National NIHR GP Academic Clinical Fellows (ACF) Annual Conference
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) annual conference for GP Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) Trainees, hosted by Edge Hill University.
Hotel recommendations in Liverpool
Premier Inn, Liverpool City Centre (Lime Street) hotel:
Great for those who are looking for a practical, no fuss stay with all amenities of luxury hotels without the price tag. Options for room only or to include bed and breakfast, 5-minute walk from Liverpool Central train station or a 2-minute from Liverpool Lime Street. Parking partnerships also available.Premier Inn
The Resident Liverpool:
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The Novotel Liverpool centre:
All the luxury and modern comforts that you would expect from a city centre big named brand with options for room only or to include bed and breakfast. 4-minute walk from Liverpool Central train station or a 7-minute from Liverpool Lime Street.Novotel
Hope Street Hotel:
An independent, boutique hotel in the heart of Liverpool’s Georgian neighbourhood surrounded by culture, independent restaurants, and bars. Options for room only or to include bed and breakfast, 12-minute walk from Liverpool Central train station or a 15-minute from Liverpool Lime Street.Hope Street Hotel
Travelodge Liverpool Central:
Travelodge Liverpool Central is a great budget-friendly option for accommodation nearby. Located close to local buses and the train station, the hotel is an ideal base for exploring the city. Room rates start as low as £29.99, but early booking is recommended to secure the best rates.Travelodge Liverpool Central
POSTER PRESENTATION REQUIREMENTS:
Poster panels measure:
200 cm wide
100 cm high
Landscape orientation paper/poster size A0 will fit the boards.
If the poster is not produced on a single roll out card or laminate, it may be mounted on coloured poster paper or light card – this can be in several pieces that will make the poster easier to transport.
A matte finish may be easier to read than a glossy finish and materials arranged in columns may be easier to follow than those in rows. Try to place the introduction in the upper left corner and conclusions in the lower right corner.
Posters must be fixed to the boards using Velcro hooks. The boards are covered in blue loop nylon. This acts as the soft side of Velcro. Please ensure that you bring sufficient sticky backed Velcro hooks with you for your poster.
General guidance notes
These notes are intended to be suggestions for guidance only. A poster should be self-contained and self-explanatory. Presentations should be kept simple and clear, and a mixture of text and graphics is recommended.
Figures should be designed to be viewed from a distance and should use clear, visible graphics and large type. Each figure or table should have a heading of one or two lines. Additional essential information should be provided below in a legend. Photographs should have good contrast, sharp focus and, if necessary, an indication of scale.
We suggest using: minimum narrative, large type face in short, separated paragraphs. Numbered or bulleted lists are effective ways to convey a series of points. It is advisable to avoid setting entire paragraphs in uppercase (all capitals) or boldface type as this can be very difficult to read.
Titles and fonts
Titles and captions are easier to read when kept short and typeface is in a sans serif font such as Arial. Use large lettering as this means several people can read the poster from a distance without overcrowding. Remember to caption your poster with the abstract title, authors’ names and affiliations.
Headings should be a minimum of 50 point size.
Text of content – ideally 25 point size sans serif typeface (e.g. Arial).
Instructions for on the day
Please bring your poster with you on day one of the conference, and upon registration you will be directed to your designated poster board to put your poster up.
ORAL PRESENTATION REQUIREMENTS
Each presentation timeslot is 15 minutes max. split as follows:
- 10 minutes presentation
- Five minutes Q&A
Any PPT slides/electronic material being used as part of the presentation should be sent via email to [email protected] no later than 12 April. It is suggested that you bring a back-up version with you on a pen drive/device just in case.
A ‘clicker’ (with built in laser pointer) will be provided to enable you to move through slides.
At Edge Hill University we aim to have a sustainable campus and we like to encourage all delegates to use public or shared transport if possible. You will find us in the market town of Ormskirk, Lancashire.
Via Liverpool: Liverpool Lime Street is approximately 2 hour 10 minutes from London Euston. You’ll need to change at Liverpool Lime Street main line station and switch to Merseyrail Northern Line for Ormskirk Station. You can join the Northern Line at Liverpool Central or Moorfields. These stations can be reached from Liverpool Lime Street via underground /metro Wirral Line, or on foot. The trains run every 15 minutes, Monday – Saturday and every 30 minutes on a Sunday. Ormskirk is the last station on your journey and it takes about 30 minutes.
Via Preston: from Preston Station, take train to Ormskirk. It’s the last station on your journey and it will take you just under an hour to reach the town.
Getting to Edge Hill University from Ormskirk Station
From Ormskirk Station you can get to the campus in any of the following ways:
Taking the bus: From the train station take the pedestrian walkway to Ormskirk bus station and connect with the Edge Link bus for a direct route to campus. The Edgelink bus service ‘EL1’ runs every 15 minutes from the bus station to campus and back.
The bus runs from 08:05 to 20:50 Monday to Friday and until 17:50 on Saturdays. Unfortunately, there isn’t a Sunday service.
Walking: It’s approximately a 10 minute walk to campus from the train station. Just turn right from the station and walk-up Station Approach. At the top turn left, then first right. Walk along Stanley Street and Knowsley Road, across two junctions, until you reach the main St Helens Road. Turn left and continue until you reach the campus.
Take a taxi: There is a 24-hour taxi service opposite the exit from the station. You can also call:
- Blueline Five-0 Taxis on 01695 575050
- Ormskirk Taxis on 01695 575757
The region is served by two international airports:
- Liverpool John Lennon Airport (www.liverpoolairport.com) is about 30 minutes from campus
- Manchester Airport (www.manchesterairport.co.uk) is about 40 minutes from Edge Hill
Travelling by road
Via motorways: Leave M6 at junction 26 and join M58. Leave M58 at junction 3, taking the A570 towards Southport and Ormskirk. You should see signs for ‘Edge Hill University’ when you leave the motorway.
From junction 3, the journey is 2.8 miles and takes approximately five minutes. The campus can also be reached from Preston or Liverpool via the A59. For sat nav you can use the postcode ‘L39 4QP’ but please check that the route provided arrives via the main entrance in St Helens Road. Alternatively enter lat/long co-ordinates 53.558622,-2.875178.
We suggest you use a route planner (e.g. http://www.rac.co.uk/route-planner) if you are travelling by car, entering your destination as ‘L39 4QP’.
Parking on Campus
Parking on campus is free, but it is at a premium. You will have two parking options:
Reserved parking: Your conference host may have reserved parking for you, if so, they will send you a parking reference code which you should quote to the security team when you arrive on campus. You should enter via the visitor’s entrance. Please note that reserved parking is usually booked for guest speakers/lecturers.
Conference/event parking permit: If you have been given a parking permit by your conference host please enter the campus via car park C and park in one of the bays. Please be aware that the permit does not guarantee a parking space, it prevents you from being ticketed whilst you are with us. Whilst the parking team will try their utmost to park you on campus, if there are no spaces you will need to park off site.
Scientific Programme will follow in due course. Abstracts are now closed.
Two day conference:
- Delegate ticket £200
- Delegate ticket with drinks, reception/dinner £250
The evening dinner will take place in Royal Liver Building in Liverpool City Centre.
Confirmed keynote speakers and conference chair
Iain Buchan is Chair in Public Health and Clinical Informatics and Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Innovation at the University of Liverpool. As a public health physician and data scientist, he has driven health data innovations for over 20y. Recently, he led the world’s first evaluation of mass rapid antigen testing, risk-mitigated reopening of mass events for UK COVID-19 responses, and designed the Civic Data Cooperative and Combined Intelligence for Population Health Action. Previously, he founded Manchester’s health informatics research centre, where he raised and led over £150m of research. Qualified in pharmacology, medicine, public health, statistics and informatics, he pursues data-intensive methodological and applied research into major population health challenges, and how health systems may respond more systematically. In 2022, he won the Faculty of Public Health Alwyn-Smith medal for outstanding contribution.
Joanne is an academic GP committed to excellence in academic primary care at the heart of the design and delivery of quality primary care. Primary care is the bed rock of the NHS and is underpinned by a discipline of academic primary care which delivers the workforce, research evidence and strategic vision for practice and policy.
Joanne graduated from Liverpool Medical School in 1997 and started out planning a career in public health medicine. A Masters in Public Health rekindled her interests in the professional, clinical and academic challenges of developing person-centred healthcare. She returned to General Practice and successfully applied for doctoral funding from the NCCRCD (the precursor to NIHR) to look at person-centred management of distress in terminal illness. Following her PhD, she worked in Manchester, Liverpool and Warwick developing a portfolio of work on Primary Care redesign based on the principles of medical generalism (whole person medical care). Her work has been supported by fellowships from the NIHR (including a Clinical Lectureship at Manchester, and a Clinician Scientist Award at Liverpool). Joanne joined Hull York Medical School in 2017 to establish the Academy of Primary Care – championing innovative scholarship driving excellence in primary care provision.
I work as an academic GP at Lancaster University and as a GP specialist in substance misuse in the NW of England. I’ve been working at Lancaster Medical School since its creation in 2006 and I’m still involved in running the primary care programme. I am the editor of the British Journal of General Practice and I am a former editor of the Harm Reduction Journal.
I started as Deputy Editor of the BJGP in 2013 and I took over as Editor in September 2020. I was the first editor of BJGP Open when it was launched in 2017 and I also created and launched BJGP Life, where the BJGP publishes viewpoint and opinion article as well as other multimedia. I’m experienced as podcaster and in creating multimedia content to disseminate research findings and to support debate and analysis of practice and policy related to primary care.
The academic publishing landscape can be bewildering and it has been going through significant change lately — I’ve been thoroughly immersed in it from an academic primary care perspective and I’m very happy to try to help people find their way. Or talk to me about running and books. Those make me happy too.
Hajira is a GP with an interest in large-scale epidemiology studies that can inform preventive action. She works across a range of clinical topics but particularly around the prevention of chronic disease. Hajira leads the cross-faculty Data Science Group. Her studies primarily use primary care electronic health records including CPRD, SAIL, Q-Research, ELSA, CHIA and international datasets in Canada and the USA. She has also curated a number of novel datasets linking health, social and environmental data. She currently leads a programme of work funded by the NIHR to examine clusters of disease in people with Multiple Long-Term Conditions using health and social care electronic health records (AIM-study).
Hajira currently chairs the NIHR AI-Multiple Long Term Condition Big Data PI group, she has previously established and chaired the COVID-19 Big Data National Group, and is a member of the International Monitoring Mortality Inequality Consortium. She is an honorary fellow at the MRC Epidemiology at the University of Cambridge. She has provided evidence to Government ministers on big data methods and their interpretation and is also editor-in-chief of the British Journal of General Practice Open.
Heart failure is my main research interest. My doctoral work examined the clinical pathway for patients diagnosed with heart failure in primary care, particularly the epidemiology of heart failure in the community and the patient experience of diagnosis. I am co-Principal Investigator for the REFer for EchocaRdiogram (REFER) study which examines the use of a clinical decision rule and natriuretic peptide testing in the diagnosis of heart failure in primary care. I am also part of the Echocardiographic Heart Of England Screening (ECHOES) study team. The ECHOES-X study rescreened patients from the original ECHOES cohort to determine the outcome of heart failure in a community population. Internationally, I am collaborating with the University of Sydney to examine the burden of heart failure in Australian general practice.
My other research interest is atrial fibrillation and anticoagulation. I have used routinely collected general practice data to examine the prevalence of atrial fibrillation and management of oral anticoagulants in primary care, and been involved in a randomised controlled trial in stroke patients. I am an experienced lecturer at Masters level, GP tutor and senior clinical examiner for undergraduates and a trained mentor.
I am a professor of primary care in the Department of Health Services Research in the University of Liverpool. I previously worked in Cardiff and then Bangor Universities, and was director of research and development for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. I work as a GP in Plas Menai, Llanfairfechan in North Wales for one day per week. My research programme includes the rehabilitation of chronic disease such as hip fracture in the frail elderly, osteoarthritis and cancer; and encouraging physical activity in sedentary individuals at risk of developing chronic disease. I contribute to undergraduate and post-graduate teaching, and am a member of the academic wellbeing team for student welfare and support of studies in the School of Medicine.
I’m an NIHR Advanced Fellow at the Centre for Primary Care and Health Services Research, a practising GP and a Registered Health Psychologist. My research interests include the application of digital technology and psychological theory to improving patients’ experiences of primary care.
After qualifying with a BSc in Psychology from Queen’s University Belfast, I completed a PhD at the University of Leeds and worked there as a Research Fellow before returning to student life to study Medicine. I finished my medical degree in 2010, completed my academic foundation training in York, was a NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Sheffield during my GP training, and then moved to Manchester to take up a post as an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care.
I’m interested in how digital technology and psychological theory can be used to improve patients’ experiences of primary care. I’ve examined the issue of quality assurance of mobile health apps, looked at how mobile technology can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, and explored what patients want from online access to their primary care record. My current projects include work on how patients’ online access to their health records could be used as a tool to motivate health behaviour change.
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