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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Celebrating Postgraduate Research in Primary Care

Written by Alice Moult, Sarah McKevitt, Laurna Bullock and Hollie Birkinshaw  | @PCSciences | keele.ac.uk/pchs | Published Thursday 18th May 2017

A team of postgraduate research students joined forces to organise another successful Postgraduate Symposium at the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences (‘RI’) on the 10th May 2017. Each year, staff, students, and members of the RI’s Research UserGroup look forward to hearing about the comprehensive work that the RI’s current students are working hard on, and this year was no different. 


Over 60 people came to watch seventeen of our students present their work orally, with an additional seven students showcasing their work through poster presentations. The event was a great reflection of the RI’s multidisciplinary approach to primary care research, with topics ranging from inflammatory conditions, musculoskeletal pain, stratified care, mental health and prognosis research.

The RI’s Deputy Director, Professor Christian Mallen, introduced the event before moving on to the oral and poster presentations. Each student was given 10 minutes to summarise their research followed by a 5 minute question and answer session. Students were also opportunity to engage in invaluable discussions about their work during the breaks.  

Once all the presentations had been promoted, Professor George Peat acted as our very own David Dimbleby during a ‘Question Time’ session. The panel was made up of Dr Sara Muller (Senior Research Fellow), Dr Annette Bishop (Senior Research Fellow), Professor Kelvin Jordan (Professor of Biostatistics), Dr Ross Wilkie (Senior Lecturer) and Dr Paul Campbell (Research Fellow). The session enabled students to ask the panel questions about career progression within primary care research.

Dr Sam Hider, Postgraduate Research Director wrapped up the event by presenting awards for the best poster and oral presentations from the day. The three oral presentations were awarded to Miriam Hattle for her presentation on ‘Investigating the characteristics of multivariate and univariate meta-analysis for associations with the magnitude of the borrowing of strength (BoS) statsitc, Sarah Harrison with ‘Identifying change in neuropathic pain over time in primary care patients with low back-related leg pain) and Anne O’Brien for her work ‘Current physiotherapy practice assessment in Polymyalgia Rheumatica: a UK cross-sectional survey).

Nafiu Ismail won a prize for his poster ‘Incidence of post-discharge bleeding and risk of subsequent major adverse events. A systematic review and meta-analysis).

The Patient and PublicInvolvement and Engagement choice award was presented to Emma Parry by the RI’s Research User Group member Carol Ingram for her presentation on fare-ups in knee osteoarthritis.


Finally, the systematic review award was presented to Richard Partington for his poster which detailed his systematic review on polymyalgia rheumatica.


All in all, the day was a roaring success and a special thanks should go to all of the students who took part and all of the staff who continuously support us on our research endeavours. We’re already looking forward to next year! 

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