Festschrift for Professor Chris Salisbury

This week we celebrated the distinguished career of our esteemed colleague, Chris Salisbury, Professor of Primary Health Care at the Centre for Academic Primary Care (CAPC) and National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator, who will be retiring at the end of the month.

L-R: Professor John Campbell, Professor Bruce Guthrie, Professor Chris Salisbury, Professor Helen Atherton and Professor Matthew Ridd

Attending the Festchrift – an event honouring the work of a respected academic during their lifetime – were colleagues past and present, with four talks delivered by senior peers: Professor Matthew Ridd (Bristol), Professor John Campbell (Exeter), Professor Helen Atherton (Southampton) and Professor Bruce Guthrie (Edinburgh).

Each talked about the groundbreaking research that they had worked on with Chris: patient-clinician relationships and consultations; access to primary health care; digital health care; and multimorbidity respectively.


Professor Gene Feder elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowship

Professor Gene Feder OBE, Professor of Primary Care at the Centre for Academic Primary Care, University of Bristol, has been elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences’ respected and influential Fellowship. He joins 58 biomedical and health scientists selected for their exceptional contributions to the advancement of medical science.

Professor Gene Feder OBE
Professor Gene Feder OBE

The new Fellows, announced on Tuesday 21 May, have been recognised for their remarkable contributions to advancing biomedical and health sciences, groundbreaking research discoveries and translating developments into benefits for patients and wider society.


Cash incentives drive weight loss in men

The Game of Stones research study offered men £400 for losing weight

Weighing scales.

A major UK study led by health experts at the University of Stirling in partnership with the universities of Bristol; New Brunswick, Canada; Aberdeen; Glasgow and Queen’s University Belfast, has found that offering text messages with financial incentives is effective in helping men to lose weight.


RAPID-Test trial completes recruitment early

A major clinical trial investigating whether GP use of rapid diagnostic tests for respiratory (chest) infections can reduce same-day antibiotic prescribing in primary care has completed recruitment early.

Home testing for respiratory infection as mum puts swab into the nose of her son sitting on a kitchen desk.

The RAPID-TEST trial, led by Professor Alastair Hay at the Centre for Academic Primary Care, University of Bristol, originally aimed to complete recruitment of 514 patients by September 2024. With enormous interest in the trial from GP practices across the Bristol, Bath, Swindon, North/North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire areas, the target was met five months early.


Call for submissions to Turning the Tide exhibition

As part of the programme for this year’s Society for Academic Primary Care Annual Scientific Meeting (SAPC ASM), which we are hosting in Bristol on 3-5 July, we are inviting submissions for an art exhibition on the theme of water and health. Successful submissions will be displayed at the conference and online. There will be prizes of £150 for outstanding entries. Anyone is welcome to make a submission, including delegates to the conference.

Tiled montage of images of sea, ocean, dolphins, sharks, whales, coast and people swimming and deep sea diving.

The exhibition is being organised by Dr Alan Kellas and Dr Catherine Lamont-Robinson from Bristol Medical School. Both Alan and Catherine lead a Year 3 medical student research project around ‘Blue Health’, which is the inspiration for the exhibition titled: ‘Turning the tide: water as medicine – exploring water’s role in sustaining health for our global and community futures: a multimedia enquiry and collaboration between arts and science, evidence and practice, medicine and ecology’.


CHICO intervention helps GPs decide whether to prescribe antibiotics for children with respiratory infections

Clinicians have found the ‘CHIldren with acute COugh’ (CHICO) intervention valuable in supporting decision-making around antibiotic prescribing and facilitating discussions with carers about concerns and treatment options, according to University of Bristol led research published in the British Journal of General Practice.

A young boy (18 months) with a nasty cough, coughing with his mouth open and tongue poking out

Childhood respiratory tract infections (RTIs) are common, often leading to unnecessary antibiotic use and contributing to antimicrobial resistance. The qualitative study aimed to explore how clinicians implemented the CHICO intervention, using interviews to understand its acceptability and use.


New Centre for Applied Excellence in Skin and Allergy Research

The University of Bristol is home to a new Centre for Applied Excellence in Skin and Allergy Research (CAESAR), which has been established to improve the diagnosis and treatment of common skin and allergy problems in primary care.

The CAESAR team.
CAESAR Team (from left): Dr Phuong Hua, Dr Andrew Turner, Dr Roxanne Parslow, Professor Matt Ridd, Dr Raquel Granell, Catriona Rutter.

Directed by Matthew Ridd, GP and Professor of Primary Health Care at the Centre for Academic Primary Care, it comprises a multi-disciplinary group of 20 people with a focus on childhood eczema and food allergy.


Exploring health inequalities in primary care: ethnicity, antibiotics and respiratory health

First-year University of Bristol PhD student, Anna Pathmanathan, is exploring respiratory health outcomes and antibiotic prescribing trends among different ethnicities. She shared information about her project during one of the People in Health West of England’s researcher coffee catch-ups.

Anna Pathmanathan
Anna Pathmanathan

Anna is part of the Centre for Academic Primary Care and her PhD project is looking at the relationship between ethnicity, antibiotic resistance and respiratory health outcomes.


Exploring knowledge sharing approaches in NIHR research: a systematic review

Evidence on the effectiveness of knowledge sharing techniques and approaches in National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) funded research could be improved, according to a newly published systematic review, which was supported by the NIHR Dissemination and Knowledge Mobilisation team.

People working together on organising visual information using diagrams, drawings and post-it notes.

The study, published in BMC Health Research Policy and Systems, looked at NIHR funded research that described knowledge sharing techniques or approaches. The researchers concluded that there is little evidence of the effectiveness of these approaches in these studies in influencing change in practice or ongoing research. However, this doesn’t mean they aren’t effective in instigating change or impacting on practice, rather that clear evidence for this has not yet been produced.


Registration open for the Society for Academic Primary Care Annual Scientific Meeting 2024

You can now register for this year’s Society for Academic Primary Care Annual Scientific Meeting (SAPC ASM) , which is being held at the University of Bristol on 3-5 July.

Registration open advert for the Society for Academic Primary Care Annual Scientific Meeting 2024. View of colourful houses from Bristol Harbour.

The conference will welcome over 300 delegates from across the country and beyond. The Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) is the leading organisation championing academic primary care in the UK. The theme for the conference is ‘Sustainable Primary Care: healthy systems, healthy people’.