Seminars and Events

Current Seminars

Aim:To provide a forum for departmental staff to share and learn about current research developments.


  • To provide an opportunity for speakers (internal and external) to  present work to the department.
  • To provide a space for staff to present research work in progress.
  • To generate and facilitate discussion and sharing of ideas about research substantive topics and methodologies.
  • To critique and develop research in an informal and supportive environment.

Timetable for 2016/2017 Seminars

Date Unit Responsible Title Day
21st September 2017  Teaching  Thinking about teaching. The UCL Peer Dialogue Scheme Thursday 
16th October 2017  Mental Health  Doctors as Patients': Exploring the barriers and facilitators to help seeing for mental health problems by GPs and improving access to support Monday 
20th November 2017  BRHS  "From weight loss to tooth loss": new research avenues in the British Regional Heart Study to improve cardiovascular ageing Monday 
18th January 2018  E-Health Harnessing resources from the internet to maximise outcomes from GP consultations (HaRI): a qualitative study Thursday 
29th January 2018 CAPS How should we manage frailer older people with depression and anxiety? Monday 
20th February 2018  External speaker  Mobile health intervention increases inhaled corticosteroid adherence in adolescents with asthma Tuesday 
15th March 2018  Health Improvement TBC  Thursday 
16th April 2018  Teaching  TBC  Monday 
10th May 2018  Mental Health  TBC  Thursday 
28th June 2018  Clinical Epidemiology and Electronic Health Records Research  TBC  Thursday 
16th July 2018  BRHS  TBC  Monday 
20th September 2018  CAPS  TBC  Thursday 
19th November 2018  Infection  TBC  Monday 
13th December 2018  PRIMENT  TBC  Thursday 

PRIMENT Seminars

PhD Upgrade Seminars

Date & Time: Tuesday 12th December 2017. 12.00pm - 2.30pm

Speaker: Noura Alomair

Venue: Seminar Rooms 1 & 2, PCPH

Title: Sexual and reproductive health of Saudi women: needs, perceptions, and experiences


Background: In the Kingdom Saudi Arabia (KSA), there are currently no formal sexual and reproductive health (SRH) education programs, leading to poor SRH knowledge and practices among Saudi women. This calls for the need for formal and culturally appropriate SRH education that responds to Saudi women’s needs. However, research is needed to explore women’s attitude towards SRH education and identify their needs and barriers to seeking sexual and reproductive healthcare in KSA.

Aim:  The overall aim of my thesis is to explore the SRH needs, perceptions and experiences of women in KSA; and provide recommendations for future SRH programs.

Study design:

Study 1: A systematic review to explore barriers and facilitators to sexual and reproductive wellbeing among Muslim women worldwide.

Study 2: Qualitative exploratory study using semi-structured interviews with Saudi women in Riyadh, KSA.

Study 3: Qualitative exploratory study using semi-structured interviews with different stakeholder groups including policy-making agencies and officials; healthcare providers, and religious scholars in the country.

The findings of the studies will help to develop and provide recommendations for future policies. Findings will be presented to the Saudi Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education as recommendations to pilot a pre-marital SRH counselling program, targeting young unmarried women in KSA if proven needed. 

Date & Time: Wednesday 13th December 2017. 1.00pm - 2.30pm

Speaker: Fabian Sailer

Venue: Seminar Rooms 1 & 2, PCPH

Title: Development of a multi-STI modelling software

Abstract: Sexually transmitted infections (STI) are often asymptomatic, but might have serious long-term consequences. This can burden health care systems. Many disease models exist that examine the cost-effectiveness of screening and treatment interventions for single STIs. However, co-infection with more than one STI is possible. Considering this within disease models may have an impact on the cost-effectiveness of interventions.

Aim:  I aim to develop a multi-STI model, which includes several STIs in a United Kingdom (UK) setting.

Methods: By the help of a systematic literature review I decided on the best modelling approach to set up a model of this kind. With the help of textbooks and expert interviews I decided which STIs should be included in the model.

Based on a literature review I develop drafts for each sub-model. Afterwards I refined these drafts in cooperation with STI experts. Subsequently all drafts are implemented by using the programming language Java.

Preliminary Results: This disease model is individual-based and uses a discrete event simulation approach. All STIs and sequelae considered in the model are represented by separate sub-models, which can interact with each other.

I developed sub-models for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and Genital Herpes. All sub-models and the overall model are flexibly designed. This enables users of the model to adapt parameters, formulas, interactions, and the structure of sub-models if changes in medical knowledge occur.

Date & Time: Thursday 21st December 2017 ; 12:00pm – 13:30pm

Speaker: Yazeed Kaud

Venue: Seminar Rooms 1 & 2, PCPH

Title:  Re-developing Patient Safety Reporting Systems: A Comparative Study of the UK and Saudi Arabia

Background: Following the publication of the landmark report “To Err is Human” published by the Institute of Medicine in 1999, there has been an explosion in number of patient safety incident reporting systems worldwide.  Incident reporting systems are recommended by the IOM as a mechanism to collect data about incidents and understand why and how patient safety incidents occur in health organisations. The NHS has been a world pioneer in patient safety with the first, largest and most comprehensive incident reporting system worldwide called “National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS)”. However, recent research as well as the NHS improvement stated that 15 years after the implementation of the NRLS it is now time to define and deliver the successor to the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS). Research also revealed that patient safety problems are not unique to NHS and there are ample opportunities to learn from other countries.

Presentation: This presentation will include a discussion of work completed so far which outlines safety instruments used in health organisations including incident reporting systems, the strengths and limitations of incident reporting systems, organisation of incident reporting systems in the UK and SA at present, barriers and facilitators of incident reporting, models used to understand incidents in healthcare, and the safety culture in the two countries.

Aim: The aim of this PhD is to gain practical understanding and explore stakeholders’ perceptions and thoughts on patient safety reporting systems and their effectiveness in the UK and Saudi Arabia for the purpose of comparing and learning from both countries’ experiences.

Methods: This thesis involves four studies. Study 1 is a systematic review of the existing evidence on the safety culture in the UK and Saudi Arabia. Study 2 is an interview study to identify areas of improvement to the current voluntary reporting systems used in Saudi hospitals. Study 3 is an ethnographic study to assess the frequency of patient safety problems in daily walk-rounds in a large teaching hospital, the nature of problems and how often they are addressed. Study 4 is an interview study to explore insights of healthcare staff and patient safety experts in the UK into achieving proposed innovative reforms to NRLS informed by recent research evidence. 

Results: The results of these four studies will inform health services managers and safety managers on how to optimise use of incident reporting as a tool to understand patient safety incidents in their organisations.  

GP Tutors Annual Conference 2018

"Quality in General Practice Education"

Date:   Friday 16th March 2018

Venue: The Atrium, Royal Free Hospital, London NW3 2PF

For queries please email

2018 conference page

2017 conference page

Previous Seminars

Timetable for 2015/2016 Seminars

Date Unit Responsible Title Day
17th September 2015 E-Health Alcohol Help Centre and Check Your Drinking: Can they reduce hazardous drinking in the UK? Thursday
19th October 2015 Teaching Undergraduate Medical Education in Israel. The views of an international Review Team Monday
29th October 2015 Central Services  Introduction to Information Governance Services Thursday
19th November 2015 CAPS Developing a complex behaviour change intervention for older people using 'co-design' methods: the experiences of the HomeHealth study Thursday
8th January 2016 Priment Increased mortality associated with weekend hospital admission: a case for expanded seven day services? An analysis of 2013/14 data Friday
14th January 2016  Royal Free R&D  Overview of HRA changes to research approvals Thursday 
21st January 2016  Madingley dry run  TBC  Thursday 
15th February 2016 BRHS Physical activity in the elderly: new findings from the British Regional Heart Study Monday
17th March 2016 Methodology Patient and public involvement in health research Thursday
18th April 2016 Mental Health How can we encourage more smokers to seek help? The start2quit randomised trial Monday
19th May 2016 ISL Exploring the Regulatory Impact of Medical Revalidation in the United Kingdom - Findings from a Profession Wide Survey Thursday
21st June 2016 E-Health HeLP Diabetes Tuesday 
19th July 2016  External speaker  The challenges of developing and implementing effective family medicine in the occupied Palestinian territories Tuesday 
26th July 2016  E-Health  I-DECIDE Tuesday 
19th September 2016  Teaching  Patient and public engagement in UK medical education (or the rocky road to a Doctorate in Education) Monday 
20th October 2016  CAPS  The aftermath of the Liverpool Care Pathway - developing heuristics (rules-of-thumb) for practitioners making end of life decisions for people with dementia Thursday
21st November 2016 BRHS Physical activity: patterns and promotion across the lifespan Monday
16th January 2017 Infection Sexual health promotion research at Public Health England Monday 
6th March 2017  PhD Upgrade Missed opportunities for the diagnosis of malaria in Primary Care Monday  
15th March 2017  PhD Upgrade The public health potential of currently available mobile health applications for increasing physical activity Wednesday 
4th May 2017  Clinical Epidemiology and Electronic Health Records Research Communicating risks and evidence to patients in a clear and balanced way Thursday
18th May 2017  External speaker NoCLoR. Title TBC Thursday
20th June 2017  External speaker Facilitating sexual health discussions in primary care with older Australians: Health practitioner perspectives Tuesday
3rd July 2017  External speaker Open access compliance  Monday 
21st July 2017 CAPS Challenges in delivering Innovative interventions for dementia Friday
31st July 2017  Health Improvement  TBC Monday 
16th August 2017  E-Health Development of a model of service delivery to standardise anterior cruciate ligament rehabilitation in the NHS and testing the feasibility of an E-Health intervention to support delivery of this model Wednesday 
21st September 2017  Teaching  Thinking about teaching. The UCL Peer Dialogue Scheme Thursday 

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