iPCHS' STarT Back tool recognised in UK's 'Best Breakthroughs' list

Posted on 06 December 2018 iPCHs researchers have transformed back pain treatment, improving the lives of millions of people around the world with our 'STarT Back' tool. The innovative treatment has today been named as one of the UK's 100 'Best Breakthroughs' for its significant impact on people's everyday lives.

iPCHS awarded funding to help people with health conditions stay in work

Posted on 29 November 2018 iPCHS researchers have been awarded £200,000 from the Goverment's new Work and Health Challenge Fund, to help support people with musculoskeletal conditions to stay in work.

Popular drug combination for drug treatment resistant depressions in not more effective than a single antidepressant in primary care

Posted on 26 October 2018 A large clinical trial led by researchers at the universities of Keele, Bristol, Exeter, Manchester and Hull looked at the effectiveness of adding mirtazepine to an SSRI and SNRI in patients who remain depressed after six weeks of conventional antidepressant treatment. They found this combination was no more effective in improving depression than placebo, and call on doctors to rethink its use.

iPHS awarded Athena SWAN silver award

Posted on 26 October 2018 iPCHS is pleased to announce that their Athena SWAN silver award has been renewed for another four years.

Older people who self-harm at highest risk of suicide, study finds

Posted on 15 October 2018 According to new research by iPCHS and the University of Manchester, people over 65 who harm themselves are more likely to die by suicide than other age groups.

Second edition of 'Primary Care Mental Health' is published

Posted on 01 October 2018 Our very own Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham has joined forces with internationally renowned authors to co-edit the second edition of 'Primary Care Mental Health', a book which provides evidence-based advice to healthcare professionals who support and manage people with mental health in primary care.

Success at RCGP 'Research Paper of the Year' Awards

Posted on 28 September 2018 iPCHS were once again successful at this year's RCGP 'Research Paper of the Year' awards, with three papers being awarded as 'category winners.'

European collaboration to develop new healthcare platform to improve treatment of neck and low back pain

Posted on 01 October 2018 iPCHS is part of a new European collaboration developing a new health care platform which aims to provide more effective and efficient treatments for patients suffering with neck and low back pain across Europe.

Women more likely to die after heart procedure than men, study finds

Posted on 07 September 2018 Research led by the Institute suggests that women who have undergone a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedure are more likely to die or suffer complications than male patients.

iPCHS to play key role in new UKRI Mental Health Network

Posted on 06 September 2018 iPCHS will be playing a key part in a new mental health network designed to reduce health inequalities for people with severe mental illness.

iPCHS to assess the impact of physios as first contact practitioners in GP surgeries

Posted on 24 August 2018 Over the next two years, iPCHS will collaborate with Nottingham University to collect and evaluate data about first contact practitioners, which has been commissioned by the Chartered Society for Physiotherapy.

National awards for science and technology achievements

Posted on 31 August 2018 The Sri Lankan National Science Foundation has awarded Athula Sumathipala, Professor of Psychiatry and the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences, two National Awards for Science and Technology Achievements in recognition of the significant contributions towards the economic and social development in Sri Lanka through science and technology inputs.

iPCHS in Sri Lanka: shifting the focus from diseases to patients

Posted on 31 August 2018 Colleagues from the Research Institute were invited to attend the Sri Lanka Medical Association's 131st International Medical Congress last month, where they showcased the Institute's dedication to patient and public involvement and engagement in research, a novel concept in Sri Lankan research. 

Obstructive sleep apnoea linked with higher risk of gout

Posted on 30 August 2018 New research led by the iPCHS led has revealed that people with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) have a higher risk of developing gout, even beyond the first years after being diagnosed with the sleep disorder.

Burnout in doctors has shocking impact on care, review finds

Posted on 04 September 2018 A review conducted by the Universities of Keele, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Westminster, has found that burnout in doctors has devastating consequences on the quality of care they deliver.

Major grant to research schizophrenia care in developing countries

Posted on 09 August 2018 The Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences has been awarded £500,000 by the Medical Research Council (UK) to assess the effectiveness of a community-based intervention in Pakistan in order to address the current gap in care for Schizophrenia patients within developing countries.

Study finds people who sleep more than eight hours have greater mortality and cardiovascular risk

Posted on 06 August 2018 A global study led by Keele University has found that people who sleep for more than eight hours a night have a greater mortality and cardiovascular risk than those who sleep for under seven hours.

Cross-faculty collaboration to address social and health challenges within the community

Posted on 31 July 2018 The Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences recently funded two successful workshops which looked at using interdisciplinary research across the university’s faculties, to address complex social and health challenges within communities.

Dr Lisa Dikomitis awarded Higher Education Academy Senior Fellowship

Posted on 31 July 2018 Dr Lisa Dikomitis, a Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Health, has been awarded a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in recognition of her personal and institutional commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching in higher education.

Celebrating academic primary care at SAPC 2018

Posted on 31 July 2018 Over a dozen colleagues from the Research Institute attended this year's Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) Annual Scientific Meeting, held at the Queen Mary University of London, showcasing the pivotal work of the Research Institute.

Patient and Public Involvement at EULAR

Posted on 31 July 2018 Two members of the Research Institute's Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) team recently flew to Amsterdam to present at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR), showcasing their work to an international multidisciplinary audience.

GPs have lower awareness of non-traditional tobacco products, study finds

Posted on 26 July 2018 A recent study led by iPCHS has found that general practitioners (GPs) perceive non-traditional tobacco products, such as waterpipe smoking and smokeless tobacco, to be less harmful than cigarettes. This has led to GPs providing less cessation advice for these users, in comparison to cigarette smokers.

Study investigates why patients use complementary and alternative medicines to manage pain

Posted on 19 July 2018 Research led by Keele University analysed patients’ reasoning for using complementary and alternative medicine to take their pain, and identified four key themes; practicality, effectiveness, additional outcomes, and philosophy of illness and care.

PCI patients discharged against medical advice twice as likely to be readmitted

Posted on 18 July 2018 A study led by iACS researchers found discharge against medical advice as the strongest predictor of 30-day unplanned readmissions in heart attack patients. While only a small number of patients choose to discharge against medical advice following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), these patients are twice as likely to be readmitted to the hospital.

iPCHS research reinforces the importance of physiotherapy in treating musculoskeletal conditions

Posted on 11 July 2018 The NIHR Dissemination Centre has released their latest Themed Review, which demonstrates the return on investment in physiotherapy research for musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. The review summarised 55 research studies, many of which were led by the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences (Keele University).

Impact Accelerator Unit nominated for Healthcare Innovator Award

Posted on 27 June 2018 The Research Institute's 'Impact Accelerator Unit' has been shortlisted for a West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN)'s 'Healthcare Innovator Award' for the second year running.

Marriage may protect against heart disease and stroke

Posted on 18 June 2018 A global study led by Keele University has found that marriage may protect against the development of heart disease/stroke as well as influencing who is more likely to die of it.

Success at first student-led global health conference

Posted on 21 June 2018 A team of medical students led their first global health challenges conference on the 21st April, which was supported by the Research Institute, welcoming approximately 70 delegates from various disciplines.

New international research partnership to develop large twin registry

Posted on 21 June 2018 The Medical Research Council (MRC) has funded a £200,000 research partnership which will establish a register of infant, child and adolescent twins in Sri Lanka. The register will create a foundation for future research into mental illness within low and middle-income countries.

Keele's STarT Back tool inspires changes to treatment of spinal patients in New Zealand

Posted on 21 June 2018 The Research Institute was joined by Mr. Phillip Insull, a Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon from North Shore Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, earlier this month to discuss how the implementation of Keele's STarT Back tool in the UK can inspire changes to treatment pathways in New Zealand.

Maternal mental health problems - the impact in numbers

Posted on 21 June 2018 Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham writes for the Conversation, highlighting the impacts of mental health problems during pregnancy or in the first year after the birth of their baby.

Professor Christian Mallen appointed as interim iPCHS Director

Posted on 12 June 2018 The Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences' Dean, Professor Pauline Walsh, is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Christian Mallen, as the new interim Director for the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences.

New surgery for groin pain found to be more effective than physiotherapy

Posted on 01 June 2018 As the FIFA World Cup approaches, researchers have found that keyhole surgery could help get injured footballers back on the pitch faster than physiotherapy-led treatments.

Keele at the World Congress on Osteoarthritis

Posted on 01 June 2018 For another year running, iPCHS research was well represented at the World Congress on Osteoarthritis, which took place in Liverpool on the 26th to 29th April 2018.

iPCHS Director appointed as new Programme Director for NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research

Posted on 01 June 2018 Professor Elaine Hay, Director of the Institute of Primary Care and Health Sciences and Professor of Community Rheumatology, has been appointed as the new Programme Director for NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR).

New study to assess rehabilitation programmes after shoulder surgery

Posted on 31 May 2018 An iPCHS research team has been awarded a grant for £249,998 from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to explore rehabilitation programmes for patients who have undergone shoulder surgery.

A celebration of postgraduate health research

Posted on 23 May 2018 Postgraduate students from across the Faculty of Health showcased their research at the annual Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences Postgraduate Research Symposium last week. The event, which was organised by a small group of students, was a great way for postgraduate researchers to present their work within in a supportive environment.

Showcasing Keele at prestigious award ceremony for GPs

Posted on 17 May 2018 Colleagues from the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences and Keele’s Medical School represented the University at the Royal College of General Practitioners (‘RCGP’) annual awards ceremony last week.

Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome needed for new study

Posted on 17 May 2018 Researchers at Keele University are looking for people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) to discuss a study which aims to give a better understanding of the support needs of people suffering with the condition.

Study finds gout not associated with increased risk of fractures

Posted on 14 May 2018 A large study led by Keele University has found that patients suffering with gout are not at a higher risk of fractures, contradicting previous research findings.

Women under 55 needed for cardiovascular study

Posted on 03 May 2018 Researchers are looking for women under the age of 55 to help design a research study which will explore young women's understanding of cardiovascular risk.

New £2.7 million study to personalise care for people with shoulder pain

Posted on 03 May 2018 An ambitious £2.7 million programme of research is seeking to personalise care for people with shoulder pain, to make sure that people receive the care that is best for them and avoid unnecessary investigations and treatments.

iPCHS leads pilot and feasibility workshop

Posted on 30 April 2018 The Research Institute of Primary Care and Health Sciences has joined forces with London, Aberdeen, Sheffield, Oxford, and McMaster universities to deliver a pilot and feasibility studies workshop based on the PAFS collaboration.

iPCHS student success at 2018 ILAS Postgraduate Conference

Posted on 30 April 2018 A number of postgraduate research students represented the Research Institute at this year’s Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences (ILAS) Postgraduate Conference. The event was a great opportunity to celebrate the fantastic range of postgraduate work at the University, with three of the Institute's students taking home prizes.

iPCHS academic promotions success

Posted on 30 April 2018 Three colleagues within the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences have been awarded academic promotions in recognition of their dedication and excellence in research and education.

Hope, shame and the struggle for primary health care in South Africa

Posted 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' campaign

Posted 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 pilgrimage

Posted 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 charity

Posted 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.
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Student awarded £5,000 to support research collaboration placement

Posted 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 running

Posted 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 patients

Posted 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 research

Posted 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 pain

Posted 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 pain

Posted 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.
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iPCHS launches new global health study

Posted 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 Australia

Posted 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 Fellowship

Posted 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 mothers

Posted 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 GPs

Posted on 12 January 2018 A new study has highlighted that emotionally demanding workloads and confrontational patients are among the key stressors for GPs.