14 July 2006
Keele was the setting for a gathering of national and international experts in research and education in primary care, the 35th annual scientific meeting of the Society for Academic Primary Care, this week. Keele has a long and proud history of supporting education and research in this arena, from the efforts of hard working local GPs right through to the current programme, which is a prominent part of the new undergraduate medical school.
Primary Care is the first line healthcare offered when people are unwell and seek help from a health professional. A wide range of healthcare professionals was represented at the conference, and one of the themes was the capacity of different types of health professional to work together in their training and in research for patient benefit.
The topics discussed, debated and presented were as wide ranging, from the most effective way to prevent the complications of heart disease, through accounts of the best ways to screen for early cancer, to presentations that concern the point of view of people who use the health services, and what they feel and think the health services should be doing. Mental illness was a major area of concern, and one prize-winning presentation from Birmingham described how patients with serious mental illness see primary care, rather than specialist care, as the "cornerstone" of their care. An additional prize was awarded for the first time, the Keele prize, for the best piece of research carried out by a multidisciplinary team.
Society's Annual Scientific Meeting At Keele
Vice-Chancellor's Committee - 10 July 2006
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