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Hope, shame and the struggle for primary health care in South AfricaPosted on 25 April 2018 Professor Bob Mash (Stellenbosch University) will be joining the Research Institute to present this exciting lecture which will focus on family medicine and research in both South Africa and Africa.
Haywood Foundation launch 'bright ideas' campaignPosted on 25 April 2018 The Haywood Foundation has launched a 'bright ideas' campaign, to encourage patients, carers, and healthcare professionals, to submit their ideas which could help patients suffering with arthritis.
Keele academic GPs offer advice for the support of people intending to travel for pilgrimagePosted on 18 April 2018 GP researchers at Keele University and the Ishan Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies have published advice for general practitioners treating pilgrims embarking on their annual journey to Saudi Arabia for Hajj. The paper was published to ensure that GPs across the UK and internationally, are providing culturally and religiously sensitive medical advice and support.
iPCHS colleagues swim 12 miles for charityPosted on 28 March 2018 Colleagues and their friends and family donned their swimming costumes on Saturday 10th March to raise money for both the Haywood Foundation and Arthritis Research UK, raising £633.
Student awarded £5,000 to support research collaboration placementPosted on 28 March 2018 Laura Swaithes, a Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow, has been awarded an NIHR Placement Award, which will support a one-month placement at the University of the West of England (Bristol). The placement will allow Laura to gain a different perspective and extend her knowledge mobilisation training, whilst receiving expert mentorship.
Evidence-Based Practice Group secures funding for fourth year runningPosted on 28 March 2018 The Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences have secured another £10,000 from the North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to support their General Practice Nurse (GPN) Evidence-Based Practice Group.
Study highlights need for better treatment of heart failure patientsPosted on 28 March 2018 A new study, funded by Keele University, has highlighted the need for better treatment of heart disease patients suffering from additional chronic conditions. Guidelines currently advise clinicians to focus on the patient's cardiovascular status, ignoring their non-cardiovascular disorders and symptoms, despite these often having a bigger burden on their quality of life.
iPCHS implement national standards to improve public involvement in researchPosted on 22 March 2018 The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has released a set of national standards designed to improve the quality and consistency of public involvement within research. Keele University’s Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences is one of only ten pilot sites chosen to test these standards, out of the 53 proposals submitted.
iPCHS leads new global research into low back painPosted on 21 March 2018 Low back pain affects 540 million people worldwide, but too many patients receive the wrong care. Worldwide, overuse of inappropriate tests and treatments such as imaging, opioids and surgery means patients are not receiving the right care, and resources are wasted.
Better access to vocational advice could improve absence from work due to painPosted on 15 March 2018 Research led by Keele University's Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences shows that better access to vocational advice for patients suffering with musculoskeletal pain will improve absence from work, and create huge societal cost savings.
iPCHS launches new global health studyPosted on 07 March 2018 The Research Institute has officially launched a new interdisciplinary research project to tackle public health issues in the Philippines through local art-based community engagement and ethnographic fieldwork.
Visiting Professor becomes Member of the Order of AustraliaPosted on 22 February 2018 Fiona Blyth, Keele Visiting Professor at the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences, and Professor of Public Health and Pain Medicine at the University of Sydney, was awarded 'Member' of the Order of Australia' at this year's Australia Day Honours for 2018. The award is in recognition of Professor Blyth's contributions to medical research and education.
Athula Sumathipala awarded Royal College of Psychiatrists FellowshipPosted on 08 February 2018 Athula Sumathipala, Professor of Psychiatry, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in recognition of his dedication to psychiaty and research.
Premature birth associated with increased risk of heart disease in mothersPosted on 24 January 2018 A study led by researchers at Keele University has found the risk of death in later life due to coronary heart disease doubles in women who give birth prematurely.
New study reveals key stressors for GPsPosted on 12 January 2018 A new study has highlighted that emotionally demanding workloads and confrontational patients are among the key stressors for GPs.
Study raises money for local charityPosted on 14 December 2017 The Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences at Keele University recently conducted a study into musculoskeletal pain - and raised £1,600 for Alice Charity in the process.
Study aims to tackle long-term health conditions in the West MidlandsPosted on 30 November 2017 Researchers from the Research Institute are looking for people across the West Midlands to take part in a study which aims to better understand the impact of long-term health conditions on a person’s everyday life.
Prognosis Research: Sharing our expertisePosted on 30 November 2017 The Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences hosted its first 3-day course on Statistical Methods and Risk Prediction Models on 14th to 16th November 2017. The course was a huge success, welcoming participants from far and wide (Manchester, Birmingham, Oxford, The Netherlands, Denmark and Thailand).
GP awarded fellowship to research self-harmPosted on 09 November 2017 GP Dr Faraz Mughal has been awarded an In-Practice Fellowship at the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences to research the care available to young people who self-harm.
Back pain: errors, innovation and implementationPosted on 09 November 2017 Members from the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences (‘iPCHS’) joined colleagues from the West Midlands Clinical Research Network (‘WMCRN’) and University of Birmingham’s (‘UoB’) Health Economics team for this year’s Society for Back Pain Research Annual General Meeting in Northampton.
Optimising the management of musculoskeletal foot disorders in older peoplePosted on 31 October 2017 Professor Hylton Menz, a Visiting Professor and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow at La Trobe University (Australia), has been awarded a prestigious Senior Research Fellowship build a program of research aimed at improving health outcomes for older people with musculoskeletal foot disorders.
Global Health in SingaporePosted on 26 October 2017 As part of the Research Institute’s for Primary Care and Health Sciences Global Health initiative, team members showcased their primary care research expertise and discussed the potential for future research opportunities during a recent visit to the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Providing professional leadership for Clinical Informatics in the UKPosted on 31 October 2017 Deputy Director of the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences, Professor Christian Mallen, has been appointed as a Founding Fellow for the Faculty of Clinical Informatics. Fellows will be responsible for helping build the new faculty and providing professional leadership in the UK, thus, establishing clinical informatics as a recognised and respected profession.
Study reports dramatic rise in self-harm among teenage girlsPosted on 18 October 2017 A recent study using anonymised data from 600 general practices has found a 68% rise in reports of self-harm in girls aged between 13 and 16, from 2011 and 2014. The rate of teenage girls reporting self-harm was considerably greater than boys. Despite this rise in self-harm, referral to mental health specialist services was lower, especially in socially deprived areas.
Keele Academic GP joins NHS decision makers to improve local partnerships and patient engagementPosted on 11 October 2017 Dr Lorna Clarson, a local GP and Keele University NIHR Clinical Lecturer, has been appointed as Clinical Director for Partnerships and Engagement on the governing board of Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). Dr Clarson will be working alongside influential local NHS leaders to build partnerships and better engage with patients within the area.
Study settles debate over giving stroke patients routine oxygenPosted on 26 September 2017 A national trial involving more than 8,000 patients has revealed that giving oxygen to stroke victims makes no difference to their recovery or chances of survival.
iPCHS success at RCGP Research Paper of the Year AwardsPosted on 21 September 2017 The Royal College of General Practitioners 2016 Research Paper of the Year Awards took place on Tuesday 19th September 2017. Researchers from the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences were authors on two papers which went on to win their category.
Prestigious fellowship awarded to support further research on the impacts of pre-eclampsiaPosted on 01 September 2017 Honorary Consultant Obstetrician and Keele Lecturer, Dr Pensee Wu, has been selected for a prestigious National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Fellowship, which will allow her to further study the impact of pre-eclampsia.
Improving the recognition of anxiety and depression in rheumatoid arthritisPosted on 24 August 2017 A study conducted by Keele University shows that patients with rheumatoid arthritis who are also suffering with anxiety or depression may avoid talking to their GP about their mental health symptoms.
Keele Clinical Trials Unit awarded full UKCRC registrationPosted on 24 August 2017 The Keele Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) is one of 46 units to be successfully registered by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) in recognition of their quality and expertise in clinical research within a primary and secondary care setting.
Wolstanton Medical Centre becomes Keele Academic PracticePosted on 03 August 2017 Keele University, NHS North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups are delighted to announce that Wolstanton Medical Centre will be the first Keele Academic General Practice in Northern Staffordshire.
Become a Keele Primary Care Research FellowPosted on 27 July 2017 Are you a local healthcare professional with an interest in primary care research? Are you committed to improving health and care? Then we want to hear from you! Local CCGs have joined forces with the West Midlands CRN and Keele University, and are seeking applications from local healthcare professionals to undertake a one-year research fellowship.
Impact Accelerator Unit shortlisted for Innovative Team of the YearPosted on 27 July 2017 The Research Institute’s Impact Acceleration Unit were awarded ‘runner-up’ for ‘Innovative Team of the Year’ at the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) Celebration of Innovation Awards on the 20th July 2017. Being shortlisted for such an award recognises the Team’s hard work and dedication to delivering innovative work to improve local healthcare and patient outcomes.
Professor Hay becomes one of few non-GPs to be awarded RCGP FellowshipPosted on 20 July 2017 Professor Elaine Hay, Director of the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences (iPCHS), has been awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). The Fellowship is the RCGP’s highest award; of which few are offered to non-GPs.
Promoting General Practice through ResearchPosted on 13 July 2017 The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has awarded Society of Academic Primary Care Treasurer and Senior Academic GP, Dr Jo Protheroe, the RCGP John Fry award for her leadership and work in the field of Health Literacy.
Successful appointment to the UKTMN Working GroupPosted on 22 June 2017 Senior Trials Manager, Sarah Lawton, has been appointed to the UK Trial Managers Network, which will provide a leading trial management profile for Keele's Clinical Trials Unit and build the CTU trial management expertise.
From the West Midlands to Madrid: Flying the research flag at EULAR 2017Posted on 22 June 2017 The 18th Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR) celebrated its 70th anniversary with a second visit to the beautiful city of Madrid on the 14-17 June, where several researchers from Keele University’s Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences showcased their dedication to the research of inflammatory conditions.
Dutch Sociology Association awards Keele PhD student National Thesis PrizePosted on 22 June 2017 Kay Polidano, a first year doctorate student at the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences (iPCHS) recently attended a ceremony in Brussels, where she was awarded the prestigious Dutch National Thesis Prize, for her master’s research in the use of remote care technology in later life.
iPCHS Postgraduate Research Students awarded Santander Research ScholarshipsPosted on 25 May 2017 Isabela Troya Bermeo and Alessandro Andreucci, Postgraduate Research Students at the Research Institute have both been awarded Santander Research Scholarships which will contribute to overseas visits to international institutions as part of their doctoral research.
Life Time Achievement Award for Dr. Saeed FarooqPosted on 12 May 2017 iPCHS Clinical Senior Lecturer, Dr Saeed Farooq, has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Khyber Medical University (Peshawar, Pakistan) for his vital contribution to the success of the University, and his dedication to research and medical education.
Heart failure more fatal than common cancersPosted on 04 May 2017 A study led by Keele University, in collaboration with the Universities of Aberdeen and Manchester, shows that men and women suffering from heart failure have a higher risk of death than people with most common types of cancer.
iPCHS gout research is a ‘Jewel in the Crown’ at Rheumatology 2017Posted on 04 May 2017 Dr Ed Roddy’s clinical trial ‘CONTACT’ was a ‘Jewel in the Crown’ at this year’s British Society for Rheumatology (‘BSR’) conference, which took place in Birmingham last week.
Student triumph at 2017 EPCCS Cardiovascular Summit for Primary CarePosted on 07 April 2017 Dr Randula Haththotuwa has been awarded first prize for her oral presentation at this year’s European Primary Care Cardiovascular Society which took place in Dublin from 30-31st March 2017.
Student success at 2017 Academic Clinical Fellow ConferencePosted on 30 March 2017 Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences (iPCHS) students, Annabelle Machin and Randula Haththotuwa, have been awarded first and second prize for their oral presentations at this year’s General Practitioner (GP) Academic Clinical Fellow Conference.
Dr Jo Protheroe appointed as Honorary Health Literacy Clinical AdvisorPosted on 16 March 2017 Dr Protheroe, GP and Senior Lecturer at the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences, has been appointed as an advocate for Health Literacy for NHS England, a role which aims to help raise the awareness and importance of Health Literacy in England.
Fellowship of the Faculty of Public HealthPosted on 09 March 2017 Professor Christian Mallen has been awarded Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health through distinction, in recognition of his clinical and academic contribution to public health.
Study reveals pre-eclampsia significantly increases risk of heart disease in later lifePosted on 21 February 2017 Research led by Keele University has demonstrated that women who suffered pre-eclampsia during pregnancy are four times more likely to have heart failure in later life.
Improving Care for patients with Medically Unexplained SymptomsPosted on 21 February 2017 Patients with Medically Unexplained Symptoms account for a high proportion of NHS activity. An expert reference group, chaired by Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham (iPCHS) (on behalf of RCGP) and Dr Simon Heyland (on behalf of (RCPsych), has developed commissioning guidelines to help improve the services that clinicians provide to patients suffering with MUS.
Dr Toby Helliwell awarded prestigious Fellowship of the Royal College of GPsPosted on 16 February 2017 Dr Toby Helliwell, NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in General Practice at the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences (iPCHS) has been awarded the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) fellowship in recognition of his significant contribution to general practice.
GP Research Fellow, Dr Simon Somerville, develops online learning tool for the British Medical Journal to improve low back pain and sciatica treatmentPosted on 09 February 2017 Simon Somerville, a GP Research Fellow at iPCHS, has written an online learning tool for the BMJ (British Medical Journal) to help implement recent NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines which advise on effective treatment methods for patients suffering with low back pain.
Prestigious Clinical Lectureship award in Physiotherapy goes to iPCHS’ Dr Martin ThomasPosted on 03 February 2017 Health Education England and the National Institute for Health Research have awarded a Clinical Lectureship in Physiotherapy to Dr Martin Thomas, a Research Fellow at the Research Institute for Primary Care Sciences. The award will allow Martin to make a significant contribution to clinical practice whilst also supporting his development as a potential clinical academic leader.
iPCHS PhD Student, Emma Parry, is awarded RCGP Grant to further support her studiesPosted on 19 January 2017 Emma Parry, PhD student and Academic Clinical Fellow at the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences, has recently been awarded the Scientific Foundation Board (‘SFB’) Practitioner Grant by the Royal College of General Practitioners (‘RCGP’), which will be used to help fund her research study.
Royal College of General Practitioners Conference 2016 by Dr Annabelle MachinPosted on 08 November 2016 The 2016 annual Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) conference took place in Harrogate, 6th - 8th October 2016. Theme of ‘Energising Primary Care’.
Musculoskeletal Bulletin 12
The latest bulletin from the Musculoskeletal Matters series entitled "Living well with chronic pain in later life" is now available. Visit the Bulletins link to find out more and download a printable pdf.
21 October 2016
Keele’s Research User Group reaches 10 year milestonePosted on 18 October 2016 A decade on from its tentative first steps into Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement, the RI recently celebrated the ever growing success of its Research User Group (affectionately known in-house as the RUG).
Double win for Keele at the RCGP ‘Research Paper of the Year’ awardsPosted on 17 October 2016 Keele University’s Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham has been recognised in the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) ‘Research Paper of the Year (2015)’ awards
Musculoskeletal Matters Bulletins
LONG TERM CONDITIONS CONFERENCE: MAKING INNOVATION HAPPEN IN THE NHS
Prognosis Research International Summer SchoolPosted on 14 October 2016 Prognosis Research: Summer School, 20-22 June 2017, KEELE UNIVERSITY, UK
Simple prognostic tool for musculoskeletal conditions
GPs could more accurately predict the likely progression of disease in patients with musculoskeletal conditions by asking them a simple set of generic questions during their very first consultation.
For further information, our STaRTBack tool
Kate Dunn's Inaugural Lecture
If you were unable to make it to see Kate Dunn's Inaugural Lecture it is available to watch on YouTube.
A Practical Introduction into running Randomised Clinical TrialPosted on 25 February 2015 This 4 day course will improve your knowledge and skills in the design, practical content, management and analysis of randomised clinical trials (RCTs). Combining talks and workshop activities, you will be guided through the principles, methodology and practical implementation of RCTs.
REF NewsPosted on 18 December 2014 91% of Keele’s Primary Care research has been judged world leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 Universities UK’s Research Excellence Framework. Keele's primary care submission is ranked 3rd nationally on the basis of World Leading or Internationally Excellent research (3* and 4*)
Musculoskeletal Matters 11
The latest bulletin from the Musculoskeletal Matters series entitled "A New Look at Pain" is now available. Visit the Bulletins page to find out more.
Keele re-designated as a member of NIHR: School for Primary CarePosted on 20 November 2014 The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has announced the new membership for its School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) with funding of over £30 million over the next five years to support world-leading research into how primary care can deliver the best health care for NHS patients.
Val Tan awarded an NIHR In-practice fellowshipPosted on 17 July 2015 Val Tan applied to the NIHR for an In-practice fellowship, the application has been successful and she has been awarded the NIHR In-practice fellowship.
4th Annual Survival Analysis for Junior Researchers Conference 2015Posted on 03 October 2014 Keele University is proudly hosting the fourth annual Survival Analysis for Junior Researchers conference, aimed at career-young researchers with an interest in the statistical analysis of time-to-event data.
Professorial PromotionPosted on 21 January 2014 Kate Dunn (Professor of Epidemiology) is recognised internationally for her research and leadership in the field of musculoskeletal epidemiology
New Online Gout Resource for Patients and Health ProfessionalsPosted on 05 September 2014 A team from the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences at Keele University have used interviews with 43 people who have gout to create a new online resource for patients and health professionals.
Musculoskeletal Matters Bulletin no. 9
The latest bulletin from the Musculoskeletal Matters series entitled "Electronic Templates" is now available. Visit the Bulletins page to find out more.
Musculoskeletal Matters Bulletin no. 8
The latest bulletin from the Musculoskeletal Matters series entitled "Diagnosis and Management of Gout" is now available. Visit the Bulletins page to find out more.
Musculoskeletal Matters Bulletin no. 7
The latest bulletin from the Musculoskeletal Matters series entitled "How do we translate evidence into practice?" is now available on the website. Click here to visit the bulletin home page to find out more.
Arthritis Research UK calls for National ApproachPosted on 11 October 2013 New report highlights growing impact of osteoarthritis on primary health care
Rhian Hughes appointed RI Co-DirectorPosted on 02 October 2013 Rhian Hughes has been appointed Co-Director of the Research Institute for Primary Care & Health Sciences, reflecting the increasing scale and complexity of the Institute.
Athena Swan AwardPosted on 02 October 2013 The Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences (application led by Dr Jane Richardson) was awarded a Silver Department Award.
Keele and Lund Universities celebrate a successful collaboration in primary care researchPosted on 19 June 2013 Ingemar Petersson, Professor of Orthopedics at Lund University, has been recognised by Keele this year with an award of the post of Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Health.
The Biopsychosocial Management of Complex Patients with Pain
Interactive, skills based course aimed at practicing musculoskeletal out-patient physiotherapists is based on the clinically proven STarT Back stratified care approach.
Musculoskeletal Matters Bulletin no. 6
The latest bulletin from the Musculoskeletal Matters series entitled "Trends in GP Pain Medication Prescribing" is now available on the website. Click here to visit the bulletin home page to find out more.
Replacement full time Principal GP required
Friendly and supportive working environment in a rural setting in the Staffordshire Moorlands / Peak District requires a full time Principal GP. Please click here for more information.
Health Literacy: Healthy Living one day conference
Join us for our annual national Health Literacy Research Conference Friday 20th September 2013. Find out more