspects of healthcare. To inform the future direction of policy, practice and research Swansea University is joining with the University of Antwerp to collate information from 16 European countries.

Take the survey here

Are you interested in testing out the new NIHR public involvement standards?

From April 2018, the NIHR will undertake the next stage in developing their new public involvement standards. To ensure that these will work in practice the NIHR is seeking individuals and organisations to volunteer and run test-bed projects in their own working environment, while sharing what they learn. Read more and volunteer

Closing date: 14 February 2018

Traffic light cancer health checks launched in Yorkshire communities

18 January 2018

A new health check project designed to improve cancer symptom awareness and help-seeking in Yorkshire’s deprived communities has been launched today.

Researchers from PRIME Centre Wales, Cardiff University, funded by a £486,000 award from Yorkshire Cancer Research, are carrying out a trial to find out if an interactive online health check questionnaire can increase early diagnosis in areas of South and West Yorkshire. Early diagnosis can lead to better outcomes, including improved rates of survival. The health checks will also be carried out in similar areas in South Wales.

Read more

Social care training needs analysis: findings announced

17 January 2018

Health and Care Research Wales recently invited people interested in social care research to complete an online training needs analysis.

There was a wide-ranging response from those engaged in social care research, in practice, in learning and development, and other related sectors. Read about the results

Call for Submissions - Addressing Gender Inequities in the Health and Social Workforce

Global Health Workforce Network Gender Equity Hub

15 January 2018

Seven out of ten health and social workers1 are women and unpaid care work represents half of women’s contribution to global wealth. Resilient health systems and universal health coverage cannot be progressed without consideration of the gendered aspects of the workforce. Without this consideration we will not be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Addressing gender biases and inequities in the health and social workforce is not only essential to achieving SDG 3 (health and well-being), but also SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 5 (gender equality) and SDG 8 (decent work and inclusive economic growth). 

This call for submissions is the crowd-sourced component of a mapping exercise that is being undertaken by the Hub to identify key stakeholders and map existing initiatives, published and gray literature and programmes of relevance, including intersectorial opportunities to progress this agenda. The global mapping exercise will bring together the evidence and know-how to inform the Terms of Reference and work plan of the Hub.

Individuals, groups, organizations and countries are invited to contribute to this call. Submissions from outside the health and social sectors are also greatly welcomed.

Further information:

RCNi Awards - Open to entries 

The RCNi Nurse Awards are the profession's top accolade for nursing excellence. By entering the awards you can:

Share your initiative with the wider nursing community

Raise the profile of your specialty

  1. Gain national recognition
  2. Influence nursing practice on a larger scale

The awards are open to nurses, midwives and health visitors registered to practice in the UK whose primary employment is nursing, student nurses and individuals working in a healthcare support role such as healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners.

Eligibility to enter depends on which category you wish to enter, so make sure you read the category criteria carefully before submitting your entry.

Entries must be submitted by Friday 9th February 2018.

Further information and enter

WONCA guidance on rural primary care and mental health for family doctors

10 January 2018

WONCA have made available guidance helpful documents on rural primary care and mental health.

WONCA is determined to reduce the impact of depression on our patients’ lives. Family doctors around the world have a central role to play in ensuring that patients receive the care they need and deserve.  To help family doctors manage the first, crucial consultation with patients who may be depressed, we have created an evidence-based guide. 

  1. WONCA Evidence-based first consultation for depression:
  2. WONCA guidance on physical health care for patients with severe mental illness:
  3. WONCA guidance on non-drug interventions for common mental health problems:

PRIME PISA Patient Safety team welcomes new PhD Student

January 2018

Dr Jaafer Qasem, a medical doctor from Kuwait, has joined the Patient Safety (PISA) Group at Cardiff University to undertake a PhD focussed on patient safety. Dr Qasem is funded by the Kuwaiti government (or government of the State of Kuwait).

Dr Qasem will explore how countries around the world can share their learning about medical error and healthcare-associated harm to accelerate improvements in patient safety. He joins the PISA Group having recently completed a MSc in Healthcare Management at Swansea University, and prior to this with experience of leading quality improvement in a tertiary orthopedic hospital in Kuwait.

Asked why he chose to study with the PISA Group at Cardiff University, he said: “Having worked as a quality improvement and patient safety physician in Kuwait, I believe the international leadership in quality and safety demonstrated by the PISA Group at Cardiff University will permit me to learn about I can support and work with colleagues back home to improve our ability to generate learning from patient safety incidents.”

He will be supervised by Dr Andrew Carson-Stevens (main supervisor and Patient Safety Research Lead, PRIME Centre Wales), Professor Adrian Edwards (Director, PRIME Centre Wales) and Dr Fiona Wood (Patient Centred Care and Prudent Healthcare co-Lead, PRIME Centre Wales). The PhD will include collaboration with the World Health Organization.

For more information about the PISA Group click here.

PhD Studentship in Population Medicine - Open to applications

Please see below for details of a new PhD studentship based at Cardiff University School of Medicine open to applications:

Project title: Factors influencing engagement with emerging technology in colorectal cancer screening and prevention
Supervisors: Dr Sunil Dolwani, Dr Kate Brain, Dr Kate Lifford
Closing date for applications: 28 Feb 2018
Study start date: October 2018

There is an exciting opportunity to apply for a PhD studentship in Population Medicine. The PhD project will examine factors influencing engagement with emerging technology in colorectal cancer screening and prevention. 

The aims of the PhD project are to assess whether: 

  1. there are individual characteristics that may be related to preferences for alternative screening strategies, 
  2. the application of new technology in those who are currently eligible for screening would be acceptable and influence screening uptake, and 
  3. risk information might influence participants’ willingness to participate in screening and/or modify their behaviour.

This project may be suitable for a final year undergraduate student, graduate or masters student with a background an appropriate area of biomedical and life sciences e.g. psychology, social sciences, epidemiology, medicine, biomedical sciences, biological sciences.

A full project description, entry requirements and application details can be found here:

@ResearchWales - issue three out now

30 November 2017

The third issue of Health and Care Research Wales magazine is now live and features the latest health and social care research news from across Wales.

Take a look at PRIME Centre Wales' research into the positive impact of CT scanning on smoking cessation on page 7.

Find out more

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 at

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:

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: