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Iraqi Advanced Academic Training Course

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education & Training recently hosted three delegates from Iraq for an Advanced Academic Training Course – (Professor Nada Al-Alwan-Pathology, Professor Nadim Noaman-Community Medicine, and Assistant Professor Basim Alhilali-Family Medicine). Their intensive programme, scheduled over a four week period, aimed to strengthen the delegates’ skills and allow them to gain experience in current and innovative teaching methodologies.

The interactive nature of the course (e.g. teaching and research, teaching Health Needs Assessment (Undergraduate & Postgraduate), conduct a mock PhD Exam with PhD candidates from Imperial College at different stages of their research studies) means that participants will be able to deliver modern person-centred teaching and understand the techniques to conduct high level research.

Partners for delivering this initiative include the Ministry of Higher Education in Iraq (MoHE), Imperial College Healthcare NHS…

The Right to Health: A multi-country study of law, policy and practice

On the 24th August 2013, Professor Salman Rawaf – WHO Collaborating Centre Director - and Dr Sondus Hassounah – WHO CC Research Assistant, presented the finding of their latest research on the Right to Health in the Arab World at the Irish Centre for Human Rights in Galway, Ireland. The Conference was a intended to show case the work of all those participating in the global study; The Right to Health: a multi-country study of law, policy and practice, which offers an in-depth assessment and comprehensive analysis of the ‘Right to Health’ in the Middle East and North Africa, with particular emphasis on the role of Health systems in providing Universal Coverage for Health (UHC) and Health Care.

This study focuses on the implementation of the right to health at a regional and national level. The project brings together a set of experts from different parts in the world, which each analyse the implementation of the right to health in their country or region, thereby focusing on a particu…

Supporting carers DVD highly commended in BMA medical book awards

TheRCGP Supporting Carers in General Practice DVD has been highly commended in the 2013 BMA Medical Book Awards in the digital and online resources category. Feedback was that it is a "well-produced resource which demonstrates its research background. It is professionally produced and engagingly presented and I am sure will go a long way in increasing awareness of the work of carers".

This training DVD for GPs and their practice teams enables training on supporting carers to be fitted round work and other commitments by providing an interactive resource that can be used in-house for practice training and for CPD. It gives the rationale behind increasing awareness and support for carers, whilst highlighting areas that can be commonly be improved, or changed to the benefit of both carer and practice. The DVD content is also being transferred onto the RCGP Online Learning Environment so will be available for all to access online from November 2013.

The project was overseen for …

Year 1 Imperial GP Trainees win Prestigious London GP Prize

The Imperial Vocational Training Scheme, now in its second year, aims to provide innovative programmes for GP training. This year, six trainees have been involved in an exciting paediatrics with integrated care placement based at St Mary’s Hospital. In addition to a two month clinical placement, this post provides involvement in many projects with a view to improving the connections between primary and secondary care services which will be invaluable in their future careers as GPs.

A selection of these projects was presented at the London School of General Practice Annual Trainee Conference and provided an opportunity to share work. Three Specialist Trainees in the Imperial scheme, Chiara Haynes, Kat Holt and Morag Lenman were awarded top prize in the category ‘Research and Audit’ for their presentation “Connecting Care for Children’s Health". An extended version was also presented at the St Mary’s Hospital Paediatric Grand Round which generated a lot of interest from paediatric…

Quality of care for people living in care homes

In an article published on the King's Fund Blog, Duncan Hockey from the Imperial College GP Specialist Training Scheme discusses the quality of care received by the residents of nursing homes. Care home residents are amongst the most frail and vulnerable people in our society, with a high need for care and a high use of health care services - including those supplied by general practitioners, community staff and hospitals. In his article, Dr Hockey discuses the need for better standards of care and the provision of adequate resources to ensure that the needs of this section of the public are met.

Seminar on Sample Size Calculation

The Department of Primary Care and Public Health Invites you to attend a Practical Biostatistics Seminar on Sample Size Calculation By Kiara Chang, PhD Student and statistician, DPCPH, Imperial College London.

Wednesday 9th October 2013 at 11.00am
Venue: Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Reynolds Building
Charing Cross Campus, London W6 8RP

Sample size calculations are often a formality in grant applications and can be a real headache. Kiara will demystify the process in this practical seminar.