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 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
22nd June 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 Thursday 
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 
21st September 2017  Teaching  TBC Thursday 
16th October 2017  Mental Health  TBC Monday 
20th November 2017  BRHS  TBC Thursday 
14th December 2017  CAPS  TBC

PRIMENT Seminars

PhD Upgrade Seminars

Date & Time: Thursday 11th May 2017. 12.30pm

Title: Efficiency in mental health randomised trials

Speaker: Yifeng Liu

Venue: Seminar Rooms 1 & 2, PCPH

Abstract: Mental health, although an area previously neglected in research, has caught attention in recent years. Significant efforts have been devoted to treating mental illness with an emphasis on recovery, mental well-being and reducing the stigma and prejudice associated with mental illness. In doing so, public health services need to invest considerably in providing better mental health care for everyone, and making the public aware of their own mental well-being. In deciding whether to invest in rigorous assessments of any potential interventions’ efficacy and its feasibility for public use, health economics evaluation and value of information (VoI) are useful tools to assess the cost effectiveness, and to inform whether a decision should be made on current information, or investing in additional information to reduce uncertainty of the new interventions is worthwhile. On the other hand, in assessing the efficacy and effectiveness amongst potential forms of mental health cares and competing clinical interventions, clinical trials provide not only evidence of scientific rigour, but also unbiased estimates of the potential benefits and drawbacks.

My study aims to discover ways in which mental health randomised trials could be conducted more efficiently, from a case that investigates the safety and efficacy of reducing and discontinuing antipsychotic treatment as an alternative form of care for people with severe mental illness in a randomised controlled trial.

This presentation will include discussion of the work completed so far and plan of work for the rest of my study.

Date & Time: Monday 22nd May 2017. 12.30pm

Title: Clinical indicator-guided testing for HIV in general practice in the UK

Speaker: Tom Hartney

Venue: Seminar Rooms 1 & 2, PCPH

Abstract: Over 100,000 people live with HIV in the UK, of whom 13% are undiagnosed, and 39% of new HIV diagnoses are made late. National guidelines recommend HIV testing be offered to people with clinical indicator diseases (CID) associated with undiagnosed HIV infection. Many of those diagnosed late present to primary care with CID without being offered an HIV test, representing missed opportunities for earlier diagnosis. There is limited evidence on the incidence of CID in general practice and their association with undiagnosed HIV.


To examine current levels of HIV testing for adults presenting with CID in general practice in the UK, and identify missed opportunities for earlier diagnosis.


This thesis involves four studies. Study 1 is a systematic review of the existing evidence on the relationship between CID and undiagnosed HIV in high income countries. The results of this will inform quantitative studies based on routinely collected general practice data reported to the Health Improvement Network (THIN) database. Study 2 is a cohort study examining trends in HIV testing and diagnosis in general practice from 2005-2015. Two further studies are proposed: study 3 is a case control study into the association between CID and subsequent HIV diagnosis, and study 4 is a cohort study examining the incidence of CID in general practice.


The systematic review search strategy identified 2,684 abstracts, of which 414 were suitable for full text screening. From these, 64 studies met the eligibility criteria for data extraction. These studies reported outcomes including the prevalence of specific CID among those newly diagnosed with HIV, and predictive values for subsequent HIV diagnosis among those presenting with CID to a range of healthcare settings. A Read code list developed with clinical input for study 2 has identified 125 HIV tests and 66 HIV diagnoses on a sample of THIN data reported from 10 practices (THIN10).


The results of these four studies will inform public health measures to address missed opportunities for earlier diagnosis in primary care. Achieving this would improve individual outcomes for people living with HIV and reduce risks of ongoing transmission.  

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 contact Carol Lynch

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 

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