Members of staff from CaHRU attended the 50th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Academic Primary Care, ‘Recovery and Innovation’, at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) in Preston which took place between 4 to 6 July 2022. The conference began with the 8th Helen Lester Memorial Lecture, ‘Breaking the cycle of inequalities: Doing things differently in research and in primary care for people with a learning disability’ given by Dr Amy Russell, describing her groundbreaking research involving and studying people with learning disabilities. The first plenary on day two began with poetry reading by Sara McKelvie followed by a lecture on Diabetes, Covid and Recovery.
Dr Vanessa Botan presented on ‘Optimising the transition from selection to licensing in general practice’ describing her work funded by Health Education England on the relationship between selection scores and performance at licensing.
She followed this with a related study exploring how, ‘Specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) differently affect performance on written compared to clinical general practice licensing tests: cohort study’.
On the final day, there were three further presentations. Two were from the NIHR funded study, the first given by Vanessa on, ‘What is the contribution of Community First Responders to rural Emergency Medical Service provision in the UK?’
The second given by Viet-Hai Phung was on ‘How do Community First Responders contribute to rapid emergency response and recovery?’
The final presentation was given by Dr Joseph Akanuwe on the NIHR Appled Research Collaboration East Midlands funded study, ‘Exploring the views of Point of Care Ultrasound practitioners for widespread implementation in community settings in the UK’.
All the CaHRU presentations were well received and generated much interest and questions. There were opportunities for networking and an excellent social programme including a guided walk of teh beautiful Winckley Square and Avenham and Miller Parks in Preston and a conference dinner with entertainment from ‘Dame Birley Shassey’ (Dr Duncan Shrewsbury) followed by a jazz band.