Invitation to the WSSPR Social Prescribing Evaluation Forum 

Session 6 - Enhancing student wellbeing by working together across communities

At the Wales School for Social Prescribing Research we host three social prescribing evaluation forums per year. This event is the sixth in the series (Year 2, Session 3) and the theme for the session is ENHANCING STUDENT WELL-BEING BY WORKING TOGETHER ACROSS COMMUNITIES.  The aim of the forums is to provide a place for discussion and resources to support social prescribers and community groups in conducting evaluation and monitoring.  

We are inviting members of the Wales Social Prescribing Research Network and the three Welsh Communities of Practice to participate, initially spaces will be limited to 25 people per session and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. We would suggest that 1-2 people per organisation sign up to each session. There will be a waiting list in the event that the forum is oversubscribed.

We will host these forums on Microsoft Teams and joining instructions will be sent to attendees prior to each event.  

Dates for the 2022/2023 forum (Year 3) programme are to be confirmed but will be in the months of:

  • JULY 2022
  • NOVEMBER 2022
  • MARCH 2023

To book a space at the session being held on 2 March 2022 please visit here.

In addition to the session above we will also be holding two pre-bookable clinic sessions to provide support on specific evaluations. These can be taken up by an individual or by members from a service/organisation as a group.

If you would be interested in booking one of these slots, please complete and return the attached application form to

11:45-12:15  Pre-booked clinic session to provide 1-1 support on specific evaluations.
12:30-1:00  Pre-booked clinic session to provide 1-1 support on specific evaluations.

999 EMS Research Forum conferenceAll in this together: collaboration in emergency prehospital care researchTuesday 14 June 2022(face to face research workshops)

With just over a month to go before our face to face research workshops of the 999 EMS Research Forum conference, we would like to draw your attention to some of the specific workshops that will take place. Below is a summary of two of the day's six workshops.The how and why of networking as paramedic researchers: Caitlin Wilson, Dr Greg Whitley, Dr Jamie Miles and Jack BarrettThis interactive workshop explores the yellow brick road to networking as paramedic researchers. Topics we will cover include heart, brain and courage – i.e. why networking is important, how to practically network and insight on how to overcome networking failures with confidence. This workshop is facilitated by four early career paramedic researchers, who will share their own experiences of networking and invite you to identify your stakeholders, map out your next steps and (of course) network!Navigating the ethical & governance approvals for prehospital research: Dr Steph Armstrong and Professor Niro SiriwardenaThis workshop will help participants understand the complexities of ethical and governance approvals for ambulance related research and related activities. The workshop will begin with an overview of the key areas of ethics to be considered including those of autonomy and consent, approvals and bodies. These will be illustrated through facilitated table discussions of a series of scenarios. Finally there will be an opportunity to discuss ethical aspects of participants current or planned studies in groups and with the facilitators.Other workshops taking place are listed below, so be sure to register and also take the opportunity to network and catch-up with colleagues throughout the day and especially during the drinks reception and dinner. 

  • Engaging and collaborating in urgent and emergency care research: examples from the NIHR ARC Yorkshire and Humber programme
  • Pathways for a career in research
  • Effective involvement of patient & public in prehospital emergency care research
  • Mixing methods to answer research questions

You can download the latest programme and follow this link to complete registration and access details on the venue, local hotels and travel at 

This conference is brought to you in association with Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS), Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charity, and The National Ambulance Research Steering Group (NARSG).

Social Prescribing: Developing partnerships and priorities for research across the Celtic Sea online consensus events

We recently contacted you regarding a series of three online events that Professor Carolyn Wallace will be running over the next three months. The aim of these events is to develop a working partnership and establish priorities for research across the Celtic Sea. These events will be open to all to attend, whether a researcher, academic, H&SC or CVS professional, or someone who just has an interest in social prescribing. 

Event 1, 16th May, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Unfortunately, due to technical issues outside of our control we are having to move the date of our initial showcase event to the 16th of May (10:00 – 12:00). The event will now run through Teams, but it will still provide an opportunity for individuals in Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and the Isle of Man to showcase their social prescribing related research and developments.

We are asking for contributions from people working within all sectors/professions who wish to showcase their work.

These contributions can be in the following formats:

  1. Slideshow presentation – 10 minutes for presentation + 5 minutes for questions.
  2. Poster presentations – 5 minutes for presentation 2 minutes for questions
  3. Short films (approximately 2 minutes) and/or posters to be displayed during the midway break.

We will create a dedicated page on our WSSPR website that can provide links to all work showcased at the event.

We aim to showcase work that falls under the five themes of social prescribing research within WSSPR but will also incorporate work that works falls outside these themes. The five themes include: Evaluation, Social Value, Workforce & Education, Well-Being, Green and Blue Spaces, and the Arts (GABS+).

Should you wish to present or submit your work for showcasing please email

Should you wish to register for attendance at the event please follow the link: Register for Event 1.   

Events 2 and 3 will still take place on the previously advertised dates. The focus of Event 2 (26th May, (10:00 – 12:00) will be to develop research priorities. Event 3 (20th June, 13:00 – 15:00) will be used as a forum in which an agreement can be reached on which priorities can be taken forward for collaborative development.

Event 2 Research Priorities, 26th May, 10:00am – 12:00pm

The focus of the second event will be to will be to develop research priorities.

Register for Event 2.  

Event 3 Moving Forwards – 20th June 1.00pm – 3.00pm

The third event will be a forum in which an agreement can be reached on which priorities can be taken forward to work together on. 

Register for Event 3.  

CAWR Lunch Bytes - research food for thought

Monday 16th May 2022 at 12.30pm

The Centre for Health, Activity and Wellbeing Research (CAWR) is hosting a series of short, virtual lunchtime seminars: Lunch Bytes. These seminars aim to showcase projects that have a strong element of applied research, illustrating not just what was done, but why the research is useful from the view of the practitioner. We hope the series can provide a glimpse of how the collaboration has worked, why the research was needed, and how practitioners are using, or intend to use the evidence from the research to make a difference. 

Our first online Lunch Byte is on Monday 16th May 2022 at 12.30 pm.

This session will be a conversation with Dr Rachel Sumner (Cardiff Metropolitan University) and Ruth Davey (Look Again), discussing their work together in evaluating and implementing Mindful Photography for health and wellbeing. Rachel and Ruth have worked together for a number of years as Ruth has developed and expanded her business and methodology in Mindful Photography practice. Along the way, Rachel has benefitted from being able to conduct research closely with a practitioner to add insight and value to her research in this field and beyond in social prescribing; and Ruth has benefitted from the development of an evidence base for her practice. Both will discuss their own journeys into their work, and how collaborating has changed their ways of working for the better. Please find out more on Mindful Photography here.

I would greatly appreciate if you could forward this information to individuals within your network who would like to attend. The event will take place online on 16th May 2022 from 12.30 - 13:00 and sign up, as well as additional information, is available via this Eventbrite link:

CAWR Lunch Bytes - research food for thought: Mindful Photography Tickets, Mon, May 16, 2022 at 12:30 PM | Eventbrite

We hope to see you there!  Please also share if you think others would be keen to link in.  

We are delighted to announce that the Welsh Value in Health Centre will be hosting the National PROMs Annual Research Conference on the 14th and 15th June 2022.

This will be the 6th National PROMs Research Conference and due to ongoing uncertainty caused by Covid-19, the event will remain virtual, as it was in 2021.

The conference will include plenary sessions, expert panels, oral presentations and posters from PROMs researchers across the UK and beyond. An established event, the conference will bring together leading experts, career researchers, early career scientists and interested parties from other areas, to engage with the latest developments in the field of PROMs research and implementation.

The conference will be free for delegates to attend. More information on how you can register will follow shortly.

Call for Abstract Submissions
Our Abstracts portal is now open for submissions!

Calling all researchers, health care practitioners/clinicians and PhD students involved in PROMs research! Please get involved and submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations at this year’s conference.

We welcome abstracts on any topic that comes under the title of PROMs and other patient reported and quality of life information, but the Organising Committee would particularly like to see submissions that focus on the following themes this year: 

  • Patient and Public Involvement
  • Methods – e.g. development, analysis and refinement
  • Implementation
  • Failure as a learning opportunity
  • Social Care
  • Mental Health
  • Palliative Care
  • Chronic Condition
  • COVID-19
  • Other

Submit your abstracts now by following this link:

The deadline for abstract submission is Wednesday 16th March.

If you have any questions please email

WONCA World Rural Health Conference 2022 (Limerick, Ireland)

June 17 2022 @ 9:00 am - June 20 2022 @ 5:00 pm

"Improving Health, Empowering Communities"

The conference will explore how communities can be, and are, empowered to improve their own health and the health of those around them. Delegates will hear from experts and presenters from all over the world in various sectors, including Health, Science, Engineering, the Arts, and NGO's of all shapes and sizes.  Community Empowerment for Health goes beyond the traditional methods of information sharing and consultation. 

It involves a change in power relations, and enables people to have more control and responsibility for their own health and well-being. Various sectors can reach out to communities to create empowerment opportunities to become more informed and more influential by giving them confidence, skills, resources and power to shape and influence their health. This action-oriented conference is intended to foster a high level of meaningful dialogue and cooperation amongst stakeholders, all committed to rural health improvement.

See the attached flyer and WONCA conference website for further information.

Community Nursing Towards Sustainable Health

Sweden – June 21-22, 2022

We are very proud to be hosting the virtual ICCHNR-conference of 2022. Our aim is to turn this into an opportunity for researchers from near and far to present their most recent findings in the field of ”Community nursing towards sustainable health”. 

We are pleased to inform you that the deadline submission date for submitting abstracts to the above event has now been extended till the 1st of March 2022. Further details can be found on the attached flyer.

We accept both oral and poster presentations. The submission system will be open until March 1, 2022: 

You can register for the conference here. The registration is open until May 15. 

Conference fee before March 1: 500 SEK ICCHNR-member and students (575 SEK from March 2) 750 SEK non-members (865 SEK from March 2) 

MediWales Connects

Date: 29 June 2022Time: 09:00 - 17:00Location: TBCThe only event of its kind for the health and care community, MediWales Connects is an all Wales NHS collaboration conference. NHS colleagues from across Wales, local companies and the wider industry sector will join to share clinical innovation in practice to improve patient outcomes.

NHS colleagues from across Wales, local companies and the wider industry sector will join to share clinical innovation in practice to improve patient outcomes.

The event includes keynote presentations, CPD training seminars, workshops and an exhibition.

The aims of the conference are to:

  • Highlight and showcase the excellent work and research being carried out by the health and care communities in Wales
  • Improve collaborative working between the health boards and research communities
  • Raise the profile of NHS Wales and clinical innovation across the UK and help promote recruitment for research
  • Support closer working relationships between industry, NHS and research groups and clinical trials capabilities

Further information is available on the MediWales website.

Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) annual conference 

Theme: Recovery and Innovation

4-6 July 2022
University of Central Lancashire, Preston

We look forward to welcoming you in person to SAPC's 50th Annual Scientific Meeting.

The dates for the SAPC ASM 2022 have been chosen carefully to avoid a direct clash with the ASME conference (6th-8th July) and WONCA Europe in London (28th June - 1st July).  

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) campus in Preston in 2022. Obviously subject to risk assessment, we are hoping to see everyone in person and there is so much to look forward to. 

This will be a special celebratory event, the 50th SAPC conference.  In addition to this special occasion and we are delighted that we are collaborating with ASME to organise a joint session between the two conferences on the morning of Wednesday 6th July.

The themes for the conference will focus on recovery and Innovation. 

Like life generally, research and education as we know it, has had to take a back seat over the last year but the response to the crisis has highlighted the tremendous resilience and ability to innovate (rather like the virtual conference this year) and we hope to capture examples of these at the conference. 

UCLan is unique in not only in having a medical and dental school but also school of ophthalmology, pharmacy, nursing  and soon a veterinary school along with a track record  of strong links with primary and social  care. 

We hope to provide a learning event fit for the occasion and opportunity to have some fun!

Abstract submission is open and the deadline is 14th February 2022. 

Visit the conference website for full details and registration.

HSR UK conference 2022 - registration now open!

5-7 July 2022

Registrations are open for the Health Services Research UK Conference 2022 taking place in Sheffield from 5-7 July. We are very much looking forward to being amongst colleagues in person again this year!Early Bird rates are available to all until 31 March. Those in HSR UK member organisations can also enjoy a member discount. (Visit our website to find out more about becoming a member of HSR UK, or to access our online sign-up form). At this year's event we'll be offering an exciting programme of in-person plenaries, workshops and research discussion sessions across the three days. Attendees will also be able to enjoy a combination of poster and oral research presentations, all of which will also be available as recordings on demand.Plenaries topics will include:

  • The impact of health services research on policy and practice
  • NHS boards: getting engaged with research and innovation?
  • Tackling climate change: the role of health and care research
  • Lessons for policy and research on health inequalities in the UK from the COVID19 pandemic

Confirmed plenary speakers include: Mary Dixon-Woods (Director of THIS Institute), Aarti Bansal (GP and founder of Greener Practice), Nicola Perrin (Chief Executive, Association of Medical Research Charities),  Richard Stubbs (Chief Executive of Yorkshire and Humber AHSN) and Josephine Ocloo (Senior Researcher and Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellow, KCL). To find out more about in person and online attendance, and to register for your place, visit the conference website. You can contact Eventage, our conference partners, should you have any questions.

Royal College of Nursing International Nursing Research Conference 2022

Date: 5 - 6 September 2022Location: Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, CardiffThis conference provides an opportunity to improve nursing practice, learn, network and contribute towards meeting the challenges facing the future nursing workforce. 

Call for abstracts

Abstracts are invited for presentations at the conference. Submission deadline: 13 March 2022

Save the date - Health and Care Research Wales conference 2022

Date: 13 October 2022Time: 09:00 - 17:00Location: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Save the date for the Health and Care Research Wales conference 2022. 
Registration and event details coming soon.

PRIME Annual Meeting 2022

Tuesday 18th October
Swansea University

Save the date for the PRIME Centre Wales annual meeting which will be held Tuesday, 16th October.

We hope that this will be an 'in-person' event so we will confirm the venue soon.

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